Free Groud Tarp with Purchase
Introducing our new VX series. We have added large triangle windows on both ends. The extra windows give you eXtra Ventilation and eXtra openness and Views. This feature is a must when camping in hot summer weather, allowing you to really open the tent up. When conditions change, simply zip the windows shut from the inside. The VX series is identical to our Deluxe version with the exception that instead of funnel-flow vents, you have large triangle windows on both ends.
• Hydra-ShieldTM, 100% Cotton Duck Canvas. Durable, watertight and breathable.
• Flex-Bow Frame: Exceptionally sturdy. Keeps tent taut. Quick and easy, one-person, set-up.
• Spacious 6'6" ceiling height provides walk-around comfort.
• Two large D-shaped doors (front and back) with #10 YKK zippers.
• Six large windows with no-see-um mesh. Provides openness and superb ventilation.
• Large 84x78-inch awning.
• Customizable gear loft and organizer pockets.
• Heavy-duty 12-inch, steel rod, stakes.
• Handy strap-and-cinch storage bag for convenient roll up.
Pack Weight: 79 lbs. (includes 6.5 lbs in stakes).
Pack Size: Tent-- Length 30 in. Diameter 16 in., Poles-- Length 48 in. Diameter 5.5 in.
Ceiling Material: 10 oz Hydra-shieldTM canvas.
Wall Material: 8.5 oz Hydra-ShieldTM canvas.
Floor Material: 16 oz vinyl. Polyester reinforced, seamless.
Frame: 1-inch, galvanized, steel tubing.
Flex-Bow Rods: 3/8-inch, solid, spring steel.
All-season: Use year-round, but not designed for extreme winter mountaineering or heavy snow accumulations.
Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty.
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I've owned this tent for just under a year now, and have taken it on several trips with varying numbers of occupants. I'm giving it a 4/5 due to some quirks, but overall it's an awesome tent and I'm very happy with my purchase. Here are my comments (roughly in order of occurrence):
When I first unpacked the tent, the floor smelled rather strongly of plastic. Granted the floor is some of the thickest plastic I've ever seen on a tent, but all the same we left it set up for a day to air out a bit. The smell seemed to go away by the end of the first trip.
Everything about the tent is... bombproof, and seems to be over-engineered. For example, the zippers are gigantic, but they also make a good deal of low rumbling noise when you move them. Zippers get a 2/5 for noise, but a 5/5 for durability.
My wife and I bought this tent for the spacious interior and excellent headroom. We're both 5'10", and have no problems with headroom. On our most recent trip, we were stuck inside the tent with our new baby for 4 hours during a rainstorm and commented several times how much we liked the headroom--and how the spaciousness helped keep our sanity.
Speaking of rainstorms, this tent has survived two storms. The first was on the Texas gulf coast, which dumped 1-2 inches of rain in an hour... at 5 AM. We stayed incredibly dry! Since it was rather windy, I pulled down the awning to keep it from flapping around. The second storm was 4 hours of hard rain mixed with hail. Occasionally when the rain was really coming down we would feel a bit of mist inside the tent, seeming to come from the ceiling. I'm wondering if the canvas simply hadn't tightened up yet, or if the rain was drumming off a bit of condensation from the inside of the tent. Overall, it still kept us very dry!
The only real downside to this tent is the incredible amount of time (15 minutes) it takes to stake it out (3 per side plus the four corners). The stakes, though, are the biggest, baddest stakes I've ever received with a tent. Make sure you stake it out well! Especially with the awning pulled tight, there is a good deal of tension on those stakes! The pole system on the other hand is amazingly fast to set up and feels bombproof. Setting it up generally takes 15-25 minutes: 2-3 for site selection and cleaning off debris, 10-15 for staking it out, 2-3 for inserting the poles and standing it up, and a few extra minutes if you put out the awning.
Overall, great purchase!
Let me start by saying I really like this tent a lot. The canvas is nice, all the windows are great, storage options are handy, the bag for storing the tent is super easy to use. The first one had a canvas flaw and Kodiak was great about getting me a new tent.
