This Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Tent review is about the new 2018 version of the very reliable 3-season tent with a full coverage fly.
Key features & benefits
- Full coverage fly for a complete protection.
- 2 vestibules.
- 2 doors.
- It allows for several awning configurations.
- Roll-up fly feature.
What kind of tent is this
This Tensleep Station 6 is a new 2018 version of the famous tent from this renown brand. Both versions are on the market and you will easily know the difference – the new is in this green color which you see in the pictures here. There are no differences in size, just to know; they are exactly the same.
The tent is an extended dome type, so you have the main dome part which is freestanding, see the picture below, but the extension is not, so it must be staked down to be fully functional. See how the main dome looks without the fly and without the extension.
As you realize, you have 3 poles in the main dome part and there are 3 intersections, so this is what makes the structure very strong. The more intersections the better.
The tent is a double-layer type. There is a lot of mesh in the inner tent and the fly is full coverage. So you have a full protection from elements. This is a very reliable 3-season tent.
What is in the name
You might want to know, this is something from the US history, about the tensions between sheepherders from southern Wyoming passing into Colorado, which ended up the Tensleep Murders or the Spring Creek Raid. Big Agnes brand uses the names of historic places for their items.
Who is it for
Spacewise, the tent’s declared capacity is 6 people. But the total floor area is 90 ft² (8.4 m²) which gives 15 ft² (1.4 m²) per person. So this is the capacity determined by the backpacking principle. You can certainly put 6 sleeping bags on the floor, see below what they suggest:
As you see the tent is very wide, almost three meters, and this allows you to put some stuff on the sides. There are two vestibules though only one is large enough to store your stuff or to do some cooking. But in any case, I would not use this tent for more than 4 people. Note that the proportions in this picture are not accurate, but this is from the manufacturer, so this can be confusing – it looks so elongated while in the reality the two main inner dimensions are almost the same, i.e., 292 cm and 310 cm.
Seasons-wise, I have already said, this is a tent for 3-season use and it will protect you in any weather conditions.
The weight is 18 lb (8.16 kg), though they also give the trail weight which is 16 lb 9 oz (7.51 kg), but this is a bit too heavy to carry on the trail. So it is best suited at places with a motorized access or where you do not have to carry it yourself. The packed size is such that you can transport it on a motorbike as well.
Overview of features
The inner tent is a durable polyester with mesh panels for air circulation. There are enough of such mesh areas to work against condensation build-up.
The same material is the fly and the waterproof rating for both is 1500 mm. This may not look too much but this is more than enough for any 3-season use. With all seams taped and with the full fly coverage you are completely protected in this tent.
You have seen in the picture above that the poles are kept in place with sleeves on the top of the inner tent, and with press connectors in other areas. The sleeves have their great role in the stability of the tent when you do not have a hub element. A tent becomes freestanding as soon as you pass the poles through such sleeves and fix them in the grommets. Some people dislike sleeves, but in the present case they are not long, so passing the poles through them is easy.
Note that the fly can be rolled up when it is not raining and you can have an increased visibility and ventilation in such a setup, see the picture below. There is one vent on the fly, I would love to see more. You have Velcro tabs that connect the fly to the pole structure for extra stability.
The poles are a lightweight aluminum and you have them 4. The 4th pole is used for the vestibule and it goes over the fly, through the external sleeve. This is a clever system which allows for several nice configurations with the main vestibule, you can see it in pictures.
The inner area
The doors are big and positioned on the two opposite sides. When you are inside you realize this is a rather tall stricture with 75 inches (191 cm) peak height. It is surprising how many storage elements you have here; those include 4 interior storage pockets, 2 cargo pockets, 2 media pockets, and also gear loft loops.
The tent is with 2 vestibules, the rear one is quite small. The real gem here is the main front vestibule with its 38.5 square feet of the covered space. I would say this is the best part of this tent.
Can you believe that you have two mesh windows on the vestibule? This is a great feature for extra ventilation because the fly is only with one top vent. The main front flap on the vestibule can be used in several ways and you can create a pleasant awning, see the pictures.
Note that the tent comes with 19 lightweight aluminum hook stakes in the package. The bag is a briefcase style, with shoulder straps and organizational pockets.
Please see more in this short video by Big Agnes. They are showing both versions, the previous orange and this new green, there are no functional differences:
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Quality manufacturing & materials.
- Very reliable.
- Full coverage fly.
- Good packed size.
- Great vestibule configurations.
- Many storage pockets.
- Too small for the declared capacity.
Obviously, the price is not the best feature of this tent; as of the moment of writing this text, it is available on Amazon for $500. But this is a great tent, see how I rate it:
My rating breakdown of the Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 tent
- Type: semi-freestanding 3-season tent.
- Capacity: 6 people.
- Best use: camping.
- Packed weight: 18 lb (8.16 kg).
- Trail weight: 16 lb 9 oz (7.51 kg).
- Total dimensions: 221 x 115 in (561 x 292 cm).
- Floor area: 90 ft² (8.4 m²).
- Area per person: 15 ft² (1.4 m²).
- Vestibules area: 38.5 ft² + 10 ft² (3.6 + 0.9 m²).
- Peak height: 75 in (191 cm).
- Packed size: 27 x 15 x 5 in (68 x 38 x 12 cm).
- Poles: 4, press fit aluminum.
- Doors: 2.
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
The Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 tent vs Competitors
It is always useful to compare a tent with some other tents built in the same style, so here I give a comparison table. When you see their basic features side by side, you can better realize the quality of the tents and make an educated choice. Please follow the links in the table to see more:
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor area, sq ft (sq m)
Vestibule area, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Packed size, in (cm)
Tensleep Station 6
Payable Every Month
27 x 15 x 5
(68 x 38 x 12)
Payable Every Year
28 x 10
(71 x 25)
Payable Every Year
22.5 x 9.5
(57 x 24)
The differences are not big in any of the most important parameters. But see also the prices of the three tents; as of the moment of writing this text, they are respectively, $500, 454, 230.
In the summary of this Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Tent review I wish to stress that this new 2018 version of the tent is essentially the same, the dimensions and the functionality have not changed at all. The color is the main/only difference here. So this is still a great tent, though rather expensive, for experts and for those who need a truly reliable tool for a full protection from elements. This is why I have added it to my list of the best dome camping tents.
You might want to know that there is also a 4-person version available on the market and you can see it here.
Thank you for reading. If you need something different for family camping, just look around. This whole site is only about large camping tents and I am sure you will find something suitable for you. You might want to check also this new 2018 redesigned Marmot Halo 6 tent built in the same style. For a more affordable and simple tent, check this Kelty Acadia 6. If you need something for 5 people, please check this Mountainsmith Conifer 5 Plus Tent, a lightweight and reliable tent.
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