Big AgnesBlacktail 3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

Home, home on the trail.

If you're going to spend a few days exploring the places where the deer and the antelope play, bring the Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Three-Person Three-Season Tent along for some extra company. While it sleeps three people, the Blacktail weighs just six pounds fully packed, so it's not like carrying your little sister around in your pack (the Blacktail doesn't complain when it gets hungry, either).

The Blacktail has plenty of features to make your backcountry nights a little more comfortable. The polyester fabric of the fly and floor sports fully taped seams to keep out rain and sneaky moisture, the mesh walls allow for plenty of air to circulate on warm summer nights, and the dual doors and matching vestibules help you avoid trampling your tent mates and keep your boots and pack dry. Big Agnes also included reflective guylines and webbing to prevent accidental nighttime Godzilla-style tent destruction and included media pockets with special cord ports to help you catch some peace and quiet during a down-day siesta.

  • Polyester fly and floor with PU coating
  • Mesh walls
  • Taped seams
  • Two doors and vestibules
  • Aluminum DAC Pressfit poles
  • Mesh pockets and media pockets with cord routing
  • Reflective guylines and webbing
  • Gear loft and footprint sold separately
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Not waterproof

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tent bottom is not waterproof. I read a lot of good reviews of this tent but was disappointed with my experience with it.

The floor has only 1500mm PU coating, which isn't enough for waterproofing a tent floor when weight is on it. The fly does fine, even in heavy rain, but water seeped through the bottom when I camped with even a bit of dew on the ground. I had issues with and without the ground sheet and BA even sent me a new tent body, which performed equally badly.

I'm very disappointed that this has become a car-camping tent that has to be paired with a heavy tarp for the bottom.

I agree. Tried it for one night in dry, but humid conditions and had a lot of moisture between footprint and tent. Also, my footprint does not stay attached to the tent body. It's just slightly too big and the grommets won't stay connected. Which is a pain if you're trying to move it and have to constantly readjust both. A little disappointed in my first Big Agnes purchase.

Big Agnes Blacktail Tent Series

The Blacktail two, three, and four-person tents offer spacious sleeping areas for a pair or family of campers. Easy access through two, side-entry doors and vestibules makes climbing over your tent mate for an early morning bathroom run a thing of the past. An excellent value for the entry-level backpacker or those who just want a super comfortable tent to bring on the trail.

Light & Durable

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This tent is amazing for hiking. It's so light weight and easy to put up. It rained and we stayed nice and dry. The tent is really big enough for two normal sized adults and a dog. Three people would be tight.

Good tent

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Decently durable and plenty of room for two, or three if you want to be a bit more snug. Big Agnes doesn't disappoint.

Great tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been a great tent for many uses and environments. It has performed amazing well in heavy rain and wind. Even kept out blowing sand when other filled up. Easy put up and take down, durable fabric, but light. Great tent for two people backpacking who like to be comfortable and have a bit of space. Two vestibules work extremely well for extra space for shoes and packs, etc..