Looking for a reliable, tested and tried freestanding tent? Then read this Slumberjack Trail Tent 6 review, this dome style 3-season tent has been on the market for several years already, appreciated and loved by its users.
Key features & benefits
- Very easy & simple setup.
- Reliable dome tent for 3-season use.
- Full coverage fly.
- 2 doors.
- 2 vestibules.
- Great price.
What this is about
The Slumberjack Trail series includes tents for 2, 4, and 6 people. So the tent presented here is the largest in the series. These tents have been on the market for a number of years already, probably longer than 4 or 5 years, so all is known about them, and they have stood the test of the time.
The Trail 6 is a dome style and two-layer design. This means that you have an inner tent plus a full coverage fly. So this is a very aerodynamic structure which behaves nicely even in strong winds and it offers full protection with such a fly.
You might call it a freestanding tent although this terminology is not always completely strict and clear. So the fly clips to the corners and you can indeed move it around and rotate even when the fly is on. But there are two vestibules that should be staked down to be fully functional. Nevertheless, you can indeed pitch it on any surface, put the fly and be protected regardless if the vestibules are staked or not.
But bear in mind that this is a tall tent, you have 70 inches (178 cm) peak height, and it can catch the wind easily, so do not miss to stake it properly.
Who is it for
Sizewise, the capacity is 6 people according to the manufacturer’s declaration. But the inner area is not so big, 99 ft² (9.2 m²), and this gives 16.5 ft² (1.54 m²) per person. This looks far from impressive. Though there are two vestibules and when you add them to the numbers you get the total protected area of 154 ft² (14.4 m²), and per person this gives 25.7 ft² (2.4 m²). This is not so bad at all. If you use it at some summer festivals and concerts, this is more than enough for a group of 6 friends.
But if you use it for ordinary camping, this is too small for 6 people. I see it best used by couples or by parents with maximum two small kids.
Seasons-wise, with such a full coverage fly and a decent waterproof rating, this is a true 3-season tent.
Climate-wise, with so much mesh, I see it best suited for a warmer environment. Tents normally do not keep the warmth well, and this holds in particular with such mesh around. So you would not feel great using it at very low temperatures. If you need a tent for such a colder climate, better check some of those with PVC windows. Many of them are in the category Tunnel Tents here in the site.
Weight-wise, you will notice that they give the packed weight and the trail weight. This terminology is not always very clear, you can read more about it here. But with the weight of 18 lb 6 oz (8.33 kg), this is not a tent to be carried on the trail. Use it as a camping tool at places with a car access, or anywhere where you do not have to carry it long distances. Note that the packed size is quite good, it reduces to 28 x 8 inches (71 x 20 cm).
Please see more about the Trail series in this short video by Slumberjack:
Materials & construction
There are four poles here, see the picture below. Two main poles create the dome and the other two are short brow poles that cross the dome and serve to lift the walls and to make them and the doors vertical. The poles’ material is not the best, you have fiberglass which is heavy because they are with a solid core (except for the shock-cord which connects the segments), and not particularly durable. So this material needs a bit of care.
I already mentioned the mesh which is a great quality and it is used for the inner tent. But note that this is 75D polyester so it is very durable. Note that the mesh is really fine but you do not have privacy without the fly.
Both fly and the floor are also 75D and you have 1200 mm waterproof rating. Now, for the fly this is quite enough but for the floor it does not sound great. I have seen some people complaining about its waterproofness. As for the durability of the floor, this is quite typical unless you want a really heavy family camping tent with a thick plastic. Note also that the floor is the bathtub type. All exposed seams are properly taped.
Both the inner and the outer doors are huge and D-shaped, and you can easily bring an inflated air mattress inside. There are 4 sizeable pockets on the walls with the size of some 45 x 15 cm. You also have multiple loops inside to hang a lantern and other stuff. The fly connection to the frame is through side-release buckles.
With so much mesh and the two doors on the opposite sides you will have plenty of air cross flow. Note also that the fly on the two sides does not go completely to the ground, so some air flow is there even when the vestibules are closed.
