Big Agnes Blacktail 4 Person Dome Tent Review

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Big Agnes's Blacktail 4 With the Fly Open

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Big Agnes Blacktail 4 With the Fly Off
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  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Gray, Green
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: 0
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Zippers: N/A
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, No
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Yes, Half
  • Footprint: Included. Also available Separately
  • Blacktail 4 floor saver
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Materials and Extras

  • Inner Walls: Polyester And Mesh
  • Full Fly: Polyester With Polyurethane Coating
    Fly Waterproof Ratings: 1500 mm
  • Floor Materials: Polyester
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 1500 mm
  • Pole Material: Lightweight Aluminum
  • Number Of Poles: 3
  • Pole Dimensions: N/A
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: Aluminum Hook
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  • Floor Area: 66 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 4 foot. 7 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 8 Lbs 15 Oz
    Trail Weight: 8 Lbs. 4 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 7 x 23 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area:
    24.00 sq. ft. (2 x 12 sq. ft.)
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Fast setup with a lightweight aluminum pole system with press fit connectors.

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

Super easy to set up, solid materials used, and lightweight. I also think the design is attractive and straightforward.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

I'm a bit disappointed with the poles. The materials used look and feel cheap. The thickness of the floor is not the way I expected it to be.

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The Blacktail 4 has two doors and a maximum center height of 4' 7 which is a tiny bit smaller than the average height of the 129 different 4 person tents we have studied. With 66 square feet of space inside, it is a little bit larger than some other 4-person tents, and it should accommodate you and, up to three other campers all through the 3-seasons this tent is recommended for. Smaller tents like this one often can make a really good choice for people who love spending heaps of time outside of the tent enjoying the fresh air.

Many of the great things about dome tents are, that they are under normal circumstances light, making them easy to carry around. In nearly all cases, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are usually, freestanding and very straightforward to set up. In calm weather, you can do without securing the tent with stakes and ropes, not that this is recommended.

Dome tents are the most common of all the other sorts of tents you will see when camping. They tend to do better in storms than other types, allowing rain to roll off the sloped sides, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, allowing the rain to pool on the top of the tent. The most straightforward dome tent will have a rectangular floor, slanted walls a couple of poles which converge in the center of the roof. Because of the way they are made, it is usually thought of that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 campers.

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  1. Freestanding. The Blacktail can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not even have to be staked down in most cases. But in case of strong winds, it is always best to secure it to the ground with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibules. Having two vestibules. Offers you somewhere to store shoes and other things that can get dirty, muddy, this is a huge plus.
  3. Internal storage. It is nice to see Big Agnes has added a gear loft and pockets in the interior to store some of your stuff.
  4. More than one door. With 2 doors, it is simpler to get in and out of the tent, in the middle of the night if needed.
  5. Includes FootPrint. It is not often we see a footprint included with a tent. It is suggested to always use a footprint, so not having to pay extra for one is a bonus.
  6. Breathable. The Blacktail's interior uses a mesh fabric on the inside of the tent, and this helps maximize the flow of air. With the extra ventilation, and this tent is great for use in the summer.
  7. The rainfly completely covers the tent body. The rainfly covers the entire body of the tent from the top to the bottom and has a waterproof rating of 1500mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy rain.
  8. Other sizes are available. Big Agnes has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  9. Low price. It is a great deal for a 4 person dome tent providing this much room. Not many tents available on the market give this level of quality for only $238.95 info_outline


  1. Lacking in Headroom. With 9% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative factor for some people.
  2. No windows. With no windows it is not easy to keep the tent cool on a hot summers night.
  3. A little heavy for backpacking. Even though the Blacktail 4, looks like a small tent, it is not ideal for backpacking as it weighs 8 pounds. This is quite a lot more than many other backpacking tents
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have lots of qualities to rave about. The sloping walls do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.


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Our Ratings: 4.2 STARS

Big Agnes's Blacktail 4 tent is really good for bicycle & motorbike camping. There are a couple of other cool things not noted above which, were noticed and liked, while reviewing the model: 4 interior mesh pockets, 2 media pockets, Velcro tabs connect fly to pole structure providing perfect pitch and extra stability and Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners.

With favorable ratings, a decent amount of reviews and a peak height of 4' and 66 square feet of space to enjoy, this tent is like your own miniature home away from home. This will allow you and up to 3 other friends to enjoy some delightful time camping together. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can look at above.

If you found this website looking for an endorsement on this specific tent, our view is, it should make for a great acquisition. In case you just happened to land on this page while looking for a new tent having not heard of this manufacture or this tent before, it is perhaps a good idea to look at a few other similar tents.

Value for money: When thinking about value for your dollar, this tent is cheaper than the standard cost of all the one hundred and fifty, four-person tents we have studied, all alone this does not make it good value for money. We also need to take a look at other factors in-depth, as we do for each tent.

When we tally up the overall score of a single tent, we look at loads of things, searching for areas where the tent could beat other very similar tents and where it is lacking. In this case, with a total score of 4.2 and the price knowledge above, It is simple to recognize that with a cost of $238.95 info_outline The Blacktail 4 is a very good purchase and cheap in comparison with comparable tents.

Its overall score shows that the quality and space the tent gives you were not skimped on to finish up with a price significantly under the average price for comparable tents. It could make an exceptional choice for nearly all people looking for an adequate three-season dome tent to camp with, that will serve you well for years to come.

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Other Sizes and Variations of the Big Agnes Blacktail Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area Price * Discounted

Big Agnes Blacktail 2
Blacktail 2

3' 6"29 sq ft $164.95info_outline(31%)

Big Agnes Blacktail 3
Blacktail 3

3' 8"44 sq ft $199.95info_outline(29%)

Big Agnes Blacktail 4
Blacktail 4

4' 7"66 sq ft $238.95info_outline(28%)
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