User Review: Big Agnes Sunnyside 2
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: under 6 pounds packed
Price Paid: $184
I just bought it a week ago, and used it this weekend in northwest Arkansas on the Butterfield Trail. No rain, so I can't write a "driving rain with 50 mph wind" review, but that's the only reason I won't go five stars right now. Easy setup. I like the two doors/vestibules. We slept two men, one 6'3", 200 lbs, the other about 5'11" and 170 lbs, and neither of us felt cramped. No condensation with a low about 55 degrees and somewhat humid. I like the vents on the rain fly that prop open with a stiff velcro strip. The footprint comes with the deal and has a grommet and clip at each corner. So far, so good.
UPDATED MAY 1, 2007
I've got an update to my previous post. I went on another Arkansas hike last week (Eagle Rock Loop) and went through an all-night thunderstorm with the Sunnyside 2. It didn't do well in the leak department. I will have to say that I didn't sleep wet, and considering that it rained hard all night long, that was a good thing. Water ran down all the seams of the fly and dropped through the mesh of the tent, even over the vestibule doors. I took articles of clothing and placed them in strategic spots to catch the water. It was fortunate that I was alone in the tent and was able to sleep in the middle. It was stable with the winds as I had it well staked. No leaks in the bottom. The rain fly seemed to be laden with water, as though maybe the wrong side got the sealer(?). I sent the fly back to Big Agnes and am awaiting the verdict. This should give me a chance to report on the customer service as well.
UPDATED JUNE 4, 2007
I received a new rainfly from Big Agnes on May 12. I went out for a two-nighter on May 18 and 19, but no rain. I put the tent up in my yard yesterday ahead of a thunderstorm, and inspected it afterwards. It rained pretty solid for about 30 minutes, and I didn't find any water in the tent. So for now, it appears to be good. The folks at Big Agnes are a pleasure to deal with, and the turnaround was pretty good.
There are two big pluses, in my opinion, to the Sunnyside. One, it's roomy. I'm 6'3", and solo I can bring the pack and boots in, stow them to one side, and still sleep more towards the middle with head room and foot room. Two, with the roof vents open, no condensation. Unzip the tops of the vestibule doors on each side for extra air.
UPDATED MARCH 10, 2008
Update to previous reviews. Went for a few nights in the Ouachita Range in Arkansas. Rained the first night and no leaks. I should also mention that I treated the rainfly with Nikwax TX Direct back in November 2007.
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