The Big Agnes Big House 6 is a three season, freestanding tent that can sleep up to six people comfortably. It is one of the top rated tents for family camping and it isn’t hard to understand why. Not only is it remarkably lightweight for a tent of its size and purpose, the Big House 6 also has color coded webbing and buckles that make it so quick and easy enough to set up that one person could do it alone. It is 6 feet 3 inches high and has 90 square feet of space to move around in, so you’ll never feel cramped or uncomfortable on long trips. It’s bright color scheme makes it easily visible in crowded campsites during the day, and it also comes with a reflective guy line so you won’t have trouble finding it at night either. For muddy hiking shoes, Big Agnes included a cute doormat at the front door to help keep dirt out of the tent. It has a full polyester mesh inner tent that allows for great ventilation, while the durable outer fly has a 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating for excellent protection from the elements. The Big House 6 also has twelve interior pockets for everyone in your group to store their essential items, and, for additional storage, there is a vestibule and gear loft sold separately.
You can purchase the Big House 6 tent on BigAgnes.com or other online retailers like Amazon.com, Moosejaw.com or REI.com for about $360.
We give Big Agnes’ Big House 6 a B+ because it is a great family tent for short trips when the weather is nice. It is easy to set up and feels spacious and airy inside. We deducted a few points because the abundance of mesh doesn’t allow for much privacy or heat retention. Some customers also complained that the seams weren’t sealed properly, which allowed water to leak into the tent. Finally, if you plan on filling the tent to capacity, you will need to purchase the $110 vestibule or you won’t have enough room for your guests and their gear.
There weren’t a huge number of reviews online for the Big Agnes Big House 6, but the reviews I saw were relatively positive. It received a 4.1/5 on REI.com (27 reviews), a 4.6/5 on Amazon.com (11 reviews) and a 5/5 on Moosejaw.com (12 reviews). When I started to read further, however, I was surprise by how generous a few people were with their ratings despite having issues with the tent. The tent’s waterproofing came up a couple of times with mixed reviews. A few reviewers commented that the factory didn’t do a great job sealing the seams and suggested other customers seal the seams themselves. Despite being advertised as a three-season tent, the Big House 6 isn’t a great tent for true three-season camping because of the abundance of mesh. It’s probably most ideal for warm weather camping or for use as a beach cabana. If you are considering purchasing this tent, my advice is to think carefully about how you will use it. If you are a fair weather, summertime camper with a small family, this tent could be perfect for you. However, if you are going to use the tent in bad weather, you should take into consideration that you will probably have to purchase the footprint and additional stakes/guy lines or you might not be happy with the tent’s performance. If you travel with a large entourage and plan on filling the tent to capacity, you’ll most likely need to purchase the vestibule, too. All of these extra accessories really drive up the cost of this tent, and, depending on what you need, you may want to look at some other tents in this category.
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