Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Person Modifed Dome Tent Review

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Big Agnes's Flying Diamond 8 With the Fly Open
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  • Manufacturer: Big Agnes
  • Model: Flying Diamond
  • Sleeping Capacity: 8 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Car Camping
  • Type: Modifed Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $799.95
  • Manufacturer: Big Agnes
  • Model: Flying Diamond
  • Sleeping Capacity: 8 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Car Camping
  • Type: Modifed Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $799.95
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The Flying Diamond With the Fly Off

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 With the Fly Off
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Features


  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Wine, Tan
  • Number of Rooms: 2
    Room Dividers: 1
  • Number of Windows: None
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Zippers: Easy grip zipper pulls
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, Sold separately
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Half, Half
  • Footprint: Not Included, Available Separately
  • Flying Diamond 8 floor saver
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Materials and Extras


  • Inner Walls: Polyester/Polyester Mesh
  • Full Fly: Coated Polyester Rip-stop
    Fly Waterproof Ratings: 1500 mm
  • Floor Materials: Coated Polyester
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 1500 mm
  • Pole Material: Aluminum DAC With Press Fit Connectors
  • Number Of Poles: 6
  • Pole Dimensions: 10.2,11.1,12 And 13mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: Aluminum Hook Stakes
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Dimensions


  • Floor Area: 123 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 6 foot. 0 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 23 Lbs 13 Oz
    Trail Weight: 22 Lbs. 2 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 24 x 16 x 9 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area: 37.00 sq. ft.
    (31 sq. ft. and 6 sq.ft.)
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

It's so easy to set up. It's stable during windy conditions. It's super roomy also inside nothing negative I can say about this one ideal for large families wanting to spend a few weeks away from home.


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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

It doesn't work too well in rainy weather, and we had a couple of minor leaks. Setting it up is also a bit of a problem. You might need other people to help you set this up.


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SPECS AND CONFIGURATIONS

The Flying Diamond 8 has two doors and a peak center height of 6' 0, which is a tiny bit smaller than the average height of the 53 various 8 person tents we have examined With 123 square feet of room inside, it is significantly smaller than some other 8-person tents, and it would be quite cramped for you and, up to seven other campers during the whole of the 3-seasons, this tent is recommended for use in, larger tents like this one generally make a superb choice for campers who like having heaps of space inside the tent.

Many of the great points about dome tents are, that they are for, the most part lightweight, 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 good weather, you could do without securing the tent with stakes and ropes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are easily the most common of all the different types of tents you will find when camping. They tend to do better in storms than other types, allowing water to easily slide off the slanted walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat roofs, resulting in the rain pooling on the roof. The most straightforward dome tent should have a square floor, slanted walls a couple of poles which cross in the center of the roof. Because of the way they are made, it is typically considered that they are ideal for up to a maximum of 6 campers.Modifed Dome tents often have more than a single room, like the Big Agnes Flying Diamond two-room tent

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PROS

  1. Freestanding. The Flying Diamond 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 floor with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibules. Having two vestibules. Gives you somewhere to store shoes and other items that can get dirty, muddy, this is a huge plus.
  3. Internal storage. It is good to see Big Agnes has added a gear loft and pockets in the interior to store some of your stuff.
  4. More than one room. The Flying Diamond comes with two rooms, allowing for more privacy. Perfect for a large family and groups who do not want to be all sleeping together.
  5. Removable divider. For those who would like to maximize all of the available space that the Flying Diamond provides, the divider can be removed to have one large room for everyone to share.
  6. 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.
  7. The rainfly completely covers the tent body. The rainfly covers the whole 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.

CONS

  1. Vulnerable to wind. Because of its size and shape, the Flying Diamond may not do well in strong winds if it is not firmly secured with the provided guy lines and stakes. Even though the tent is listed as freestanding in all but very calm conditions, one would want to stake and tie it down correctly.
  2. Not roomy. With a floor area of 123 square feet, the Flying Diamond 8 is smaller than quite a lot of the 53 other 8 person tents we have looked at.
  3. Lacking in Headroom. With 10% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative thing for some people.
  4. No windows. With no windows it is not simple to keep the tent ventilated on a hot summers night.
  5. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one available separately specifically for the Flying Diamond 8 footprint Even though the floor may be made of Coated polyester, it is still better to protect it further with a footprint, especially on rough terrain.

CONCLUSION

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Our Ratings: 4.4 STARS

Big Agnes's Flying Diamond 8 tent is great for car camping. Here are a few other things not mentioned above which, we found and liked, while reviewing the model: Spacious and strong tents for 3+ season base camping, Ready to pitch; with pre-cut guy lines and tensioners attached to fly and The Flying Diamond series of shelters are much more than standard tents. They are Everest base camp dining rooms.

With favorable ratings, a decent amount of reviews and a peak height of 6' and 123 square feet of space to play with, this tent is like your very own miniature home away from home. This will allow you and up to 6 other friends to share some really enjoyable time enjoying nature. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can study above.

If you came to this page looking for recommendations about this specific tent, we think, it would make for an excellent buy. In case you just happened to land on this page while looking for a brand new tent having not heard of this manufacture or this tent before, it is probably a good idea to check out a few other similar tents also.

Value for money: When contemplating value for money, this tent is a wee bit more costly than the average cost of all the fifty-five, eight-person tents we have looked at, this by itself is not a negative thing. We also need to take a look at other things in detail, as we do for every tent.

When we tally up the overall score of an individual tent, we examine plenty of areas, finding things where the tent could exceed other near-identical tents and where it is coming up short. On this occasion, with an overall rating of 4.4 and the price knowledge above, we can spot that with a cost of $616.69 info_outline Big Agnes's Flying Diamond 8 is a decent deal though it could be considered a little pricey when compared with similar tents.

The overall score shows that the build and space the tent provides make it a great choice for people searching for a tent that can last for plenty of years. It is also worth thinking about the fact that it is discounted by 23% from the manufactures MSRP. It should make an ok choice for most people looking for a comfy three-season modifed dome tent to go camping with, that should serve you well for years to come.

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