User Review: Chinook Twin Peaks Guide 6
Price Paid: $335
I purchased this tent online in April 2011. It is very well designed in that it was very easy for me to put up by myself and I am only 5ft 2inches tall. I only had a little bit of a problem inserting the ridgepole - it was easier to do with the fly still on the ground.
Also, the proportion of sleeping area vs sitting (porch area) is just right and both are a good height. As with all tents, the '6 person' designation is meant for kid size in the sleeping area. The size of this tent is just right for 3 or 4 adults, unless 2 more will sleep in the porch area.
The tent comes with a poly floor that can be installed in the porch, but in order for this to be a truely bug-free sleeping area there needs to be a better seal between the floor and the walls.
I gave this tent only 3 stars because it leaked. I pitched it on high ground with good drainage away from the tent, and pegged out the fly. We had rain off an on for three days and on the second day a puddle had formed in the middle of the floor of the sleeping area.
When taking down the tent I noticed that a small section of the stitching at the peak is puckered, but the seam is taped correctly. I will need to seal these seams but find it awkward to do because of the height of the tent.
The other annoying thing was that not enough tent pegs were supplied for all the tie downs and the guy lines. I guess people are supposed to find trees to tie the guy lines to? I found this lack of sufficient pegs a 'cheap' thing to do! Luckily I had some extra pegs with me.
To summarize, the tent is very well designed, has all the features a tent camper like me wants, is easy to put up, but the workmanship and quantity of pegs supplied drops my rating. I could return the tent because it is under warranty, but I like it so much that I will try the seam sealer first.
One thing I would have liked to see is a bigger stuff sack. It is awfully hard to get everything back into the sack provided. The care instructions that came with the tent state that the tent should be rolled loosely to store. If that's the case, a bigger sack would be necessary!