If you do not want to spend much on a tent which you plan to use only occasionally and in mild weather conditions, keep reading, this Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Review is for you. This is about a very lightweight family camping tent with a simple design and an easy setup.
Key benefits & features
- Very lightweight.
- Very easy setup.
- Freestanding tent.
- Very reasonable price.
What is in the name
This Rabbit Ears 6 is a part of the series which includes also a smaller tent for 4 people. It has been on the market for a few years already, but the version presented here is the latest one from 2017.
It is hard to imagine a simpler construction; two main poles which create a dome structure, plus a brow pole which creates 2 small awnings when you put the fly on, and this is it. See more below.
What type is this
By its structure, this is a freestanding tent, but notice that you do not have any sort of hub element at the pole intersection. In fact, they are kept standing by the sleeves of the inner tent, see the picture.
So the poles become freestanding only when the tent is attached to them; there is a tension created in the fabric and this makes it freestanding. This is quite good for mild weather and you have the same structure in some other tents presented here in the site, like in this Kelty Trail Ridge 6 tent.
In view of this, you can pitch this tent even on concrete or on the sand, practically on any surface. But I would not miss to stake it to the ground if this is possible; there are stakes and guylines provided for this in the package.
This is also a hybrid type, and by this, I mean that it is double-layer only partly as you can conclude also from the pictures. So the fly is there mainly to protect the ceiling of the inner tent which is a mesh. The same type is this NEMO Wagontop 6 and also the Eureka Sunrise EX 6 just to know and to compare if you have to chose one.
Who is it for
If you use this tent for your family, then I would say it is a camping tent and you will use it at places with a car access. But if this is about a group of adults, you should know that its packed weight is only 13 lb 5 oz (6.04 kg), so this is lightweight enough for taking with you on a shorter trail if the pieces of the tent are shared among the users.
Note that its minimum weight is even better, only 12 lb 10 oz (5.73 kg). If you are not familiar with the terminology, this is the weight of the tent, the fly, and the poles.
Is it really for 6 people?
Well, the floor area is 85 ft² (7.9 m²), see the picture below, so this is only slightly more than what you have in the mentioned Kelty Trail Ridge 6 tent but this is far from impressive. Yes, if you are on the trail, this will be OK for 6 people, but for a regular camping with kids, definitely not.
Observe that you do not have any vestibule here, so all the gear must be stored inside. This can still be fine as long as the weather is good, but if you have a couple of days with rain, it will be hard to organize your life. So for families, use it if you have up to two kids.
But if this is about couples who want comfort, note that the dimensions are 120 x 102 inches (305 x 260 cm), so every double-size bed will fit inside easily, and you will also have enough space for your dog if it is with you, and for all gear.
Great packed size
The package is a tube 24 x 8 inches (61 x 20 cm), so this is really great and it can be transported even on a motorbike if used by a group of friends on a tour.
In this new version, the stuff bag is different, a simple tube. It was better in the previous model, a briefcase-style sack, just to know in case that you have the previous model.
The materials and the structure
The floor, walls and the fly
The floor is bathtub style and you can see this from the color in the pictures; the floor material goes above the ground for extra protection from splashes and groundwater in general. The same materials are both on the floor and on the fly, i.e., PU coated polyester, and all is fire retardant here.
I have already pointed out that the fly is not the full coverage type. This implies that the panel walls are also waterproof, and with the same rating. The mesh is on the ceiling, on the back window, and on the door. So you have enough cross-ventilation plus the free upward airflow.
In the case of the combined strong wind and rain, you will zip the panels on the window and on the floor; with a normal rain the awning will do the job and you can keep them open.
You have two strong and durable shock-corded DAC press-fit aluminum poles and they combine with a ridge pole which creates the two awnings. The DAC is a renown manufacturer of tent poles, so you have a great quality here.
The tent attaches to the poles through the mentioned sleeves and clips, so the setup cannot be simpler. Everything is color-coded, webbing and poles.
The inner space
All is simple inside, one rectangular space with a very high ceiling with 78 inches (198 cm). The brow pole makes the space even more livable. There are four triangular mesh storage pockets on the walls and this is all you have there, plus the gear loft loops above the head.
Note that they sell gear lofts separately, you can see them here. You will use the square loft with this tent. One thing to point out is that you have only one door, it rolls to the side and it is very big.
The tent is with a 1500 mm rating for all materials (the fly, the walls, and the floor), so this is standard for such tents and good enough. If you are not familiar with these numbers, compare this with an ordinary umbrella which is typically below 500 mm rating. The seams which you have here are sealed with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC’s), so a full protection is guaranteed.
Here is a short video by Big Agnes. The person in the video is showing the 4-person version, but they are identical in features, just the size is different, so please have a look. He is speaking about bells and whistles, I wonder where they are, this is such a simple tent:
- Tent type: freestanding, 3-season, 6-person camping tent.
- Packaged weight: 13 lb 5 oz (6.04 kg).
- Minimum weight: 12 lb 10 oz (5.73 kg)
- Floor area: 85 ft² (7.9 m²).
- Area per person: 14.2 ft² (1.32 m²).
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 120 x 102 x 78 in (305 x 260 x 198 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 24 x 8 in (61 x 20 cm).
- Vestibules: no.
- Doors: 1.
- Poles: 3.
– Poles: aluminum.
– Walls: polyester 1500 mm & No-See-Um mesh.
– Floor & fly: polyester 1500 mm.
- Velcro tabs connect fly to pole structure.
- Pre-cut guy lines and tensioners attached to fly.
- Stakes are included.
Summary, rating, pros & cons
I shall conclude this Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Review by stressing again that this is a simple tent from a very respectable brand, the price is very reasonable, the tent is really lightweight and easy to use.
So if you are looking for something for occasional camping with your family or with your friends, no need to look further and to spend more, this is the tent. Note that I have included it in my list of the best 6 person backpacking tents.
There is not much to object so such a tent, as long as you use it for less than 6 people. One door does not look so great though, but it does the job. Please see how I rate it:
But if you are still undecided, please look around in the site, you will find something for you. If vestibules are important, please check this Marmot Limestone 6, it has two of them. Let me know if you have a question or comment, there is a comment box below. Have a nice day.