Big Agnes Lone Spring 3
- Great value
- Only one door, one small vestibule
With a little more vestibule room this roomy tent would have scored even higher. As is, it's a great deal for a solid tent that we feel comfortable hauling into the mountains for three seasons of use.
With at least 10 inches more shoulder room per person than the Skyledge, Obi and Compact, this is by far the roomiest tent in the test. The actual livable space doesn't feel quite that spacious, but it does feel roomy compared to many other three person tents. Only one small vestibule (9 sq. ft; enough for three pairs of boots) speaks for itself—keeping gear stored out of the weather means bringing it inside.
Not the lightest or most packable tent in this range at almost six pounds. Still, it flies under the two pounds per person barrier, well within comfortable backpacking weight.
The unidirectional plastic hub means you have to pay attention to which way the two poles are facing before you put them in place. A third, cross pole, fits in the hub, pulling the tent’s front and back almost vertical. Set up is no big deal once you've done it and seen it in action. The tiny vestibule helps keep the footprint small for those tight tent sites.
With a to-the-ground fly and a solid pole set up we weathered a good blow in the Vancouver Island mountains. Polyester ripstop extends from the deep floor to mid-tent height, blocking most of any wind, extending the working season. We would feel comfortable taking this tent on any mountain trip from May until October.
To cut price there are few fancy features to talk of beyond reflective hits on the fly and three mesh pockets. Two vents high on the tent help keep the interior from getting stuffy. Value
Topping the test in value, it's hard to match this middle of the road performance and weight with a budget price.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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