Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Tent

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The Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Tent provides the room you need to sleep eight people or serves as a meeting and meal room for the entire expedition. Full-on winter-ready construction handles nasty mountain storms with high winds and lots of snow, so you don’t have stuff flying away or a tent turning into a kite. This Big Agnes tent gives you enough room to stand up in the middle and includes a spacious vestibule so you can get in and out without soaking everything.

Frame:

  • Pole sleeves and plastic clips attach the tent body to the pole frame for a convenient, quick setup; color-coded webbing and buckles ease setup as well

Insulation:

  • Vestibules can be closed down completely, rolled up, or pitched out to use as a shaded porch
  • One large front vestibule and one smaller rear vestibule store packs, boots, and pets while you bed down inside

Weather and Wind:

  • Rainfly is made from durable ripstop polyester with 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating; all seams are taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape
  • Polyurethane-coated fly and floor keep you and your gear dry when the rains come
  • Tent's floor and fly seams are taped to help eliminate rain penetration during spring and summer storms

Comfort:

  • By using poles of differing diameters, the aluminum Pressfit combi pole system maximizes headroom and comfort

Pockets:

  • Briefcase-style carry bag features long shoulder straps and organizational pockets
  • Includes 12 mesh floor pockets organize gear; gear loft loops let you add your own loft
  • Mesh storage pockets hold your headlamp and a map after you and your companion finish planning the next day's trail assault

Fabric:

  • Breathable mesh and ripstop polyester walls fight condensation

Lining and Layers:

  • Reflective guy line makes it easier to find your tent after late-night bathroom trips

Fit:

  • DAC aluminum poles, press-fit connectors, and clips make this tent easy to assemble day or night, rain or shine

Ventilation:

  • Mesh windows in the canopy and multiple rainfly vents keep air moving to prevent condensation inside the tent

Manufactured:

  • All Big Agnes tents feature poles made with DAC's Green Anodizing process, which eliminates the chemical polishing stage, reduces the need for hazardous chemicals, and recycles water throughout the rinsing process

Features:

  • Reflective guyline provides nighttime visibility
  • 1 large main door and a smaller back door allow easy access; 1 vestibule covers the main door and offers gear storage
  • High ceiling (72 inches) and double door design provide lots of room for you and your three companions
  • Package also includes hook-shaped aluminum stakes
  • Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only
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The Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 deluxe car camping/base camp tent will withstand a winter snowfall and features a main area that sleeps 6 and a smaller area that sleeps 2.

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Activity:Family & car camping
Canopy fabric:Ripstop polyester/nylon mesh
Design type:Freestanding tent
Floor area:112 square feet
Floor dimensions:14 ft. 7 in. x 9 ft. 7 in. inches
Floor dimensions - metric:444 x 292 centimeters
Floor fabric:Coated polyester
Minimum trail weight:22 lbs. 6 oz.
Minimum trail weight - metric:10.15 kilograms
Number of doors:2 doors
Number of poles:4
Packaged weight:27 lbs. 12 oz.
Packed size:8 x 27 inches
Peak height:(main area) 6 ft. + (back area) 4 ft. 6 in.
Peak height - metric:(main area) 183 + (back area) 137 centimeters
Pole diameter:11 to 13 millimeters
Pole material:Aluminum Pressfit combi
Rainfly fabric:Coated ripstop polyester
Seasons:3 - 4-season
Sleeping capacity:8+ people
Vestibule area:35 square feet
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Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Tent Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Big Agnes gets big thumbs up!

