User Review: Big Agnes Big House 6
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $370
This is a great car camping tent for small family or a couple who like a little extra room. It is very waterproof, roomy, and has some great features. It is fairly easy to set up and take down and comes with a great storage bag. I like that you can stand up in it (unless you are over 6 feet tall) and it is made with quality materials. The optional vestibule is a great addition.
- Quality materials
- Well vented
- Roomy with plenty of head room
- Fly is a little short on one side
- Not enough stakes
My wife and I bought this tent to replace our travel trailer so we wanted some space but not so much that it would fill our SUV when packed up. We were looking for a quality weather resistant tent that we could stand in, and we also wanted a large vestibule. This tent fit the bill. We own other Big Agnes products and have been very pleased with the quality of their equipment.
This tent was reasonably priced. We paid $370. CDN. pus $116. for the optional vestibule. There are plenty of cheaper tents out there, but most of those don't have taped seams and would be questionable in a storm. We also wanted something that would last.
The tent was easy to set up after the initial "get to know your tent session" The 3 main poles are identical in size and length so you can't mix them up. The fly goes on easily with colour coded corners. I like that the tent comes with a footprint. It also has several large gear storage pockets. The 2 doors are large and the zippers work well as long as the corners of the tent are not staked out too tightly.
The little welcome mat that says "welcome" in about a dozen languages is cute but superfluous. It is too small and flimsy to actually wipe your boots on. The tent comes with a very handy storage bag that easily holds the tent, fly, foot print, poles and pegs with out having to stuff, force or worry the various parts in. I'm sure we could fit the vestibule in as well, although we haven't tried. The fly design allows you to roll up both sides for more venting if it is guyed out properly, however they don't include enough tent stakes to do this, so we had to buy extra.
We really love the optional vestibule. It is large enough for plenty of gear to be tucked out of sight and also worked well as the "sponge bath house". There is no floor in the vestibule, so we put a woven camping rug down and it worked perfectly. Be warned the vestibule is single wall and subject to condensation (especially after the bath).
We have used this tent 4 times thus far and the last was a rain soaked week in Manning Park, BC. The tent held up well to all the inclement weather. We did have a few drops of water come through one of the corners. It was minimal and I'm not sure what caused it but I will keep an eye on it. Frankly considering the weather we had I'm surprised there wasn't more water in the tent.
In summary we are very happy with our Big House 6. I would recommend it for car camping or a base camp set-up.