After, my friend took her tee-pee down that we had been staying in all summer and moved back inside like a sane person when winter strikes at 9,000 feet, I bought the Bighorn III to continue camping. I bought this tent in late autumn of 2018 and pitched it on a mesa at 9,000 feet elevation in South Western Colorado. I lived in it from October to January. It was taken down in January, but because the snow was deep and everything was frozen, the fabric was left on the ground, covered up with a tarp. Later in the spring, the stakes were pulled up with a skid steer. It was put in storage for a year. Currently, it is being used in the Georgia woods and has been set up for two months. There is a bit of a leak at the middle top seam, but I have a tarp over it for a quick fix.
In Colorado, when I first bought the tent, I did not know that I needed the ember protector that costs an extra $100. I thought that if it was really needed, that it would come with the tent. I found out after my first fire when I discovered 6 pinholes from embers. This was very disheartening after spending $1,000 plus on a tent. I was using a Colorado Mesa Stove. The tent was positioned so that the smoke would predominantly blow away from the tent and not across it. I also had a stack of 3 cord of wood in between the strongest wind direction and the tent.
I lived in the tent full time for three months. Inside of it was a wire armoire, a double mattress, 3 totes, Colorado Mesa wood stove, a camp chair, and some rugs. Often times, I would wake up and there would be two or three feet of fresh snow. In the evenings, I would get a fire going in the wood stove and keep it going until bed time. This would be plenty warm. Before bed, I would stack the stove full of wood. It would get hot enough inside the tent that I would be sleeping with just my feet inside of my Cabela Outfitters 0 degree sleeping bag. In the middle of the night, the stove would go out and it would get chilly. After stepping out to pee, I would be thankful for my tent and jump back in my sleeping bag and sleep nice and sound until morning. In the morning, it would be VERY cold. This is where a Mr. Buddy heater is super handy. I would turn it on and get back in my sleeping bag while the Mr. Buddy would go to work taking the edge off the coldness. Then I would set it at my feet while I built a new fire in the stove and turn the Mr. Buddy heater off before I light my new fire.
I feel like the issues I had with this tent were user error, except for the ember protector not being included with the tent. This has been a great tent and I am glad that I have it. Soon, I will be repairing the pin holes and leaky seam and will write an article about that. Maybe even a video. Happy Trails!
UPDATE on 3/27/2021:
This tent is currently in the garage. We used it for 6 months in the woods of Georgia. We then took it to New Hampshire. We stayed in the White Mountain National Forest for 2 weeks and then moved it up to Maine, where we lived in it for another three months. While using this tent in the east, I think it is best to keep a tarp over the top of it. We did finally patch the holes with the patch kit that came with the tent. It was not any trouble.
In my opinion, the tent was designed for use in dry climates like Colorado. With a name like Big Horn, that makes sense. I can’t afford to have two separate large tents like this for different climates. This is my go-to expedition tent and if I am in a wet environment, I use a lot of tarps.
Cabela’s Big Horn™ III Tent
- Sturdy enough to take on extreme conditions
- XTC fabric repels rain and snow with ease
- Heavy-duty steel frame ensures support
- Hexagonal design maximizes interior space
- Three large multiple-panel windows
- Zippered opening in the sewn-in floor for a stove
This is a new and improved version of our already popular Big Horn II tent, and we made it sturdy enough to take on extreme conditions encountered on extreme adventures. It’s a roomy single-wall tent made of XTC fabric that repels rain and snow with ease, and is tough enough to handle harsh foul weather. A heavy-duty steel frame ensures support to withstand wind and precipitation. The tent measures 12 ft. x 14 ft. with an 8’6″ roof tapering to 5’6″ sidewalls. The hexagonal design offers room for cots, gear and a stove around the sides while leaving the middle area open. We moved the stove area to keep the wall near the stove cooler. Three large multiple-panel windows include zippered covers, a clear-vinyl zip-out window and a mesh screen. There are three fold-down shelves that have mesh cup holders. There’s a sidewall stove jack, a storm flap and a heat-resistant insert, as well as a zippered opening in the sewn-in floor for a stove. The inverted “V” door is outfitted with a heavy-duty zipper. Includes 12″ steel stakes, guy ropes and zippered storage bag. The stakes weigh 11 lbs. Tent and frame weight is 72 lbs. Imported.