I think everyone should own a tent.
Why? Because not owning a tent is like a jail sentence that keeps you confined to the indoors. Not having a tent means you can’t pick up and go camping whenever inspiration or the opportunity strikes. Not having a tent = missing out on falling asleep to the sound of crickets or a babbling brook and waking up to the sunrise and a beautiful view. Not having a tent is just not an option.
Even if you don’t intend to camp often, a tent is still an essential tool to own and a worthwhile investment (even if you use it just once or twice a year, the ROI in the form of bonding experiences and lasting memories will be worth it).
But yes, I know, tents can be expensive. Sure you could go buy a cheap tent at Target, but if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to throw money away on a cheap tent that’s poorly constructed, complicated to set up and won’t last — if you’re going to get a tent, you want a nice tent. And if you’re anything like me, you would like to be able to go car camping with this tent (i.e. driving your car up to your campsite with lots of camping luxuries) and go backpacking with this tent (hiking with your tent in your backpack to far away campsites) so you can avoid dropping a lot of dough on two separate tents.
Well, meet the Tumble 3 mtnGLO, my new three-person tent from Big Agnes.
Light enough to take backpacking, with a trail weight of 5lb 13oz, but roomy enough and with the right bells and whistles to take car camping, the Tumble 3 falls into the sweet spot of being a perfect all purpose tent.
Tip: If you’re not extremely concerned about tent weight, I’d suggest going with the three-person model — even if you only plan to camp with just one other person. Why? Because it’s always nice to have extra room or to be able to accommodate another friend.
Note: If you’re prepared to spend a little more money, Big Agnes makes lighter models, like the Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO and the Copper Spur UL3 mtnGLO. But if like me, you don’t plan on backpacking alone, remember you can split up the tent components amongst you and your backpacking partners to distribute the weight of the Tumble 3 (i.e. someone carries the tent poles in their pack, someone carries that tent steaks, and someone carries the tent itself).
Big Agnes Tumble 3 mtnGLO – Key Features
Built-In Lights – The main draw of the Tumble 3 are the fully integrated mtnGLO lights. Every mtnGLO tent features a strand of USB and AAA battery-powered LED lights sewn directly into the tent body at the peak of the tent’s interior. These lights, controlled by a simple switch, can shine at 100% or 50% power and provide an even, bright or ambient light throughout the tent. These come in real handy when searching for something at night, playing cards with your tentmates, or getting settled and into your sleeping bag. Believe me, it beats everyone wearing their headlamps in the tent and having multiple beams of light shining everywhere (and in your eyes). See the video below for more.
2 doors - The Tumble 3 features two doors, each with a vestibule for stowing gear outside of your tent.
Interior Pockets – The Tumble 3 features four interior mesh pockets and two media pockets (pockets located above the camper’s heads that serve as an easy and convenience place to stow items you’d like to have readily accessible during the night).
Easy Set Up – With its symmetrical pole structure, lightweight aluminum poles, and simple plastic clips to attach the the poles to the tent body, the Tumble 3 couldn’t be any easier to set up.
I recently took my Big Agnes Tumble 3 mtnGLO tent with me on a two-night backpacking trip with two of my friends in Colorado’s Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Check it out in action:
Special thanks to Big Agnes for hooking me up with the Tumble 3 to test in the wild. I will be using it (and recommending it) for a long, long time to come.