First time setting it up in the backyard took about an hour with the help of my wife. We were very pleased with the overall feel and presence of the tent. The directions were clear and easy to follow. We soaked it down good with the hose to check for leaks and to shrink the fabric as recommended. The water proofing shed the water off the tent like a fresh wax on a new car. Just spent 4 days in central Michigan fishing with 2 college buddies. We were very comfortable with plenty of room to cook under the awning and to stow gear. We sat out one down pour that lasted about 40 minutes that left 1 1/2" of water in a 5 gallon bucket with all of us and our gear high and dry. All and all this is going to be a great tent for truck camping.
First time setting it up in the backyard took about an hour with the help of my wife. We were very pleased with the overall feel and presence of the tent. The directions were clear and easy to follow. We soaked it down good with the hose to check for leaks and to shrink the fabric as recommended. The water proofing shed the water off the tent like a fresh wax on a new car. Just spent 4 days in central Michigan fishing with 2 college buddies. We were very comfortable with plenty of room to cook under the awning and to stow gear. We sat out one down pour that lasted about 40 minutes that left 1 1/2"; of water in a 5 gallon bucket with all of us and our gear high and dry. All and all this is going to be a great tent for truck camping.
We used the tent while on a camping trip in the mountains near Santa Fe, NM. We had 3 days of sustained winds over 35 mph with gusts over 50 mph, with just a little drizzle. I used the optional screen for the awning. Overall, I was very happy with the tent and would recommend it.
Because of the design of the tent poles, it does take 2 adults to set the tent up (in the wind it took 4 of us). The tent is very well made and we love the big windows. It would be nice to have a screen on the "front" door. The "side" door would be better if it zipped from the top. The instructions were lacking but if you have spent time camping and setting up tents this shouldn't be a problem.
The optional screen enclosure did not have any instructions but was simple to figure out. It was great for keeping the blowing dirt and any bugs away. It was also a lot cooler under the awning than just being in the shade. What I did not like about the awning is that I couldn't stake any of the front section of it down because it did not reach the ground, the front pools are not adjustable. Because of this the 3 front poles kept moving during the high winds. Unlike the tent stakes, the stakes for the screen enclosure are smaller and did not work that well. We did use the tie outs but it wasn't enough. I noticed that there were strings hanging from some of the seams on the front of the enclosure. It would also be nice if there were tie backs for the screen when it is not zipped up.
Was a very fast and easy process to get this tent! I love the tent because of the quality of it and for this price you cant beat it! You cant go wrong with this tent! Quick and easy set up! And it folds away pretty nice as well! Overall I am very impressed!
This tent is substantial and by that I mean heavy with quality construction. Shipped fast. Let me say the box with tent and poles weighs in excess of 100 pounds. But with that said you can appreciate the build quality ... this tent is built to last and will stand up to long use in extreme conditions. This is NOT your recreational nylon family style tent. It is a portable camp that will stand the test to be sure.
Wow! Can't say enough good things about Kodak tents or Competitive edge. Just finished a hunting trip to Mt. Hood Oregon, 5 days of rain (2 w/snow) and 50 mph wind gusts. My 6133 tent and enclosure took it all and I stayed warm and dry. Fantastic quality, super prices. I believe anything less would have sent me home on day 2. Now ordering the ground cover to complete my package.
Received the tent and set it up. It's pretty amazing. The Quality top notch, my only issue " No Door Screen" on awning side door. the pole bag has a hole in it from shipping needs replacing. Anyone Who goes camping often should own this Tent. Everything about it is heavy duty made to last. Like the hanger loops inside. The floor is super heavy duty vinyl . The tent pegs are the best I've seen. I used to use large spike nails and still do with the other tents I own. These meet those standards and then some. The Awning is a must. The side Door/Window screen should zip down center and to the sides instead of from bottom up and out. minor details but heeding the advice of the end user in your design could make the product even better. I would pay for the up grades.
My husband and I purchased this tent and the full wall enclosure that attaches to the deluxe awning canopy. It was easy to set up and provided enough space to comfortably sit out a rainstorm in the additional wall enclosure. The layout of the tent and all the additional wall hanging pockets helped us to organize our gear and and have plenty of space for sleeping and storage. The only downfall about this tent is that it is very heavy, but that is to be expected with canvas.
Cant wait to use this tent set it up in the back yard took about 1 hour complete set up .
enclosure part also. hosed it down with water hose full blast did not leak anywhere.