We bought this tent to accommodate our growing family of 4 and all of our gear. We had a 6-man tent but frankly that just held the air mattresses and NO bags. We wanted something bigger so we could spread out. We also wanted something that would afford us a bit of privacy. This tent was perfect for that. During the day we had the partition open to circulate the air but at night we put our 2 small kids (4 & 6) in the back area (with their bags, air mattresses and all the stuffed animals, LOL!) and zipped it closed--plenty of room for them. They loved having their own "room" but still being able to come to see mom and dad if they got scared of the dark. Then my husband and I had our 2 thermarests together in the front with TONS of room left to walk and for our bags. Could have easily fit a queen air mattress in there. Although I'm only 5' 3" and most dome tents fit me okay, I loved being able to stand up straight and still be able to reach up above my head. The built-in vestibule is large enough for me to stand in as well and has enough room for muddy gear or boots. Lastly, when started shopping we didn't realize that most tents this size do not offer a full rain fly which is a must in my book for any extended camping trip and this tent's full-coverage rain fly performed very well when the rain came. The quality of the material is top notch and the poles seems pretty solid and easy to assemble. The directions were very simple and it took 2 of us about 30 minutes to fully stake it out. Once set-up, it was quite sturdy. I like the briefcase design of the stuff sack--felt very organized and easy to find all the components. Overall, VERY thrilled with this tent and so glad we bought it. it will sure to last us for years with our kids. Would totally recommend this to anyone who loves to car camp and needs the size.

Why not 5 stars? For a tent this size (and price), it REALLY needs to have more interior gear pockets. As is there are only 4 in the front (2 tiny and 2 super huge) and 2 huge ones in the back. There should be more varied sizes to better organize one's gear. I added the footprint and an interior gear loft and plan to add a second loft but quite honestly, because of it's price these things should be included. Because it's so large I would also love to have a way to roll up the sides of the rain fly to better ventilate the tent on sunny days without removing/unstake the whole thing as opposed to just the windows--similar to the way the doors in the front and back roll up. Then there is the size--it's heavy and huge, but we car camp and wanted a large tent to feel like we could stretch out and be comfortable so we actually like the size. Could be a negative trying to find an adequate space on a site to accommodate it though.
BigStarMama at REI on 08/08/2011

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 = Excellence!

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8, (3.5 Season Tent)This is truly one of the nicest tents I have seen or had the pleasure of owning. As a seasoned camper who has done backpack camping and car camping for many, many years; the Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 is at the pinnacle of car camping tents. The tent was not difficult to assemble considering it was my first time doing it. The duffle bag that comes with the tent is designed well with nice sized compartments for all components of the tent along with an attached instructions list; it even has room for the foot-print (sold separately). I highly recommend purchasing the foot-print for this or any tent you buy. After skimming the directions to get the color coding for the front door, the assembly was pretty typical for a tent like this; you done one, you could do them all. It took me about 20-25 minutes by myself and I'm only 5'9"! This tent is very user friendly and any camper could set this tent up without problems.My wife and I are avid campers and we had our first child (a boy!) earlier in the year and we couldn't wait till the day we could take our son camping. Well, that day came over this years Halloween weekend. We went to Big Sur, Ca to break in the new tent and what a great experience it was! We went with a few friends, one of which had a child as well, and we quickly became "Base Camp" with the new Big Agnes. One of the best features has to be the vestibule. We keep so much gear in the vestibule it was ridiculous. Everything from ice chests to an off road jogging stroller! And there was still enough room to get in and out of the tent without problems. The inside of the tent is like a palace! Ample storage compartments throughout the tent, nice retractable partition to make second room in back and well ventilated even with all of the fly vents closed. The temperature was pretty normal for this time of year…70-75 high, 37-42 low, with winds in the evening around 5-10 mph (didn't need to use the guy lines…this time). We have had some multiple day down pours with wind gusts around 35+ mph at Big Sur in past experiences with our Wenger backpacking tent and held up well; so I have no doubt that this tent will hold up to those conditions and then some. Since this was our first time camping with a 6 month old we packed heavy. We had a queen sized blow up bed and a pack-n-play with plenty of room to walk around without bending over due to the wonderful height of the tent. We also had a nice crawl space for our son when he was over stimulated in the outdoors. This tent really is like…a Condo! Super Nice!!Overall, Big Agnes has done their homework and produced a high quality tent that I would recommend to anyone I know! The logo for Big Agnes is, 'b a' which is also known as….[*]!! Thanks Big Agnes for making a great tent…and Thank you too REI!
Roballs at REI on 11/11/2009

