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Big Agnes Bunk House 6 Review

A family friendly tent with a large vestibule and a sweet shelter only option
Big Agnes Bunk House 6
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Price:  $600 List | $449.96 at Backcountry
Pros:  Tall, extra large vestibule, shelter only capability, attached welcome mat
Cons:  Awkward doors, boxy shape, strange corner pockets/shelves, expensive
Manufacturer:   Big Agnes
By Rob Gaedtke ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 4, 2022
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#7 of 14
  • Space and Comfort - 35% 8.0
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8.0
  • Family Friendliness - 15% 7.0
  • Quality - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Big Agnes Bunk House 6 is an extremely tall and spacious tent that scores well in nearly every category. Probably the biggest draw is the enormous vestibule and fast-fly capability that lets you pitch the fly without the tent, like a portable easy-up for extra shade options. Other notable features include an attached awning, dual doors, and sliding guylines with easy-to-use tensioners that are pre-attached. The backpack-style carry bag is a nice idea, but it makes packing up a bit more cumbersome. This tent has 83 square feet of floor space, a max height of 6' 9", and two vestibules totaling 56 square feet of covered space — all in all, a great top contender in our lineup.

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Pros Tall, extra large vestibule, shelter only capability, attached welcome matSpacious, great layout, durable, very family friendly, high valueMassive floorspace, 22 pockets, tall ceiling, room divider, awning capableHuge doors and large vestibule, lots of pockets, highly weather resistantSpacious, easy to pitch, great views, inexpensive
Cons Awkward doors, boxy shape, strange corner pockets/shelves, expensiveNot the easiest to pitch, only one door, odd bagSmall vestibule, longer pitch time, awning poles not includedRuns warm, views are a bit more restrictedFiberglass poles, small pockets, lack of ventilation with the rainfly on
Bottom Line A family friendly tent with a large vestibule and a sweet shelter only optionThis tent has one of the best uses of space we have ever seen, a great choice for families or campers with lots of gearIf you are looking for a high-quality, family friendly 8-person tent, look no furtherAn excellent mountaineering-inspired tent that is ready for both inclement weather and summer funWherever this tent falls short in quality, it makes up for it in size, features, and overall value
Rating Categories Big Agnes Bunk House 6 The North Face Wawo... Marmot Limestone 8 REI Co-op Base Camp 6 Kelty Wireless 6
Space and Comfort (35%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Ease of Use (15%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Family Friendliness (15%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Quality (10%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Big Agnes Bunk House 6 The North Face Wawo... Marmot Limestone 8 REI Co-op Base Camp 6 Kelty Wireless 6
Weight 19.75 lbs 21.9 lbs 21.2 lbs 20.6 lbs 17.2 lbs
Max Inside Height 6' 9" 6' 6" 6' 5" 6' 2" 6' 4"
Floor Dimensions 8' 4" x 9' 10" 10' x 8' 6" 8' 4" x 15' 7" 9' 2" x 9' 2" 9' 10" x 8' 10"
Floor Area 83 sq ft 85 sq ft 130.2 sq ft 84 sq ft 86.9 sq ft
Seasons 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-4 season 3-season
Windows Mesh top 2 Mesh top Mesh top Mesh top
Pockets 8 6 22 14 6
Number of Doors 2 3 2 2 2
Room Divider No Yes Yes No No
Vestibules 2 2 2 2 2
Vestibule Area (total) 56 sq ft 44.7 sq ft 32 sq ft 40 sq ft 28 sq ft
Packed Size 27.5" x 17" x 10" 9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5" 28.3" x 16.6" x 11.7" 11" x 24" 27" x 8" x 8"
Floor Materials 1500mm polyester 150D polyester 150D PU coated nylon Polyester 68D poly 1800mm
Main Tent Materials Coated polyester and nylon mesh 150D polyester 40D polyester no-see-um mesh Polyester 68D poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh
Rainfly Materials 1500mm polyester 75D polyester 68D PU coated polyester Polyester 68D poly 1200mm
Number of Poles 4 4 5 5 3
Pole Material DAC DA17 aluminum 14 mm aluminum DAC DA17 aluminum 14.5mm Aluminum Fiberglass
Extras Fast-fly capability for covered shelter without the tent body Internal dry lines, hang loops, Velcro lantern loop Room separator 4-Season Pole pockets for easy setup