We reviewed many tents before purchasing the
Kodiak. The size is great but it leaked the first weekend we used it even though we seasoned it before venturing out! Both nights we had leaks from the ceiling but none from the windows. It was heavy as review in other reviews but for some reason both times we set it up it took four adults and a teenager to set it up. I could see the minimum it could take would be three adults. We were truly hoping for something for two adults. Would I buy this again NO. Camping should not be this much work!
Take the advice in the instructions booklet. Set the tent up prior to using it. I "seasoned" the tent by lightly spraying water on it, as instructed, and noticed it leaked in three different places and along the seam in the back of the tent. I used Kiwi Camp Dry (Silicone based) and hopefully that will fix the leaks. The rubber tips, on the tent poles that insert into the grommets, have a tendency to slip upward and sideways. I used super glue on these parts and hopefully they will stay in place. The room enclosure is a light green in color, not tan or white as expected. Spoke to Mike in customer service who told me some of the enclosures are coming out of the manufacturer with that color.
Well worth the money. My wife nearly had a heart attack when I said I wanted to spend $600 on a tent. However, she knows that I only buy the best. This purchase only reinforces that. We purchased the 9x12 tent with awning and the optional side walls. Very impressed with the quality of the tent, poles, pegs, and accessories. Truly a quality product that will last a lifetime.
The only suspect item is the rubber attach points for the ends of the poles (insert into the tent grommets). I noticed that if I wasn't careful that they would begin to pull out of the tent pole.
Setup of the tent was straight forward. Setup of the awning and optional side walls was far from clear. I did a practice run in the backyard before we went camping. Highly recommend that you do the same.
Tent was spacious, had great head room, heavy-duty floor and with the added enclosed awning provides first class accommodations. No regrets! Transaction was smooth and shipping was fast. Very pleased. (Updated on 3/17/2013.)
finally got to put up our new Kodiak tent. It was as good as I had hoped. Materials and workmanship looks great. I have had a cheaper made canvas tent for 20 plus years and this one is far better. Should be able to put up in about 20-25 minutes next time with my wife. Did a lot of shopping and could not beat Competitive Products price and free shipping was great too. Shipping took about 1 week but Christmas day fell right in the middle of that so I wont complain at all . Thanks for the great product and service ! Will be ordering screen room as soon as they are available and the ground cloth works just great.
Purchased the 6133 in Summer of 2011 with the screen enclosure. We have camped in the Adirondacks and Acadia National Park with this tent. Very comfortable and breathable. This tent is excellent. It does take 2 people to set up, but with a little practice you can easily be set up in 45 minutes. We use it for two people, with air mattresses and tables. The hanging storage caddy's are excellent for your loose items. This year we got the wall enclosure option. WOW. we have 9 x 12 and 8 x 8 - two room tent. This is an excellent option for when it rains. You can change out of wet clothing etc. without bringing them or your muddy boots in to the sleeping area. This is a great looking tent, and we get many compliments. All purchased from Competitive Edge, who are very good distributors.
Great Tent, Love it. Good for a family trip, plenty of room.
We purchased this tent with the deluxe screen room. It took us a while to set up but we are sure it will take much less time the more we use it.
Our previous nylon tent was larger, however, this tent feels much more spacious. My husband is 65" and he can walk around standing up.
We love it and cannot wait to go on our first camping trip to use it.
My husband and I spent months searching for the perfect tent for a year plus long boon docking trip across the country. So glad we decided on this one. We have lived in it now for two weeks and the only leak issue we had was our fault (did not have the poles tight enough and water pooled). This is a burly, solid home. I have a chronic pain condition and arthritis but have little problem setting this up with hubby. My only concern is that there is already light rust at some weld spots and the support nubs on the side poles. However, we can take care of that. Love all the windows, but be aware that the screening is a light material. We have had rains since the first and it has performed to perfection. Love sitting under the awning watching the storms.
Ok here goes ... . First off I would fire the guy that writes directions for Kodiak. Second. If you buy this tent go out and buy another 100 feet of 3/16 inch rope and some big tent stakes. On our second attempt to keep this tent up in the flat land winds we have here with no luck. Its a little more than frustrating to say the least.
I wouldn't recommend this tent without the add on enclosure. I say that even though that's the hardest thing to keep erect on this tent. Just gives you twice the room for another 89 bucks or whatever it is.
Checklist for things you need:
Hammer. Pliers or channel locks, step stool unless you are 65" like me. My brother wasn't able to reach the tops where a lot of things come together.
I would recommend having a permanent marker handy to mark the poles once its up.
We did have a pretty big thunder storm last night and we all stayed dry in the tent! Oh yeah, to anyone that says they put this thing up by themselves or with an 8 year old the first time is full of crap. This is a two person setup! I'm worried how my wife is gonna be able to help me and keep out 9 month old from getting in the way.
