We are extremely happy that we chose the model with the extra windows, as the ventilation and increased natural light are a Godsend. The inclusion of the hanging organizers and loft are an especially nice touch which add to the usability of the interior space. During our first camping trip with this tent, we did experience thunderstorms with fairly strong winds and heavy rain. The tent didn’t waver at all and remained bone dry inside. With the rain I was able to experiment with the front entrance canopy to assure adequate drainage, without the rain pooling or collecting on the canopy. My solution was to pitch the canopy towards the corner opposite of the door, leaving plenty of height to enter the tent without excessive stooping or bending (see photo). In addition, to keep the canopy poles stable and secure, I placed spare 10 lb. standard weight plates (I carry in the back of the truck) at the bottom of the pole (the hole in the plate is large enough to allow for the pole being positioned at different angles) and fitted two guy lines on each pole for added stability. The nice thing about the weight plates is they can be moved forwards or backwards adjusting the canopy pitch quite easily. The tent with poles and stakes is fairly heavy but works out very well if one is doing car camping. Lastly the YKK zippers work smoothly and perform very well, in fact that was one of the major selling points, as other tents we have had in the past, the non YKK zippers always seemed to be the point of failure. Thank you Kodiak for an excellent product with quality workmanship.
- Allen F. (Chandler, AZ) Sept 2022