Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Review
A Great Tent for Big Families

Whether you're car camping with the family or setting up base  camp, the Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 tent is up to the task.

This tent has a ceiling height that will let most people stand upright, while its roomy interior is big enough to sleep eight folks comfortably.

Great in winter storms, heavy winds and high heat, the Flying Diamond lets you answer the call of the wild and live to tell about it.

Compare this model to other 8-person tents and see for yourself if it meets your needs.

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Tent Review

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Tent

First off, the Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 has a few primary selling points, including:

  • Spaciousness, with plenty of room to sleep, meet or prepare meals
  • Convenient two-door design with big vestibule over main door
  • Great price ($639.95) compared to competitors' models of similar size

The main area sleeps six, while the smaller area sleeps an additional two more campers.

Users also love the large vestibule, which covers the main door and makes a great spot for stashing your gear.

And for its size, the tent has a fairly quick setup, with color-coded webbing and buckles along with pole sleeves and quick-attaching plastic clips that connect the pole frame with the tent body.

There's also a reflective guyline, which provides excellent visibility at night.

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Tent Specifications

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  • Area: 112 sq. ft.
  • Maximum Interior Height: 72"
  • Weight: 22lbs. 6oz.
  • Packed Weight: 27lbs. 12oz.
  • Floor Size: 175" x 96"
  • Packed Size: 27" x 16" x 8"
  • Vestibule Size: 35 sq. ft.
  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Seasons: 3-4
  • Doors: 2
  • Ventilation: Vents, adjustable
  • Poles (number and material): 4, aluminum press-fit combination
  • Canopy Material: ripstop polyester and nylon mesh
  • Fly Material: Coated ripstop polyester
  • Floor Material: Coated polyester
  • Recommended Use: Car/family camping, base camp
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: Lifetime

Advantages

Thanks to the mesh windows and rain fly vents, air circulates easily through the tent. This also keeps condensation to a minimum.

Take advantage of the dozen mesh floor pockets to keep your gear organized, while the gear loft loops lets you add your own loft.

Although the tent is heavy, it all packs up in a convenient, briefcase-like bag that has shoulder straps and a compartmentalized interior.

So even if you have to hike in a little way to the campsite, hauling the tent isn't too difficult.

Disadvantages

There isn't much to dislike about the Flying Diamond 8. The tent does require quite a large, level spot to set up, but that's not usually a problem.

As far as it being a "true" four-season tent, there is some doubt. The mesh panels in various spots on the body won't fully keep out the elements.

For all but the most severe winter weather, though, this tent is a great alternative to the far more expensive North Face Dome 8.

Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:
  • Very roomy with good ventilation
  • Lots of interior pockets
  • Topnotch vestibule
  • Holds up well in wind
Consumers don't like:
  • Needs a very large area to pitch
  • Not a true four-season tent

Summary:

Perfect for big families or to provide shelter for your group before a big climb, the Flying Diamond 8 tent from Big Agnes sleeps eight and is made for all-weather use, although you'll want something a little more rugged for an Antarctic vacation.

This tent is big, big and bigger, so you'll have to find a large area to pitch it, but despite its girth, it's pretty easy to set up.

Considering what you get for the money, you won't find a better, more dependable tent.

Where to Buy

We recommend buying the Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 from one of the following merchants:
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