I normally use an ultralight backpacking tent on my expeditions, but wanted a car-camping tent with more headroom, sturdy construction, ease in assembly, and a full rain fly. The Big Agnes Tensleep performed well during a road trip on a thousand-mile loop that included Grand Mesa, Lizard Head Wilderness, Mesa Verde, McClure Pass, and Capitol Creek. During the week, I had daily rainstorms at elevations from 7,000 to 9,000 feet base camps. The space in the tent was generous. Assembly is similar to a backpacking tent, a bit less than a half-hour for one-person set-up. However, I never experienced a drop of rain inside the tent. Flies swarmed to get under the safety of the rain fly, which repelled and beaded rain for quick drying after the storms and allowed easy packing within a few hours of the storms. Against an incoming front at Mesa Verde, the Tensleep held sturdy on a solid footprint, despite a wind that ripped tent stakes out of th
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