Im in the market for a good tent. I've researched and researched until my eyes have bleed. I have narrowed it down to a few and could use some insight for my family of 5. My tent, which I lent to my nephew was taken to a week long teenage outdoor party/concert. I don't think I want to know what happened in that thing, so, i told him to keep it.
It's between the Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8, REI Kingdom 8 and the Springbar Family Camper 7. Now I know there is some controversy with REI and them being anti-gun and supporting the closure of offroad areas that we so much love. I'm not sure if I really care about that determine my decision make, after all, I love my Apple products and Starbucks coffee and have a boat load of guns.
The Plus of the Big Agnes are many but the only downfall when comparing to the other two is the head room and overall spaciousness. I'm only 5'8" but can appreciate a lot of space, but don't want o sacrifice quality to obtain it. Having never seen any of these tents first hand makes it hard for to discriminate as to what's build quality is better than he other or if one is just on par. I do wish it had a garage like the Kingdom or the Big Agnes Big House 6, which I don't care for the Big House models much.
Next, is the REI. I love just about everything about this tent, except for the price with all of its options. It's about $700 whereas the BA is around $560 with footprint and shipping. Awesome amount of room and that makes me worried that it won't fit on most camp site pads. I wish this tent had better ventilation when the fly is on and when the fly is off, 60% of the tent has no windows, rendering my view useless. The best part is the garage. I can set my kitchen up in there and be done with it and sit under there on a rainy day.
Last but not least, the Springbar. Honestly, I just learned of these today and there isn't a whole lot out there about them. It seems to be well made but are heavy as my mother-in-law and ugly as she is. That's all I have to say about that(the tent that is, since I'm new to he brand.)
Oh, this tent will be used for car camping in the southeast. No snow(maybe) or desserts( would love to try that one day).
I may opt for a Moutain Harware or Nemo for when it's just me or me and the older two kids.