Posted 26 April 2009 - 06:07 PM
I just got home from a weekend Clamper function and I want to share my experience with a new tent that I picked up. After selling my travel trailer about a month ago, I had to scramble for a tent before this trip. I did a bunch of research & decided on a Kodiak Canvas tent, which is a knockoff of the old Springbar tents. After using a Coleman dome tent for the last 10 years I was a bit nervous on switching to a different style but wanted one that would be better suited for camping in rain, wind, & snow. After working all day and then driving almost 200 miles, myself & 2 friends arrived at the campground around 10pm and immediately started erecting the tent. The poles were a bit confusing at first but after a quick glance at the instructions the 3 of us had the tent set up in less than 10 minutes, including laying down a protective tarp first and driving in the heavy duty stakes that were included. I'm sure that I could set it up in about 5 minutes by myself now. Very straight-forward, simple, yet sturdy design... I have the 10'x10' #6055 model which was just perfect for 3 fullsized guys (2 of us on cots, the 3rd on a twin size air mattress), plus our duffle bags & a small foldable table which held the alarm clock & battery lantern. Kodiak lists the inside height as 6'6" which was more than enough myself (6'1") and my buddy Joe (6'2"). The tent is made with a very heavy duty waterproof floor that will help when camping in wet conditions, 2 vent openings in the top for summer time ventilation, 2 large windows, and D-rings around the top of the tent to be used for hanging clotheslines/lights/etc.Night temperatures dipped into the mid-to-low 30's with a slight wind friday night. We were toasty warm inside, with only a small hint of condensation on the inside canvas (which is VERY different from what I'm used to with a nylon tent). Saturday night brought low 30's and wind gusting to approximately 20mph, yet the tent didn't budge. When it came time to pack up sunday, we had the tent swept out, broke down, rolled up, and placed into the oddly designed-but-effective storage bag within 15 minutes. My only very small complaint is that the top corner of the doors were kind of hard to zip where the zipper curves downward but I'm sure they will get easier with some more usage. I have to say I am really pleased with my purchase and would recommend others to consider a Kodiak tent in the future!FYI- Kodiak is distributed by Competitive Edge Products and is sold through Cabelas, Sportsmans Warehouse, & others along with Competitive Edge's website (www.competitiveedgeproducts.com). But, you can log on to Ebay and search "Kodiak" in the tent section. Competitive Edge is an Ebay seller and you can usually get a better price through their Ebay auctions instead of ordering through their website. I paid $350 shipped to my front door via Ebay, CPE's website lists it at $359.99 + $35 in shipping charges.I'll post pictures soon.