Big Agnes 4 vs REI Hobitat

9:42 a.m. on March 21, 2008 (EDT)
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SO I need to buy a big tent, my wife and I are getting tired of cramming ourselves into a two person backpacking tent with our daughter and now that we have a second child it is just not feasible. I am looking at either the Big Anges 4 or the REI Hobitat. There are many more reviews of the Hobitat out there and they are pretty positive, for some reason I am leaning toward the Agnes, it may be the two doors or that fact that its mentioned that solo setup is possible but I am not sure it is worth an extra 50 bucks. The big Agnes also weighs about 5 lbs less (~10 lbs) which makes me think that it could be used as a backpacking tent when split up between two-three folks. (Hobitat) (Big Agnes)

Any thoughts anyone has to add?


10:20 a.m. on March 21, 2008 (EDT)
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When we started backpacking with our son we bought the REI Half Dome 4 HC ( -- which has one of the best ratios of square footage per pound among 4-person tents, with 57 sq. ft. of space at 8 lbs 3 oz. Other contenders were the very-similar Kelty Gunnison 4 ( and the Eureka! Timberline 4XT (

If you're going to be backpacking a lot you might also consider some of the lighter (if somewhat smaller) single-wall options, including the Black Diamond Megamid and TarpTent Rainshadow 2.

It's worth noting that none of these have the height of the two tents you mentioned, so if headroom is important you'll probably do better with the Big Agnes or the Hobitat.

10:38 a.m. on March 21, 2008 (EDT)
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I have a Hobitat and love it for fair weather camping
the headroom is outstanding
the main disadvantage to this tent is that it's basically a big square box which puts it at a disadvantage in high winds
if I am certain that the weather is going to be good I'll use this tent otherwise I take one of my other ones
the other possible problem with the Hobitat is that it doesnt have a full coverage fly,in a rain storm with high winds you could potentially get water blowing in under the fly
for camping in a campground during spring/summer with good weather this is a great family tent

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