I originally “cut my camping teeth” on The North Face backpacking tents (VE-23 & VE-25), so I’ve come to expect my tents to be beyond dependable, and hold up to some pretty “hairy” unexpected weather conditions like driving rain, high winds, sleet, hail and snow (or any combinations of the above). Normal camping for us ranges between 4,000’ to 8,400’, and at this point in our life, the backpacking tents are “history” (we want room, comfort, and bigger doors). I love the Flying Diamond 6’s aluminum poles, and they do form an exceptionally strong geodesic structure, evidenced by our 2nd trip out with it …..50+ mph winds (all day & night) in Death Valley N.P., and it never flinched. (For the first time in my life, I’m looking forward to some really nasty weather conditions on a camping trip. I’m dying to take this thing out for a real “test drive”!) It’s very roomy, evidenced by the wife & I sleeping in the main room with gear, while the back room is occupied by our 8 month old, 76 pound German Shepherd puppy inside her large kennel (she gets the back room), and we still had room to spare. The ventilation is great with the 2 doors and the air vents built into the fly. It’s great for sleeping without the fly on….there’s nothing like a celestial light show to lull you to sleep at night. There’s lots of mesh pockets, and the gear loft tabs in the roof provide spots to hang LED lights for interior lighting. With the reflective guy lines, I’m no longer tripping over them in the dark…..great feature! The only drawback I found was in the front door zipper….it takes a little patience to get it around the bottom corner. We love this tent. We’ve definitely become Big Agnes fans, and in my opinion, structurally Big Agnes rivals The North Face, but without the heavy duty, industrial strength pricing.

Michael L at Backcountry.com on 05/24/2011

Awesome Tent

This tent is awesome. I had a hard time deciding between this tent or the Kingdom 8. I feel this tent will hold up better in any storm that it faces. The Kingdom 8 has more head room and can have an attached garage to make it bigger, but the whole thing looks like a big caterpillar. I was afraid it wouldn't hold up in a bad storm with lots of wind. The Flying diamond 8 looks and feels stable when properly anchored down. It does have room to stand in to change which I like. It does have some mesh but not the whole thing which I like because I like having less opportunity to tear or get ripped. I have only taken the tent for a test run in the back yard, but we had pretty good storms and pretty high wind gust. It all so has plenty of mesh pockets on the in side. You can roll of the fly half way up to let more of a breeze in if you like on a nice day. Over all I think I made a great choice going with the flying diamond 8. I would rather have a piece of mind knowing that I took a more weather proof tent over comfort. By the way it does have lots of space that me and my family can enjoy.
Brandon the Hiker at REI on 06/06/2013

Ok, after trashing my last "big" tent at Burning Man in 2008, I needed a new one for this year. Our requirements were simple: a 6 - 8 person tent, had to be about 6 feet tall, room for a double size air mattress, room for two adults to store lots of clothes and stuff, good in the wind, walls that reasonably sealed out dust, strong enough to survive a black rock desert wind/dust storm, not too expensive.
Here's how the BA flying diamond did: could easily accommodates 8 adults, I'm 5 feet 8 inches tall and had some headroom in the middle of the tent, easily handled our space requirements, held up well in winds up to about 35 mph (never got windier than that), sealed out the dust.
Ok, it met the basic requirements... here's the rest of the details. This is not a true "four season" tent. The top of the main body is mesh/screen and does not completely seal out the elements. The rainfly provides good protection, but the main body of the tent does not completely seal off. The vestibule is huge and provides a 6 foot x 4 foot floorspace of additional usable space. The tent is well made and doesn't take too long to set up. Overall, it survived 6 days in one of the harshest desert environments and is ready for its next trip.

Alex Gross at Backcountry.com on 09/21/2009

Would recommend to everyone.

