This is usually a slower time for backpacking news, as the seasons begin to change people usually start going inside and new products don’t show up as often: but not for me and not for Big Agnes. The Battle Mountain 4, 4 season mountaineering tent just showed up at my door, and I’m incredibly impressed. I couldn’t help but share the beauty of this beast before it’s released.
The tent is a 4 season, mountaineering tent designed for the worst weather. Designed to be impervious to heavy wind and snow. The tent weighed in at 6 lb 14 oz on my scale, including the stuff sacks (pack weight). The materials are light weight, but durable, with a sturdy DAC Featherlite NSL pole system, burly tent stakes, and rugged floor and fly materials.
There are two doors, one primary entrance on the front with a large vestibule, and a smaller rear door with a smaller vestibule.
The tent design utilizes several poles to create uniform tension and rigidity: a wide cross body system, with two poles that go over the top and lock outwards, pointing into the wind for more stability.
Inside, there are 6 pockets sewn directly into the tent to provide plenty of storage options. My tent came with a large gear loft, big enough to hold jackets and cameras, but I’m not clear that these will be included with every tent.
Small vents are located near the head of the tent, and the doors unzip to allow extra ventilation as well, so you can get that blow through cooling and drying effect.
Overall initial impressions are very good. The tent has a unique pole design that locks together to produce force in all directions for increased wind strength and reduced sway. The pole system pitches incredibly stiff for a tent of this weight, and hasn’t budged in any of the wind conditions it’s seen so far.
I’ll be testing this one thoroughly, and as soon as I have a full review I’ll let you know how it performed. Until then, enjoy the photos.