Big Agnes Shield 2 Person Dome Tent Review

The Shield Door Open

Big Agnes's Shield 2 With the Door Open

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The Shield With the Door Closed

Big Agnes Shield 2 With the Door Closed
Floor Plan of the on the Shield 2

Floor Plan of the Shield 2

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  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Red, Gray
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows:
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Zippers: Easy grip zipper pulls
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, Sold separately
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: N/A, N/A
  • Footprint: Not Included, Available Separately
  • Shield 2 floor saver
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Materials and Extras

  • Inner Walls: Nylon
  • Full Fly: None
  • Floor Materials: Nylon
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 10000 mm
  • Pole Material: Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL
  • Number Of Poles: 3
  • Pole Dimensions:
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: Aluminum J Stakes
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  • Floor Area: 28 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 4 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 4 Lbs 5 Oz
    Trail Weight: 3 Lbs. 12 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 5 x 17.5 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: None
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Very easy/quick to set and break down. Very warm.

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

I didn't doubt this tent the first time I saw it from my friend. I fell in love with its weight because it is so light. It can adapt to any season (4 seasons). Plus, it's free-standing, which makes it easy to setup.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

Equivalent experience as other users. It doesn't feel quite right during heavy rain or wind. It does not include a vestibule with it. Sadly, you need to buy it separately.

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The Shield 2 has two windows and one door and a peak center height of 3' 4, which is 11 inches less than the average height of the 193 other 2 person tents we have studied. With 28 square feet of space inside, it is a lot smaller than some other 2-person tents, and it would be quite cramped for you and, another camper throughout the 4-seasons, this tent is suggested for use in, smaller tents similar to this one often make a very good choice for campers that like spending lots of hours outside exploring the great outdoors.

Many of the cool things about dome tents are, that they are for, the most part not too heavy, making them easy to carry. In nearly all instances, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very easy to set up. In good weather, you could do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are the most common of all the various sorts of tents you will find when camping. They tend to fair better in bad weather than other types, allowing water to roll off the sloped sides, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, resulting in the water pooling on the roof. The most straightforward dome tent will have a rectangular floor, slanted sides two or more poles which converge in the middle of the roof. Because of their construction, it is usually thought of that they are ideal for up to a maximum of 6 campers.

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  1. Freestanding. The Shield can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not need 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. 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.
  3. More than one window. With 2 openings it is simple to keep the tent cooler on a hot summers night.
  4. Durable, water-resistant floor. The floor material is Nylon, which is a substantially thick and high-strength fabric. Meaning the base is not prone to tears and punctures. Also, the material has a 10000 mm waterproofing rating, which is very good for most circumstances.
  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 0mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy downpours.


  1. Not roomy. With a floor area of 28 square feet, the Shield 2 is smaller than quite a lot of the 193 other 2 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 thing for some people.
  3. No Vestibules. If you want to keep your dirty shoes, clothes, and backpacks protected from the elements, you need keep them inside the tent.
  4. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one available separately designed for the Shield 2 footprint Even though the floor may be made of Nylon, it is still better to protect it further with a footprint, especially on rough terrain.
  5. Out of Stock. Unfortunately this particular tent is not currently in stock. It is still on the manufactures website the last time we looked.
  6. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have many attributes to rave about. The sloping walls do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.
  7. Storage Space. Due to the size of the tent, one cannot store much gear inside..


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Our Ratings: 5.0 STARS

Big Agnes's Shield 2 tent is good for mountaineering and backpacking. Here are a few other points not already mentioned above which, we noticed and liked, while reviewing the model: Ultralight nylon, three layer waterproof, breathable fabric with a microporous membrane and tricot layer to enhance moisture management, Fabric breathability (MVTR): 30000 g/m2/24 hours and Single-wall design meant to be taken to the highest points, lowest canyons, and every climate in between.

With good ratings, a couple of reviews and a center height of 3' and 28 square feet of space to play with, this tent is like your own modest home away from home. It will allow you to spend some real quality moments in the outdoors. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can read through above.

If you came to this website looking for recommendations about this particular tent, we think, it should make for a very good purchase. In case you simply happened to arrive on this page while looking for a new tent having never heard of this manufacture or this tent model before, it is possibly a good idea to look at some other similar tents also.

Value for money: As far as value for your dollar, this tent is undoubtedly more expensive than the usual price of all the two hundred and seventy-two, two-person tents we have taken a look at, this alone by itself is not a negative thing. One should also look at other areas in-depth, as we do with every tent.

When we determine the score of an individual tent, we regard a good deal of things, looking for points where the tent could outdo other similar tents and where it is coming up short. On this occasion, with a total score of 4.4 and the price conclusions above, we can view that with a ticket price of $649.95 info_outline Big Agnes's Shield 2 is a fair bargain even though it may be thought of as very costly when compared with comparable tents.

The overall score shows that the quality and capacity the tent provides make it a decent buy for campers searching for a tent that can be used for lots of years. It should make a good choice for nearly all campers searching for a comfortable four-season backpacking tent to camp with, that should serve you well for years to come.

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