The term “3+ season” tent isn’t something you hear very often. There are summer tents, and there are winter tents. So what does 3+ even mean? With the Foidel Canyon from Big Agnes, that means a tent that you can use in nearly every situation, in nearly every season. Rain, snow, wind, heat, humidity, it’s ready for all but the absolute worsts of conditions.
The Foidel Canyon 2 achieves this 3+ season status by being built differently than a 3 or 4 season tent. It’s light weight, at just 4 lbs 14 oz, but it’s also built very, very well. Constructed with an incredibly durable yet lightweight Dyneema Fabric fly and floor, paired with an unusually burly DAC symmetrical pole system, the Foidel Canyon is built to withstand some abuse.
The tent has two doors, two vestibules, and two vents. Additional cold weather and sand protection is provided by dual layer doors (half mesh, half breathable nylon) which allows you to unzip the nylon layer, revealing a drafty mesh walls when the temperatures rise or more ventilation is needed. The tent retails for $649.95
What I liked
The Foidel Canyon holds up great to strong, otherwise damaging winds. Camping high atop my favorite proving grounds (which have routinely crushed 4 season tents due to wind) the tent stood strong, without buckling or losing any internal volume. The stout frame held the tent upright with little movement even during a developing super cell. Multiple guy out points aided in the stability, with a series of J-Stakes to provide quality anchoring. The tent remained quiet, without creaking, groaning, or flapping in the wind. The framing is strong enough to hold up to most winter conditions, short of hurricane winds and large snow dumps. Excellent for those high elevation, exposed camp sites.
Overall build quality is fantastic. The impressive Dyneema fabric performs much better than most fabrics I’ve tested, resisting stretching and tearing. I never once had to get up and re-tension the tent after the wind picked up. The tent pitches taut, and stays taut. The floor is built well enough that carrying a footprint was never once considered.
Livability is impressive. Ample internal space and very generous headroom provides a large, open, inviting cabin for those long, never ending storms. I never once found myself struggling for more room, or rubbing against the wall or towering ceiling. Entry and exit is simple and painless thanks to the large open doorways. The double layer doors allow for a huge range of comfortable temperatures, sealing up to block wind and heat when it’s cold and opening up for a breeze when it’s hot or humid. Top vents only enhance the airflow, creating a real current through the tent when needed. The colors, orange interior with grays on the outside, create a soft warm glow inside that doesn’t get too dark or too bright.
Pockets. Pockets everywhere. I was able to stash phones, headlamps, cookies, tablets, and much more in the large assortment of pockets located around the head of the tent and along the roof. Organization is king.
For the durability, it’s very lightweight. Under 5 pounds puts it’s square in the middle of backpacking territory, but beefy enough to be a base camp tent.
An ingenious modification to the way the inside door ties back allows you to instantly get the door out of the way, without dealing with clips or toggles. Simply tuck the door into a long band of fabric, and it’s done. All tents should have this.
Setup is as easy as it gets, even in howling winds. Symmetrical poles and a clip on rain fly expedites the pitching process. Just make sure your hub is pointing down and you’re good to go. The fly is also color coded.
What I didn’t like
The tent leaves very little to be desired. All around, the Foidel is meticulously designed and considers all situations. My only complaint? Performance comes at a premium.
Built to impress and protect, the Foidel Canyon 2 is an incredible tent. The light weight Dyneema fabric and rigid DAC aluminum frame molds together into a very durable, shockingly light weight tent, all while being comfortable and inviting. The harshest of winds and the coldest of nights proved to be of little significance. Large open interiors and a huge range of use produces a tent that you can take with you in nearly every condition without fear that it will be flattened by the circumstances. The quiet build, warm interior colors, and plethora of storage options only sweeten the deal. If you demand performance, and don’t mind the price, it’s an excellent solution.
The Highest of Recommendations
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