Big Agnes Big House 4 Vestibule
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $68.00, list price is $100.00.
The Big House 4 has 37 square feet, not the 52 cited. Because the 2012 BH-4 has awnings instead of a fly-vestibule this optional add-on can work wonders during inclement weather. It is easy to put up, made of ripstop materials, and serves like a fly — but without the disadvantages you have with one. It can accomodate up to three people in their chairs while watching the rain, instead of hiking.
- Good materials used in the construction.
- The smaller size will help in fitting both the tent and vestibule on some tent pads.
- The sales pictures seems to indicate a height that is not there.
The only difference that you will see in the 2013 offering of Big Agnes Big House Vestibule is the flaming red end, rather than the yellow of the current offering.
Not living in the rainy North West I can't speak of the uses made there, like placing the dog kennels and bikes in it, but can tell you that it is a good added feature to this tent that only lacks a vestibule for the front and back doors. But that will be corrected next year when the BH-4 takes on a new color and a totally new and different fly arrangement - along with higher prices. There will no longer be a need for a vestibule as the rain-fly will be added with a vestibule that is attached. It will be the called the Tensleep Station in that iteration and will be for both the 4- and 6-person sized tents.
And the Big House 4 will be back - with but one doorway, red color instead of orange, some mesh will give way to more fabric, and the fly will cover the other three sides. The footprints shall remain the same for both the Big House and the Tensleep Station offerings as the actual tents will cover the same square footage, 65 square feet for the BH-4.. And the Vestibules for the Big House series will remain the same, at 37 square feet for the Big House-4.
I rented mine to try out with the Big House-4 that I had purchased (see the review). Having observed it in action, I went ahead and bought it, and will now make use of the darned thing when the weather is threatening.
Price Paid: $80
Let me begin by saying that this add-on vestibule takes an average tent and makes it great. Why they didn't make it standard (other than the price point) is surprising.
With the constant threat of rain we face in the NW, it is very nice having a place to store any unused equipment, dog kennels, day packs, bikes etc. It's no secret, the coverage of the Big House rain fly is disappointing at best. Rain will leak in when you open the doors so to have a dry room to put on boots and rain gear without tracking mud into the sleeping area is fantastic.
In my opinion the vestibule takes the Big House tent from a 3 to a 4.5. I will update this later with more specifics, but if you already own a Big House tent try it out.
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Add some extra space to your home away from home with the Big Agnes Big House Vestibules. Available in both four- and six-person vestibule sizes, the Big House gives you extra storage to stash your backpack, cooler, pets, and other gear.
If you are looking into picking up one of the most popular family camping tents, Big Agnes' Big House, then you might want to consider this optional vestibule for some added covered space. The Big House vestibule gives you more space then any of our 3-person tents could provide which means you'll never worry about what to do with your dirty gear again. Just leave those muddy boots and packs at the floor mat right outside of the main door, and let the vestibule keep your gear covered.Save when you pick up the tent and vestibule together! Check here . ***tent sold separately***Specifications:Packed Weight: 3 lb 1 ozArea: 52 sq ft
- Mountains Plus
Free Shipping. Big Agnes Big House 4 Vestibule FEATURES of the Big Agnes Big House 4 Vestibule Fabrics and mesh used on the inner tents are made from breathable lightweight nylon or polyester Mesh body designs offer excellent ventilation Oversized stake out loops Free standing structures reduce the number of stakes Interior mesh pockets for organizing gear Gear loft loops included Storm flap on vestibule zippers prevents drips Condura fabrics used in our Mountaineering line Waterproof polyurethane coating on all fly and floor fabrics Reflective guyline and reflective webbing on tent corners for nighttime visibility All seams taped with waterproof, solvent free polyurethane tape (no PVC or VOC) Fly vents improve ventilation to reduce condensation Two large doors Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners Fly walls can be rolled up to expose mesh walls for increased ventilation and visibility Welcome mat on front door Color coded webbing and buckles Two built-in storage shelves Quick Stash on tent body door makes stowing unzipped door simple and easy Fly is polyester rip-stop and floor is polyester Fly and floor have 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating Tent body is polyester taffeta and polyester mesh All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's) Poles: Lightweight aluminum pole system with press fit connectors Plastic clips and sleeve attach tent body to pole frame Stakes and Storage: 14 lightweight aluminum hook stakes with tent Seven lightweight aluminum hook stakes with optional accessory vestibule Six interior mesh pockets Gear Loft loops included Briefcase style carry bag with shoulder straps and organizational pockets Fast Fly setup not available SPECIFICATIONS of the Big Agnes Big House 4 Vestibule Capacity: 4 Person Packed Weight: 2 lbs 13 oz / 1.28 kg Packed Dimension: 7 x 17in. / 18 x 43 cm Floor Length: 76in. / 193 cm Floor Width: 82 - 80in. / 208 - 203 cm Head Height: 60in. / 152 cm Vestibule Area: 3.4 square meter / 37 square feet
Add extra room and gear protection with the Big House 4 Vestibule from Big Agnes. When storms are extra harsh, ensure that you and your gear are sheltered from the elements so matter how intense the conditions get.
- Mountain Gear