If you are looking for a reliable full-coverage simple dome tent with aluminum poles and a great waterproof rating, this Eureka Kohana 6 Person Family Camping Tent is for you. Keep reading.
Key features & benefits
- Simple dome tent.
- Full-coverage fly.
- 2 Doors & 2 vestibules.
- Aluminum poles.
- Very good waterproof rating.
- Optimal ventilation.
This Kohana 6 tent is a part of a new mini-series that Eureka launched recently, it includes also a smaller 4-person tent. So here you have a very typical simple dome structure supported by two X-crossed poles shown in the picture below where you see the tent without the fly.
The tent has two D-shaped doors on the opposite sides, and its canopy is mostly a mesh. Without the fly, the structure is fully freestanding, in this stage you can still move it around and rotate.
But with the fly on, you have two large vestibules that must be staked to be functional. This is why the tent as a whole is not freestanding. The vestibules’ flaps offer various configurations, including an awning setup shown below, you can use a pair of trekking poles for this purpose.
You can also roll the central flap and fix it above the door as the picture below shows. This configuration allows for an easy entry.
The tent comes with a great carry bag shown below, you have a long zipper so packing the stuff inside is easy. There is a strap that allows you to carry it attached to the shoulder.
There are several elements important to mention here. You have already seen the canopy which is mostly a mesh, so air can circulate in all directions. But the fly is full size, so you need extra. So they have added floor vents, you can see one of them in the picture below left, you have to stake them out. There are also vents on the vestibules, one is shown below.
But they did not stop there. You also have what they call a High/Low venting design with the flaps of the vestibules. This means that you can zip the flap only partly and this will give extra airflow. You will see in the video below how this looks. In a tent of this type you cannot expect more, this is all properly done.
- There are 6 pockets.
- A lantern loop is on the ceiling.
- Stakes and guylines are included.
Please see a bit more about the tent in this short video where Kohana 4 tent is featured:
The poles & stakes
I already mentioned its main dome poles, but there are two more ridge poles that you attach underneath the fly. There are some small pockets where you place the ends of the poles. The purpose of these poles is to create extra volume under the vestibules. You will see them in the video below.
The poles attach to the corners through the usual grommets, and on the canopy you have clips. The pole diameter is 11 mm. The stakes are aluminum skewer.
The canopy is a 75-denier 190T polyester and a polyester 40D no-see-um mesh. The fly is the same denier fabric but it has a PU coating that gives it a 3000 mm waterproofness.
The floor is a 150D polyester with a PU coating and waterproofness of 2500 mm. The design is bathtub style.
In the video below you can see how to set the tent up, note that this is the Kohana 4 tent but the features are the same:
Who is it for
Capacity-wise, the tent is officially for 6 people. For this, it offers an inner floor area of 83.3 ft² (7.7 m²). Per person, this is only 13.9 ft² (1.29 m²), so this is quite a modest value although in the video they speak about a great space. Note that the Sierra Designs Tabernash 6 Person Tent built in the same style offers more floor area.
But there are two vestibules that add 16 + 16 ft² (1.49 + 1.49 m²) so that the total covered area is 115.3 ft² (10.7 m²). Per person, this means 19.2 ft² (1.78 m²). This is reasonable, but this is a camping tent and if you want more comfort, you will have to downgrade the capacity regardless of what they say.
Weight-wise, the tent can be described as very light in view of its 13.93 (6.32 kg). But this does not qualify it to be included in my list of 6 person backpacking tents.
Note that the packed size is (L x D) 27 x 9 inches (69 x 23 cm), so you can transport it perhaps even on a motorbike. All in all, the tent can be carried on some shorter tours if the users share the weight, but there are lighter options for such a purpose. This tent is somewhere in between car camping and trail tents.
Seasons-wise & climate-wise, you have already seen its structure, the materials, and the waterproof rating. So there is no doubt you will be protected in any conditions in a 3-season use. The tent is not low, the peak height is 6 ft (183 cm), but it is very aerodynamic, so it will perform great in windy conditions. I have included it in my list of tents with a full coverage fly.
- Official capacity: 6 people.
- Weight: 13.93 (6.32 kg).
- Minimum weight: 13 lb (5.9 kg).
- Dimensions: 10 x 8.33 ft (305 x 254 cm).
- Floor area: 83.3 ft² (7.7 m²).
- Area per person: 13.9 ft² (1.29 m²).
- Vestibules area: 16 + 16 ft² (1.49 + 1.49 m²).
- Total protected area: 115.3 ft² (10.7 m²).
- Total protected area per person: 19.2 ft² (1.78 m²).
- Height: 6 ft (183 cm).
- Pack size (L x D): 27 x 9 in (69 x 23 cm).
- Poles: 11 mm aluminum.
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
In the summary of this Eureka Kohana 6 Person Family Camping Tent review, the manufacturer describes this tent as suitable for car camping, scouting, open-air festivals, weekend getaways, etc. I would add that it is light and compact enough to be carried on the trail.
In any case, this is a reliable tent from a globally known brand, so you know what you are buying. You might want to know that the Eureka! as a brand was established in 1895, there are no many outdoor equipment brands with such a long history. The tent is included in my list of best dome tents.
Please see how I rate this tent, it scores great in all criteria so the overall rating is very high. Observe that there are many leading outdoor sellers that sell this tent, this also tells you what you have here.
For more options of this shape please check under the group Dome Tents. You might want to compare this tent with yet another built in the same style, the Kelty Rumpus 6 Person Tent. If you want to see some other tents from this capacity range, check under the category Tents for 5/6 people.
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