The Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent allows enough space to stretch out and recharge. This 3-season camping tent sleeps up to 6 people.
The Kodiak 6170 8-Person Cabin Lodge Tent is an excellent all-season, rugged tent that will suit larger groups of adventurers or smaller groups that want to enjoy the space.
Comfort and Space
If moving around easily is your priority in choosing tents, you’ll love this tent. Measuring 12 x 12 ft / 3.6 x 3.6 m, this roomy tent offers great living space. The tall, 7.5 ft / 2.3 m interior peak height and 4 ft / 1.21 m vertical walls ensure that most of the tent’s occupants can stand upright.
A lodge-style cabin tent is a great choice for anyone looking for a large, spacious tent that can accommodate a lot of people. The cabin-style design means that there are straight walls and plenty of headroom, making it a comfortable place to spend time. In contrast, bell tents have sloping walls that will eat into shoulder space.
The generous, D-shaped front door allows most to get in and out without stooping, and you can easily fit two large cots in the tent alongside the stove.
You can hang things like clothes and lanterns on the center pole for better organization, and the pocket organizers at the bottom of the tent can keep keys, phones, tablets, and other gadgets.
There is an optional 8×8 ft awning sold separately that you can buy to increase your space by a whopping 44%, giving you plenty of room to stash extra gear like muddy or snow-covered boots.
Breathability and Ventilation
Even with its excellent weatherproofing, this tent offers good options for great ventilation and breathability. It has six large windows positioned at different sides of the tent to ensure that you’ll get ventilation no matter what direction the wind is blowing.
The windows open and close from inside the tent for easy accessibility, and are covered with a mesh that guarantees that no bugs or insects will be able to get in.
The tent also has a dedicated storm window that can be opened and vents to circulate outside air even during heavy rainfall. The vents are placed on both sides of the tent for more efficient airflow and can be managed from the interior.
Even in sub-zero temperatures, the heat from the stove jack stays comfortably in, keeping you nice and toasty. And in hot weather, simply keep the windows and doors open for optimal airflow. The two back windows are massive!
If you’ve been holding off on some outdoor adventures because of bad weather, it’s time to start making plans with the Kodiak 6170. This tent’s Hydra-Shield™ and 100% cotton duck canvas shell make sure the tent is watertight and will remain standing in heavy rainfall or snow accumulation.
The canvas shell design ensures that you still get good ventilation even with its watertight feature, which helps prevent mugginess or condensation.
This tent’s tough 13.5 oz vinyl floor features polyester reinforcement, and welded seams also help keep water from the ground from getting into the tent. The floors won’t become soggy and wet even when it’s raining heavily outside.
Strong winds won’t move this tent either, with its 1″ galvanized steel tube frame that offers a sure base that stands up to heavy winds or snow loads. The frame and supporting rods keep the tent in one position, secured firmly to the ground, so it won’t move with the wind or collapse when snow falls.
Additionally, it has a stove jack and is suitable for cold weather camping. The integrated 5″ stove jack with weather flap provides heat that will keep you warm on freezing nights. When you have a wood stove in there, many reviewers have reported that they stayed warm through the night even when it is in the 20’s out.
You’ll need to buy a stove mat separately to place under the wood stove to protect the vinyl flooring from getting burnt. The material around the stove jack itself is fireproof of course.
Ease Of Use
Like all big tents, it is recommended that two people set it up. One person may take way longer than expected just because of the tent’s sheer size and weight.
People setting up this tent for the first time have reported that the tent takes about 30 minutes to set up, and 15 minutes to take down, but it should get easier with each subsequent try. The optional awning which is nice to have is remarkably easy and fastens onto the tent with zippers and a sturdy hook-and-line fastener.
Durability and Materials
The tent is very rugged and durable, thanks to its refined design and top-quality materials. It has a sturdy ridge pole that goes all the way around and gives the tent excellent stability. It also has a couple of supporting poles which helps improve its durability.
This 100% cotton duck canvas is made with high-performance Hydra-ShieldTM materials alongside a tough 13.5 oz. vinyl floor. Seams are not left out in durability as, unlike other tents, the seams of the Kodiak 6170 are welded. The frame is made of 1-inch galvanized steel tubing for the main support and will let the tent retain its shape even after snowfall.
A sturdy frame and heavy-duty, 12″ steel rod tent stakes to attach guylines ensure that the tent will stay up in a heavy winter storm. Users in colder climates have reported that the tent that they set up in their backyard held up all winter, even with snowfall and strong winds.
Packaged Size and Weight
The Kodiak 6170 cabin tent is a large tent that has a significant weight! The top-quality materials are thick and durable, and the galvanized main support pole and 12” steel stakes just adds to all that weight.
This tent weighs 97 lbs / 44kg. The pack size of the tent is 32 x 16 inches / 81 x 40 cm and the poles measure 46 inches / 116 cm in length with an 8.5-inch diameter. You might need an extra pair of hands to transport and set up this tent!
- Easy to set up
- Excellent stitching and construction
- Sturdy material, not flappy
- Top-rated YKK zippers
- Excellent ventilation
- Holds heat well
- Not easy to take down
|Comfort and Space||8.5/10|
|Ease of Setup||7.5/10|
|Size and Weight||7/10|