Chinook Whirlwind 5 Guide
Design: three-season dome
Ease of Setup: main tent-easy, vestibule - little difficulty
Weight: 26 lbs
Price Paid: $250
I received this tent the day I left to go camping for the weekend. First time setting it up actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. The only part that was an issue was putting in the centre fly pole.
I was quite happy with the size of the tent. I used a double air mattress and had plenty of room for my gear. I kept the cooler, drinks, snack foods and my shoes in the vestibule.
I had the perfect opportunity to test the tent as it rained ALL weekend!! It rained Thursday night, Friday morning, during the day Friday off-and-on, and Friday night. Saturday we had rain, then torrential downpours with hail, and then more rain!! It rained Saturday night.
You would expect no tent (without a tarp covering) to survive.... This one did!!
The vestibule had some leaking around the zippered doors, nothing to worry about. There was very minor leakage in the main tent, about the size of a Toonie at the 2 corners of the tent getting hit directly by the rain. Overall I'd say this tent passed with flying colours!!
I gave it a 4.5 as it could use a few more velcro closures (which would help reduce the leaking) and it would be nice if Chinook offered footprints for their tents.
But I am quite impressed with this tent and the way it held up to the rain!
I purchased this tent from www.greatadventure.ca and the customer service is outstanding! I definitely recommend them!
Design: 7 X 10 Dome shape with vestibule
Ease of Setup: 2 man required for set up . Longest pole is very diffecult to insert and equally hard to remove when packing up .
Weight: Approx 25 lbs all together
Price Paid: 298 Canadian
A Chinook Whirlwind Guide 5 has a very thin floor, much thinner than the vast majority of other modern tents on today's market .
If you buy a Guide 5 you pay a premium price and the only physical difference with it and a plain Chinook Whirlwind Guide is that a Guide 5 has a separate sheet of grey plastic for the vestibule, that's it. For that there is quite a higher price difference.
Good Idea, don't put the grey plastic sheet in your vestibule, put it under your sleeping area. You also get a tent that is a rather blah dark green & batteship grey. It's not very becoming, bright, happy or summery.
Set up is definitely a 2 man job! It's not fun.
The the largest bow shaped pole a the front of the tent has to be inserted through a very tight fitting and long tube at the top of the tent. This tube is so tight fitting there is a definite design problem or error. To insert this very long pole is a very time consuming and very very tedious thing (headache).
The tube in the tent has most definitely been designed too small and should be twice as big. All other tents of this style from other tent companies are using either pole loops or a tube that's up to three times bigger which is very much easier .
Good points are 5 doors are great! This tent has very strong rain & wind resistance.
A much better buy is the regular Whirlwind Guide. Colour is bright blue & light grey and is a fair chunk less money. If you want that plastic sheet on your vestibule floor, get a piece from your hardware store for about $5.
Design: three season freestanding dome tent with vestibule
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 23.6 lbs
Price Paid: $163.76
I am a 21 year old male. My mother bought this tent for me this last year as she knew I was in need of a good tent. I took this tent out camping 3 times this summer with my buddies to camp and fish.
This tent was able to withstand the wear and tear of 3 sloppy guys for all three weekends. It rained one of the weekends but we were able to stay dry. The vestibule gave us plenty of space for our gear. The only complaint that I have is that I wish it had better stakes.
I would definitely rate this tent 4.5 and would recommend it to others. This tent was purchased at campingandfishingaccessories.com. My Mom said the service was great and shipping was quick too.
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