Posted by: Mattt on Feb-12-13 12:43 PM (EST)
if you are looking for a tent to use for beach camping, forget about Big Agnes - I don't know all thier models, but from what I've seen,they are not what I would call a true free standing tent - though they are sorta free standing, but you need to use a lot of stakes to pull out the sides and corners to make them livable and that's not going to work well in sand or rock
I Have a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 (two person tent) that I use as my solo backpacking tent, because of the light weight; great for backpacking - I would never consider taking it canoe camping unless it was the only tent I have (and I hava a dozen or more tents). Of the tents I have, that would fit your requirements, I'd recommend the REI Quarter Dome T-2. signigicanlty more room than the BA tent, and free standing - you could set it up and not use any stakes for the vestibules if you wanted to, though its obviously better if you at least stake out the vestibules. It is the tent I take to Quetico on my solo trips there, for various reasons - quick to set up, lots of room inside for gear, and roomy to sit up comfortably, relatively small footprint, and two doors, so if a door zipper were to blow out, I have door #2 to use after duct taping the broken zipper. Weight and size are more than the BA tent, but still reasonable enough for kayak camping. cpmpared to my Fly Creek tent, it feels like it has half again as much room inside, and I have used it reasonably comfortably for two people from time to time.