Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6
Source: bought it new
This seems to be a great tent. I have only set it up in the yard and haven't spent any time in it yet, but I really like the versatility of the tent and the possible options for setting up to suit a ton of situations. It might not be the bombproof shelter you want for your roughest mountaineering expeditions, but it will be the perfect tent for car camping with the wife and kids when our TNF Trailhead 8 is more tent than we need.
- Full fly
- Lots of ventilation
- Standing room
Full disclosure: I have only tried this in the yard and have not actually camped in it yet.
Update 6/10/13 - spent a weekend in it with some rough storms at night. Held up AWESOME!!! Love the tent and support all listed below.
I pitched the tent in just over 10 minutes with: no instructions, used one of the poles in the wrong sleeve and on a pretty dang windy afternoon....all by myself. It comes with lots of stakes and the poles snap together quite easily.
It does pitch tautly and could have been extremely solid with all guy out points utilized. I did not guy out even one of the points on the fly and the stiff wind hardly phased it even then.
I can't speak for the weather resistance as I haven't had it in any. However, it closed up seamlessly and the full coverage fly doesn't leave much exposure to the elements. The vestibules allow in and out of the front and back without standing around in the rain.
There is lots of mesh and even an extra fly vent on the back side above the door. The front vestibule even has a couple of awesome wall vents that allow for more ventilation and some nice added visibility when desired even if you want to close the vestibule door.
There is lots of room for storage - long pockets at the base near the door, two smaller mesh pockets up top near the door, a set of storage pockets in the corner of the fly on both sides by the door. The head room is great all the way around...but, I admit, I'm not exactly a giant.
It packs up nicely in a cool little storage bag without being compressed or tightly folded...compartments for everything.
Everything is certainly as advertised. The only wishes that I would have for this tent would be an option to zip the vestibule vents all the way around instead of the velcro attachments along the bottom run and that the back door would have a window option versus just being able to either open or close it. Small wishes that don't affect performance though.
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The Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 is a 3-season deluxe car camping/base camp tent that sleeps 6. With an extra-large versatile front vestibule and a smaller back one, it's a perfect place to call home. 2 large doors and 2 vestibules: extra-large front vestibule has 2 windows with 2 closure options; mesh only for ventilation or zip up the polyester layer for complete closure. Front door vestibule door can also be staked out as a shade with your trekking poles, sold separately. Fly walls can be rolled up to expose mesh walls for increased ventilation and visibility. Color-coded webbing and buckles create an intuitive setup; sleeves and plastic clips attach tent body to the pole frame quickly and easily. Fly is made from durable ripstop polyester and floor of rugged polyester taffeta; both are treated with a durable waterproof polyurethane coating. Fly vent minimizes condensation. Tent body is ripstop polyester and polyester mesh; mesh door, walls and ceiling offer excellent cross-ventilation. Lightweight aluminum pole system with press fit connectors; securely fixed, pressed-in ferrules ensure the poles will remain strong and reliable. All seams are taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (no PVC or VOCs); waterproof door keeps tent dry. Stay organized with 8 interior mesh pockets, 4 vestibule pockets and gear loft loops (gear loft not included). Big Agnes Tensleep 6 tent comes with a briefcase-style carry bag with shoulder straps and organizational pockets; includes 17 lightweight aluminum hook stakes. Footprint (sold separately) extends the life of your tent by protecting it from abrasive wear and tear.
Features: Fly wall can be rolled up to expose mesh wall for increased ventilation and visibility. Front vestibule with awning style door that can be staked out as a shade. Extra large front vestibule has windows with two closure options:mesh only for ventilation or zip up the polyester layer for complete closure. Two large doors and two vestibules Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners. Fly is polyester rip-stop and floor is polyester. Fly and floor have 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating. Tent body is polyester rip-stop and polyester mesh. All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's) Lightweight aluminum pole system with press fit connectors. Plastic clips and sleeve attach tent body to pole frame. 17 lightweight aluminum hook stakes. 8 interior mesh pockets and 4 pockets in vestibule. Briefcase style carry bag with shoulder straps and organizational pockets. Gear loft loops included: Fits Big Agnes TRAPEZOID gear loft - sold separately Since the Tensleep Station tents are large, high profile tents, we recommend staking out all stake out points and all guy outs for the most stability, especially in windy conditions. Note: we list several weights for our tents to aid your product research. Trail weight refers to poles, fly and tent body. Packed weight includes poles, fly, tent body, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, instructions, and packaging. Tensleep Station 6 Trail Weight 16lb 8oz Packed Weight 18lb 1oz Footprint Weight 1lb 7oz Fast Fly Weight Packed Size 27"x15"x5" Floor Area 90sq ft Vestibule Area 38.5sq ft Head Height 75"
- Mountains Plus
On Sale. Free Shipping. Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Tent FEATURES of the Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Tent 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 and vestibules Front vestibule is big enough for two camp chairs Extra large front vestibule has two windows with two closure options, mesh only for ventilation or zip up the polyester layer for complete closure Front vestibule with awning style door that can be staked out as a shade Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners Fly walls can be rolled up to expose mesh walls for increased ventilation and visibility Color coded webbing and buckles Fly is polyester rip-stop and floor is polyester Fly and floor have 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating Tent body is polyester rip-stop 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: 17 lightweight aluminum hook stakes with tent Eight 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 Tensleep Station 6 Tent Capacity: 6 Person Trail Weight: 16 lbs 8 oz / 7.5 kg Packed Weight: 18 lbs 1 oz / 8.2 kg Packed Dimension: 27 x 15 x 5in. / 68 x 38 x 12 cm Floor Size: 8.4 square meter / 90 square feet Floor Length: 122in. / 310 cm Floor Width: 115 - 96in. / 292 - 244 cm Head Height: 75in. / 191 cm Vestibule Area: 3.6/ 0.9 square meter / 38.5/ 10 square feet Footprint Weight: 1 lb 7 oz / 652 g
You and your crew drive up to the camp spot, set up the Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6-Person Tent, and pause to take in the majestic mountain scenery. Then you stake out the extra-large front vestibule's awning-style door so it acts as a sun-shade, and sit down to discuss the week's planned hikes and adventures.