This GigaTent Six Person Family Tent review is about a 2-room freestanding cabin style family camping tent with 2 doors and steel-fiberglass poles, best suited for 2 season camping.
Key features & benefits
- Cabin style tent.
- 2 Rooms.
- 2 Doors.
- 5 Windows.
- Steel & fiberglass poles.
- Fully freestanding.
- Reasonable price.
Where to buy
This tent is available on Amazon. They operate globally, so please follow the link and check shipping conditions for your location.
What type of tent is this
This is a really nicely designed cabin style tent with a partial coverage fly. The structure is more or less freestanding and this holds even after you attach the fly. This means that you can rotate it and move around, but do not miss to stake it properly, all necessary stakes and 6 guylines are included in the package.
Note that it is available around also under the name Giga Tent Katahdin six-person tent, just to know that this is the same tent.
The picture below shows the tent without the fly, so you can see its impressive frame structure. This is a pleasant tall construction with 84 inches (213 cm) peak height and windows on all the sides.
The tent is with an internal divider so this is formally a 2-room structure. Both parts have their separate doors and you can see them in the picture above.
The poles and stakes
There are many poles here, 12 in total, a combination of chain-corded steel and shock-corded fiberglass. They include:
- 4 Steel 19-mm diameter legs poles.
- 4 Eave fiberglass poles.
- 2 Roof fiberglass poles.
- 2 Side fiberglass poles.
The legs attach to the roof and eave poles through 4 hub elements that are pre-attached to the tent. There are also 12 steel hook stakes and 4 heavy-duty stakes.
The wall material is a 190T polyester taffeta with 600 mm coating, and the fly is the same material but with 1200 mm coating. The mesh areas are a 50D no-see-um type. Note that they suggest seam sealing of the walls, so you should not rely on it before doing this.
The bathtub floor is a thick polyethylene, they do not give a waterproof rating but this is a sort of plastic and typically with a very high rating. This tent meets the flammability requirements of CPAI-84.
As long as the sky is clear you should never have issues with ventilation in this tent. But it is without floor vents, pity they did not add them, this is necessary when all the openings are with panels on.
Who is it for
Capacity: The declared capacity is 6 people and the picture below shows what the manufacturer suggests for using the tent. The area is 112 ft² (10.4 m²) and this implies 18.7 ft² (1.7 m²) per person. This is not bad and the tent can accommodate such a number of people.
Seasons & climate: They describe it as a 3-season tent and it looks like this. But the ceiling is with lots of mesh which cannot be closed. So it is best to avoid very cold areas, and use it in summer, late spring, and early autumn.
The official waterproof rating is good enough for most situations in a 2-season camping. But they suggest seam sealing as mentioned above. This is a tall tent with a high positioned fly and I would not use it in very windy conditions.
Weight: With its 29 lb (13.2 kg) this is everything but hiking and backpacking tent as they describe it on Amazon. So it is best to ignore such a senseless description. But the weight is not necessarily a bad thing, it has a very strong pole system.
The packed size (L x D) 32 x 11 inches (81 x 28 cm) is such that you clearly need a car for this tent. This is a car camping tent so the weight and the packed size are not particularly important.
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Freestanding tent.
- Very tall & pleasant.
- Strong construction.
- A bit small for the declared capacity.
- No floor vents.
The price & rating
In the link below you can see the daily updated price of this tent. In my view this is a great price for such a tent. Note also that this is an Amazon Prime item so you can have it shipped for free.
This tent is quite new on the market but it has already received a number of reports by users. As of the moment of writing this text the average rating on Amazon is very high 4.7/5. Please see how I rate it against my standard set of criteria which I use consistently for all the tents here in the site:
My rating of the GigaTent 6 Person Family Tent:
- Declared capacity: 6 people.
- Weight: 29 lb (13.2 kg).
- Dimensions: 13 x 9 ft (396 x 274 cm).
- Area: 112 ft² (10.4 m²).
- Area per person: 18.7 ft² (1.7 m²).
- Peak height: 84 in (213 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 32 x 11 in (81 x 28 cm).
GigaTent Six Person Tent vs Competitors
You might want to see how this tent stands when compared with some other cabin tents with the same declared capacity. So here you have the ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Two-Room Tent and Eureka Jade Canyon 6 tent.
As you see it is in between them regarding the weight and the floor area. But it is more affordable than the other two tents, please follow the links to read more.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor size, sq ft (sq m)
Packed size, in (cm)
Payable Every Month
32 x 11 x 11
(81 x 28 x 28)
steel & fiberglass
Payable Every Year
27 x 11 x 11
(69 x 28 x 28)
steel & fiberglass
Payable Every Year
26 x 8 x 8
(66 x 20 x 20)
steel & aluminum
So to summarize this GigaTent Six Person Family Tent review, I hope the text has been useful to you and you have a clear picture of this tent. This is a really cool design, the tent is pleasant and functional, and the price is appropriate.
If you need more options in the same or any other size range, just check around, this site is all about family camping tents and you will find something for you.
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