I think there are a lot of false posts online from Kodiak people saying this thing is easy to set up, cause its not. Next to impossible in the wind too. My tent is half knocked over right now. I will repost maybe with better reviews once I try the extra rope I bought and stakes.
First trip out with our new tent was an awesome experience. The tent was easy to setup. It weathered an unexpected severe thunderstorm with 40 mpg gusts with flying colors. A little water did get in the awning with wall enclosure and near the side door but was dried easily with a towel. Our tent was the talk of the campground.
This is one great tent. I have been looking for a tent that would be comfortable and more accommodating on long trips. This is my first canvas tent and I can say that this is far better than my old dome nylon tent. For starters, it kept me very dry during a heavy downpour on my first trip with it, no leaks at all after hours of heavy rain. With four people sleeping in it, heavy rain and all the windows up but one it was still very comfortable. Some think canvas would be hot, not so. This thing breathes well. This is a heavy tent and takes a little more to put it up so plan to give yourself a little time when you first get to your campsite. The Canopy is tricky and really needs two people to put up. The rest is doable by yourself but I would prefer to have another person. The Canopy was great with the wall enclosure to keep the bugs out, which were really bad this spring. If you put some comfortable cots in this you will have one nice set up. Once you put this up two or three times it gets a lot easier. I would recommend getting some quality stakes like the ones from Snow Peak, either the 12 or 15 inch. The stakes included are not ideal in my opinion. Also, I'm going to buy a quality canvas ground cloth, even though the floor material is very thick (I want this to be my last tent I have to purchase and I think it will be.) This is a high quality tent that I know I will have for many years, very glad I bought it. Even after its dry I spread it out in the house with the AC on + ceiling fan on low to make sure all the moisture is out of the fabric, probably going overboard doing so but want to keep any mold from having a chance to get to it.
This item far exceeded my expectations on quality. It is fairly simple to setup and take down for a tent of this caliber. Here are the pros and cons:
Pros: Excellent quality and durability; lots of windows and space with the attached awning; easy setup and takedown; excellent in windy conditions. Perfect for a family setting or people with animals.
Cons: Heavy, but more durable; Wall enclosure is NOT canvass, material is like other synthetic tents. Two-person setup definitely needed for the awning part to eliminate setup time; tent and awning poles should be in separate bags.
If you are looking for a heavy durable tent then you need look no further. I have been to a lot of outdoor store outlets and online. Competitive Edge has the cheapest price around for this tent or the attachment of the wall enclosure.
I would have given this tent 5 stars if there were better directions. The tent is AMAZING. Fabulous quality. I can tell we will be using this for YEARS.
There was 1 book in the box, it had very little directions. Could use better directions. I know setting up a tent is pretty simple we got the screen section and no directions for it.
this is a very nice tent, seems very strong, we will utilize in New Brunswick this year. Be careful though, its a bit heavy for a short-term use but not really for a week or more.
I bought the tent for the quality and that's what I received very pleased with tent easy to setup and very durable and the best price any were camping just become comfortable. thanks
The tent arrived within a week, along with the extra wall kit for the Awning. After reading the instructions, I set the tent up to season it with water. Not realizing that the weather would turn to storms two days early, I didn’t have time to let the tent dry and pack it up before it started raining. On its first use the tent survived 1.2 inches of rain and 30 to 35 mph winds with no problems. I checked the guy lines but didn’t have to tighten any of them after the storm. Even the awning room stayed dry. Only one small puddle, less than a Solo cup of water, formed on the up wind side, but was my fault for not completely sealing the Velcro to the bottom. Over all, this is a great tent, and well made. It is designed for multiple setup options allowing it to accommodate almost any camp site. Not mentioned in the description is a power port on the front left side allowing easy access for hoses or electrical cords inside the tent. It is heavy, and really needs two bags for the polls, one for the canopy polls and one for the tent polls. But other than that, it is a great tent and I expect it to last years. UPDATE - We took the tent on a 2 day lake outing. The 1st day started out nice but after the sun went down the weather turned nasty. It rained heavy for almost 3 hours. The winds were estimated at 50 miles an hour or more. The storm caused one of the poles to slide down on our Kodiak tent letting the side flap inward. I went out to fully extend the pole again and add another stake to that side. I realized that several other campers were not fairing as well since their dome tents were flattened by the wind. The next day I found out that 4 tents were damaged beyond repair, and several others had blown over during the storm with a few even getting the contents of their tents soaked. Our Kodiak tent held up to the storm, keeping us dry and comfortable, and all our gear protected. (Updated on 5/29/2012.)
This was the best price I found online for this tent with free shipping.