Now for why I'm giving it 3 stars - I bought the vestibule and had to put the 2 extra grommets in. I was told many customers don't, because wind will blow water into the covered area anyway. I camp in forests mostly so there isn't that much wind and it would be perfect for my uses with the slight overhang on the vestibule. I bought a grommet kit, practiced a few times and went and put the grommets in. On one of them I apparently had the punch tipped a bit to one side and cut the fabric around about 1/3 of the grommet hole - if you can imagine, I was very upset. It got me thinking "why can't they put 2 extra grommets in my $700 tent at the factory, it would take almost nothing to do so". So that has been very frustrating, and I wish I would have just taken it to an awning shop in town and paid them to do it. An awning shop should have higher quality grommets (the ones they recommend you buy from a big box store look like a crumpled aluminum can on there). I'm pretty handy and don't usually have much trouble with this type of thing so it's pretty annoying that it isn't just done.
Another recommendation is for shocking the tent - I'd set up a sprinkler on the thing and let it go for at least 15 minutes a side. Apparently I didn't get it wet thoroughly enough and it did leak a little on our first rainy night, but not again after. It's hard to get something good and wet when it's covered in silicone, but if I had it to do over again, that's how I'd do it.
Again, this tent is awesome and I would recommend it to anyone. Used it for a week in Canada and it was bliss compared to what I used to have. Heard several people walking by comment on it. I just really hope that Kodiak starts putting those other 2 grommets in so other people don't have to mess with it and be concerned about having to get their tent repaired right away as I do now.
I take my kids tent camping a few times a year. I'm a single mom so I wanted to invest in a good tent.
Kodiaks are amazing! I can put up and take down this tent by myself. It has held up to High Uinta wind bursts and downpours. We feel safe, cozy and secure. But the best part is how spacious this tent is inside! It feels like a home away from home!
I brag about my tent and recommend to all my closest friends and family. Thanks Kodiak for making camping stress free and easy!
Super easy to put up, my 11 year old boy did it in minutes.
Set up is easy. Take down the same. First time out rolling the interior flap front the screen window noticed small holes in the window mesh. Had to use Tenacious Tape to keep the bugs out. Contacted Kodiak customer service and got no where. Hence the 3 star rating. Otherwise it would be a 5 star rating. C'mon Kodiak, it's a $700 tent that comes with $7 customer service.
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The quality is obvious. The materials are durable and well crafted. Simplicity of set up is so perfect. We are very glad to have made this purchase.
Okay so we bought one smaller 4 person flex bow tent as extra accommodations for two large canvas tents we have on Airbnb. The colemans are great for about a month before they start falling apart. And the flexbow was still in top of the line condition. We kept replacing colemans and our flexbow still held despite the weather. So we made the big decision. No more colemans. We got two flexbows with the windows and a larger size. The 700$ models. Mainly because the zipper gave out and I blame the Airbnb guests who don't know how to preserve a zipper as thy broke all our zippers. When I attempted to contact Kodiak for the first tent zipper I got no response. But we bought them anyways because we put in some heavy duty snaps along the door canvas which eases the stress on the use of the zippers. If the zipper goes you have a problem because of the arch door zip is impossible to find a replacement for much less a tent seamstress to repair. However because of the snaps we really overcame this quandary. The snaps on the bend are the scariest part in installation. So we use the old Kodiak for storage and the new Kodiak with full sized beds and everyone loves them. We don't stress about putting guests into them with high extreme weather anomalies as this tent holds up. The other design which I'm sure makes sense for others but for us it would have been nice to have same side doors as an option. As if you put in a bed on oneside the opposite door is blocked. This is the case really even with cots. The floor is sturdy and easy to clean. All our other canvas tents have Redding from the sand storms and the Kodiak is almost canvas original color except for the paw prints of dogs who had to lay on the tent as we installed the snaps. Water proof as long as your zippers hold. So not having replacement zippers on the list of support items or having a customer service that is responsive was our biggest drawback. But for the money we spent and the weather we face it was still our best long term investment. We love the windows in the new model.
Impressed so far. Set it up in my back yard for practice. Very sturdy materials. Heavy, Not for a back pack unless it's the pack on your mule!
Rained that day and everything stayed dry.
First time set up was a little difficult but watching the you tube videos helped alot. Able to set up by myself in an hour. If my husband had tried to help we would have just ended up arguing! He's a city boy.
White roof is great because it makes everything bright with light inside tent. Strongest flooring I've seen in a tent. Canvas tent is better than those plastic bubble tents. Worth the price for comfort and durability.
Only caution is the walls slope a lot and I hate bending over all the time. So the other reviews suggested the larger 10x14 and I am glad I listened.
Can't wait for our first camping trip this fall.
The best tent I have ever owned look forward to using it for many years to come. Cooler in the summer than a conventional tent. Can't wait for winter.