This Outdoor Products 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent is fully freestanding, ventilated, easy to use, with 5 windows and 1 door, and 60-seconds setup time.
Key features & benefits
- 60 Seconds setup.
- 1 Door.
- 5 Windows.
- Extended eave technology.
- 2 Floor vents.
- E-cable port.
- Steel frame.
- Great price.
What this is about
This tent is the second smallest in the series that also includes tents for 4, 8, and 10 people. The tent is fully freestanding cabin type construction with straight walls. Below you can see how it looks without the fly.
What you see in the roof corners is an extended eave technology, those short poles keep the tent fly away from the tent body. The design is not unique but it is rare, you can see it also in this Eureka Desert Canyon 6 Person Tent. This makes the fly overhanging so this provides extra rain protection for its windows and the door. This same feature also keeps the fly well separated from the canopy.
60 Seconds setup: The frame shown above is permanently attached to the tent so you simply unfold the tent and then extend its four telescopic legs until you see a pop-up button that locks the pole in place. This all is behind the word Instant in its name.
Just press the pop-up button when you want to pack the tent, and then push the poles in each other, remove the fly, and then fold the tent. I have good reasons to include this tent into my list of best instant camping tents.
For its overall size the tent is quite tall, you have 72 inches (183 cm) height in the middle. This is a single room structure with one door and with mesh windows on all the sides, you have them 5 in total, all with zippered panels for rain protection and for privacy.
The ceiling under the fly is all mesh, and the fly is separated as mentioned above, plus you have all these large windows with mesh. You can keep some of them partly open even when it is raining because they are under the fly.
This is not all, you have two very large floor wents as well. One you can see above. So ventilation is as good as it can be in a tent, no objection to it at all.
Please see a bit more about the tent in this short video which shows a larger tent from the series but the principle of use is the same:
The frame is simple but heavy, you have 4 legs plus 4 roof poles and this is all steel. This is why the tent is heavy, but the weight is not necessarily a bad thing here, it is very strong. There are also 12 steel stakes are also in the package.
The fly and the walls are 68D 190t polyester, and it has an 800 mm waterproof rating. This is about twice more than in a high-quality umbrella, but the seams are taped so this is all good enough and you do not need more.
The floor is a fully waterproof plastic, a coated polyethylene 115 g/m², and it is a bathtub style. So you are safe from the groundwater. The picture above shows the e-cable port that is available, it closes with Velcro tabs.
There are a couple of built-in multi-media and storage pockets shown in the picture below. They are high under the roof.
Who is it for
Regarding the area, the tent is officially for 6 people, and for this you have 90 ft² (8.3 m²). This would give 15 ft² (1.4 m²) per person. They also claim that you can place two queen size beds inside, and this makes no much sense.
So for true camping, it is perfect for a couple or for parents with one small kid. But if this is about a summer festival with a group of friends, you should be able to place 6 pads on the floor.
Regarding seasons & climate, this is a tent for the warmer part of the year, more or less for summer camping. It is nicely ventilated but with so much mesh on the ceiling you would not want to use it in a cold climate.
It is tall and boxy and the fly is such that it would not last long in strong winds. They claim it can withstand 40 miles per hour winds, but I would not put it in such a test, it is best to use it in very calm weather.
Regarding the weight, I mentioned it was heavy, so it weighs 24.4 lb (11 kg). You would not want to carry it anywhere. The picture below shows how it looks in its carry bag, it is quite long and you need a car for transportation.
- Official capacity: 6 people.
- Weight: 24.4 lb (11 kg).
- Dimensions: 10 x 9 ft (305 x 274 cm).
- Area: 90 ft² (8.3 m²).
- Area per person: 15 ft² (1.4 m²).
- Peak height: 72 in (183 cm).
- Frame: steel.
- Warranty: they offer a 1-Year Limited Warranty.
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
So this Outdoor Products 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent is nicely built, the frame is strong and sturdy, and the 1-minute setup is not an exaggeration. If you change the camping places frequently and do not want to spend much on your summer adventures, this is a nice option.
Below you can see how I rate this tent against my standard set of criteria so you can easily compare with other tents of this type here in the site:
You might want to compare this tent with yet another instant setup shelter built in the same style, the Caddis Rapid 6 Person Tent. For more options in this capacity range, please check under the category Tents for 5/6 people, you will find them in hundreds. For more tents in this shape check under Cabin tents. In particular, check this REI Grand Hut 6 tent if you want a tent with plenty of storage space under vestibules.
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