Selecting a 6 person tent

Hi,

 

Thank you for the help. We're in need of a new six person tent and are wondering what the primary differences are between the Kingdome 6, Grand Hut 6 and Base Camp 6? Also looking at the Wawona 6. It'll be for three season car camping. Thank you,

 

JB

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@JB208 Thanks for reaching out!

That's a great list of some really good tents! We'll see if we can help break down some of the differences for you:

  • REI Co-op Kingdom 6. This is a great car camping tent with the ability to add on some extras like the REI Co-op Kingdom Mud Room (attaches to the Kingdom) or the REI Co-op Kingdom Porch (does not attach, but fits over the door of the Kingdom). You also have two separate rooms in the Kingdom 6 tent, which is a big plus for families, and you have the option of rolling up parts of the fly to open it up for better ventilation. At 75" tall and with vertical walls it has plenty of livable space.
  • REI Co-op Grand Hut 6. 78" tall and vertical walls make this feel downright palatial in terms of open space. It's a fairly straightforward design with two poles and two doors, which make it easy to put up and take down. Ditch the fly for some epic star gazing at night!
  • The North Face Wawona 6 Person. This tent is very similar to the Grand Hut with two big differences: It has a 'single-wall' design, which means the fly does not separate from the tent, and it has the large vestibule in front for storing gear or camp chairs.
  • REI Co-op Base Camp 6. This tent has a more 'classic' domed architecture, which means you sacrifice some headroom for a big upgrade in strength. It's design is based on 4 season mountaineering tent structures so if you need a camping tent that can handle inclement weather, this is the tent for you. It has more poles so it is a little bit more work to get pitched, but it still has two doors for easy entry/exit and a decent sized vestibule.

Hopefully this helps, let us know if you have any other questions!

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Thank you. I appreciate the help!

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Hopping in to say that we own the Base Camp 6, and while it may not be as tall as the others it's no slouch on headroom either. Wife is 5'11" and can still stand up fully in the middle of the tent, it's great. Pitching isn't a problem either, the two main poles that go to the 4 corners are enough to raise the tent, and the additional 2 poles are just a simple slide in after that. The ventilation is quite nice and we've had only minimal condensation form overnight. It's a solid option, we love ours!

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@TomV 

Thanks for jumping in here! First person experience is the best kind! We had a Base Camp 6 for our family before we moved to a roof top tent for our adventures. At some point we'll likely come back to it again. Thanks!

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