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Big Agnes Titan 6 mtnGLO Review

A good, high-end tent for the right crowd; some odd and potentially sizable flaws, depending on your intended use.
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Price:  $600 List | $599.95 at REI
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Pros:  Great duality as a sunshade and tent, spacious, fits a specialized need.
Cons:  High clips require tippy-toes or something to stand on, no way to set up the tent without a fly.
Manufacturer:   Big Agnes
By Wes Berkshire ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 3, 2019
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  • Comfort - 40% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 6
  • Workmanship - 15% 9
  • Packed Size - 5% 9

Our Verdict

Big Agnes is among the most innovative brands in the camping game. They strive to set the bar, lead the way, and change the game. While that often brings them accolades, for instance, the Copper Spur HV UL 2 and Tensleep Station 6, both of them current Editors' Choice winners here at Outdoor Gear Lab. However, sometimes that push to be different falls flat or misses the mark. That seems to be the case with the Big Agnes Titan 6 mtnGLO. It's a high-end, high-quality tent; but you get the feeling that they were trying a little too hard to be new and different and didn't focus enough on what performs well and improves the current state of camping. Features like the fly doubling as an open-ended sun shade/rain shelter are nice in theory, but when you can't remove the fly from the tent, other issues arise. Or, a tent with a 74-inch peak height makes for a great, stand-up-and-walk-around kind of tent, but when clips are positioned at the very apex of that peak height, even tall campers may find themselves on their tippy toes trying to get it up. All told it's a bomb-proof and quality tent, we just found some of the features a bit head-scratching. It's a tent, much like the Eureka Boondocker Hotel 6, that strives so hard to be innovative that it becomes innovation simply for innovation's sake; or, in the words of Shakespeare's Macbeth, the Titan mtnGLO 6 may just be full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.


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Pros Great duality as a sunshade and tent, spacious, fits a specialized need.Tall and long, barn-shaped, versatile front vestibule, adjustable room divider.Roomy feel with vertical walls, tons of storage space, good fly and vestibule.Easy, quick set-up, expansive vestibule, spectacular storage designRoomy, large vestibule, simple, classic design.
Cons High clips require tippy-toes or something to stand on, no way to set up the tent without a fly.Only one vestibule, back door is more exposed to the elements, more poles than most.Not the cheapest four-man tent out there, extremity poles are a little thin.Odd placement of interior pockets, more expensive than many of its contemporariesNot overly innovative, could use more storage.
Bottom Line A good, high-end tent for the right crowd; some odd and potentially sizable flaws, depending on your intended use.A top-notch tent with tons of room and tons of versatility.REI has taken the dome tent to a new level.One of the best tents on the market, the Tensleep has great features that are done well.The Marmot Limestone 4P is great at keeping it simple. A high-quality tent, with a design that will be familiar to experienced campers.
Rating Categories Big Agnes Titan 6 mtnGLO REI Kingdom 6 REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Plus Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Marmot Limestone 4
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Specs Big Agnes Titan 6... REI Kingdom 6 REI Co-op Half... Big Agnes Tensleep... Marmot Limestone 4
Weight 15.8 lbs 19.6 lbs 7.8 lbs 17.8 lbs 10.6 lbs
Max Inside Height 6 ft 2 in 6 ft 3 in 4 ft 75 in 8 ft 4 in
Floor Dimension 8' 8" x 8' 8" 10' x 8'4" 7' 8" x 7' 8" 10' x 9'5" 5' 3" x 7'
Floor Area 84 sq ft 83.3 sq ft 58.7 sq ft 90 sq ft 59.7 sq ft
Seasons 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season
Windows 2 1 0 2 1
Pockets 8 22 16 4 8
Number of Doors 2 2 2 2 2
Room Divider No Yes No No No
Vestibules 0 1 2 2 2
Vestibule Area 0 29 sq ft 22.5 sq ft 38.5 sq. feet (front) 10 sq. feet (back) 21 sq ft
Packed Size 29 x 10 x 16 in 9.5 in x 16.5 in x 25.5 in 7 x 24 in 5 x 15 x 27 in 27.5 x 10in
Floor Materials Polyester taffeta Coated polyester oxford 70D Nylon taffeta WP Polyester 150D Polyester
Main Tent Materials Polyester ripstop/mesh Nylon/mesh 40D Nylon ripsto/mesh Breathable polyester & polyester mesh 40D Polyester/mesh
Rainfly Materials Polyester ripstop Coated polyester taffeta 40D Nylon Polyester 68D Polyester taffeta
Number of Poles 2 2 Hubbed Sets, 1 Straight 1 Hubbed Set 4 4
Pole Material Aluminum DAC DA17 6061/7001 Aluminum DAC Pressfit Aluminium Aluminum DAC DA17
Pole Diameter 15.5 / 13 mm 14.5 / 11 mm 12.8mm x 3, 11 mm x 1
Design type Freestanding Freestanding Freestanding Freestanding Freestanding
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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Big Agnes Titan 6 mtnGLO is interesting. It's built to serve a more specific need than many of the other tents we tested. The unique and innovative features that Big Agnes seems to always bring to the table will impress some and disappoint others. The Titan 6 can be reasonably compared with the North Face Wawona 6 and the Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6, but not entirely. All three tents are a similar shape/look and size. The big difference is that the Titan can't stand alone as a tent without the fly. The tradeoff is that the Titan does have the ability to act independently, without the tent, as a capable sun/rain shade. For some, this is a great feature, others will be annoyed that they can't get a little more light, wind, or starry night views. It's also worth noting that the large vestibule that enhances the performance of the Wawona and the Tensleep, is an extra add-on with the Titan 6 (as in, bump up that price another $180).

