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REI Kingdom 6

- published October 2014

85

2014

RATINGS

Ease of Setup & Breakdown
6
Livability & Functionality
8
Materials & Construction
7
Weather Resistance
6
Value
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

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$440.00
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THE GOOD

  • Full coverage rainfly
  • Backpack straps on carry bag
  • Versatile configurations

THE BAD

  • No view when it rains
  • Susceptible to wind
  • One color scheme

THE VERDICT

The tunnel shaped REI Kingdom 6 comes with a rain fly that can be adjusted to various weather conditions but is best suited for cooler and wetter environments with occasional glimpses of sunshine. This tent is less tolerant of higher winds compared to other similar sized tents without being guy-lined out.

FULL REVIEW

The REI Kingdom 6 is a three-season, 6-person, optional 2-room, walk-in, freestanding, tunnel shaped car camping tent with full rainfly coverage. This tent is clearly designed for camping in the Pacific Northwest and similar temperate environments. The full coverage fly provides excellent protection from sideways rain. Ironically, if the tent isn’t guyed out the wind causing the sideways rain is likely to collapse the tent. In dryer conditions, the fly can be rolled back/up horizontally or vertically without removing it to increase ventilation. The tent has lots of interior and exterior pocket options for your stuff as well as clever pockets for stashing the doors. REI claims this tent has vertical walls but they’re not ideal for a sitting-height cot. Most ground level cots will work just fine.

Ease of Setup & Breakdown
Setup is easy with one person as is striking the tent. There’s one little “gotcha” in the setup process, but it is easily remedied once discovered.

Livability & Functionality
The large doors make this a very easy tent to get in and out of. The many pockets keep your gear organized and provide a place to stash the doors when open. A number of configuration options make this tent appealing to different users including the optional $100 Connect Tech Garage add-on for more vestibule space to stash larger items like bikes.

Materials & Construction
This tent is very well built and is backed by REI’s guarantee and has one of the best tent bags with backpack straps for getting the tent from the car to the camp site—even if camp is half a mile from the car.

Weather Resistance
The Kingdom 6 is great in windless rain but suffers in the wind without being guyed out. Ventilation is moderate even without the fly unless you have oriented the tent to be facing right into the wind.

Value
The Kingdome 6 is a good value balancing size, durability and functionality and favors cooler and wetter conditions.

How We Tested It

I tested the Kingdom 6 was tested for multiple days in southwestern Colorado in stormy conditions.

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About the Author

Cameron Martindell

Cameron Martindell

Cameron Martindell is the Gear Institute's Gear Test Director, responsible for coordinating our gear testing team, recruiting new experts, and maintaining the Gear Institute's editorial standards for product testing.


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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$440.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Ease of Setup & Breakdown
6
Livability & Functionality
8
Materials & Construction
7
Weather Resistance
6
Value
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

Specs

  • Persons: 6
  • Square Footage: 83
  • Max Height: 6'2"
  • Number of Vestibules: 1
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Max Height of Door: 4'10'

Weight

17 lbs , 3 oz

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