This tent comes in two heavy bags, which make it easier to carry. We went camping at Assateague and it was cold and windy with light rain. It was solid and comfortable. Setting it up requires two people and a small step ladder to set up/take down the tall awning/canopy. You probably will need a pair of pliers to unstuck some sliding/telescoping poles. We set up 3 small cots and 2 large cots. Not much room is left for walking around with 5 cots but lots of storage room underneath the cots. The tent could use lop or something on the ceiling to hang a lantern. It came with six cords but could use at least a few more for more solid staking.
So first things first while I am writing my review is to state we bought this in the "OFF" camping season here in Wisconsin for the spring-fall camping trips. We bought this tent with the wall enclosures for the awning. shipping was super fast and because we had looked at another canvas tent company we knew it was over $200 to just ship this thing. So that's great they offer free shipping.
I will say these boxes are heavy, they are not light at all, they also are a weird size so tend to be kind of funky to get a hand on them. My husband was able to get them in they house after a bit of a struggle.
We decided to ditch the boxes the tent and walls came in because they were wet with snow. Now the tent itself isn't that heavy, but your poles ... . That's where the weight is. We transferred the tent to the bag that came with. The poles will not fit in that bag once the tent is unrolled and rerolled.
There is enough room in the bag after the tent is in there for the stakes and ground tarp. We did partially set it up in our home, we wanted to get the material off the floor that is taped in there so we did not have to pull it out later.
I will be posting an update, but since we have snow and ice here right now and freezing temps and wind chill, we will wait till April to get this outside.
(Updated on 1/26/2014.)
Used it September 2011 in Colorado Mts great tent with side awning. Stood up to heavy rains,sleet and wind easy to put up and does take two persons to set up but one takes longer, I will buy another one later thanks great service and help from personnel at Competitive Edge.
The tent is very nice. It took my 13 year old boy and I 45 minutes to put it up the first time. Bet I can do it in 20 minutes next time. It will take 2 to put it up but do not need a tent this big for just 1 any way. Love the front awning. It will help keep the tent clean. Tip - get the enclosure with it. Makes a good storage and eating place.
Yes it is a nice heavy tent, but first off it comes in a nylon bag for the canvas tent, and a cheep sack for the poles. I have had the tent out 3 times and already need service, the poles will not stay erect due to a poor design. stitching seams are coming apart already as well.
This Tent is incredible! by far the best tent I have ever owned and I have had several. This is a great improvement over the canvas tents of yesteryear that I camped in as a kid. I opted for the wall enclosure and have found it to be a great addition. I also went to Home Depot and purchased some turf carpet to put on the floor of the awning. It made it like an additional tent; my wife and I used it as our kitchen/dining room; but it could easily accommodate at least 4 more people should you require the space occasionally. I would recommend setting it up in the back yard first to familiarize yourself with it. While it says it requires two people to set it up, I set it up by myself twice; the first time it took a little over an hour but the second time only a little over a half hour including the awning and wall enclosure. Take down takes only about 10 min. and the bag they give you for the tent is plenty big enough to easily accommodate the tent so you do not have to fold it an exact way to get it to fit. Service was great, shipping was fast and best of all free! To see this tent check out my YouTube video here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p2MLgmpwwI (Updated on 9/11/2011.)
We do a lot of camping and have owned many tents. This one is, by far, the best one yet. Quality and workmanship appear to be first class. The size was an important consideration for us as we will be camping for a month or so at a time. We like the additional space of the awning and purchased the enclosure for it as well. I was reluctant to purchase because of the weight (113 lbs). We were concerned about how we would be able to carry 113 lbs back and forth to set up. As it turned out the tent (canvas) is separate from the poles. Each has their own carrying bag.(should market that fact) Id guess the weight would be about 40 some lbs for the canvas and 70 some for the poles. One recommendation wed have is to put the poles in two bags . One for the awning poles and one for the tent poles. We separated ours that way after purchase and it is a more manageable weight.
The set up is pretty straight forward. One person could set up and take down except at a couple points you need someone to help raise or lower pole supports. Overall a great tent.
Great purchase experience, good price, free shipping, no hassle process.
Thank you for rushing that tent out on time for me. It is so refreshing the
customer service like yours still exists. Its a wonderful tent and made
for a wonderful weekend and it all happened because you were willing to make
it happen. Thank you thank you thank you
This tent was totally awesome. All materials were solid and of good workmanship. During our trip, we experienced two days of torrential rain. I was pleasantly surprised that not a single drop of water came into the tent. One morning we woke up and there must have been 40 gallons of water pooled on the roof, but it had not even begun to seep through. My wife and I set it up in an hour, but would have no problem setting it up in 30 minutes by myself next time. One thing that I would prefer to see, is a floor in the screen room. other than that, it was great.
great tent, more head room then you would think! I am 62" and have no problems. just a great tent in general!