Performance Comparison


The Big Agnes Titan 6 mtnGLO
The Big Agnes Titan 6 mtnGLO

Comfort


With a floor space of 84 square feet, the Titan 6 feels plenty spacious, but we still wouldn't recommend a full six-person capacity. It could be done, sure, but you're going to be packed in and the art of getting in and out while crawling over and around multiple campmates could get old quickly. Groups of three to four, or families with smaller children, will fill out the Titan 6 just fine. It's also worth noting that while 84 square feet seems palatial, and it's certainly not a compact tent, it's also six square feet less than its brother, the Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6. All that said, the Titan 6 still has plenty of room.

Two, large, double-zippered doors give you a wide berth to get your queen-sized blow-up air mattress in and out of the tent without having to do any of the inflating or deflating in the tent. Each door also has a moderate window that can be zipped down to help with airflow, or to keep an eye on your kids' and pets' outdoor pursuits. Storage inside consists of two good-sized pockets in each corner, one down low and one up high.

Windows on the Titan mtnGLO are adequate  but make you wonder why the zipper couldn't have been extended lower.
Windows on the Titan mtnGLO are adequate, but make you wonder why the zipper couldn't have been extended lower.

Finally, Big Agnes' signature, integrated mtnGLO lighting is a great idea. We wish there was more of it. The initial setup gives you one strand that runs left to right across the top of the tent, and that's it. Sure, it gives off light, but if you're looking to read a book, or possibly even play cards without squinting too much, you're going to need more. Don't worry though, you can always get more mtnGLO light strands, for a price. You can move the mtnGLO lights to suit your needs, which is nice. Again, we love the lights, it'd just be nice if the Titan 6 came with say, three strands instead of one.

The integrated and adjustable mtnGlo lighting system is a great idea  but the single strand it comes with simply doesn't produce enough light for such a large tent.
The integrated and adjustable mtnGlo lighting system is a great idea, but the single strand it comes with simply doesn't produce enough light for such a large tent.

The fly. Where do we begin? First off, the standard Titan 6 mtnGLO only comes with the basic fly. It covers the sides nearly to the dirt and gives you just a small sun shade over each door. If you want a spacious vestibule, very similar in shape and size to the one that comes standard on the Tensleep Station and the North Face Wawona 6, you'll be out another $180, and that vestibule is nice. Just like the Wawona, it extends out horizontally from the tent and needs to be staked, but once it's up you can keep bikes and camp furniture out of the elements, or just set up a couple chairs and a small table and enjoy your afternoon cocktail out of whatever the weather may throw at you.

The Titan 6 mtnGLO is a transformer. One minute it's a tent  the next it's a nice  spacious sunshade.
The Titan 6 mtnGLO is a transformer. One minute it's a tent, the next it's a nice, spacious sunshade.

Moving back to the main fly that comes standard with the tent, the folks at Big Agnes have made the Titan 6 a bit of a hybrid. It's a tent that can also double as an open-ended sun/rain shade. Great idea. We can already see brilliant applications at music festivals and other larger group get-togethers where it's nice to have an open hangout spot that keeps everyone cool and dry. The problem is that the sun/rain shade uses the same pole system as the tent. What that means is that, to have the tent up, you have to have the fly up. There's no way to remove the fly to increase the airflow or get a killer view of the night sky as you doze off on a clear night. Sure there's a reasonable amount of space between the top of the tent and the fly, but it still doesn't give you that breezy feel you get in a tent that's fly-less.

The tent clips into the exoskeleton/sunshade  meaning you can't simply enjoy the Titan 6 mtnGLO without a rain fly.
The tent clips into the exoskeleton/sunshade, meaning you can't simply enjoy the Titan 6 mtnGLO without a rain fly.

Weather Resistence


The Big Agnes Titan 6 mtnGLO is a bit of a Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde in this category. As it comes standard, the fly only covers the sides effectively. The polyester on the front is waterproof, but with minimal fly coverage, we still worry. The zippers are certainly not waterproof.

While the fly covers the sides of the Titan 6 mtnGLO adequately  it leaves the front and back (the two doors) somewhat exposed.
While the fly covers the sides of the Titan 6 mtnGLO adequately, it leaves the front and back (the two doors) somewhat exposed.

