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Sleep the whole family in one tent—take the easy-to-pitch Big Agnes Big House Tent with you the next time you go camping.
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After being caught in a downpour in the middle of the night with our old Kmart tent, we shopped around and bought the Big Agnes Big House 6.... We get soooo many inquiries and looks....Then we bought the vestibule... people come from out of nowhere to check it out. The vestibule really came in handy last camping trip , it started pouring rain just as we set up so we put our chairs and the dog (100# Yellow Lab) under the vestibule and waited for the rain to pass . and easy!!! My husband use to get irrate trying to set up the old tent and it took hours!! this we set up in less than 15 minutes.. he could do by himself but I like to help. My son camps a lot and knows a lot about camping as he has worked in Outdoor Outfitters. He has done white water rafting/ice mountainn climbing/etc...... HE was impressed with this tent as well! MOM DID WELL!!! LOVING IT
Are the roof vents and side vents able to...
Are the roof vents and side vents able to be zipped closed
Charie they do not zip closed .
Is it necessary to buy the vestibule? With...
Is it necessary to buy the vestibule? With the rain fly on, will I get some (any) "vestibule-like space" to store muddy boots, etc?
The fly doesn't really provide any covered area. If you want a place to store boots, packs, etc., you'll need the vestibule.
Big House 6 in wind
Bought BH6 for a dive trip/car camp at Himalaya Bay in Mexico. I was alone and had to put it up by myself, which was no problem. You MUST put the fly on or high wind will lift it. Mine walked around until I did. Once staked (I used heavy, long sand stakes) and fly-ed, it held up to screaming wind. It is a nice big tent, although not the manufactured quality I am used to from Big Agnes--but it was made in China, not Steamboat Springs, CO. Stuff I've gotten from the Steamboat Springs, CO, shop was better than anything made anywhere else.
Fall of the House of Big Agnes
I had a BH4 last year for 1 day, it blew down in a 40 mph wind even though 8-point guyed.... never got to sleep in it. Poles broke and tore the fly and body. I did like the design, however so I gave it another chance this year. I Just recieved my Big House 4 from Backcountry via Amazon. The new model does not have a skylight window, the internal compartments are reduced to 6 and cheaper aluminum poles are now the standard instead of the DAC anodized used last year. A little disapointed at the downgrade in features.
I have owned several BA products over the years, including sleeping bags, tents, pads, etc and have always been please with their quality.
When first opening my order, I was pleased by the weight of a 6 person tent and the well constructed/organized tent bag. When setting it up for the first time I found setup was easy and quick with light weight poles that offered a great amount of strength. I was impressed with the adequate ventilation and interior sides lined with pockets. So far I was pleased and couldnt believe the space it offered, but...
With further inspection of the interior I started finding that the stitching was poor. It made me feel that it was quickly put together without quality control. There were numerous loose threads and bunches in the seams. Just the feel of the fabric and mesh of the tent seemed cheap and wouldnt take much to wear it out. In my opinion what the tent walls should have been the same material as the fly, because that was the only quality fabric of the tent. After entering and exiting the tent a few times and noticed more things I didnt care for. The zippers had small teeth, tended to get snagged, and felt cheap. The doormat is a nuisance and silly looking if I would have kept the tent I would have cut it off.
Then came the ugly, it leaks BAD. After running a sprinkler on it for 20 minutes, all 6 pole corners were leaking. The fabric wasnt absorbing water, but actual puddles forming in the tent corners. Even though the fly was as tight as I could get it, it still seemed loose, probably contributing to the leaking.
I performed the same sprinkler test on my BA Seedhouse SL1 and BA Parkview 3, with no problems. I even took the garden hose sprayer and blasted them for several minutes in each corner, not a drop in those tents.
BA I like your gear, but your Big House has Big Issues!
Vestibule deployed on the BH6 and it's pretty sweet. I put a tarp down so the dogs have a place to chill that's shaded and not directly in the dirt.
The vestibule is a cool option but I haven't really found a use for it yet that made me think I couldn't live without it. It's a nice place to store camp chairs and tables and stuff when we leave camp for the day or at night to get out of the morning dew.
Picture shown with one side unzipped completely but both sides do unzip.
Great for Car Camping
This is our 1st tent but i have been camping for years with Scouts. We received it and set it up in the backyard. I do agree one on one thing that the mesh net had a couple of minor snags. The other thing that happened when we set it up is that one of the poles snapped due to something my 7 year old did, not in half but it now has a minor rip where the 2 poles meet but since we went camping this weekend have not had a chance to deal with it but it is not BA's fault and did not compromise the putting the poles together.
