Bring the whole family and the dog! Plenty of room…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $299
Bring the whole family and the dog! Plenty of room for all, ample headroom to maneuver without hindrance, and rainfly awnings over the front door and rear window for protected airflow in any weather.
- Easy setup
- Substantial floor space—85 sq ft
- Effective airflow
- Keeps inclement weather out
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6
What I love about the Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6:
- Spacious interior design
- Generous height (6'9"+)
- Ample fly awning for complete door and window coverage
- Bright interior (lime green floor likely to show dirt quickly...especially at staking points)
- Ease of setup...2 main body poles and 1 rainfly brow pole)
- Taped bathtub style floor and taped seams on rainfly
- Reflective guy-outs on rainfly (4 corners and 2 sides)
- Reflective zipper pulls on doors and windows
- Reflective and color-coded rainfly buckle attachment
- Ball-in-grommet style pole foot to securely attach to tent body
- Door window to allow flow-through with rear window
- Stout shock-corded poles
- Screen ceiling for air flow and condensation release
- Numerous screen storage sleeves (four in corners of ceiling screen, two larger pockets on opposite corners of tent body
- 9 interior attachment loops [1 top/center for lighting, 4 in four corners of the ceiling where screening meets tent body (most likely for gear loft), 4 midway down tent body along corner seams].
What I would change if I could:
- Add webbed grommet in the front/center of the tent floor below the door, so you can stake it and eliminate slack which affects smooth zipper pulls.
- Offer a "garage-style" vestibule like the Big Agnes Hotel series
Setup is not difficult for two. Definitely lay the tent body out flat and thread the two similar length tent body poles through the ceiling sleeves before inserting the pole end “ball feet” into the brass grommets on the four corners. Slide the sleeves to adjust evenly or you may significantly bend your poles. Snap the side seam clips from top to bottom.
Best to lay rainfly upside down, insert the brow pole ends into the angled sleeves of the rainfly and attach the hook-n-loop band around the brow poles. Though not necessary...align the buckles with the color-coded snap. It’s a taut fit, but attach the fly hook-n-loop around the tent poles at the four tent body seams. A good practice is to set this or any new tent up at home to become familiar with all its workings.
The Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6, at 85 sq ft of floor space, is a cavernous car camping/base camp tent. It's too big!—said nobody Ever!
Parents and kids alike will appreciate the vast interior when rain begins to fall, without the claustrophobic feeling. With this amount of volume and a peak height of 6.9 ft, it will be imperative to guy-out the fly properly as it will be affected by the wind. Necessary not only to minimize tent fabric “flapping” but to prevent poles from being compromised under heavy wind load. It weighs in at nearly 13 pounds, so keep that in mind before committing to hauling it distances.
The rainfly is full coverage on the sides but front and rear have extended awnings for easy doorway access and airflow through rear screen window and front door screen window. While there is understandably a place for tents with full coverage rainfly vestibules, I enjoy the ease of the awning style entrance. Not too many years ago...that’s all you had.
Tent fabric appears durable and coated where necessary. Giant front door opens in its entirety. So if you have a dry, bug-free environment it’s wonderful. I particularly appreciate that kids can work the zippers giving them unaided access.
This tent has seen use during the shoulder seasons around Colorado Springs and is currently enjoying a extended use in the Grand Canyon where the ample screening and open awning fly keeps the breeze moving through the tent. Used primarily by a family of four with a large quadruped, though grandparents have been welcomed.