If you are doing research before joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's where you can learn a bit more about the setup and operation of a specific travel or camping equipment before you head out on your big adventure.

The information below provides more details on how to set up the Big Sky 2+ tent, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent Tent - 2+ person (2.5) Tent for Backpacking. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page

This 2-person rental tent is a slightly larger model than our "regular" 2-man backpacking tent.  In the stuff sack find the body, fly, 3 poles, and some stakes.  Bring light cordage with you if you want additional guy-out line options.  

rent big sky backpacking tent

The 2 longer poles will support the body in a "X" structure

renting a backpacking tent

Insert the pole ends in each corner and then attach the body clips along the length of the poles

body setup rented tent

The third, shorter pole is placed width-wise across the tent and inserts into grommets on each side.  This keeps the body from sagging in and also supports the fly over the doors.  Note that this model has side-entrance doors on both sides.

fly support backpacking tent       more backpacking tent rental setup

The interior camping area for you and your gear is about 4.5' across at the tent head and 8' long.  That extra floor space and more vertical walls is why we label this tent as a "2.5-person" tent.  Note it angles some at the foot of the tent so it isn't 4.5' wide everywhere.

interior space backpacking tent      interior body specs for rental tent

Drape the fly - if needed - over the body.  Note that the fly-body attachments are red on one side of the tent and black on the other.  This allows you to better align the body and fly.

connect fly to backpacking tent

Below is the tent will the fly fully on.  Note the 3rd cross pole also supports the fly - there is a small pocket on each side in that area into which the pole should be inserted to give it the desired tension and support.

renting a backpacking tent with a full cover fly

Here is an overview video about our rental backpacking tents