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    I'm looking for a 6-person tent to be used for truck camping situations. I have a North Face that gets 3-4 weeks of use per year and it is starting to crack - I guess due to UV light degradation. I'd buy another one, but tent models seem to turn over faster than pancakes on a hot griddle so they don't make it any more. So, what to replace it with?

    I need something that can stand up well to wind. I found one at REI that looked pretty promising but the poor reviews were all unanimous that it collapses catastrophically in high winds. That won't do.
    https://www.rei.com/product/894016/r...kingdom-6-tent


    It would be nice to have reasonably vertical walls to maximize the utility of floor space. The Cabela's Alaskan Guide tents are pretty bombproof but highly inefficient in use of space. Spent 2 weeks in one in Alaska and another week in the snow in N. New Mexico in another, so I know them well and may go that route, but maybe there are others.

    It needs to be a 3-season tent with a lean towards the colder parts of the 3 seasons. Many of these alleged 3-season tents are > 50% mesh which makes me think they will be a bit cold in Wyoming in October, but it can't be too stuffy in New Mexico in July either. The North Face tent had a mesh ceiling that was pretty adequate without getting too carried away.

    A vestibule is never a bad thing, nor likely to be too big.

    Flies that reach the ground seem to be a good idea to help with warmth and weatherproofness.

    A 6-person Marmot Halo seems to be the best I have come up with so far.
    https://www.backcountry.com/marmot-h...NtcGdybmR0bnRz

    This was interesting to me, but would it handle winds in Central Wyoming Antelope country?
    https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/produ...timber-4p-tent


    Anyway, I would like to see some other recommendations.

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    Watching this thread. I got votes in favor of a bigger tent for next year. A true wall tent was vetoed, though it seemed like the logical answer.

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    For me a wall tent is not really the answer. They are big - even for truck camping, they need lots of poles and may not be terrible wind (or bug) proof.

    This might work for us.
    https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/eq...nId=EQW#hero=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentD View Post
    For me a wall tent is not really the answer. They are big - even for truck camping, they need lots of poles and may not be terrible wind (or bug) proof.

    This might work for us.
    https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/eq...nId=EQW#hero=0
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    Quote Originally Posted by pabearhunter View Post
    Arctic Oven.
    Like this
    https://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Oven-1...ctic+oven+tent

    At $2600+ I'm out of the market.

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    We like our Springbar.
    It still takes up some room in the truck, but it is nice to have on extended trips.
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    How old is your north face? Did you consider sending it in under their lifetime warranty policy as a UV light defect? Even if they don't agree with that, they may cut you a deal on a new one.

    My parents have a Cabelas 6-man Alaska Guide, $450, but it's freakin' bomb proof. They also make a slightly cheaper one: https://www.cabelas.com/product/camp...4.uts?slotId=3

    If you go with that REI Kingdom I would love a review. I've been eyeballing that one for a while now.
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    REI Members are about to get a 20% off coupon on 11/9 if that helps your decision

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mthuntr View Post
    REI Members are about to get a 20% off coupon on 11/9 if that helps your decision
    Yes, I got my coupon notice yesterday. I'm eyeballing it, but I want the right tent more than a good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neffa3 View Post
    How old is your north face? Did you consider sending it in under their lifetime warranty policy as a UV light defect? Even if they don't agree with that, they may cut you a deal on a new one.

    My parents have a Cabelas 6-man Alaska Guide, $450, but it's freakin' bomb proof. They also make a slightly cheaper one: https://www.cabelas.com/product/camp...4.uts?slotId=3

    If you go with that REI Kingdom I would love a review. I've been eyeballing that one for a while now.
    Elitist, I like the way you think. I will try the North Face route. Nothing to lose.

    If you look at the reviews of all the Kingdom tents (4, 6 and 8 person), and you look at just the bad reviews - you will see that there are quite a few and everyone of them blew up in the wind. I don't put a lot of stock in customer reviews normally, but when they all point the same way like that, I pay attention. That would be my choice otherwise.

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    buddy & I stayed in a 4 person Cabelas Alaska Guide tent for 5 windy days 120 mi N of the Arctic Circle in September. It did great.

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    Kodiak canvas is a more affordable option, but I'm not sure how late season it can go.

