Note: Since I will be using this tent more extensively next week while Rachel and I are camping on Assateague Island, this is merely a product preview until I’ve broken the tent in a little bit more.
Update: Read my review of the Big Agnes Fairview 3 tent here!
For my 24th birthday this past June, Grandma Barnthouse lovingly mailed me a check for $100 with a card instructing me to “buy something you want, but don’t need.” Always an ever-practical grandchild, I decided the time was nigh for me to purchase a tent. Based on tips from various bike touring blogs, I knew I wanted a 3-person, 3-season backpacking tent. Why a 3-person and not just a 2-person tent if I’m only going to be bike touring with just Rachel, you ask? In bike touring you really need the extra space in the tent to keep your gear dry, sleep comfortably, and not feel claustrophobic. After all, it is going to be our home for upwards of two years– no need to be living in closer quarters than necessary, right? So I cruised REI’s online outlet and found a great deal on a Big Agnes Fairview 3.
Here’s a quick overview of the specs:
|Average minimum weight:||5 lbs. 7 oz.|
|Average packaged weight:||6 pounds|
|Floor dimensions:||84 x 72 inches|
|Floor area:||42 square feet|
|Vestibule area:||10 square feet|
|Peak height:||45 inches|
|Number of doors:||1|
|Floor fabric:||Coated polyester taffeta|
|Rainfly fabric:||Coated polyester taffeta|
|Number of poles:||2|
|Pole diameter:||9.6 millimeters|
|Packed size:||6.5 x 18 inches|
“There!” I thought when I placed the order online, “Now I will never be homeless!” I was officially one step closer to my life goal of becoming a traveling bicycle hobo.
As luck would have it, the tent arrived smack dab on my birthday! My housemates were gone, so I cleared out the living room and when Rachel stopped by to pick me up for dinner with my friends I insisted we set up the tent. Let me tell you– nothing rings in 24 quite like drinking wine and watching Four Eyed Monsters in a tent in my living room with my friends. I swear I’ll write a full and proper review in September!