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Big Agnes Tiger Wall 3 UL



Our Rating:

At a glance
The Good: Roomy, extremely light, good airflow.
The Bad: Lightweight floor, pole design.

Weight 1330g Area 3.5m2

Features: It has an almost entirely mesh inner, two doors and vestibules and is pitched with a single pole. It comes with six pegs and pre-attached guylines. The tent fabrics are an extremely light 1200mm-rating for both the fly and floor.

Pitching: A simple tent to pitch, it has a unique, weight-saving pole configuration. The main pole splits to the corners at the head of the tent, but only runs to the centre of the foot end providing minimal support for the fly and inner. The tent can be pitched inner-only and fly-only. The six supplied pegs were not enough to stake out the guylines.

Comfort: The mesh inner keeps insects at bay and when the fly is rolled back provides the feel of sleeping under the stars. There’s excellent airflow, helping keep the tent cool and there is also plenty of space – it’s comfortable for two and cosy for three.

In use: We enjoyed sleeping without the fly on calm nights, stargazing until it got too cold and we needed to reattach the fly.

There’s a lot of space in this tent and it’s so light and easy to carry, it could be used for luxury solo camping.
There’s plenty of headroom but I struggled to get the fly and inner properly taut at the foot end. Without corner poles to provide structure, this end sagged making the doors trickier to unzip. After heavy morning dew, the fly would rest on the inner.

The inner doors have two zips which meet in the corner and both need to be opened to gain access. This is a convenient set-up for when you need to reach through to close the fly or grab equipment.
The floor is extremely light – on damp mornings, the fabric was transparent – and it was essential to use a separate groundsheet ($170).

Value: This is an incredibly lightweight tent, so you’re paying more for less back-ache. However,its design limits use to warm and settled weather.

Verdict: A roomy and lightweight shelter, possibly pushing it for NZ’s wet and windy third season.


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