The REI Kingdom 8 tent is a campground palace for a big family or group. A center divider creates 2 large private rooms, or you can roll the fly back to convert one room into an airy, bug-free haven.
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Rated5out of5byWillie PetefromCamping in LuxuryThis is an awesome tent. I owned a cabelas ten man tent in the past and in comparison this is by far a better tent. Its lighter, the floor layout is better, and it is easier to ventilate. I agree with the previous post, so I wont repeat what has already been said. The only thing that I can add, is that I preset the tent up before our campout. The only thing I noticed is that there werent enough guidelines and stakes? Having the experience to know that tents will fly away at the worst time in the least expected conditions, I secure the tent at all corners. So once the tent was set up, I staked down the primary walls and corners of the rain fly. Then I attached the guidelines of which there werent enough or corresponding stakes. So I added some more and included more stakes as well. I was hoping for a severe weather front to move in during our campout in GA, but unexpectedly we had a perfect campout. FYI we had a family of six, four adults and two childeren. All but two are over 6 feet tall and we all slept comfortably.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated5out of5byjpembertonfromTop of the line tentI bought this tent and used it for the first time during Spring Break. We camped for three days, one of which rained all day. That night we had a severe thunderstorm with high winds, very heavy rain and marble sized hail. The tent made it through that with no problem whatsoever. We had no leaks and no damage to the tent. I didn't even stake out any guylines and I had no problem with the tent staying up, even after having read some negative reviews about that aspect of the tent.
As for the tent features, I am 6'4" and was able to stand straight up in the tent. I was able to put a double mattress with my wife and child in the main sleeping area. I had a single mattress for myself in the other partitioned area and we had plenty of space for our luggage and tons of room to move and walk around. The rainfly part of the tent adds a vestibule in the back of the tent which would be handy for storing your bags for more room. There are tons of pockets throughout the inside, one being directly over each tent entry, which we found were handy for storing touch lights to light the tent. The doors and zippers are high quality and work very well.
I would recommend trying to find an instructional video online to see how to put up the tent. The instructions are on the front of the storage bag in a 2x3 inch box and are a bit lacking in clarity and description. It took me a while to decipher the directions and I am very experienced in pitching several different types of tents. I was able to put the tent up by myself but needed help from my wife in order to put the rainfly on.
I have been a serious camper for decades and have typically used cheap tents and sleeping bags until one camping trip was miserable because of the poor quality gear. I decided to upgrade and this tent is the top of the line as far as I'm concerned. There is a very noticeable difference in the quality of this tent compared to others. If you're questioning whether this tent is really that much better than the rest, I can tell you from experience that it is.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated4out of5byTheKeenensfromStands up to the wind!I just spent the last six days in my new Kingdom 8. We survived a torrential downpour the first night, and 40 mph wind gusts the third night. The tent did great. Nothing got wet and although the wind was wicked the tent held up perfectly. We did stake it down VERY well. My only complaint is that the tent is a little too well ventilated for winter camping. When the overnight temps dropped to the low 30's we had to switch from electric heat to the propane heater. But overall I am very well pleased. I was also very impressed with the staff at the REI store at Overland Park, KS. They set the tent up in the store for us to look at before making the final decision to buy. We had travelled for 3 hours to reach the store and they were so accommodating and friendly.
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated3out of5byDavidAGfromLiving Large in the Kingdom 8The tent is tall with a lot of side area. This area produces significant drag on a windy day. While the tent has tie-offs for guy-wires on the rain-fly, it lacks enough guy-wires/ropes in the kit. It also lacks an adequate number of stakes for securing the guy-wires/ropes. You will need 11 more guy-wires/ropes and associated stakes. Additionally, the vestibule lacks stakes as well, so add 4 more stacks. This is NOT a tent to put up and fail to secure it with guy wires, not just because it needs the support, but you will need the wires to pull the rain-fly off the tent so they do not touch. I also recommend adding reflectors to your guy-wire system because it will be a spider-web outside at night.
Setting this tent up is really a two person task. After putting it together, I could see how I could pull it together by myself on a nice relaxed day.
Like most tents, the zippers can be fowled easily. The fabric can get caught zipping open and closed.
The base of the tent is not the most resilient material, so I would recommend a footprint as well.
I haven't water tested the seams yet, but they look like they need sealed.
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated5out of5byRev BrandonfromGreat Quality for a Big FamilyWe have a family of 6 that includes four young children. We were looking for a tent that offered lots of space but also good quality and dependability. REI delivered. We recently used the tent for a camping trip in a nearby state park. Easily set up by my wife and I in about 15 minutes. We had more than enough room inside (included two queen size air mattresses and a portable crib). Held up great and stayed dry through a light storm. Overall a great product, well worth the price.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated5out of5byJohnOKfromGreat room tent!This is a great tent that has a ton of room. I am 6'1" and had no problem standing up in it. It is really nice having the seperated rooms so one person can be changing privately from the rest of your family.
I was a little concerned when getting this tent as I read a lot of reviews of bent poles and the tent collapsing due to wind. I assume those people did not have the tent guy lined down. I took the tent camping in 25 mph winds with 35 mph gusts and it was rock solid. The tent is large though so if you don't have it guy lined down I could see it bending a pole or collapsing.
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated5out of5byDrew the DaisyfromA tent to be Proud of.I gave this as a gift to my Sister & Brother-in-law a couple of years ago. I researched for a couple of months, finally deciding, mainly through comments & reviews, that this was the tent i wanted to give. They have used the King8 on beaches in the mountains and various state & national parks, mainly car camping with a total of 5 in the their family. They love the room it affords, the ease of assembly despite its size and the quality construction. REI did well delivering such a quality product accompanied with great service to its customers. No complaints. Keep calm & carry on!
Date published: 2013-09-19
Rated4out of5byErgonfromA tent fit for a kingWe bought this tent for our family camping trips. It's BIG! You need a lot of space to set this thing up, but it makes camping with the kids a lot easier. All of a sudden we have room for the whole family to sleep comfortably, stow gear, stay out of the rain, etc. Not to mention the fact that I can actually stand upright in the tent, and I'm 6'1".
Date published: 2013-09-13
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