Big Agnes Guard Station 8

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Our Guard Station 8 is a dome-style mountaineering expedition dream shelter burly enough to withstand extreme high-altitude, high-alpine conditions. The Guard Station 8 features an external pole design which means it can be set up as a free-standing group shelter, or clip in the tent body to create a double-wall tent. The DAC exoskeleton pole system is incredibly strong and offers generous living space, with polyester rip-stop material developed to provide high UV resistance and stability in the most extreme environments.

Trail Weight 18 lb 7oz / 8.36kg
Packed Weight 25lb 1oz / 11.37kg
Fast Fly Weight 21lb 5oz / 1.05kg
Packed Size 10" x 15" x 24" / 25 x 38 x 61cm
Floor Area 128 sq ft / 11.9m²
Footprint Weight 2lb 13oz / 1.28kg
Number of Seasons 4
Number of Doors 2


  • Mountaineers, climbers and summit-seekers - this one's for you! Our Guard Station mountaineering dome brings durable, basecamp-ready design and materials to high-altitude expeditions
  • House the entire crew, use as a medical tent, mess hall or command center
  • Dome shape minimizes snow and wind load
  • DAC exoskeleton pole system maximizes architectural strength and creates extensive livable space
  • Single-wall structure minimizes bad-weather impact during set up
  • Accessory Body creates a separate living and sleeping space that takes up half the area of the shelter - sold separately.
  • Peek at the peak through one of six windows without opening doors. Windows can be opened for venting or closed up tight in extreme weather
  • Features two ceiling vents for air flow
  • Heavy-gauge materials ensure this shelter is ready for the most extreme Alpine conditions
  • Multiple interior loops for attaching accessories and mtnGLO® Tent & Camp Lights
  • Ready to pitch; with pre-cut guy lines and tensioners
  • Heavy duty reflective guylines and reflective webbing
  • Removable floor included

Construction + Materials

  • Fly is Dominico® undyed polyester ripstop made with high-tenacity yarns which increase tear strength by 20-25% over standard nylon or polyester ripstop fabrics. Also provides high UV resistance and stability during temperature and moisture fluctuations, allowing for a solid and stable pitched tent
  • Fly is silicone-treated with 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating plus an additional coating on the face of the fabric to increase tear strength and UV resistance
  • Footprint is polyester Oxfort with 5000mm waterproof polyurethane coating
  • The material uses a unique pigment dye coloring process that resists fading and increases UV resistance; extending the longevity of the fabric when used in high altitude conditions
  • All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's)
  • DAC Press Fit pole system
  • 20 DAC oversized 12" aluminum J stakes
  • Carry bag with backpack straps included
  • Accessory Body - sold separately
  • Footprint - included
  • 8P fits Large Trapezoid - sold separately
  • Imported