Big Agnes C Bar 3 Person Dome Tent Review

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Big Agnes's C Bar 3 With the Fly Open

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Big Agnes C Bar 3 With the Fly Off
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  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: White, Maroon
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: 0
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Zippers: N/A
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, No
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Yes, Half
  • Footprint: Not Included, Available Separately
  • C Bar 3 floor saver
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Materials and Extras

  • Inner Walls: Polyester And Mesh
  • Full Fly: Polyester Taffeta With Polyurethane Coating
    Fly Waterproof Ratings: 1500 mm
  • Floor Materials: Polyester Taffeta
  • Pole Material: Aluminum DAC Pressfit
  • Number Of Poles: 1
  • Pole Dimensions: 8.7mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: Aluminum Hook
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  • Floor Area: 39 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 8 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 4 Lbs 13 Oz
    Trail Weight: 4 Lbs. 5 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 6.5 x 21 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 1
    Total Vestibule Area:
    11.00 sq. ft. (11 sq. ft.)
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Single pole architecture makes set up and take down simple and efficient

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

The headroom and space inside are excellent. Vestibules provided extra space for our gear, which for me, is a must-have for a tent.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

The flooring is so thin. You needed to buy a floor saver if you wanted to increase the longevity of this tent.

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The C Bar 3 has one door and a maximum center height of 3' 8 which is 11 inches smaller than the average height of the 126 different 3 person tents we have looked at. With 39 square feet of room inside, it is considerably smaller than some other 3-person tents, and it would be quite cramped for you and, up to two other campers during the 3-seasons this tent is approved for. Smaller tents similar to this one generally make an awesome choice for people who love spending plenty of hours outside their tent getting some air.

A few of the cool things about dome tents are, that they are under normal circumstances light, making them simple to carry. In most all instances, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very easy 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 without a doubt the most common of all the other types of tents you will find when camping. They tend to fair better in the rain than other types, allowing water to easily slide off the slanted walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat roofs, allowing the rain to pool on the top. The most basic dome tent will have a square footprint, slanted sides two or more poles which cross in the middle of the roof. Because of their construction, it is typically considered that they are ideal for up to a maximum of 6 campers.

Down below, you can find an account of the tent's strongest and weakest points.

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  1. Freestanding. The C Bar 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. Vestibule. Having one vestibule. Offers you a place to store shoes and other items 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 things.
  4. Breathable. The C Bar'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.
  5. 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.
  6. Great Ratings The C Bar 3 has some of the best ratings of all the tents on
  7. Other sizes are available. Big Agnes has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  8. Low price. It is a great buy for a 3 person dome tent providing this much room. Not a lot of tents available on the market give this level of quality for only $249.95 info_outline


  1. Not roomy. With a floor area of 39 square feet, the C Bar 3 is smaller than quite a lot of the 126 other 3 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 11% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative factor for some people.
  3. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one sold separately designed for the C Bar 3 footprint Even though the floor may be made of Polyester taffeta, it is still best to protect it further with a footprint, especially on rough terrain.
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have lots of things to be positive about. The sloping sides do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.


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Our Ratings: 5.0 STARS

Big Agnes's C Bar 3 tent is suitable for backpacking. Here are a couple of other nice points not already mentioned above which, we found and liked, while researching the model: DAC Angle Hubs and attached cross pole create a spacious interior, Ready to pitch; with pre-cut guy lines and tensioners attached to fly and Quick Stash door keeper on tent body door makes stowing unzipped door quick and easy.

With fantastic ratings, a couple of reviews and a peak height of 3' and 39 square feet of space to play with, this tent is like your very own little apartment. It allows you to spend some delightful time exploring the great outdoors. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can study above.

If you found this website looking for recommendations about this particular tent, we consider, it will make for an excellent purchase. In case you just happened to land on this page while browsing for a brand new tent having not heard of this brand or this tent model before, it is possibly a good thing to check out a few more comparable tents also.

Value for money: In so much as value for your money, this tent is a lot more competitive than the average cost of all the one hundred and eighty, three-person tents we have studied, all alone this does not make it awesome value for money. We also need to look at other factors in-depth, as we do with each tent.

When we calculate the score of an individual tent, we examine a lot of stuff, looking for things where the tent could exceed other similar tents and where it is not quite as good. On this occasion, with an overall rating of 5.0 and the price statistics above, one can observe that with a cost of $249.95 info_outline Big Agnes's C Bar 3 is a fantastic deal and fabulously competitively priced when compared with comparable tents.

Its ratings show that the build and size the tent offers were not in any way skimped on to obtain a price tag undoubtedly beneath the usual price for similar tents. It will make a remarkable choice for most people searching for a comfy three-season backpacking tent to go camping in, that should serve you well for years to come.

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Other Sizes and Variations of the Big Agnes C Bar Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area Price * Discounted

Big Agnes C Bar 2
C Bar 2

3' 5"28 sq ft $199.95info_outline(0%)

Big Agnes C Bar 3
C Bar 3

3' 8"39 sq ft $249.95info_outline(0%)
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