Received it just in time for an early May 10 trip to a lake. Weather was cool, rained two days and really hard overnight but I was dry as expected. Not a leak anywhere. Had big winds for two days but a few extra tie downs really stabilized the tent very well. The canopy was great to have and I cant wait to try the wall enclosure (just arrived) and screen enclosure (B/O). It is heavy, especially the poles but its very sturdy and I expect to get decades of use from it. One person setup is challenging (try it at home first) to say the least but it is possible. With two, we set up the entire camp in one hour with the tent taking about 30 minutes. Very pleased; highly recommended.
Great tent and we plan on really testing it out this summer. We are camping all summer in the Green Mountain National Forest. I have owned North face and Eureka four season tents and have been through 2 weeks of solid rain in Alaska; did well for about 10 days. I believe this tent would make it all the way. Solid Shelter, well built.
This tent is awesome. We received it within 5 days of ordering. And, with free shipping we opted for the screen enclosure(great idea).
My wife and I bought this tent with another couple as a common area for rainy and snowy camping trips. We set it up in the back yard and wet it down as suggested. It only took 1 hr 10 min. for 3 adults to set it up the first time. I think we can do it in 30 min. We have a trip planned in June to take it on its maiden voyage to Steins Mountain. So excited!!!!!!
I bought this about 6 weeks ago. (#6133 w/ enclosed awning) I got it with in a week. I just set it up in our back yard with my 9 year old daughter. it took us about 2 hours. This was our first time setting up the tent and we were in no hurry. It rained today which I knew it would. we are seasoning the tent as directed to do. It will be dry and sunny tomorrow and we will that it down. I can see this will probable be the last tent I have to buy. an experienced camper could set this tent up alone in about 1 hr or less. I am very pleased with the tent and service I received. I would recommend this tent to any serious campers as long as you do not have to walk far with it. It is very heavy. Thank you for a great product.
I have had the so called top of the line nylon tents in the past and had quite a few camping trips ruined because of leaks when it rained. I haven't actually camped in this tent yet, but did set it up in the yard for a week and it rained on it for 3 days. I was pleasingly surprised when I opened the door and everything was as dry as when I set it up. I also purchased the screen enclosure for some extra dry space. VERY NICE. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to stay dry and comfortable while camping. Delivery was quicker than I expected also.
We spent a lot of time looking for a canvas tent. This is it! We took it to the mountains of North Carolina during Thanksgiving. Cold outside, warmer on the inside. The 8X8.5 vestibule was nice, but I would suggest a small modification to extend the vertical lines of the optional enclosure along the tent edge in lieu of straight down. We used a tarp to configure this and it gave us just a few inches extra that were not available with the enclosure. This added more storage under our table and a bit more room for cooking. The head room made it appear bigger than our 10 X 14 tent we had to replace. Excellent choice if you want a sturdy well constructed base tent.
I have not spent much time tent camping, but after the bug bit, I knew it was time to get a serious tent. The Kodak is a SERIOUS TENT! We have only used it once so far and the weather was very accommodating, but the feel and design of the tent is good quality. It is a bit heavy for anything but car camping, which suits us fine! We are expecting to get many years of use from this tent. This weekend will be our 2nd outing! If you are in the need for a strong, sturdy, canvas tent, look no further than the Kodak!
Just spent 3 nights in high desert south east of Tucson. Loved the tents large size, and the awning!
What a wonderful product. Tested the first weekend in strong winds, rain and cold. Excellent. Had small heater and stayed very warm. The enclosed awning is an excellent addition for cooking. Service was great and quick. Not a backpackers tent, but is a phenomenal base camp tent. Headed out west the winter to shake it down again.
We have used this tent couple of times now and I am completely satisfied. The whole setup from the floor to the canvas to the poles is made with high quality materials. I am confident that with the proper care this tent will last me a lifetime. I also would like to comment on the service of Competitive Edge. This was my first purchase with them so naturally I was a little leery. My worries were completely unfounded. Everything came through as they said it would. I will definitely be back.
This is a great tent - it is well made and relatively easy to put up although it does take two people. I wish it came in a larger size, but we purchased both the screen and enclosure to give us more room.
Easy no hassle shipping
We bought one of these earlier this year. We have used it many times in the rain and once in the snow even. I was very impressed when I opened the box and saw how thick the canvas really is. The floor is nice and the deluxe awning has been a lifesaver in the rain. I definitely recommend this item!