I did only have this tent for a short amount of time to review, but it shined in a few key areas.
High quality materials and versatility. That is the easiest way to describe the Big Agnes Bunk House 8. It is billed as a car camping tent, but I would easy split this up with a couple buddies and take it into the backcountry and not think twice. At almost 23lbs, it is heavy, but it is HUGE.
This thing is STOUT. The poles aren’t like your traditional tent poles, they have a larger diameter and are made to withstand everything the environment has to throw at it. With that comes weight, but it is a trade off I am willing to make. The floor and fly are polyester with a 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating which sheds water incredibly well and dries quickly. The tent body is a combination of mesh for breathability, coated polyester and uncoated polyester for great durability in a variety of environments.
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Let’s talk about shelter mode. I know very few, if any, tents on the market that transform into a canopy quite as well as this. We brought the webbing footprint, poles and fly on a kayaking trip and set it right up on the banks of the river. If you know the Lower Salt River in AZ, you know bank-side shade can be a little tough to find in some sections. Quickly popping this gave us everything we needed to enjoy a sandwich and frothy beverage in the shade. The high quality polyester material allowed us to not think twice about throwing it in our bow and knowing it would come out unscathed. Setting the tent up in shelter mode is as easy as tossing down some webbing, putting in the poles and throwing on the fly. Simple, fast and easy to do.