User Review: Big Agnes King Creek 6
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $190
This is a well constructed tent that I believe will last many years. It's very easy to set up and take down and get back in the bag and the zippers work very well. Giant vestibule in the front is great for storing gear, putting on shoes in the morning, and just as another place to take shelter. Ventilation may be an issue in hot weather. All things considered I am happy with this purchase.
- Solid construction
- Rainfly with huge front vestibule
- Ease of setup, take down, and bag design
- Ventilation may be issue in warm weather
Purchased this tent for car camping with the family. I was wanting a larger tent to make changing clothes and sleeping more comfortable for my wife and daughter, as we had been using a three man backpacking tent. I chose the King Creek 6 because of the positive reviews of other Big Agnes gear.
This tent does not disappoint when it comes to quality. The bag that the tent is stored in is layed out perfectly. Two buckles are released and the bag opens. On one side is a pocket for the tent, on the other a pocket for the fly, in the middle a pocket for the poles, and a zippered pocket for the stakes. Nothing is jammed in so tight that it is impossible to pull out.
The tent setup is a breeze. Two poles and a few hooks and it's up. The door on each side has a large window that can be zipped shut for more privacy from the inside. The roof has a large mesh area for ventilation. The windows and the top are the only openings for ventilation so it may not get enough air flow during the summer, but the ability to close the tent up so tight may make camping in cooler months more comfortable. There are four mesh pockets along each end for storing stuff, four loops up high for adding an attic, and one in the center for a light.
The fly went on just as easy, with buckles at each corner, one pole for the front vestibule, and plenty of stakes. The fly gives full coverage to the tent so it should work great in wet weather. The back vestibule is a good size with one stake out point and a center zipper. The front is huge and what sets this tent apart. There is a large door on each side of it that can be opened and tied back making it a great place to sit and hang out. I had been considering buying another canopy, but the vestibule is so large that I no longer need one. There is plenty of room for two or three people to sit, or to store gear like bikes to keep them dry.
Once you are ready to go home everything breaks down just as easy as it went up. The tent and fly are very easy to get back in the bag with no forcing required. My family is very happy with this tent. It will make camping trips more enjoyable and it gives us room to invite other people to join us in the future.
The only thing that I believe may be an issue is ventilation in hot weather. This tent has been discontinued by Big Agnes, but is still available at many retailers. I purchased mine from REI's outlet and with a 20% off coupon and free shipping payed less than $200.