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Big Agnes Mad House 3

rated 2.5 of 5 stars

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photo: Big Agnes Mad House 3 3-4 season convertible tent


Price Historic Range: $226.79-$349.00
Reviewers Paid: $252.00


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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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $252

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