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.
|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|
|Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Footprint||$75.00 - $79.95|
|Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 - 2 Room - 8 Person Tent||$639.95|
|Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 3-Season Camping Tent||$639.94|
I originally cut my camping teeth on The North Face backpacking tents (VE-23 & VE-25), so Ive 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 6s 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, Im looking forward to some really nasty weather conditions on a camping trip. Im dying to take this thing out for a real test drive!) Its 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. Its great for sleeping without the fly on .theres nothing like a celestial light show to lull you to sleep at night. Theres 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, Im 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. Weve definitely become Big Agnes fans, and in my opinion, structurally Big Agnes rivals The North Face, but without the heavy duty, industrial strength pricing.
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.
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)
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.
This is not a 4 season tent.