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by OutdoorGeekfromNot as good and sturdy as the HobitatThe crossover pole broke right at the beginning of setting up the tent for its first use. Fortunately, this tent came with a pole repair tube that I could use temporarily. After the camping trip, I brought the tent back to REI and they switched out a new one for me. Comparing this tent to the Hobitat, the Hobitat poles were made sturdier, stronger and thicker. I personally don't think this kingdom tent will last as long as the Hobitat. However, I do like the design of this tent and that was the reason I gave it 3 stars. I think the company manufactured this tent wanted to maximize their profit so they cut back on the aluminum material of the poles by making them thinner.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 3out of5
by greenkrowfromGreat tent except for wind.This tent is easy to setup, the easiest out of all of the large tents I have ever setup.
There is enough room for a queen sized air mattress with room at the top and bottom of the mattress so your head and feet aren't hitting the side of the tent, and then the other room is completely open.
But, this tent handles very poorly in the wind. We used the tent one night in Rocky Mountain National Park and there was light to moderate wind. On a strong breeze the tent completely collapsed on us. After one use, the poles were bent and we returned the tent, which is a shame, because we really liked that tent.
The tent doesn't come with any guidelines and there weren't enough stakes. If this tent came with guidelines and the appropriate amount of stakes we probably would have been able to properly secure the tent. Or if the tent came with heavier poles that might helpful too, this is a car camping tent, so it would be OK if the poles were more heavy duty.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 4out of5
by Outside FamilyfromDef buy if you car camp with fam!We used for my son's (8 mo) first camping trip to the North Shore. It was rainy and windy on Lake Superior, but the tent held up and we stayed dry. It was the FRIST TIME my wife did not wake up in the middle of the night due to wind making "animal scratching the tent" type noises. We fit four people very comfortably (2 adults and 2 kids). It provides plenty of room to stretch out and get comfortable. Two knocks:
1) I wish it came with more stakes for the guy lines
2) The zippers on the vestibule and doors snagged easily compared with other REI tents
All in all I would buy again without thinking twice. We've had other large tents, but the overall build quality and interior make the Kingdom 6 an outstanding buy. We look forward to using again!
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 4out of5
by rongofromVery nice TentWe purchased the tent one month, the garage the next month, and then the footprint, plus stakes, and other goodies to make us comfortable. We finally got out in it last week. We did do a dry run in the back yard before using. This always makes it easier. Once we got to the State Park, it took about 30 minutes to set up and about 10 minutes to set up the garage. No problems. The tent handled a pretty steady wind with no problem. We had no rain so if there's any problems I'll amend this. We've got a queen size 20 inch high mattress. It fit, but we had to leave the room divider open, which was no problem. Actually kinda nice. We took a fan, which really made it cool for most of the day. I sat in the garage most of the time and my wife inside (out of the bugs)and it was just like we were setting in the same room. This tent is as good as being at home. We love it so far. We got it taken down and put away in about 20 minutes. The tent bag held the tent, fly, footprint, and all poles and stakes. Great job REI. Thanks.
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 4out of5
by bongo420fromReal nice tentI use this roomy tent as a base camp, frequently in campsites. It is easy to set up considering how large it is. I camp both solo and with my wife. Her help makes it easier to set up, however, I have done it several times by myself. That's one of the reasons I went with the Kingdom. Works both ways.
The most severe weather has been heavy rain with no leaks. Some high winds which pushed and pulled; the tent rode it out fine. Partly I think because of the rounded sides. It is rather like a large cocoon. Also, I used sand wedge stakes rather than the ones that came with it.
I got the garage to use as a kitchen and catch-all in bad weather.
The tent is light enough that I can pack it in 30 or 40 or 50 yards to a nice site off the road, but make no mistake, this is not a backpacking tent, unless you're with a large group. It is convenient to have it in a backpack style stuff sack for those times when you do want to pack it in.
Several thoughtful features including a tie-down in the center of the floor to secure the room divider.
We have stayed at sites as diverse as lake camping for a motor scooter rally to staying a couple of weekends at a renaissance festival.
I stand 6'3" and can just barely stand upright in bare feet in the middle. For those times when we have a base camp for longer than a few days, I use a larger, heavier, harder to set up yet more comfortable for longer stays.
This Kingdom is so easy to set up that I have done so for some overnight stays while on the road.
Date published: 2013-06-21
Rated 4out of5
by jvigilfromSpacious tentMy daughter has wanted to go camping for quite some time. Due to some health issues, my husband and I haven't been able to camp for the last 8 yrs. Prior to that the kids were a bit too young. I had the opportunity to camp with some of my cousins in Colorado so we picked up this tent. I took my 3 kids and my son's girlfriend and headed off. My son and his girlfriend are in college and my daughter and other son in high school. My husband couldn't join us. We did a test run set up before. No problems. When we got to our site in CO the tent setup quickly. It was very spacious for the 5 of us. It would be tight if we had inflatable mattresses. The zippers were great and I liked that the doors had two layers- a screen and door flap. I am short, 5'2" but the height seemed good for even my much taller boys.
We camped for only one night. Only problem was that one of the grommets broke when we took tent down. When we returned to AZ REI gave us a new tent. What customer service!
I would definitely recommend this tent and REI.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 4out of5
by GailVfromEasy to Set UPThis tent is for car camping @ music festivals. We use a queen airmattress and there is just enough room to walk around it. I can't imagine even 4 people sharing this tent. We set it up at home once and then I set it up by myself once @ a festy. It was very easy, even for someone 5"1'.
It stayed dry during the few hour rain storm. And held tight over a very windy weekend.
The pocket storage is great, but I wish the divider was removable without cutting it out, which I may do.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 4out of5
by CSpaRfromGood tent, lots o room, poles seem weakThis seems like a well made tent. Lots of room. I like the front and rear doors. The divider is nice and there's plenty of pockets. However, WIND. A friend of mine bought this and the poles bent in a wind storm. REI was great about taking it back. But really, we want a good tent that holds up well in wind, not our money back. I'm keeping mine until I see a reason to take it back. I think if you guy it out properly, you may have good luck in wind. I'll have to report back once that does happen and let you know how it held up. Took one star off for the apparent poor wind protection.
Date published: 2013-07-17
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