User Review: Chinook Twin Peaks Guide 6
Design: Heavy Duty
Ease of Setup: Extremely easy
Weight: 35 pounds
Price Paid: $200
Chinook Twin Peaks Guide 6 Brief summary:
I spent about a month researching different tents and even borrowed a few to try them out. I had my eyes and heart set on getting a Marmot Halo 6, but let’s face it most of your big name brands are ridiculously priced to some obscene amount of money and they are just not worth it.
Now on to my review of this tent, notice you will see no cons or pros, there is nothing that I dislike about this tent.
The Twin Peaks Guide 6 comes in two forms, fiber glass poles and aircraft aluminum, I don’t plan on camping in snow, so I don’t need the extra weight, I went with the fiber glass. The poles are very well made, flexible and they are colored according to where they go on the tent. Heavy duty, oxford nylon floor, the flooring in this tent is like no other I have seen full bath tub style, all mountings are double sown and fully taped inside the tent and on the outside all seems are hidden. The tent also has a full rain fly, this is something you don’t usually find in family style large tents.
Real time use:
Setup This weekend I showed up late to the camp site and my wife, “who has never setup a tent before”, and father had the tent up in about 20 minutes. They were able to setup the tent using the color codes and without no instructions.
We had a 7 year old on a spider man air mattress, portable crib for a year old baby girl and a Big Angus double wide self inflating mattress inside the tent. We still had room inside the tent. On the outside in the screened porch with the rain fly coving it my French Mastiff and all of our clothes, baby’s stuff and toys were stored with plenty of room for the kids to play and us to sit to get out of the rain.
The temps were in the 100s this weekend and at night it would drop down to about 80 degrees, the tent did not sweat at all and we did not have the damp feeling in the morning when we woke up.
On Saturday we had high windows, down poors and thunder storms, I had the full rain fly staked out and the guide line in the ground. The tent did not leak at all, we did have a little water in the front of the screened porch from the large ground pad for the kids was hanging too far out and acted as a channel for the rain to drain into the corner, “bad choice on our part and not the tent”.
With the rain fly unzipped the air flow is fine, just make sure that you steak the rain fly properly or the air will not flow.
For anyone looking for a great high quality tent at a price that stomps the rest of the tent makers in the ground, take a look at Chinooktec.com, you cannot go wrong with there tents.
Pictures can be found in my profile.