If you want a lot of space on a car camping trip this is the tent for you. We flew to Yellowstone with this tent and spent a week there and it preformed phenomenally. It gave us tons of space, it never leaked, it handled a hail storm like it was a drizzle, and it was easy to set up and pull down, though I would recommend as with any tent setting it up at home once before going into the field. We had room for a queen size blow up mattress, chairs and all of our stuff, minus food and cooking gear of course, you don't want bears popping in. With all of that we still had a huge open space to change. Very sturdy very comfortable, after weeks of research i am confident i made the right choice.

As a note, the poles come pre-bent in two place each on the large poles to help vault the ceiling. So ignore the post about bent poles.

My only complaint would be that I wish the vestibule entrance was as tall as the main entrance.
Kevin the Enthusiast at REI on 07/07/2013

First Impressions - Great product

I had an entry level family tent which served us well for about 10 years but as the family got older and I was rained out of the old tent twice it was time to move up to better gear. I'm rating this 5 based on first impressions after 3 days of use it has been though heavy winds but no heavy rain.

This tent is fairly technical to set-up. It may not be the best first tent for you. The tent has a lot of great features that you won't find in entry level family tents - full length rain fly and vestibule, good ventilation, gear pockets and great stability against the wind for a tall tent.

I've seen some complaints about the lack of visibility with the rainfly on but the fly has intelligently located tie-backs so that you can leave the fly on and open up the tent on a sunny day. So far this is a great tent. I can't wait to see how it handles in heavy rain and will try to provide an update.
CubmasterPaul at REI on 06/06/2013

I've just come back from using this tent for the first time and felt I should enter a review given I use 'review' information so much. This tent is sensational. We survived raining nights without a leak. The tent went up in less than 15 min with the 2 of us and was hugely comfortable for myself, wife and 2 daughters. The Large Vestibule at the front is fantastic and with a ground sheet at the front, the tent stayed dry and clean inside while it was raining. The tent is so well constructed with the poles all slightly bent to ensure correct 'dome' shapeness and the venting on it meant we could regulate the breeze going through it. My kids loved the closed off section at the back of the tent too. Highly recommend this tent for groups of 3 - 6. It would probably start getting cramped with 7-8 people. (unless you are midgets)

aazp136445 at Backcountry.com on 12/16/2012

Great Family Tent

We'd previously owned one of the cheaper 6-man family tents. The quality was so-so (it started leaking/falling apart a bit after just a few seasons of light use) and was missing some features (no vestibule/area for muddy shoes, etc.).

I used this recently on a daddy-daughter campout. It exceeded my expectations! The quality is bomb-proof, the features highlighted below are great and there was more than enough room for everyone. I was also able to set it up by myself (I'm 5' 11") with just a bit of help from my 2 young daughters.

Great features:
Vestibule - it is VERY roomy and absolutely perfect
2 Doors - really like the secondary entry at the back
Lots of pockets, etc.
Nice vents to keep airflow moving

I spent the extra money this time to purchase a tent that will last our family for many years and I'm confident it was the right choice!
B Rey at REI on 05/05/2011

Awesome Family Tent!

For years my family had used a well made family tent that sported a full-cover fly. The one thing that we wished we had was a large vestibule.

After investigating to see what other tent manufacturers had to offer, the Flying Diamond 8 by Big Agnes rose to the top of our list of "best family tents".

We bought the Flying Diamond 8 and have used it several times this year.
It's size is perfect. It's construction and finish show great care and clever design. The quality is apparent in every detail. For example, the reflective guy lines, the well-placed fly vents, and the tent's compartmentalized carry bag. Oh yes, don't forget the vestibule - oh that vestibule. It's just what we'd been looking for. It's large well made. It's a perfect entrance and storage area for our entire family and our gear.

Well done, Big Agnes. Well done.
PabloCamper at REI on 07/07/2011

Negative Reviews:

We used this tent on four trips. We loved it. Then the main zipper broke and the others weren't far behind. We were very disappointed. Nothing ruins a tent like bad zippers.

Nicole Bishop at Backcountry.com on 05/27/2012

This is not a 4 season tent.

Consumer Joe at Backcountry.com on 05/23/2011