Big Agnes Big House
Industry magazines and consumers agreed that the Big Agnes Big House is an excellent buy. ConsumerSearch.com names it the choice for Best Family Dome Tent and one of the top-rated family tents for car camping, citing storm protection, light weight, ventilation, storage and set-up as positives for the tent. In its rating, the organization found excellent reviews from a variety of sources including customer ratings on Backcountry.com and REI and magazines like "Outside" and "Backpacker." The Big House 6 enjoys a five-star rating on Backcountry and a 4.5-star rating on REI.
Big Sky Evolution 2P
At the opposite end of the spectrum from the Big House, the Evolution 2P is an ultralight backpacking tent. ConsumerSearch.com listed this as another best pick, citing some in-depth reviews from sites like BackpackingLight.com and BackpackGearTest.org. The former is quoted as calling the Evolution 2P " the lightest, best designed, most user-friendly three-season two-person double-wall freestanding tent available." ConsumerSearch.com provides high marks for ventilation (a problem for many ultralight tents), weight and lifetime warranty.
The Big Sky Evolution 2P is a two-person tent with a starting weight of just 2 lb. 12.7 oz. (body, fly, poles). The weight will vary because Big Sky offers the option of selecting from a variety of rain flies, poles and other equipment, some of which make the tent even lighter. The weight given includes carbon fiber poles. The tent has two doors.
Article Written By Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.