After nine good years as our primary family camping tent, it’s time to retire the
Chinook Twin Peaks Guide 6 tent. At time of recording, the tent is still available on Amazon as such I recommend it as a great budget tent for a young family of four or couple that want a lot of room but like to have one structure at camp.
There are three main requirements that we had when shopping for a new tent, which still holds today.
The tent has an overall footprint of 9.4 x 13.8 where the sleeping area is 8.5 x9.4 and the screen tent or vestibule area is 5.3 x9.4
The tent has 5 poles which you can get either in fiberglass or aluminium.
Peak height is 6.9
REQUIREMENT 1 – INTEGRATED TENT / VESTIBULE
We really liked the idea of a single structure where the tent and vestibule could be integrated. This tent does well in this department. An included clip floor allows you to keep a clean tent area. The area is large enough to allow 2 adult camping chairs and either a kids chair, cooler or large dog. You still have room to move around. Also makes for a great change room when you get caught in rain.
REQUIREMENT 2 – HIGH CEILINGS
As you get older, having high ceilings is just fantastic being able to stand up in the morning to change or move around. Peaks are 6 foot 9. Overall, the tent is great for people just under 6 feet tall.
REQUIREMENT 3 – FULL RAIN FLY
Unlike many tents you see where the rain fly only covers a portion of the tent, we wanted a full rain fly so that any water could flow away from the tent.
WHAT’S BAD ABOUT THE TENT
One thing that we had to deal with out of the box was the alignment of the zipper for the tent/vestibule door. You always needed two hands to close it. Extra fabric created pockets where water would pool and drip inside the tent once the tape seams from the rain fly started to fail.
Other minor issues which came about just after long term usage was seeing the stiches in the floor open up, creating gaps. Now you can use duck tape but it’s time to retire this very good budget tent.
Learn more about the tent from Chinook’s web site