Rated 5 out of 5 by Sandwig Harry Potter Tent
We bought this tent 4 years ago when our daughter was born for car camping. We call it our Harry Potter tent because it's so luxuriously big inside. We plop a queen size inflatable mattress in it along with a Thermarest for our daughter and still have plenty of room for clothes and sundries or another Thermarest for company. The huge vestibule serves as a great, bug free living room in the evening or holds a ton of gear. We've camped in it in three seasons. We just returned from a trip in Shenandoah National Park where we weathered an incredible deluge and stayed dry and snug while campers all around us where getting soaked. It's heavy and takes some work to get up and down, but I highly recommend it for family fun.
July 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by moose6907 Good overall with a couple of issues
I've had this tent on several outings including heavy rain but no high wind as of yet. Overall things are as advertised so I will just list the shortcomings I've noted.
1. During recent heavy rain, I had leaks at 2 seam points. I've seam sealed but have yet to see if that fixed it.
2. There is a stake loop in front of the door to the sleeping area which tensions the divider wall and door. With the footprint in place, you cannot use this loop (unless you want to pierce the floor# so the inner wall is floppy and the door more difficult to open
3. Ample skirts are provided on the fly to tuck under the floor in the screen room #although not mentioned in the setup instructions#. However, they don't stay under there well with people moving about the tent. Some simple Velcro closures would provide stability. Yes, being on the ground, you'd have to clean them regularly but it beats having openings forming for bugs and water. To be fair, a regular patrol of this soft-closure area usually keeps things OK but just a bit more thought would make is almost perfect.
Overall, a spacious tent. You gotta love the screen room on a buggy or wet evening #or morning). There is a bit of a learning curve for the setup, especially if you don't use it regularly.
June 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Arsum Great Overall Design; Heavy, "Sticky" Poles
I've had this tent for quite a while, and find it mostly terrific. It is quite solid and I've withstood several showers quite drily. One thing I do not like is the heavy fiberglass poles, which are almost never a feature of expensive tents. Compared to aluminum poles,they are thick-walled, heavy, and, because they require a thick, external connector between segments, frequently get caught when sliding through the sleeves.
The footprint (simple rectangle), weather protected screened in porch and overall design sold me. One morning, I woke up during a steady rain (dry as a bone inside the tent), and opened the fly to see my family eating breakfast (drily) in the screen porch area. This tent is just very family friendly and flexible.
If it had aluminum poles, it would get five stars as it would be simply the perfect family camping tent. I am assuming that, along with the other features that make this tent a sturdy camping shelter, aluminum poles would make it just too darn expensive for most people. Might I suggest an alternative version that comes with aluminum poles, offered at a higher price, for those who are willing to pay for the benefits of aluminum poles?
June 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SummerTravelers Our new vacation home
We have been camping in an LL Bean Vector tent for many years but decided we needed more head room. Did out first trip to the northern tier counties of Pennsylvania and christened our tent in a thunderstorm with our 2 Springer Spaniels. The screen room was perfect for wet gear and the inside room allowed for a most dry and comfortable camping experience. We love it and can't wait to spend many more spacious, dry nights under the stars--or clouds, whatever is out there!
June 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by camps3seasons Excellent tent
I purchased this tent two summers ago, and have thoroughly enjoyed it! For the most part, I camp alone, and have never had a problem setting up the entire tent, even in rainy and windy conditions. The fly can be a challenge in the wind - tends to act more like a kite! I am a woman, 5 ft 5 in tall. Please do not let the other comments deter you from purchasing this tent for fear you may not be able to set it up alone. I most enjoy the attached screen house - no longer do I need to pack (or forget to pack) a screen house along with a tent. The high ceiling also allows most to stand inside this tent! We had a pop-up camper for 15 yrs prior to this purchase - I haven't regretted reverting back to "tenting" with the King Pine 6 person.
April 23, 2014
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