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Bunk House 6 is a large, well-built tent that scores high against some solid competition. The centerpiece of the Bunk House is the massive, pole-supported vestibule that creates a built-in awning. A close second is the fast-fly option. This lets you pitch the fly in "shelter mode" without the tent at all, giving you the option for covered shade at the beach or open camping in the woods. A nice option, but quite awkward to set up with only two people. While these features are pretty great, they are tainted by doors and windows that only open halfway, old-school tiebacks, and a clunky bag.

Performance Comparison


Both doors open and the full mesh top make for cool summer days.
Both doors open and the full mesh top make for cool summer days.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Space and Comfort


At 83 square feet of main tent space, 56 square feet of vestibule space, and a max height of 6' 9", the Bunk House is one of the larger tents we tested. It sports a huge, pole supported front vestibule that makes for a great covered porch. The attached "welcome" mat is a nice extra and helps keep the tent clean and free from dirty and wet shoes.

The view from inside with the door open.
The view from inside with the door open.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Storage in the Bunk House is a little limited, with only eight total pockets found throughout. Two of which are called "removable corner bin pockets" — a bizarre and fairly useless addition. Not to mention they are secured with more old-school tiebacks.

The strange and fairly useless corner pocket that has to be manually...
The strange and fairly useless corner pocket that has to be manually installed.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

On the flip side, the optional fast-fly feature is a real bonus. This allows the fly to be erected without the tent, giving you a very nice covered dining or hang-out area. While it may cause some serious frustration getting set up, trust us, it is well worth it.

The shelter mode is an amazing feature, but get the entire family to...
The shelter mode is an amazing feature, but get the entire family to help set it up as doing it with only two people is quite difficult.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke


Weather Resistance


The Bunk House lands in the upper middle of the pack regarding weather resistance. Due to the dark color, the tent got fairly warm in the mornings, and while the rainfly is a lighter, less light-absorbing color, it lacks any real ventilation and gets extra stuffy when fully closed. Finally, the tall, straight sides of the tent catch the wind; luckily, though, the included sliding guylines are super bomber and held the tent firmly to the ground.

The purple mesh top has a tinted summer glow in the sunlight.
The purple mesh top has a tinted summer glow in the sunlight.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Ease of Use


The tent pitched in just over 11 minutes. The biggest frustration was clipping the extra top pole into the plastic holders, as it requires some real effort. Not to mention that because it sticks out so sharply, the rain fly snags on it when pulling it over. Another annoyance is the tiebacks used to hold the doors and windows open; hopefully, Big Agnes will upgrade these to something easier to use in the future.

The front vestibule has a small built in awning thanks to the...
The front vestibule has a small built in awning thanks to the included pole.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Family Friendliness


This tent is super family-friendly, fitting a twin and two singles with more than two feet of extra space on both sides. The large vestibule and welcome mat are great for messy kids and pets. We only wish there were a few more pockets for storage, and we could do without the gimmicky corner shelves.

The shelter mode feature with the Bunk House 6 makes for an awesome...
The shelter mode feature with the Bunk House 6 makes for an awesome covered eating area.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Quality


The poles of the Bunk House are all high-end DAC DA17 aluminum, and the main tent is made from smooth-coated polyester and nylon mesh. The stakes and guylines are also very well made and hold up well to rock pounding and kid pulling. The only area of concern is with the plastic pole clip at the top of the tent — time will tell if that holds up to consistent use.

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Should You Buy the Big Agnes Bunk House 6?


There is something uniquely cool about this tent. If you are looking for something with a shelter mode option and dig a big covered vestibule, you might give this one a chance. We definitley enjoyed the added versatility.

What Other Camping Tents Should You Consider?


The Big Agnes Bunk House 6 is a good choice if the features are what you need. But if you are looking for a large tent with a great vestibule, you should consider the higher-rated and lower cost North Face Wawona 6. Or you could go all in and get the highest-scoring tent in the lineup, the Marmot Torreya 6.

Rob Gaedtke
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