I have used this tent extensively in 2019 from west coast, central to east coast Canada from sun to rain and 0 to 22 degrees Celsius. I had debated this tent for 6 months, it's hard to know what you are buying when you can't experience it at your finger tips. In the end I purchased the 2P Revolution mesh tent at the end of 2018. Pros: Light weight I have the 2P and love the size for just myself, Quality Materials, Good vestibule sizes, Quick delivery, and Really easy set up. Negatives: Fly material does not shed water, it seems to be hydrostatic even when shaking the tent down, When fly material is wet the zipper gets stuck ALL the time which means you have a tent and arm open to the elements, Clips are very hard to undo when your hands are cold***, Bottom of the tent still gets wet with groundsheet so you technically still have a wet tent (strategic folding required to keep the mesh dry), Clips are too tight to tent so the fly touches the tent at times (I've just learned to unclip sections on rainy days especially on windy rainy days because the fly needs to be taught), Slippery floor moves the sleeping pad and ultimately sleeping bag to touch the tent which means a moisture on the bottom of the sleeping bag, and Customer service often didn't answer the questions I was asking when e-mailing (impossible to call), the website could use development as there isn't enough information on the tent online especially compared to the competition (Hilleburg, Niak) Overall, happy.
I used it 3 times now and very happy. So easy to put up and take down. With the inner already attached that was great for wet weather. Packs up small too. Cant fault it so far. Customer service is great too.
Thank you for your review and comments.
I cannot fault these tents. I originally bought a Big Sky Revolution 1 person tent. I had done a lot of research. I looked at tent measurements and weight. Went to hiking stores and sat in them to see how roomy they were. My main criteria was to be able to sit up straight with out hitting the roof, (while sitting on a sleeping mat). The Big Sky tents were the only ones that would give me that height and plenty of room inside, 2 vestibules and very light weight. I am 5 foot 7. Also the vestibules were bigger than other tents . My other criteria was a fly that went as close to the ground as possible. I noticed other tents, Nemo, Big Agnus. MSR that their rain flys did not reach the ground and in a heavy rain water would seep in while your sleeping bag or pillow is pressed up against the end of the tent (which they always do). I have not had any problem with water in the tent. Loved this tent so much I have now also bought the Revolution 2 person for when i take someone with me. Both are so easy to set up and dismantle quickly. Plenty of pockets for storage in both 4 in 1 person and 4 in 2 person. The discrete khaki green colour is also preferable for me. Also love that I can purchase a 4 season inner tent if I ever need one....no need to buy a complete tent with fly. Just buy the inner to use with your existing fly.
Thanks for your review and comments!
Some of the features I have noticed on my new 2017 tent: 1) The so-called "thin & very slippery" floor material has now been replaced by much more robust NON SLIP material. 2) The Revolution 2P is much longer (up to 7") than all all other ultra-light tents. For those who utilizes a LW (long & wide) sleeping bag this is a HUGE advantage.
1) The non-slip, seam tape floor is now standard for Big Sky's tents. 2) We try to design for full size people... we do not think ultra light backpackers are smaller. We try to put the comfort in and take the weight out. Thanks for your comments, Big Sky International
Two question about fabric version of the *inner* tent: - is the door fully mesh all of its size or only partially? - is the inner tent door two layered, one is mesh and the other is fabric? Question of the outer tent: - if the outer tent doors are fully open, does the rain reach inner tent? My use case: in hot but unstable weather keep the outer tent doors fully open all of the time. I keep the inner tent door closed with full size mesh only (keep the bugs out and get the view). When it gets colder, cover the inner tent mesh with fabric, partially or fully, still keeping the outer tent doors open. In the even colder or stormy weather, finally close the outer tent.
Two question about fabric version of the *inner* tent:
- is the door fully mesh all of its size or only partially?
> The Mesh Netting version is entirely Mesh Netting
- is the inner tent door two layered, one is mesh and the other is fabric?
> There are two completely different inners. The Breathable Fabric version is Breathable fabric with "Mesh Netting" window in door. There is a "Breathable Fabric" fabric door that can be zippered over the "Mesh Netting" window.
Question of the outer tent:
- if the outer tent doors are fully open, does the rain reach inner tent?
