User Review: Cabela's Alaskan Guide
Design: Four-season freestanding done
Ease of Setup: The tent is not diffucult but it does require two people and a little bit of practice. We have set it up in the dark twice now.
Weight: Approx. 25 lbs
Purchased the 6-man Alaskan Guide tent from Cabela's in June 2004. Have used it on three seperate trips. As the other reviews have pointed out it can be a challenge setting up if you have not read the directions and practiced in the backyard prior to the first trip. Once you have a routine established it can easily be set up by two people in less than 20 minutes. It would be very difficult for one person to set the tent up.
On the most recent trip we encountered two days of almost constant rain. At no time did any of the rain make inside with us. The front zipper does on occasion get stuck in the overlapping material. However, because of the oversized zipper it is no problem getting it immediately working again.
The features are terrific. The cup holders have come in very handy and the top ventilation openings really help keep the tent cooler in the summertime. They can be closed for cooler weather. The built-in pockets are great for storing keys, insect repellant, glasses, flashlights and so on.
The only possible design flaw, and that is too strong a term, is that when it rains a lot and all the tie downs are not utilized then rain will collect in the very top of the fly between where the main poles cross. At no time did the water seep through and we just would push it out from the inside. The tent is sold to sleep six people. However, if you have any gear, use air mattresses and want any room to move around three would be the maximum. We planning on purchasing the large vestibule in the near future.
Overall we are very pleased with the tent and plan to use it for many many years.