User Review: Northwest Territory Chippewa 8-Person Tent
Ease of Setup: not to bad
Weight: pretty heavy
Price Paid: $60
Well to start off I bought this tent to replace an old three person dome tent. So compared to my old one this thing is huge. It says 7-8 person and I'm sure that 7-8 people would be comfortable. I bet if you needed to 13 people could cram in there.
Even though the tent is so big it's not to hard to setup. I did have some trouble the first time due to bad directions but I learned a little trick that really helps, which I'll post at the bottom. I can setup the tent in about 20 min by myself. Dissasembly isn't too hard either but just like every other tent it takes skill to get it back in the bag.
Another thing I like about this tent everything seems pretty durable like all the seams are double threaded and the rain fly and closet area have sealed seams. Plus the rain fly is water phobic, water just beads and rolls off. Even the tent material is water resistant. I'm not sure if this is a standard feature on tents now but I was Impressed.
Now my review is going to start getting a little more negative. Even though the material is water resistant that doesn't make up for poor designing. The side windows aren't covered by the fly and the way they are made it seems to funnel the water right into the seams so leaks are bound to happen. Plus water runs right off the fly onto the sides.
I'm not saying this is a bad tent but it definitely could be better. It shouldn't be taken out without being waterproofed, and having a tarp to throw over it wouldn't be a bad idea either. Just remember there's no such thing as a water proof tent. Overall this is a ok tent but considering its price it's a great tent.
That trick I mentioned earlier is first lay the tent out then put the pegs in the corners keeping the tent taught. This will make it so when the poles go in it doesn't try to fold in on its self and the floor shouldn't have wrinkles.
Update: July 14, 2009
I've had a lot more experience with my tent now and thought i should update my last not so excited review.
I've had 9 rowdy guys sleeping in that tent one night comfortably so the 7-8 people rating is with more then just elbow room.
And for weatherproofing im impressed actually. I camped out during a severe storm advisory, i know we didnt get the full force of the storm but it still rained pretty good for several hours, and there wasnt much more then moist spots and droplets in the tent. I did use an entire tube of tent sealer on it and had a 9 by 9 tarp covering the side the wind was blowing on but still it performed great.
minus half a star cause its still such a pain to get back in the bag.
Cheap, simple, and performs well, its a good tent.