Rated 5 out of 5 by acadia6 King Pine 6 person tent is great
Tent was easy to set up with 2 people, had plenty of room, and held up in high winds. We purchased the footprint also, so there would be flooring in the screen room. We were able to watch the sunrise in screen room on our 30th wedding anniversary, bug-free. Tent was also easy to pack up. Great quality, should last a long time, Thanks LL Bean.
April 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by campinghunter Impressive in strong wind
Received 6 man tent as a gift and immediately set it up behind my home to check it out, planning to wet it down with the hose to check waterproofness. Shallow soil with limestone bedrock easily defeated the ridiculous plastic tent pegs (must get 60d nails) so tent wasn't tacked down very well. Easy to set up and very roomy - perfect for extended hunting/camping trips.
We are in the middle of a 5 year drought so I was thrilled to see a large thunderstorm approaching; began to rain very hard with lots of straight-line wind coming out of the storm. Gusts later measured at 55 mph snatched up the whole tent and sent it flying in the driving rain as I watched from my porch, worried more that this might be a tornado than concerned with losing the tent.
It was caught by a cedar break several hundred yards downwind. After storm passed I found that the tent was still intact but was tangled into the cedars by the groundcloth, which is attached to the tent bottom. Untangled it and the tent turned a flip and landed right-side up, looking like I had just erected it there. Unzipped it, went inside and found the inside to be bone-dry. Really is waterproof. Rain fly suffered a couple of small tears but otherwise unharmed by the ordeal. Impressive structural integrity and flying ability. Tent pegs are worthless but everything else excellent.
April 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tea102 First Dome Tent
Overall we are very pleased with this tent. Set up was more complicated than a cabin tent and you definitely need 2 people to set up. Even though we practiced at home, It took us about 30 min to set up the tent and attach the rain fly. We Bought this to replace a very old canvas cabin style tent. We were not sure how we would like this type of tent. We were pleased with the tent after a rainy October 4 day trip where we had to set up in rain and had another day of rain.
The cabin part of the tent stayed dry and cozy. We had purchased the footprint and were glad we did. The screen room portion of this tent does not have a floor. It should to better full use of the space. We had purchased the footprint which also covers the Floor space of the screen room and we were glad we did. We would still recommend using another interior tarp inside the tent and porch area to protect the tent floor and footprint.
Tent kept us dry...no leaks at all. Loops to hang small lanterns inside and sewn in wall pockets were welcome and put to use.
We used 2 camp cots as we are both older and can no longer sleep on the ground. The 4 person tent did not accommodate the cots. The 6 person tent worked well with the 2 camp cots. There would not be enough room for another person if you need to use cots. If you used just sleeping bags and pads you could comfortably sleep 3 persons in the main tent.
Since the porch has no floor you would not be able to sleep there but you can easily set up 2 chairs and your cooler or gear.
The fly works well, especially with all the zippers for opening up in warm dry weather.
January 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by oldcyclecamper King Pine Dome 6 HD
I finally got to use our new King Pine Dome 6 HD. This is a well made tent. Set-up went without a hitch for my wife and I. Comments on the design. 1.) Set -up is easy with the color coded straps.
2.) The screen room is very roomy and a great feature if it is raining or the bugs are bad. 3.) The option of entering the tent from either front or rear is a big plus. 4.) It is a big tent, but, it shrinks fairly quickly as the side walls come to the center at a pretty quick rate. Kelty does a better job of making more usable space with their dome design. 5.) Workmanship is great, zippers, seams, everything is first rate. 6.) No problems putting the tent back in the bag, and the foot print fits in the bag as well. 7.) Get the footprint! 8.) The tent is well designed for a variety of uses. One can close off the main room and it is easily heated with a "Buddy" style heater for cooler weather camping. We did this and it worked out great. I think Bean needs to add fabric to the roof area to maximize the living space. Our 4 person Kelty "felt" bigger than this 6 person tent because of the roof design. Still yet, this is a well made and versatile tent that should last a long time with good care. Thanks L.L. Bean!
December 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BobbyEarlJr Great Tent, Tight for 6
Very nice tent of high quality materials. Seams are all strong and solid. Poles are strong and flexible and I really like the screen porch. Like most tents that say "Sleeps 6", you better really like your sleeping partners if there are indeed 6 in the tent.
