6 Man Tent: The Definitive GuideA 6 man tent has for many reasons, become one of, if not the most popular choice among families. If you’ve never purchased a tent before, look for one that has features you can use for a long time. The first thing you need to do of course is set a budget: it’s not necessary to buy the most expensive tent as it is more important to learn their features and how it will benefit you.
What are the Benefits of a Tent for Six People?
The primary benefit of a tent designed for six people is the size, as it offers a lot of possibilities. Here’s a quick overview of the options:
- Six people can sleep inside the tent comfortably with plenty of room to move.
- A family of five or four will find that these offer more room than a four or five person tent. One of the most common mistakes first time campers make is underestimating the amount of gear they will bring during the trip. This is especially true if you’re taking along a couple of kids or more, in which case a tent large enough for six individuals will suffice.
- These tents are not limited for family affairs, because if you plan to camp with three adults, the tent will provide sufficient room for everyone to sleep in and store their equipment.
With regards to the weight, these will be heavier than smaller tents but that won’t be a problem as long as you can fit it in the trunk of your car.
Design OptionsThere’s a dizzying array of styles and shapes available, but there are a few things you should consider priority. The first is the presence of a divider as that will provide some privacy for those inside. Multi-room tents today usually have a zippered door on the tent wall, but there are larger tents that include an extra screen room for changing clothes prior to going into the other rooms. The screen area is also a good place to set up chairs and a table.
The design variations don’t end there as some tents have multiple room dividers that you can zipper down or remove, and there are also those with extra large screen rooms for storing additional equipment.
What are the Essential Features to Look for?
6 man tents are more than just about space as you also need to consider the durability, ease of use and other factors:
- Quality poles: aluminum poles are preferable to fiberglass as those break easily, something that could happen if there’s a strong wind or sudden downpour. If your tent has aluminum poles there’s a lesser chance of that occurring, but it won’t hurt to have a tent replacement kit with you just in case.
- A well-designed rainfly: the rainfly serves as your rain protector, and the larger the better. Armed with water repellant walls and a waterproof rainfly and you should be ready for any downpour. Just to be on the safe side, buy a rainfly that goes down onto the sides of your tent rather than just the top. Even if your family camps only during the summer you can never tell when a thunderstorm might strike.
- Double stitching and folded seams: the best 6 person tent products today have double stitching and with the seams folded for extra protection. If you are able to pull at either side of the seam and peer through the stitches, this tent will leak.
- A one piece tub floor: the floor has to be waterproof and reach a few inches on the sides before the sewing onto the walls. To put it simply: the floor must not have any seams so water doesn’t get in.
Is There Anything Else a Buyer Needs to Know?
A 6 person dome tent should have sufficient guy lines: well-designed tents have loops close to the center where the guy lines are attached and pulled from the wall. With this set up you don’t have to put up with the flapping noise when the wind blows.
A lot of tents today still require the use of stakes, so the one you buy needs to have stake loops built in. The loops should be at the base, at the center and all corners. The stake loops also have to be large enough to fit the stakes sold in stores in case you need to buy a new set.Modern stakes are either plastic or material, and material is preferable in most cases as they’re stronger and won’t break even if you hammer them into place.
For keeping bugs out, check those tents that have No-See-Um meshing as they are effective, and you should also look for a tent that has a roof vent. This is an important feature because you can open this during the evening and let air circulate in, at the same time get rid of any condensation that is building up inside. For the protection of your family and to keep the bugs out, the tent needs to have durable zippers that can withstand heavy duty use.
How to Extend the Life of Your Tent
Here are some tips:
- Do not store food in the tent and if you do eat there, clean up afterwards
- If you’re camping out, make sure to bring a picnic table so the tent remains clean
- Clean the screen area after using it
- Use the ground cloth that comes with your tent to keep it clean. You can always buy one if the tent doesn’t come with one.
- Once you are done camping, open the tent in your yard for a few minutes to let air out and prevent mildew from setting in.