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Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love our BA Flying Diamond 8! General: This is the go-to car camping tent for our family of 6 and we absolutely love it. We have owned the tent for a little over two years and have stayed in it about 40 days while traveling and probably a dozen more camping out in the backyard. It leaves us plenty of room for everyone to sleep with lots of personal space and room for bags and movement in/out and around interior of the tent. Great when you have to wait out a storm and everyone is chilling inside entertaining themselves and without being in each others way! The vestibule is adequate for every one to put their boots and camp shoes, but don't expect 6-8 peoples worth of BP/bags to fit in it and still access the tent. Performance: We've been through probably 6-8 serious thinder storms with no intrusion issues through seams or vents. I vent as much as weather permits and find the tent to have good ait movement and condensation management. Set-up: Set up requires at least 2 people at a couple of points (initial rasiing of the dome with 2 largest poles and getting the fly up over the large dome once erected). The rest could be done by one person, but would take a bit longer. My wife and I easily pitch it in less than 10 minutes (add a few more if fully guying out the fly which I only do when sever weather is anticipated). Things to consider: - Obviously not a BP tent. It is not easy to fold it up to neatly fit back into the bi-fold bag that comes with the tent - we use a large duffle instead and loosely fold-n-stuff. - it is too large for some campsites, especially when they have a bordered tent pad area. We have had to set up off the pad to use this tent. I usually have a couple of BP tents io hand if we need to use them instead. - When fully guyed out, the is a specific point where the front zipper is pulled or strained, requiring some caution and deliberatness when opening/closing.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would recommend The only consideration you need to make is the layout. If your a car camper you need to make sure camp sites can accommodate. The tent is long, which is fine, but the doors are on the ends...if you have a short site your door openings may not be in a practical place. The tent is very roomy for a family of 5 on individual air mattresses. A queen air mattress will squeeze into the widest section, but you will have to cross to get to back part of tent. This was an issue when campsites were short and the tent had to be pushed back into site (trees/bushes) as far as we could so the main entrance wasn't opening right onto road to site. In doing so, the rear entry became useless.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome tent! We bought the enormous Flying Diamond 8 for our family of 5, family dog, and miscellaneous friends that join us. We have loved our tent. When we are feeling spoiled we can fit 3 Queen size inflatable mattresses across the entire floor and still have room for our bags and the dog bed. It is amazing. Our only concern has been with the zipper, which Big Agnes repaired for us. We did not practice proper tent-manship at first so we probably screwed up the zipper. ALWAYS make sure the tent doors are zipped shut prior to setting up the tent. If you do this then you're BA tent will be perfect. It survived the gnarliest windstorm I've ever been camping in without a single tent pole snapping. It flexed a crazy amount, but didn't break.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Intelligent Tent I've been using this tent with my family for over 5 years. It's never let us down. It's weathered storms and wind and cold and more storms. It stands tall as one of my favorite tents!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Group Camping Tent We purchased 10 Flying Diamond 8's and 10 Flying Diamond 6 tents for our scouting group. They have been used by our Calimesa Pathfinders scouting group, youth lake and camping trips, Biology Trip from our local school, and a variety of church outings for the last 7 years in places like Mexico, Death Valley, Lake Mead and Havasu, Park Moabi, Morro Bay and all over Southern California. These tents are the most water proof, wind resistant, sturdy tents that we have ever owned. When staked out properly and completely, we have seen these tents withstand 70 mph winds on one of our trips with no issues. This is on a large tent to withstand that. Best functional large tent you can purchase outside of perhaps the North Face base camp tents. And even then, I wonder...
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice construction lousy colors I don’t know what’s going on with these tent manufacturers but their color choices are ridiculous. Some people don’t want to glow in the dark or be seen from aircraft. Offer some color options for the vestibules / rain flys and they may sell better. Wine red? Come on!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Tent Living in North Texas we often experience unexpected bad weather. My son and I were out camping for the weekend at a local state park. We were expecting to get some weather that evening but nothing too major. There were others that were camping in the park that weekend, as well. Shortly before sunset everyone around us packed up and left. We decided to stay but fully staked out and secured the tent. It started to rain so we went to bed. In the middle of the night we were awakened by an awesome storm. At one point our Flying Diamond 8 was almost flat because of the winds. In the end it withstood what nature threw at us. We later learned that there was a trailer not too far from our camp that was destroyed as a result of straight line winds. While in hindsight we should probably have packed up and left we tested this tent to the limits and remained completely dry. I would recommend this tent to anyone.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very nice tent. Totally worth the price I paid. I took this out on a two night camping trip with my family of 6 and I was very pleased with it. Its very spacious and very well made. There was absolutely no condensation anywhere so I was very pleased with that.
Date published: 2017-10-31
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Questions & Answers

How many zippers are on the tent doors? IE: do you have to open it all the way with one zipper pull to enter/exit, or do you have an option to use two zippers on the same track to adjust the size of your opening?

Asked by: MichiganMama
​There are 2 zippers on the tent doors for more adjustability.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-14

How tall are the Flying Diamond 8 doors? They look low in the pic's. I have trouble bending over due to back problems. My wife and I enjoy tent camping and are at retirement age, so we need a tent with comforts for those that are not so nimble.

Asked by: peanut butter n jelly
​The tops of the doors are approximately 42" taller than ground level.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-30

is there a specific footprint or ground tarp that goes under this tent? to be purchased separately?

Asked by: michelob1
Big Agnes does make a specific footprint for this tent. As of July 2017, we are out of stock.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-31

how long does it take to set up? can one person set it up?

Asked by: Kimberly
​Depending on how many people you have assisting you, set-up should take on average 15 minutes. One person can set this tent up if needed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-21

Can 1 person set this tent up?

Asked by: GardNVarcher
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