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REI Kingdom 8 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: REI Kingdom 8 Tent tent/shelter

My family has been enjoying this tent for the last few years. It is super easy to set up and it goes up quickly.


  • Ease of set up
  • Quality materials and workmanship
  • Thought out design
  • Ease of carrying


  • Not exactly cheap

My family and I love this tent, we have used it for the last three years and couldn't be happier. We had been torn between this tent and another eight-person tent and aside from the cheaper price we were sold on the double strap making it able to be worn like a backpack when carrying it.

We've used it in the rain and have stayed bone dry. With the included rain fly it goes on easy, keeps the rain well off the tent, and also provides good airflow to keep things cool and comfortable.

My wife and 12-year-old daughter can set the tent up in only a few minutes, it's that easy. Things are labeled well to make setup easy. We haven't been in any substantial winds but it seems very stable. I love how half of the tent is pretty much completely screen and then the sleeping half has walls 3/4 of the way up giving you the privacy to change clothes, and what every else you may want privacy for.

The aluminum poles are well made and feel like they will last, and the stitching is well done.


I've been camping all my life. I've been using this tent for the last four years.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $500

This tent has been very reliable, but watch out for the wind.


  • Great size, stand up inside all along the length of the tent. (I'm 6'3")
  • Has held up well in some rough weather
  • Lots of room and pockets


  • Does not handle high winds very well
  • Feel lacking if you don't get the additional garage (I think it is called something different now)

I have been using this tent for about three years now. My kids love it because there is so much room in it. I usually take it out one-on-one with each of my kids so we have room to spare.

We are able to set it up with just two people unless it is windy.

My biggest problem with the tent is that it is like a giant sail in the wind. You need to tie it down thoroughly. Even with it tied down I now have poles that are bent. Nothing has broken and I can still set it up.

The front door on this tent doesn't have much cover. I have camped with other people that have the Garage attachment and I think that would be an excellent addition. You can then store a lot of your gear out of the weather, but not in your main tent area. 


I have been camping for the last decade and some when I was a kid.

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: REI Garage Sale - $250

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Price MSRP: $489.00
Historic Range: $263.93-$549.00
Reviewers Paid: $500.00
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