Chinook Titan Lodge Aluminum Tent 8 Person is a 2-room freestanding tent with a full coverage fly, aluminum poles, and a good waterproof rating for a 3-season use.
Key features & benefits
- 2-room tent.
- 4 doors.
- Full coverage fly.
- Dome tent.
- Very strong structure.
What type of the tent is this
Here you have a freestanding dome style tent. Its dome structure is best realized when you see it without the fly as shown in the picture below. This is a 2-room structure with a divider in the middle and with a full fly, so I have included it in my list of tents with full coverage flies.
Note that this is a very tall tent with a peak height of 88 inches (224 cm). This is not so frequent to have in dome tents, but see also this Bushtec Adventure Alpha Kilo 4000 Canvas tent and also the Crua Core Dome 6 Person Tent. So in view of such a height, I have included it in my list of very tall tents.
Who is it for
Capacity-wise, it is officially for 8 people. But let’s see what it offers. The floor area is shown below, you have 140 ft² (13 m²), and if used by 8 people this would give 17.5 ft² (1.6 m²) per person. Is this enough for camping? Not really if this is for families. In such a case, I would say this is a tent for parents with maximum two kids. Observe that there are no true vestibules to store your gear. The small vestibule on the front is just to protect the front doors, whatever stored there would be on your way.
But in the case of groups of friends who are attending some open-air festival or anything similar, or are just on a cross-country motorbike tours, it can indeed accommodate 8 sleeping pads on the floor, see the plan and the dimensions:
Weight-wise, with 30 lb 4 oz (13.7 kg) this is not so lightweight tent, but this is a large and tall structure so the weight should not be surprising. You will be able to compare it with some other tents with the same declared capacity, there is a comparison table below. The packed size is 30.5 x 12 x 11.5 inches (77 x 30 x 29 cm), so clearly, it is a bit bulky; see below how it compares with some other tents.
Climate-wise and season-wise, here are a few facts to consider. The tent is with a full coverage fly and the waterproof rating is quite decent (more below) so it should work well in any standard situations in a 3 season use. The frame structure is very strong, observe that you have 5 intersection points, and this indicates its strength; the more intersections the better.
Also, the tent attaches to the frame through a combination of sleeves (on the top) and clips (on the lower sections), see the picture without the fly. I know that some people dislike sleeves because of possible issues when you pass the poles through them, but this means that the pressure is more evenly distributed and there is less chance to tear. Such a construction will withstand lots of pressure from any side. In the case of a sudden snow on the roof, you will not have problems.
It has mesh sections on the ceiling (but not too many) and those cannot be closed, so in a cold environment you might not feel great inside. So if you need a tent for a really cold climate better check one of these, many of them are fully enclosed and with PVC windows. Yet if you compare it with any summer-camping tent you will realize that it is far more enclosed. The structure is also quite aerodynamic which is good for stability in the case of winds, but it is also tall, this is good for comfort but less good in the case of strong winds. But you have many guy-out points around so stabilize the tent.
Materials & construction
So the tent is with 2 rooms and each of them has two doors that you can roll to the side. They are with mesh and panels and they are also very tall, so there is nothing one could object to this design. The construction is asymmetric in the sense that you have a small brim on the front and it is not on the rear where you have a really minimal vestibule with a single zipper as compared to the front where you have two parallel zippers and the front flap rolls up and you can fix it above the door.
The poles & zippers
They have two versions, one with fiberglass and one with aluminum poles, so the one presented here is with lightweight 7000 series aluminum poles. In view of the mentioned cross sections, this is a structure with a superior strength. You have 4 poles that create the elongated dome, plus one pole for the front vestibule.
The zippers are very durable #10 nylon coil zippers on the panels and #8 on the mesh.
The fly is a polyester with minimum 2000 mm PU waterproof coating and with some extra UV-resistant treatment against damaging UV rays. The floor is a bathtub style and here too you have a minimum 2000 mm polyurethane coating. They use waterproof polyurethane hot-taped seams on all main seams. You also have double-stitched and nylon tape-reinforced seams on all strain-bearing upper canopy seams.
There are no vents here but this should not be a big issue in view of 4 large doors with mesh that goes all the way to the ground and this is combined with triangular mesh sections on the ceiling. Even if you keep the vestibules closed during the rain, you can keep the inner doors with mesh and have plenty of air circulation.
- Extra large “D” doors.
- Web loop and grommet/clip and sleeve systems for an easy pitching.
- Heavy-duty guy points made of delta-shaped fiberglass reinforced polyethylene.
- The package includes tent pegs, guy lines, and storage sacks for tent, pegs, and poles.
Good and less good features & rating
Here is my short summary:
- Very tall tent.
- Quality materials.
- Good waterproof rating.
- Too small for the declared capacity.
- Not enough storage elements.
The price & rating
As of the moment of writing this text, the price on Amazon for this tent is around $670, so the tent is quite expensive and you will see this even better when you compare it with some other models below.
But the tent has scored a perfect rating so far on Amazon, though currently there are just a few reports there. See how I rate it:
My rating breakdown of the Chinook Titan Lodge Aluminum Tent:
- Type: dome tent.
- Capacity: 8 people.
- Weight: 30 lb 4 oz (13.7 kg).
- Dimensions: 14 x 10 ft (427 x 305 cm).
- Area: 140 ft² (13 m²).
- Area per person: 17.5 ft² (1.6 m²).
- Vestibule area: 24 ft² (2.3 m²).
- Total area: 164 ft² (15.3 m²).
- Peak height: 88 in (224 cm).
- Packed size: 30.5 x 12 x 11.5 in (77 x 30 x 29 cm).
Chinook Titan Lodge 8 vs Competitors
I thought you might want to see how this tent stands when compared with some other dome-style tents with the same declared capacity. So here you have two excellent examples. You realize that the Chinook is far more luxurious than the other two, it is larger, taller, with more doors and more rooms. But it is also far heavier and far more expensive. To compare the prices, please follow the links in the table.
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I gave some alternatives in the comparison table, but if you need more, just check my long text with best 8-person tents, you will find them in all shapes. This particular size range offers lots of options. If you want something different but extremely durable, check this OzTent Oxley 7 Lite tent which is a semi-instant construction.
Note, this is not a sponsored text and I am not paid by the manufacturer, I am only expressing my own unbiased views about this product.
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