Rated 5 out of 5 by JoshuaC Excellent tent
I purchased this tent for my six person family (ages 4, 6, 8, 14, 40+, 40+). This was our first family camping trip though I have camped extensively in the past.
My wife and I did a "test" setup of the tent before leaving (no point in getting to northern New Hampshire with a defective tent and four kids). We had a few false starts but it took us around 30 minutes to setup the tent from start to finish and much less to take it down.
- The tent is relatively easy to setup. Three sets of poles which are fairly obviously different (though I did screw them up the first time).
- The tent stood up to two kids in each "wing" and my wife and I (on a queen size inflatable mattress) in the middle. The inflatable just about filled the middle so it made moving around a bit challenging but the comfort was worth the space trade-off. Two kids had Therma-rest mattresses and two were on half inch foam padding (the 2' squares) and everyone was happy with plenty of room.
- It poured for about four hours one morning and while there was some seepage around the edges on the floor (mainly where bags and such were) there was no heavy leakage and no one or their stuff got wet.
- Ingress and egress were pretty easy with big orange zipper pulls that moved smoothly.
- There was a hanging clip in the center of the tent where an electric lantern was easily attached and (with the dividers open) illuminated the entire tent.
- There was good ventilation through the roof vents even with the fly on and the tent retained heat quite well on the cold nights.
- There were hanging pouches for storage in the wings but nothing in the center - it would have been nice to have pouches in the center as well.
- The hanging clip was in the center cabin only and it would have been nice to have a clip in each side cabin as well.
- The fly provided decent coverage but you can never extend far enough. While we didn't have leakage issues you can never have to more coverage. The tent is incredibly heavy (which is fine as this is not a backpacking tent) so adding another pound of nylon and fiberglass poles would not be a big deal.
I really like this tent. It held all six of us with no problem and everyone was able to hang out in the tent during the aforementioned rain storm and do their own thing without feeling like they were going to drive each other nuts. Not sure I'd really want to have ten people in this tent but for my six person family (and a monster queen size inflatable bed) it worked fine. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who needs a tent for a "large" family.
Suggestions for LL Bean:
- I've always thought tents should have a separate area where shoes can be taken off/left that is semi protected from the elements in case of unexpected rainstorms. Not a deal breaker but would be nice.
- A custom LED lighting kit that puts extremely low power LED's along the bottom edge of the tent around the entire tent would be great. Even better would be different color lights at ingress/egress points. Enough light so you can see the tent and easily find the entrance/exit but not so much that it keeps everyone up at night.
- Hanging clips in the two side cabins in the center so you can hang lamps there as well.
September 2, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by pittsburghbackpacker pretty good, not great.
I purchased this tent for my family of 5. I am an experienced backpacker and car camper (this was not my first tent setup). The good part of this tent is the quality construction of the tent fabric materials, including many storage pockets, tie backs for windows and doors and large gauge zippers. The disappointment with this tent is three of the poles were damaged in my first setup. The aluminum leg pole crimped and bent during setup. (I followed all instructions and really never expected this to happen, or applied any force that should bend the leg.) in addition when I took the rainfly off, I noticed that both fiberglass rainfly poles were cracked. I believe both the aluminum leg poles and the fiberglass rainfly poles were redesigned in 2016.
May 29, 2016