But the fly is without vents, so this is not optimal if there are many people inside because you can have condensation on the fly. Perhaps you do not know, but 6 people would exhale a few liters of vapor during the night and this might condensate on the underside of the fly.
As I mentioned above, the tent is tall and for one person it can be a bit tricky to set it up in windy conditions. But it is doable, this is a simple construction and it is based on grommets and clips. The older version of this tent was with sleeves but you do not have them now, just to know if you see different pictures around.
After you put the two main poles in place and attach the inner tent, the structure becomes self-supporting. Then you insert the brow poles into the grommets above the doors. After that clip the fly to the corners. The clips are color coded but the colors are similar (black and brown) and it is not easy to know which is which in a dark environment. All in all, plan some 6 – 8 minutes for the job.
What is included
You have the following in the package:
- Tent body.
- The fly.
- 2 main poles plus 2 ridge poles.
- 12 aluminum stakes (8 inches; 20 cm) in their own sack.
- 4 guylines with tighteners.
- 1 pole sack.
- 1 storage sack.
- Pitching instructions (1-page).
Slumberjack Trail Tent Footprint
Note that they have a footprint built for this tent and it can be ordered separately here. The weight is 1 lb 7 oz (652 g). It attaches to the frame through grommets and its waterproof rating is the same as in the rest of the tent, i.e., 1200 mm. The material is also the same 75D polyester.
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Large doors.
- Very reliable.
- Useful vestibules.
- Bathtub floor.
- Simple design.
- Fiberglass poles.
- Small inner area for the declared capacity.
- No vents.
The price & rating
The price for this tent on Amazon at the moment of writing this text is $207. I think this is fair for the value. There are more than 340 customers’ reports and the average rating is 4.3/5. See below how I rate it; note that my rating for the area is quite high and this is because I include the total protected area in the rating. I use the same principle for all tents here in the site, so it is easy to compare.
My rating of the Slumberjack Trail Tent 6 Person
- Type: dome tent, freestanding.
- Capacity: 6 people.
- Packed weight: 18 lb 6 oz (8.33 kg).
- Minimum weight: 17 lb 13 oz (8.08 kg).
- Dimensions: 130 x 110 in (330 x 280 cm).
- Inner area: 99 ft² (9.2 m²).
- Inner area per person: 16.5 ft² (1.54 m²).
- Vestibules area: 27.7 + 27.7 ft² (2.6 + 2.6 m²).
- Total protected area: 154 ft² (14.4 m²).
- Total area per person: 25.7 ft² (2.4 m²).
- Peak height: 70 in (178 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 28 x 8 in (71 x 20 cm).
- Poles: 4.
Slumberjack Trail Tent vs Competitors
Here you have this tent side by side with two other items built in the same style. As you realize, its inner area does not look bad when you see it compared. But follow the links in the table to check for the updated prices, you will realize that this Trail Tent 6 is far more affordable than the other two.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor area, sq ft (sq m)
Vestibules area, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Packed size, in (cm)
Payable Every Month
28 x 8
(71 x 20)
Payable Every Year
30 x 9
(99 x 23)
Payable Every Year
25 x 14
(64 x 36)
So I would conclude this Slumberjack Trail Tent 6 review by stressing that this tent is not built to shine, there is nothing advanced and specific here, but this is a reliable shelter with all basic that you need and expect from a tent, and this for a price which is fair for what you get. The tent is easy to use, the weight and packed size are appropriate for its capacity. But bear in mind a few objections I pointed out in the text.
This 6-person tents category has many tents presented in the site, and in a variety of styles, so have a look. Check this The North Face Wawona 6 Tent which has a huge porch area plus yet another vestibule. See also this lightweight ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 6 tent with a full coverage fly, and also this Mountain Hardwear Optic 6 tent with two asymmetric vestibules.
If you need an instant tent, check this Coleman Instant Cabin 6 Tent with fly. If you need something bigger, check in the categories, you will find something for you. There is a comment box below for questions and comment. Have a nice day.