> Straight down rain will not enter inner... there is a 3rd pole that create a little "Porch" over each door.
Thank you for your interest
What is the pack size
What is the pack size
> The folded length of the Revolution 2P tent poles is 43cm (17in) and diameter of the compression sack is about 15cm (6in)
Hello! I’m looking for a durable lightweight tent for my PCT hike attempt in 2019, and this tent looks like it will fit the bill. However, I prefer a smaller footprint for ease of finding camp spots along the trail. Do you have a one person version of this tent? If yes, what are the specs? Does it have two doors as well? Is one door an option for the one person tent? Does the purchase come with guy lines and stakes? Do you have a Cuben Fiber version of this tent? Do you have a set up video of this tent? Thank you very much for your time.
Do you have a one person version of this tent?
> Yes, Big Sky makes a Revolution 1P tent
If yes, what are the specs?
> Here is more info for the Revolution 1P tent:
Does it have two doors as well?
> Yes, the Revolution 1P has two doors
Is one door an option for the one person tent?
> No, we did at one time, but everyone prefers two doors so we stopped making one door option
Does the purchase come with guy lines and stakes?
> guy lines and stakes/pegs are optional.. you do not have to buy them unless you need them
Do you have a Cuben Fiber version of this tent?
> There will be a DCF (Cuben) fabric version the Revolution 1.5P available soon.
Do you have a set up video of this tent?
> Hopefully soon
Hello, Thank you immediately answer. So it will be helpful. I think that REVOLUTION 2P tent (BREATHABLE FABRIC INNER) fulfills the conditions I'm seeing quite well. Please tell me a bit more. ①Is BREATHABLE FABRIC INNER the same material or making CHINOOK INNER ? ②Please tell me the difference between REVOLUTION 2P tent (BREATHABLE FABRIC INNER) and CHINOOK 2P tent.; Material, performance, durability, wind resistance, etc. Best regards, ERIKO NAITO
Please see > responses below:
①Is BREATHABLE FABRIC INNER the same material or making CHINOOK INNER ?
> yes, the Breathable Fabric for Big Sky's Revolution and Chinook tent series inners is the same fabric.
②Please tell me the difference between REVOLUTION 2P tent (BREATHABLE FABRIC INNER) and CHINOOK 2P tent.; Material, performance, durability, wind resistance, etc.
> Big Sky's Revolution tent series are 3-seasons rated tents made with lighter weight 3-seasons rated poles, while the Chinook tent series are 4-seasons rated tents with stronger 4-seasons rated tent poles. Inner floor sizes are the same.
Thanks for your interest,
Big Sky International
Hi,My Name is ERIKO NAITO in JAPAN. I am Interested in the tent of the REVOLUTION 2P(BREATHABLE FABRIC INNER) . So,Please tell the outer sell,the inner liner,Floor material and the water column. Because,Japan has a lot of rain,it is an important element when choosing a tent. ①all outer sell→・material: ・water column: ②Inner Liner、Floor（BREATHABLE FABRIC INNER）→・material: ・water column:・Weight（kg）/Mosquito net in Entrance covered? Best regards.
ERIKO NAITO in JAPAN, thank you for your questions, please see > responses below:
I am interested in Big Sky's REVOLUTION 2P tent (BREATHABLE FABRIC INNER) water column/hydrostatic fabric rating:
> Outer fabric: 2000mm rated
> Breathable Fabric inner: DWR treated to repel water
> Floor fabric: 3000mm rated
Because,Japan has a lot of rain, it is an important element when choosing a tent.
> Big Sky tents have been sold/tested/used all over the world for many years... rain is no problem for Big Sky's tents.
Mosquito net in Entrance covered?
> Yes, the entrance of Big Sky's Revolution 2P tent has a "Porch" over each door so rain will not drip inside.
Thank you for your interest,
Big Sky International
Can you tell me the fabric weight of the fly and floor and also the essential differences between this tent and the Chinook?
Can you tell me the fabric weight of the fly and floor
> here is some fabric info:
also the essential differences between this tent and the Chinook?
> Big Sky's Revolution tent series are 3-seasons rated tents
> Big Sky's Chinook tent series are 4-seasons rated tents with a stronger structural design, stronger poles, etc.