Big Agnes Jupiter's Cabin 4
This tent is roomy for 2-3 people. Not for backpackers,…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $100
This tent is roomy for 2-3 people. Not for backpackers, but fine for modest car campers.
- Easy set-up
- Fine ventilation
- Mesh roof keeps inside cool.
This is a nice tent when you want a base camp for day hikes, or are not backpacking. It's a dome style, using just two long criss-crossing poles for the body and one for the fly over the door and back window. Pitching is easy, I can do it myself, but a helper makes it easier. It's stable in light winds, and the fly supplies full coverage.
The tent is tall enough to stand in, stooped over, and provides a nice roomy space for a couple and our gear. You can just step over the threshold rather than getting on your knees as you must for a backpack tent. If you want to get cushy, you could fit a double air-bed inside and still have room for gear.
The tent packs slightly larger than a backpack tent, so finding space for it in a compact car is easy.
I got the tent used at the REI parking lot sale and had to patch a small hole in the bottom — use a tarp or footprint to preserve the bottom. The mesh roof and smooth body are good quality, and the fly looks durable enough to handle a Sierra rainstorm.