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Old 07-20-2009, 11:32 AM   #106
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Big Agnes Big House

Purchased a Big Agnes Big House 4 for car camping, and after using it a few times it replaced my Sierra Designs Orion AST as my preferred motorcycle tent.

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http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/BigHouse4 (Tent)
http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Det...ules/option/46 (Vestibule)

Pluses:
-Able to stand up in, and move around (so-called "cabin style")
-Large
-Integrated gear pockets on side
-Two doors, both with mesh "windows" that can be zippered open
-Skylight on rain-fly
-Mesh all over the place
-Did I mention being able to stand?

Minuses:
-Heavy - 12lbs 3 ozs
-Large (set-up and packed)
-Separate vestibule

Items of Note:
-Color coded buckles to attach rainfly on body
-Comes with reflective guylines
-Freestanding tent with 3 hub-less poles

I love being able to stand up and actually move around a tent, get dressed, etc. For me, that makes up for increased size and weight. I don't like how the vestibule is a separate purchase, to me a vestibule is an integral part of a tent, but I get how huge it is. I did purchase the vestibule, only draw back is that it isn't as tall as the tent, but on par with other vestibules. I've been using the 4 person version as a 1 person tent for awhile, and the extra space is addictive. In the same "cabin-style" is REI's Hobitat 4 (newly redesigned I believe). Got it from REI via an online sale for $200, could not pass up the price. Very glad I didn't.

It's definitely not for everybody, but it's for me. Plus with all that extra room there's somewhere for the sorority girls to go when their tents collapse :-}

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Old 07-20-2009, 01:39 PM   #107
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Purchased a Big Agnes Big House 4 for car camping, and after using it a few times it replaced my Sierra Designs Orion AST as my preferred motorcycle tent.
+1 for the big house. It's a heavy tent by backpacking standards but having the ability to stand and get dressed is worth the few added pounds to me.
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:30 PM   #108
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Velo question:


Ive never seen the inside of one, is the top fabric of the inner mesh or solid fabric? The fly comes very close to ground so if it's soild fabric how is the ventilation in there on hot days
Here you go, take a look...





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Old 09-07-2009, 07:14 PM   #109
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Ive never seen the inside of one, is the top fabric of the inner mesh or solid fabric? The fly comes very close to ground so if it's soild fabric how is the ventilation in there on hot days
Yep, solid, which is nice if you want to just set up the main tent and not fiddle with the rainfly. For times you know it won't be raining.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:46 PM   #110
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Marmot Den

I just got this tent two weeks ago. It's heavy for backpacking (~10lbs.) but not that bad if it's split up between people.

I was kind of depressed to buy this tent. Not because of features or material but because it fell under the 'family' category. Am I growing old faster than everyone else? I used to look under 'expedition' or 'backpacking' categories and now 'family'.

Anyway, you could park a VW in the tent and vestibule, it's huge. So huge that I can't pitch it inside and watch cartoons on Saturdays. I still wonder about the Marmot colors and how they have (in the past) attracted insects.

My 2 cents.
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Old 09-08-2009, 06:47 PM   #111
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Here's one that won't break the bank like the MSR Velo and that North Face one and if you don't mind fiberglass poles take a look at the other one on the site as it's only $133 and free shipping to US and Canada. It's got potential so I might just try one of these.

http://www.greatadventure.ca/00cart/...idproduct=1151
I bought one of these and spent 24 nites in it in 5 weeks. I paid $92 plus $10 shipping. I give it a big
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:27 AM   #112
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I was kind of depressed to buy this tent. Not because of features or material but because it fell under the 'family' category. Am I growing old faster than everyone else? I used to look under 'expedition' or 'backpacking' categories and now 'family'.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:07 PM   #113
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Is that really all there is?

I was, at the very least, hoping for a little front yard to set my folding chair/kermit chair/butterfly chair, tape my black socks up (not white), and sip on something STRONG

This is a great thread....it took me until I had read through every page to comment but there's great information in here. Amazing. Keep it up!
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:33 PM   #114
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:55 AM   #115
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The only other one that I think is comparable is the Big Agnes Emerald Mountain SL1 or 2 with the optional vestibule ... but it's not cheap either. Never seen one up close so maybe I won't like it. Any opinions?

I tried the cheaper route but it's too big for just me ...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=472175
Those are nice tents. The local Outfitter has them on display on the floor.
The SL2 would be a very roomy one man, but still enough room for 2. The optional vestibules are huge!!!! Very Spendy for the whole rig though.
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:25 AM   #116
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Ah, someome who has seen it up close, perfect.

Is the vestibule big enough to allow you to sit up in a Kermit chair and spread your legs out plus keep some luggage and maybe cook a meal?

Is the vestibule on the SL1 much smaller?

My thoughts are to pack both vestibules and for overnights use the small one and if spending a couple of days in one location just put the larger one up.

Which one would you go for for 1 person touring?
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:25 AM   #117
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07 gs kermit and BA EM SL2. Not quite high enough for me to sit in the vestibule Aside from that it'll do everything you want
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:58 AM   #118
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Thanks for the info, that helps a lot. Either a lower chair or cut those damn legs down a few inches

Your from across the pond so I'm wondering if you've seen one of these Eureka's up close. Not sold in North America.

http://www.eurekaeurope.com/en/tents...p=3&product=66
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:20 PM   #119
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why not just get a tarp and erect it over your tent? Then you have plenty of vestibule room for the chair, for cooking and even for your bike if need be.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:08 PM   #120
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