Big Agnes Mad House 3

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Great product for the price. Not too heavy and the…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $252


Great product for the price. Not too heavy and the quality is good.


  • Cheap price
  • Easy to set up
  • Freestanding


  • The poles are bulky

I bought this so my wife and I could bring our daughter camping with us. I did not want to drop too much money in case she really didn't like camping.  

For the price I think this is a great tent although I was surprised that it wasn't actually made by Big Agnes. The instructions even state directly it is made elsewhere (China) and stamped with their name.

The tent was exactly what I expected. Not the lightest but easy enough to set up. Plenty of vents, the rain fly was easy to attach (just remember orange to orange and black to black) and the vestibules were nice and roomy. The poles were kind of bulky because they don't fold up into smaller sections (about 24" packed).

The weather was mild on our trip so I cannot attest how it would withstand any rain but there was no interior condensation and it did repel all of the moisture from the fog that rolled in on our campsite.

All in all, if you are looking for a cheap three-person tent or even a roomy two-person tent this is a good choice. Just set it up a couple of times at home first to get used to it.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Notwithstanding its name, camping trips with the easy-living, easy-pitch Big Agnes Madhouse 3-Person Tent are actually quite enjoyable. Generously sized for three occupants, the Madhouse has a large, free-standing vestibule outside each of the two doors so there's plenty of space for gear. Interior mesh pockets help keep the little things organized inside the tent, too.


In 2003, Backpacker Magazine awarded Big Agness Mad House 2 its Best Buy rating in the annual Gear Guide.The new Mad House 3 expands upon that by adding nearly 15 square feet inside and 6 in the vestibules.Mad House tents are roomy four-season conver


Free Shipping. Big Agnes Mad House 3 Person Tent (Fall 2007) - Add Mad House 3 Footprint for FREE with Tent Purchase Specifications for the Mad House Tent by Big Agnes: Trail Weight: 7 lb 12 oz Packed Weight: 8 lb 9 oz Fast Fly Weight: 5 lb 7 oz Packed Size: 9in. x 24in. Floor Area: 45 sq ft Vestibule Area: 18 sq ft Head Height: 48 Features: Free standing, four season-convertible backpacking tents DAC 7000 series aluminum poles Continuous pole sleeves make set up easy and adds stability in wind and snow Fly is 40D nylon rip-stop with a silicone treatment and 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating Floor is 70D, 190T nylon with 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating Tent body is 40D, 240T nylon rip stop with 40D nylon mesh Two large, free standing vestibules with D-shaped doors Storm flap over vestibule zippers Clear plastic window in each vestibule door Excellent cross ventilation with two door windows, zip open ceiling panel and two fly vents Two fly vents accessible from the inside Two mesh ceiling and floor pockets All seams are taped 14 stakes included Stake out loops large enough for skis or snow pickets Footprint sold separately Gear loft loops included: Big Agnes gear loft sold separately

- Moosejaw

Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. Clear windows in vestibules let you view outside conditions from the inside. Continuous pole sleeves make setup easy and distribute load tension over the entire tent. DAC Featherlite poles offer a superb strength-to-weight ratio, don't use a pole insert and slide easily in and out of pole sleeves. Dual doors and vestibules provide easy entry/exit and space for gear; plus they face in one direction for convenient pitching. Fly vents can be operated from inside the tent. For an ultralight setup, consider using the footprint (sold separately) with the fly only; fast fly weight: 6 lb. 4 oz. Polyester ripstop rainfly has a durable waterproof coating and ensures minimal stretch and prolonged UV protection. Sized to sleep three people, this convertible backpacking tent is built to endure summer or winter conditions. Stake-out loops are large enough for skis and snow pickets. Two upper and two lower mesh pockets keep little stuff organized inside the tent. Zip-open ceiling panel, two fly vents and large window in the door provide excellent ventilation.


Big Agnes Mad House 3


The Mad House 3 has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$226.79 - $349.00

The Big Agnes Mad House 3 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 18, 2012 at

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