User Review: Cabela's Alaskan Guide 6-Man
Design: Three Season Free Standing Dome
Ease of Setup: Printed instuctions with tent were not correct and poorly written
Price Paid: $449
The first time the tent was used was in the northeast it took some time to set-up, as the instructions included/attached to the tent were not clearly written. The tent contains 6 main poles and 1 small pole for the door arch, the instructions only describes the installation of 3 poles. The tent that I had was extremely tight, very difficult to attach the rain-fly. It rained overnight on the first outing, the tent did not leak, and had to take down in the rain.
The second time the tent was set-up was the next day at home in northern Illinois to dry-out the tent after the weekend rain, after fully dry the tent was packed for the next outing. The third time the tent was used was at the Grand Canyon South Rim campground in mid June, very hot, very dry. The tent seemed to have shrunk, the tent poles seemed to be too long for the tent, the rain-fly could not be fully attached, and the tent poles had an extreme amount of tension. After battling the set-up for an hour or two the tent had to be taken down and packed away as the doors were under so much tension that they could not be closed after opening. Tents had to be rented for the 3-night stay at the canyon.
Cabela's was notified of the problem and exchanged the tent. I set-up the second tent and it seems to have a better fit in material, not as tight as the first one. Other than the bad experience with the first tent, I am very happy with the features and quality of the tent.