December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyCampersCT King Dome Tent 6 person
I love the tent so far!! My nephews (13 & 7 yrs) & I had a great weekend using it. It took us about an hour to put up, but considering we were rookies, that was expected. I think the instructions could have been a bit more clear, included more step-by-step pictures perhaps, to accommodate novices, which would have shortened our assembly time. I read reviews before purchasing, and agree, it really is a 4 person tent, unless you don't mind extreme closeness or don't plan to do anything other than sleep in the tent. It would also be helpful to have instructions on how to best keep the tent clean, how to best disassemble and get it back into the storage bag/duffle, etc. It was definitely nice to be able to stand inside the tent and I LOVED the pockets all around inside. I also purchased the footprint recommended and did not have any issues with wetness I had experienced using other tents in the past. The hooks included in the centers were great for hanging lanterns. One other issue I've had with other tents were zippers that snagged or ripped after only a few uses . . . this tent gave me no cause for concern, even with rambunctious boys going in and out all weekend long!
September 26, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by rodnsharon but overall a good tent...
i used the tent for two weeks in oregon for the first time...great weather for the most part, so i can't comment on wind or rain...overall, it's a good tent...tent set up can be done with one, but the fly is easier with two...about 20 minutes going up once you've done it a couple of times, a little less coming down and packed...i think it would be strong in wind, and the fly covers the tent completely, so that is a good point...due to the dome construction, you lose headroom around the perimeter of the tent...we had a queen mattress set up, so when you got out of bed on the side, you really couldn't come even close to standing up completely (both of us are 5'10")...not a complaint for me, but a major problem for my significant other...the porch area has mesh sides, but the solid covers for it are part of the fly...this was not easy to see (for me) in the description or pics...you can actually get into this tent from either end, and the end opening on the main room has an awning setup in the fly which is a nice touch...when you set it up, it's not tall enough to stand under, and no matter how you stretch it, it has a center pocket that would collect water in the rain...but if you set it up low, like a window awning for ventilation, it was excellent... my real disappointment for a tent like this, especially at this price, was the plastic stakes...i've used them before, and i just don't like them..in hard ground they're useless...and in sand they're too short...the "hammer" included is round tubing on a short rod with a flat piece for the face...no weight and maybe only good for sand - just chuck it, save the space, and use your own...
also, if you buy this tent, get the footprint ground cover for it...i hesitated on that, but i'm glad i did...it's very convenient, hooks up to the stake-down loops, and stays in place during setup...if you're a "trencher" like i am for rain, this tarp seems to be the correct size to allow you to do that...
my reason for a 3 rating? general quality is "good", perimeter headroom, no side covers for porch (think privacy) unless using the fly, plastic stakes and hammer...all this considered against the price...so, it's over-priced to me, but it's still a good tent in a lot of ways...i'll be going to a box style tent to pick up the headroom around the perimeter...
September 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Curiouskdb Best Test for a Family of 4
We bought this tent for our Labor Day camping trip to replace 2 other tents we had, cause we are a family of 4 and didn't want to continue to split up. We loved this tent. It's spacious, its waterproof, its really easy to put up (we did watch the video) with all the color coding. It has pockets, hooks on the ceilings for lanterns, tons of rooms of our gear, can be one room or one giant room. The first night we slept all in the main tent and were quite comfortable and in fact we slept until 8am (unheard of for camping as far as I was concerned - not sure if that was the tent or the campground). The second night, 3 of us slept in the main tent and my husband slept in the porch area. It poured, and poured, and poured and we stayed completely dry and comfortable - even my husband in the porch area. The tent isn't small, but I'm not sure I would sleep 6 people all in the same main compartment. My kids are movers while sleeping and I can see someone getting kicked in the face. But this tent is perfect for us and all our stuff. While it rained we were able to play games inside, my daughter read for hours there. It was pretty easy to clean up, we brought it home and washed all the mud off of it and let it air dry in our garage. We did also purchase the bottom footprint, which I think is a must.
September 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Frompopuptotent Long time campers
My husband and I just got back from a week in the Adirondacks. We were very pleased with the King Pine Dome tent 6 man.
The color coded straps help a lot in set up.Each corner has the same color as the fly that goes over the tent. It is very airy inside with the back screen door.
We were glad we had bought the footprint ground cloth. That gives you a floor in the screened area. It took us 15-20mins to set up.
August 18, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by dannypluc king pine 6 person DOME H D WATERPROOF NOT
(1) rainfly needs seam tape on all the zipper seams .(2) screen door zippers need seam tape to.(3) Stake straps needs more seam tape on in side of tent. They all leak. Theirs more sorry to said but I wont. Getting wet is the worse thing to happen when camping. So we toke it back with much regret. WE LOVE IT VERY MUCH SORRY. We loss 50 square feet of living space with a competitors tent but I no we wont get wet . L L Bean please fix it in time so I can take back the competitors tent. So I can have the one I really want . Please call with any questions you may have. You got my number THANK YOU
August 14, 2013