It is rare seeing a tent which looks underpriced to me, but this EXIO 6-Person Compact Backcountry Tent review is about such a tent. I am convinced it is worth more than it costs. See below why I have such an impression.
Key features & benefits
- Huge and very useful vestibule/porch area + a smaller back vestibule.
- Very lightweight.
- Great packed size.
- Very reliable.
- Easy setup.
- 3 doors.
- Footprint included.
- Great value for the money.
What type tent is this
The manufacturers call this tent also Exio Gear Sequoyah 6-Person Backpacking Tent, the name in the title above is used on Amazon. This is a rather new item on the market so don’t get confused.
I think that the designers have probably had backpackers in mind when they built this tent. This is seen from several of its features.
- The poles are thin.
- The fabric is thin and lightweight.
- The tent’s elements are packed in 5 separate sacks so that users can share the weight and carry it in backpacks.
- The declared capacity obviously follows backpacking capacity principle. You realize this when you see its floor plan shown in the picture below.
But they have added a true luxury here – you have a huge vestibule area with separate poles and it is so big that it looks like a separate sitting room. So this makes it quite different from ordinary backpacking tents, and it can really be used as a great family camping tent.
The tent is an extended dome style, so you have a typical dome structure created by two main poles, but one extra pole makes the entrance doors vertical. Yet another pole extends it on one side where you have the mentioned large and functional vestibule, you can see it in the picture below and more in the video.
This is a 3-season tent, although built from very thin materials, but those are quality stuff. The tent is not freestanding, just to know if this is important to you.
Who is it for
The declared capacity of this tent is 6 people. Below you see the floor plan and the suggested way of using its inner floor area for sleeping:
The inner floor area is 80 ft² (7.4 m²), and this gives only 1.23 m² per person. Obviously, this is a very modest number, but it would be doable in view of the extra area under the two vestibules where you have additional 70 ft² (6.5 m²) of the protected space to keep all your gear. Though the inner space is indeed too tight for such a number. So this is a great option for groups of 4 – 5 people or for families with 2 – 3 kids.
Seasons-wise, this is a 3-season tent with a full coverage fly which offers full protection. I have seen a statement that this is a 3.5-season tent, and I do not share this opinion – it would need more options to close the mesh, like missing panels on the inner doors. I do not think it is particularly suitable for strong winds, you do not have enough guylines here, so this would be a tool for areas within the tree line zone.
In the description, you will see a statement about “durable 20D” fabric which may sound like a joke, but you should know that some true winter tents are also built from the same stuff. So the materials are indeed thin, but they are good quality and durable.
Materials and construction
There are 4 aluminum poles, 0.43 inches (11 mm) diameter, all color coded for an easy setup. Two main orange poles create the main dome section, one pole makes the entrance doors completely vertical (see the picture below), and one extra black pole is used to create the front porch.
The fabric & vestibules
The fly fabric is 20D ripstop fire-retardant bravura nylon with waterproof rating 2000 mm, which is achieved due to its PU coating with additional silicone treatment. You have 7 guy-line points and 3 mm DuraWeave reflective ropes. Two vents with Velcro stiffeners are available on the fly.
You have 2 vestibules created by the fly – one impressive front vestibule plus a smaller vestibule on the back. This main vestibule is the central feature of this tent. You have two large zippered doors on the two opposite sides of the front vestibule. See how it looks:
The inner tent’s floor is bathtub style, made of 40D ripstop nylon and PU coated, with 3000 mm rating, and with PolyPro sealant. This denier number does not look so much but observe that this tent comes with the footprint included, so this adds value and protection to the floor.
The rest of the inner tent is mesh and taffeta, no denier info available. There are storage pockets in each corner, plus a gear loft and a lantern hook.
Two front doors on the inner tent look really impressive. There is one smaller back door as well, and it is protected by yet another smaller vestibule. In my view, it is best to use it as a storage area with access from inside only and keep it closed from outside all the time.
The fly is with 2 vents and there is enough mesh around, but I have seen people complaining about condensation. This issue cannot be avoided in any tent (but see this Arctic Oven tent which is 10 times more expensive).
In this tent, this is partly because of the absence of mesh on the lower portions of the doors, which would create vertical air flow, and one or two more vents on the fly would make the difference. See the Big Agnes Flying Diamond with its 6 vents and mesh (plus panels) on the doors. I think they have missed making at least one of the inner doors with a mesh layer plus a panel for protection. In fact, all inner doors should have such a design.
The whole process is shown in this nice video by the manufacturer, please have a look:
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Quality manufacturing & materials.
- Very versatile.
- Footprint adds value.
- Great packed size.
- Great weight.
- The inner doors should have a double layer structure.
- The inner area too small for the declared capacity.
This tent has many great features and the price is one of them, it is incredible that you can get it for $230 (as of the moment of writing this text). Note that the footprint is included and if ordered separately, you would have to pay $26. How extraordinary this price is will become clear below when you see this Exio 6 tent compared with some of its competitors.
The Exio Gear Sequoyah 6 is a rather new tent on the market, but it has already received a number of reports on Amazon, and currently, it has a perfect score, 5.0/5, simply incredible. See below how I rate it.
- Trail weight (tent, poles, rainfly): 15 lb (6.8).
- Dimensions: 230 x 120 in (584 x 305 cm).
- Floor area: 80 ft² (7.4 m²).
- Peak height: 78 in (198 cm).
- Vestibule area: 70 ft² (6.5 m²).
- Packed size: 22.5 x 9.5 in (57 x 24 cm).
- Stakes: 23.
- 3-Year limited repair or replace warranty.
Exio Gear Sequoyah 6-Person Backpacking Tent vs competitors
See the Exio 6 side by side with two top-notch 3-season tents. Please follow the links to read more. Note that the prices of the three tents are respectively, $230, 650, 430. So now you realize why I wrote above about its incredible price.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor area, sq ft (sq m)
Vestibule area, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Packed size, in (cm)
Payable Every Month
22.5 x 9.5
(57 x 24)
Flying Diamond 6
Payable Every Year
23 x 13 x 9.5
(58 x 33 x 24)
Payable Every Year
29 x 11
(74 x 28)
I would conclude this EXIO 6-Person Compact Backcountry Tent review by pointing out again to the comparison table above. As you realize, this tent offers more protected area than its two competitors. But it is not only about the square feet; there is no significant difference in the quality of materials here, and you have seen the prices. So it doesn’t surprise me that it has scored a perfect rating with customers. This is a new item on the market and I am convinced it will gain more popularity in the future. I have included it in my list of the best dome camping tents.
Thank you for reading. If you have any question or comment, please use the comment box below. Please look around if you need something different, this site is all about camping tents. See its bigger cousin the EXIO 8 Person tent. You might want to check also this Eureka Midori 6 which is a very affordable option as well and also this new Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6, a new 2018 tent. I wish you a nice day.