I will say that we have 2 adults, 1 male @72", 2 females at 60" and 1 7 year old @48". My hubby and i slept on a queen air mattress. My daughter slept on a twin air mattress and my son slept on the self inflating sleeping bag mat. It was a very tight fit. So much so that in some ways, i wish i had bought a bigger tent. However, I knew that most of the time, my husband would be setting the tent up with the 7 year old for scouts, and that they needed something that was not too unwieldy to set up.
If you use any air mattresses, you will be hard pressed to fit them all in this tent.
I do like the tent. When set up properly and guyed out, we did not have any sags and the tent vestie was great although it would be nice if it was taller and if it zipped to the tent like a sleeping bag or similar. We laid down a tarp in the vestie for our clothes and it really helped with giving us more room.
I like the way the footprint works with the tent and keeps everything situated. I also like the fact that for Scouts, we can leave the vestie at home and not bother with it but for car camping it was invaluable.
Once we guyed it out, we rolled back part of the fly because we knew it was not going to rain and the inner mesh kept us cool and comfie in the 90/70 temps.
We did have some condensation in the vestie but none in the tent, but i confess, we used a fan that kept the air circulating so i think that played a big part in the lack of condensation.
I would definetely buy another Big Agnes tent.
The main thing is that my hubby loved it and he is not a tent camper. He loved the ease of set up and take down.
As you can see, plenty of room in this big boy
I only have a small K-Mart tent to compare this one with but this was such a massive upgrade, I had to give it 5 stars. I read the reviews here carefully and made sure to guy the rain fly securely. This tent did not leak through 36 hours of straight rain and the size made it comfortable enough for us to retreat to for hours to stay dry. It fit two adults, our 1 y.o.'s pack-n-play, a camp chair and a soggy wheaten terrier.
1.the color - bright and cheery, making every day start right - wonderful,
2.size - very, very spacious for 3 adult size and one 5'3" large kid,
3.height - my husband (6') could stand up easily and we could all stand at the same time - throughout the tent,
4.skylight - fabulous to see the stars, rain, blue skies,
5.tons and tons of pockets - I never thought I'd have enough, but this one had them!!!
1.cheap quality materials - the netting had snags in it before we opened it and got several more after only a few uses and the netting was not even close to the quality of Sierra Designs, nor any of the other materials (We had a Sierra Design for 17 years before needing a bigger tent and it didn't get a snag for the first 14 years!),
2.saggy fit - (look at some of the pictures) the tent could never be tight because the material wasn't cut correctly so there was tons of sagging and flapping,
3.the rain fly could not be staked out tight, so I'm certain the rain would have collected on the tent itself,
4.the optional vestibule was a joke! - we tried putting it on and it was cut so poorly it was ridiculous and we had to nearly crawl to get inside, which rather defeats the purpose of a tent you can stand inside (very, very disappointing since that was the primary reason I bought the tent - so we could get inside without getting rain inside our tent and store wet things out there,
5.the door did not zip and unzip well,
6.there were lots of flaws in the sewing,
7.a gust of wind while set up in the back yard bent the poles and tore a hole in the rainfly (never had a big tent before, but I feel certain this is because the material was cut so poorly that there was no way to guy out the tent tightly,
8.no cover or vestibule on the main rainfly,
9.started getting rips in some of the seams after only about a dozen nights of use (ridiculous!).
I could probably name a few more things. The bottom line is that the reviews were all so glowing and we loved so many features that I was shocked at the poor quality when it arrived. When the tent was torn up, we took it back to where we bought it and they gave us our money back. I'm still sad. I loved the design, size and features, but the quality was terrible. I'd buy this same design tent again if someone like Sierra Design were to make it with quality materials and precision cut and a better door to keep rain out when you open it (not found yet)!!!
Oh yeah, and the footprint is stupid - (don't know why Big Agnus isn't listening on that one) - but we used it to cover our shoes since there is not a door on the rainfly (again - stupid).
Okay for camping in the backyard so you have a backup. Okay if you have a backup. Won't last.
It pretty much rules
Car camping, road trips this tent is pretty much right in your wheelhouse. It stores up nicely in my roof box, even though packed away it's pretty huge- but what do you expect, it's a freaking 6 man tent! Big enough for my wife and I plus plenty of room for my 2 year old to chase my two 70lb dogs around the inside. The vestibule is a nice touch especially when the dogs need a break from being corralled by the kiddo and would like some additional space to hang out.
