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Big Agnes C Bar 2

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Big Agnes C Bar 2 three-season tent

Solid, packable, reasonably light tent, better for one-person use.


  • Pitches fairly easily
  • Tough materials
  • Easy pole system
  • Reasonable air flow and venting
  • Adequate features without being too much
  • Good price for a Big Agnes


  • Not enough pegs supplied
  • Cross bar plastic clip broke after 2 uses
  • Would have preferred a brighter fly color

I've used this tent on numerous backpacking, kayak, and motorcycle trips. It's a solid, light, easy to use tent with good space for one person. For two it would work, but would be ridiculously tight.

The one-piece pole system is super simple to set up, has color-coded tips, and packs away easily. The cross bar has this sort of 90 degree swing out plastic support that quickly broke, but it still works ok. 

The tent is super sturdy and would stand up to any wind with all the guy points staked out, though BA didn't provide enough stakes so you have to buy a few more. 

The color is kinda cool, the white fly actually stands out nicely in summer, but in winter I think you're almost camouflaged, which isn't ideal. There are reflective points on the guys which make it easy to see in the dark with a light. 

It packs down fairly small and light, especially if you don't bother with the stuff sack, which brings you under 4 lbs. The sack is a decent size and easy to put the tent into though, and I do use it when kayaking. I haven't had issues with condensation, even in winter. 

I bought the matching ground sheet which is made of excellent, durable material and works perfectly with the tent, and allows a fly-only setup, which I haven't tried, though it looks a bit flimsy.

The inside has three mesh side pockets and overhead guy points for stringing a clothes line or light, and the vestibule is a reasonable size... again for one person.

I find the zip on the vestibule a little tricky to open and close as it zips down way out front and is hard to reach, but the zips are very strong and the closure system solid.

Overall this is a stellar one-person tent that I'm very pleased with and that will certainly last many years.  

Kayak trip, northern Alberta
Green Lake, BC
Backpacking, Sawback Lake, Banff NP


Last tent was a Sierra Designs 2-person tent, which was a fair bit heavier but also very durable, and perhaps easier to set up than the C Bar. I've used a Clip Flashlight type tent as well, but the C Bar is far superior.

Source: received it as a personal gift

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Price MSRP: $199.95
Current Retail: $249.95
Historic Range: $129.93-$249.95
Trail Weight 3 lb 9 oz / 1.62 kg
Packed Weight 4 lb / 1.81 kg
Fast Fly Weight 2 lb 12 oz / 1.25 kg
Packed Size 6 x 19 in / 5 x 48 cm
Floor Area 28 sq ft / 2.6 sq m
Head Height 41 in / 104 cm
Vestibule Area 7 sq ft / 0.7 sq m
Number of Seasons 3
Number of Doors 1
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