Before we get too down on things though, unless you find yourself in a significant and sustained downpour, the Titan 6 should battle the weather just fine. The duality of the Titan 6 is also worth noting as far as weather is concerned. Without the tent up, the remaining sun/rain shade does open up room for people to wait out a passing storm or get some respite from an angry sun.

Sunshade? Rainshade? Whatever the sky is doing  the Titan 6 mtnGLO has you covered (yes  pun intended).
Sunshade? Rainshade? Whatever the sky is doing, the Titan 6 mtnGLO has you covered (yes, pun intended).

Ease of Setup


Setting up the Titan 6 is pretty straightforward. The poles are all color coded, with a six-pronged, double-hub pole that takes care of the top and sides of the tent, while two smaller poles come front to back (or door to door) to extend the other aspect. We had no problem figuring out the setup, and can't imagine even the most novice of campers struggling with it.

Figuring out how to set up the Titan 6 mtnGLO is pretty straightforward.
Figuring out how to set up the Titan 6 mtnGLO is pretty straightforward.

The one issue we found was that there is an absolute labyrinth of clips and the ones that cover the peak height of the tent are somewhat challenging to reach. We're used to getting the poles set in all the corners and then going back and attaching the clips. This approach got interesting when we got to the middle of the tent as we were straining over the rest of the tent and the tallest among us (at roughly 6') was up on his tippy toes to get those highest clips attached. Perhaps we just needed a different approach.

Reaching the top clips requires a little height (or a stepstool).
Reaching the top clips requires a little height (or a stepstool).

So we dropped the tent and tried attaching the middle clips before putting the poles into their corners (thus flexing them and creating the height of the tent). That worked, mostly. It didn't seem like the intended way to set up the Titan 6. It took some extra stretching and finagling to make it work. Shorter campers are going to struggle to set this tent up. The Titan can be set up by one person, but they'd better have a little length, energy, and ingenuity to spare. Two people can get it done relatively quickly in five to seven minutes, again, provided they can navigate the height issue.

Packed Size


This is one area that Big Agnes has a good handle on, pun wholly intended. The Titan mtnGLO 6 has a very similar storage bag to the Tensleep Station 6. It's a double-sided bag that splits in the middle like a travel bag for an expensive suit.

The Titan 6 mtnGLO storage bag is split into two  roomy pouches that make getting your tent back in the bag completely painless.
The Titan 6 mtnGLO storage bag is split into two, roomy pouches that make getting your tent back in the bag completely painless.

Each side is spacious enough to house either the tent or the fly, and elastic edges help to keep everything where it belongs. Between the two storage sides is a smaller slip bag for the poles. It's super simple but super effective. No need to get fancy when simple works. In the end, the two sides fold and buckle together and can be cinched down. The overall packed size isn't going to blow your mind, but it's a massive six-person tent, so to some extent, you have to expect a little bulk. What we appreciated as much as anything is that it's big enough to make fitting everything in the bag super easy, no frustrated cramming and stuffing, and yet it still won't take up more space than say the average small suitcase.

All packed  the Titan 6 mtnGLO is about the same size as a carry-on suitcase.
All packed, the Titan 6 mtnGLO is about the same size as a carry-on suitcase.

Workmanship


As with all Big Agnes tents we've tested, the quality of the product is never in question. The Titan doesn't play around with shoddy materials, thin, flimsy fabric, or weak poles that will get bent in a light breeze. The DAC DA17 poles are thick, strong, and surprisingly lightweight. The ripstop polyester that makes up the majority of the tent (the floor is taffeta, a little thicker and more durable for doing battle with those pesky small rocks and tree roots) is strong and should hold up over time. Finally, Big Agnes has a reputable warranty and repair division that will help you with any unforeseen issues.

Big Agnes poles are thick enough to hold up in breezy weather  but surprisingly light  and the plastic clips slide on and off with ease.
Big Agnes poles are thick enough to hold up in breezy weather, but surprisingly light, and the plastic clips slide on and off with ease.

Best Applications


The Titan mtnGLO 6 has some very specific applications. Music festivals. Large group outings. Times like this are exactly what the Titan was built for. For your basic weekend in the woods, this may be a little too much, again, unless you're particularly enamored with the duality of the sun/rain shade and tent. There's also that crowd that is drawn to innovation, and the Titan certainly fits that bill. The question you'll have to ask yourself is simply, is the innovation going to improve my wilderness experience?

Value


This one may sting a little. With a standard price of $599, the Big Agnes Titan mtnGLO 6 is already one of the most expensive tents we tested. When you sport it out with the added vestibule ($180) and or any extra gear lofts ($22-50) or mtnGLO strips ($30), you're looking at more like $800, easily the most expensive tent in our test. It's a high-quality tent, and the duality is certainly worth some extra scratch, but only if you're truly enamored by both potential functions of the Titan 6.

Conclusion


The Big Agnes Titan mtnGLO 6 is an interesting tent, with some truly unique features, but some very specific applications and definite drawbacks.


Wes Berkshire