So, I finally got to use my new family tent, the REI Kingdom 4. This past week the family and I headed out to Piney Grove for 2 nights out. I carried my video camera to do a short presentation of the tent, and here it is…
Something I did not mention in the video: the tent does come with 6 guy lines to guy out the tent for bad weather, but it only comes with the 8 stakes, 6 of which are used for actually staking the tent out, and the other 2 which are used to stake the vestibule out. If I plan on staking the guy lines I will need to bring some extra stakes. I did not realize this at first when I got the tent, so it’s a good thing I did not have to guy the tent out on our trip since I did not have any extra stakes. So for now I will add some extra stakes from another tent I am not using, however, I will probably pick up some bigger heavier duty ones like the ones that came with the tent next time I am at an REI.
Other than this I have really enjoyed the tent. I am planning on taking it out for the July 4th weekend again. I really liked laying down at night and the ceiling being so far up. This made it feel like I was sleeping in a palace compared to my backpacking tent. Also, the second night I pulled both of the center walls up and tacked them to the side and it really made the tent seem so much bigger.
I am happy that I made the decision to go with this tent even though I have only had it a few weeks and used it a few times. At this point, I obviously cannot attest to the durability and the long term use of the tent, but I will be happy to have it and test it for as long as I can. (Not to mention I am happy to have the REI warranty that comes with the tent!)