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REI Kingdom 6 Person Tent Review: Perfect for Young Kids

by Jennifer C
(Chicago, IL)

My favorite tent is the REI Kingdom 6 person tent.

My husband and I take our 2 year old son camping and the split rooms and double entrances allow us to put him to bed while still being able to get in and out when we need things.

We have only used the REI Kingdom 6 tent for camping in the summer, but I think it would also work well in fall and spring.

It has rained every time we have gone camping since we started using the tent and we have never had any trouble with leaks.

The fly works great and the mesh walls keep it from getting too humid inside.

We did also buy the footprint (like a tarp but sized specifically for the tent model) that goes beneath the tent and I think that makes a big difference in the rain also.

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Another thing I really like is that the door on the front acts as a shelter too. It stakes out and creates a little room where we store our firewood to keep it dry in the rain.

You can buy an actual vestibule that adds on to the tent but we have not needed it so haven’t made the purchase yet.

My one wish would be that it came with more stakes as there do not seem to be enough between the tent, the fly and the footprint we need to buy more.

I also would like it if there was an easy way to purchase replacement parts as I burned a hole in the rain fly and need either a repair kit or a new fly.

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Gelert 6+2 Tent Review: Porch Keeps Blowing Away From Tent

by Wayne Roberts
(South Wales)

This year instead of traveling abroad, we decided to try camping. I purchased the Gelert 6+2 tent plus extras.

Although the tent itself was overall good the front porch I purchased was a complete "waste" of time.

Initially it was a valued extension to the tent then after our 2nd day we had some rain. The porch held up on in the rain until it started to get a slight breeze up.

Then the front porch kept coming away from the main tent and was impossible to re attach, so we took it down.

The following week after talking to Gelert (apparently all was assembled correctly) we went to South Wales to try again. Guess what.., a bit of wind and the porch came away again!

I have purchace some "clingons" and we plan on trying again in a week or so... My idea is to use the "removable eyelets" on the back end of the porch and attaching guyrope from the back of the tent to the porch.

Hopefully this will solve this problem during a breeze, but who knows.

I'll keep you all informed.

WR

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The Velman Vela 6 Person Tent Review: Easy to Pitch & Spacious For Kids

by Candace
(Ontario, Canada)

Having been an avid camper for a couple of decades now, I have used a wide variety of tents ranging from your army-issue tents to the small pop-up single person tent.

As you can imagine, each tent will have its own pros and cons, which I find all depend on several different valuables.

Back in university, I did a lot of camping and hiking and only required a small single or two-person tent.

But now I have a family with a young son which means lots of ample gear (ranging from extra clothes, muddy boots and stuffed animals that apparently are necessary to bring along on a camping trip).

So the tent has grown considerably in size. We now use the Velman Vela 6 person tent. This is a great tent and we have used it for several years now when camping as a family.

What do I love about this tent?

Firstly, it is quite easy to setup. I am by no means a tall person, and can easily set this tent up on my own if necessary. Although with two people, it is up and ready to use within about 5 minutes.

Secondly, there is ample room inside for all of us, as well as our gear without being crammed in and crawling all over each other.

Thirdly, the top 3/4’s of the tent is all mesh (under the fly) which provides great ventilation – we don’t have the stuffy, moldy tent smell inside.

While I do love this tent, there are a few downsides to it. Albeit small downsides since we do continue to use this tent. Because the bulk of the tent is actually mesh, should you have a small leak in the fly, you will get wet. Yes, it happened this summer but thankfully the storm was short-lived.

However, if you do not have a leak, the oversized fly is idea and you will not get wet inside.

We have endured several powerful (and unexpected) rainstorms with this tent and stayed dry until we sprung a small leak this summer of course. The mesh interior is also slightly problematic as it does not trap the heat as well as a full-walled tent.

Then again, this is not a problem if the temperatures do not drop that much at night (we do all of our camping in the summer).

At the end of the day though, I will continue to use this tent for our family camping trips until we spout too many small leaks in the fly.

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