The tent sets up quickly, and it only takes 1 person so if Mom needs to tend to the kids and dogs Dad can set up the tent without any assistance (or feeling the need to cuss.)
It's too bad the poles aren't strong enough to support a mounted flat screen... or are they??
Big Agnes Big House Big Room
Absolutely love this tent. Now that we have kiddos and don't backpack anymore, we needed a family tent and wanted room for luxury. Two cots, two kids on sleeping pads, and room for all gear, and tons of room to stand up and change. Holds up well in wind and rain (no leaks under fly, despite whipping winds), cold nights in Yellowstone were warm enough, hot nights in southern Utah were cool enough. Easy to set up. Couldn't be happier.
Big tent, lots of ventilation and views
Like most tents you must lay opposite and cram in to get the max people, I think this would be a great 3 adult or two adult and 2 kids tent. I learned the hard way how crucial it is to properly stake,cinch and even guy out the fly as mine leaked (operator error not the fault of the tent) we were in a steady rain all night so much so that it was hard to sleep through luckily we had some extra diapers. Lesson learned!
Plenty of room
This tent is more than comfy for two people. And its nice that I'm over 6'1" and I can stand up inside.
After the storm
This tent holds up incredibly well in foul weather. Staked out completely, I slept comfortably knowing the tent was super secure.
Amazing for car camping
This tent is amazing, and the accessory vestibule is clutch. My girl and I sat out a killer lightning storm this night. And all that is lighting it up is the BD Orbit lantern.
A Big House Among Big Houses
I've now owned the Big Agnes Big House 6 for two years, and have used it for four, extended (week+) outings during that time. The tent has seen all kinds of conditions, including torrential southwest monsoon rains, extreme winds (40+ mph), elevation (11k feet), heat (114F), you name it. The tent was purchased originally for car camping on a roadtrip from the California wine country (home) to the desert southwest. Given that the trip was scheduled for early September, the tail end of the monsoon season, I was a little concerned with the tent's specsifications with respect to water proofing. The 1500mm PU coated floor borders on the "minimum" rating necessary for true water-proofness. Competitive tents in this class typically use beefier coatings (2000mm to 3000mm).
It turns out that my concerns weren't well-founded. Other than tracked-in water from the puddle that forms on the (rather silly) attached welcome mat, this tent is extremely weather tight. I now tuck the welcome mat under, between the floor and footprint.
As for wind resistance, for such a tall, large profile tent, this one is excellent. Mine has seen days of 40+ mph sustained gusts without collapse, failure, or pole bending. Key is staking it out taughtly, and properly tightening and guying the fly. In big puffs you will get some vibration and fluttering, and the side will flatten a bit, but the structure will flex back into place when the puff dissipates.
Set-up is pretty easy, though the eyebrow poles over the doors are a bit "fussy," and it is important to install them correctly for maximum weatherproofness. By the second set-up I could pitch, fly and guy the tent in approximately 10 minutes. The colors are cheery, which is a plus, particularly under gray skies.
For the price, quality and capability, the Big House 6 is a very nice option. Highly recommended.
I bought this tent at the begining of the...
I bought this tent at the begining of the summer and have used it once (hot weather). I loved it, my only concern is that I have read reviews that say the tent has leaked. Before buying the tent I did a ton of research and looked at almost every family tent out their. I thought I got the best one available, but I have read reviews that have said the tent leaked. I was concered with the floor I was expecting a more prominent bathtub design, like Coleman.
Has anybody had any issues with water leaking in?
This tent has lots of big surface areas, and lets face it, it's easy to not get the fly on tight or with enough separation between it and the shell, especially given that most people laze out when it comes to guying out the tent, even when the weather totally calls for it. Opinions also don't necessarily translate into good and proper tent pitching skills. Did anybody pinpoint the source of the leaks, or were they maybe mistaking condensation for leakage? All the reviews here look pretty solid and glowing, and seem to generally indicate no leaking worth mentioning.
I wouldn't worry about the floor seams- they're taped. You should set up in the yard and take the nozzle and hose to it. You're own testing is going to quickly show you if and where you have any problems. Hope that helped.
I had this tent leak on me but, it was my fault as I forgot to cinch down the fly causeing the overhang to angle down. Since the fly on this tent doesn't have a vestibule (optional add on) and doesn't comletely cover the outside of the tent (see pics) it is crucial that the overhang over the doors is properly staked, cinched and even guyed to force the water to run down the fly. I'm guessing operator error caused most others to have leaks. I also think the additional vestibule will help.