    I went with the Cabela's Alaknak II. 12x12 is enough for 4... 12x20 is too big for me...

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    Elitist, I now have a message in to North Face - should hear back within 2 days. Maybe they have an extra fly in the warehouse.

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    I ended up with an Alaskan guide tent (8man). Has gone through 2 incredible wind/rain storms this year with just one slightly bent pole connector that still works. I honestly never thought a tent could have made it through. That said if I was to do it over again I would probably try the Kodiak canvas for a couple reasons. Biggest reason is they are supposed to be easily set up with just one person. Other main reason is a guy should be able to sew in (ive seen pics of it done) a small wood stove for a heat source.

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    In looking at this tent, I wonder if it couldnt have a stove jack sewn in as well. But I don't really need a stove.

    https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/produ...timber-4p-tent


    The Alaskan 8 man is a heck of a big tent. 6 man would be better for my needs.
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    In terms of the Nemo I wouldn't want something that needs so many ropes anchored out. There's a lot of places that are too rocky to place that many stakes.

    I still thing that Kingdom looks legit, I can see with that design that it wouldn't handle winds as well as a geodestic shaped tent, but if it was really an issue I bet some stiffer poles would solve the problem. You can get custom ones built here: http://tentpoletechnologies.com/?page_id=17

    I had them build some for me for an old Walrus 4-season I picked up at a garage sale dirt cheap.
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    I agree with you on the Nemo, but I'll let you try the REI Kingdom. Too many bad experiences for me to ignore.

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    Well you're gonna have to way a while for my report, I'm still rockin' a 1980's 6-man my father-in-law gave me. Some brand I've never heard of but so far it's going strong.
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    Look at the tipis from Kifaru. A little pricey, but looks like they are well worth it. Tipis are by design, really wind resistant. Many sizes available and they come with a stove Jack already installed.
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    Bluejeep,
    I have pondered tipees some. I do not understand how they can cost so much.

    They also have some issues with floors, mosquitos, and esp. condensation. I realize all of that can be dealt with, but for a fairly inefficient shape, I'm having a hard time being sold on them. But I continue to consider them.

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    You can get them with a liner to help with the condensation. They are floorless, so bugs is a downside on that note. But being floorless can also be a plus. If I was to do a 2 or 3 man tent, I would do a Sawtooth from Kifaru. More then that I would do the tipi. Maybe do 2 tents and then a tarp for a covered cooking / gathering area?
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    I put together a Kifaru with a liner and screens and no stove. It came to almost $1700. What the heck makes these things so expensive?

    That is out of my price range for what I'm looking for. I like the idea of a second tent or shelter, but pricewise, it won't include a Tipi if I go that way.

    Following Elitist's suggestion, I'm sending the old fly in to North Face tomorrow. Maybe something good will come of it. Just postage to lose at this point.

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    https://www.walltentshop.com/collect...rame-floor-fly

    Unless you're averse to a canvas tent - this is a good package. I have it. 12x12. Takes wind, snow, pretty much all that can be thrown at it. Not light weight - but it's built to do a job.
    I heat it with a Big Buddy heater, warm down to -15, so far the coldest I've had it out on the prairie. Woodstove compatible, if that's your style.
    Use the nylon tents for nylon tent weather, something like this for actual hunting season conditions???
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentD View Post
    I have pondered tipees some. I do not understand how they can cost so much.
    Have you seen this tipi? https://luxe-hiking-gear.com/product...ood-stove-jack

    Camptime has a tent that also has me curious. https://www.camptime.com/collections...ialties-chalet

    The Selkirk canvas tent above also looks really nice but it's 90lbs.

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    A couple thoughts: will North Face repair your current tent? What about running a heavy clear plastic drop cloth over that tent? I tend to tarp or use clear plastic over a tent that will be a base camp for more than a couple days. Obviously depends on your application and works best with trees, but I've tarped a Kingdom many times with clear plastic and had good results.
    It's really a shame REI doesn't get their zippers fixed. Those generally are good tents for the price. I had one blow over once in ridiculously high winds, but it was also not guyed out real well either. Their latest is the Grand Hut, which I had a chance to use for a week this fall. I liked it, but I see the reviews often mention bad zippers, some right out of the package.
    https://www.rei.com/product/128688/r...and-hut-6-tent

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