The Best 6 Man Tents Reviewed

Why would you ever need a tent large enough for 6 men to sleep in? If you are asking this question then you are missing out on a lot of fun. I’m a family man, 3 boys all under 10 years old, holidays can be very expensive, and what do I need for my family from a holiday. Well me and my wife need to relax and recharge our batteries, the kids need to run, jump and generally raise hell. Camping is such a great way to unplug and spend time the whole family in one place, with nothing else to do but enjoy each other’s company.

Now of course you can do this with two small 2 of 3 person tents, but those of you with kids will know the bickering and fighting that happens when you put siblings together in a small tent. This is just one of the advantages of a 6 person tent. Now you can relax and enjoy nature, watch you kids play, knowing that you are all sleeping in your new 6 person tent. Maybe you don’t have kids. Having a tent big enough for you and all your mates to party in might just be fun. They say “what happens in the woods stays in the woods, but lasts forever on Facebook”. Below is the best 6 man tent guide to help you decide the best family or  party tent for you.

 

Zempire Aerodome II

Zempire AerodomeII

 

Pros

Quick one man pitch because of inflatable air-beams

Lots of windows and bug meshes

Standing room

Glow in the dark zippers

Internal storage and lantern hook

Sown in ground sheet

Cons

Heavy at 31kg

Cramped space for 6 people

 

The Aerodome II is a T shaped tent with two separate bedrooms at opposite sides of the tent. The bedrooms or pods are removable to enable a large living space if you decide you just want a large tent. All sides of the tent have large mesh windows which can be blinded when you want a complete blackout. The tent also has clear windows so you can sit inside and watch the rain.  There is a door with a porch on one side and another door at the rear. The tent can be inflated in about 5 mins then just needing to be pegged out

The bedroom sizes would be cramped to fit three people in each. And more suited to 2 adults in each bedroom. The Tent has a 5000mm water head which although very high is maybe a bit more than you might need. The overall weight of the tent is 31kg. Th e tent packs in to a pack hold all bag, which would be awkward and cumbersome to carry for any length of time.  

 

Specs

Pole Material: Air

Height: 2.1m

Sleeping Area: 2 sleeping areas 3m x 2.2m each

Living Area: 2.2m x 3m

Water head rating: 5000mm

 

Robens Klondike

Robens Klondike

Pros

Standing room.

Light weight for size of the tent

Easy pitching

Able to install a wood burner heater

Cons

No bedrooms

Needs two or more people to pitch

 

Its almost an American Indian tipi, which has to be a pro. It is large and spacious inside and you can easily stand up inside. The roof can be adapted to take the stove pipe from and wood burning stove if it get really cold. It will comfortably sleep 6 people.

The lack of bedrooms means a lack of privacy, so you best be comfortable with the people you are sharing the tent with. Also the sleeping arrangements to fit 6 people would mean that one person has to sleep by the door, expect to be woken during the night if one of you party needs to leave for the bathroom. The ground sheet zips in, this means the possibility of water ingress inside the tent.

Specs

Pole Material: Anodised Metal Alloy

Height: 2.7m

Sleeping Area: 4m x4m  Dodecahedron shape

Living Area: None only one large living / sleeping space.

Water head rating: Not stated

 

Robens Green Castle

Robens Green Castle

Pros

Fire retardant

Lightweight only 8.7kg

Taped seams

Standing room in living area

Cons

Needs two or more people to pitch

 

A tunnel shape tent with 2 bedrooms which will sleep 2 or 3 people in each bedroom. The bedrooms are at each end of the tunnel giving more privacy and a central living area. The bedrooms have a sewn in ground sheet and a 2/3 ground sheet for the living area meaning the living area ground sheet reaches under the bedroom areas. One bedroom has a door opening to the living area and another door opening to the outside of the tent, this enables this room to be used as a storage room or extra living space if needed. The tent is even large enough to garage your motorbike and use one bedroom. The tent’s weight is light for the size weighing only 8.7 kg packed in its bag.  And the bag is 58cm x 23cm, making it easy to carry.

This tent will need two people to pitch it. I has 4 alloy poles which need to be threaded through the flysheet before setting them in there feet. The interior lacks any storage pockets or loops to hang a lantern. In windy conditions you would need to deploy all 12 guy lines and hope no-one trips over them. Only available is green.

Specs

Pole Material: Metal Alloy

Height: 1.55m

Sleeping Area: 2 Sleeping areas both 1.5m x 2.35m

Living Area: 1.2m x 2.35m

Water head rating: 5000mm

 

Outwell Denver 6

Outwell Denver 6

 

Pros

Fire retardant

Thermo-reflective coating

Tinted windows

Sealed ground sheet

Lamp holder

Luminous guy lines

Loads of mesh pockets

Front canopy for extra sheltered

Very large living area

Cons

Needs two or more people to pitch

Heavy weighing over 30kg

 

This tent is a huge 3 room tunnel tent. The bedrooms occupy the rear of the tent and will comfortably sleep 3 people in each. The divider between the bedrooms holds several large storage  pockets. The living area is huge , and large enough for table and chairs to eat your lunch if it is raining outside. The height of the tent is tall enough for even the most tallest person to stand in. Insect screens and  windows on three sides makes the inside light and roomy, and the front porch protects the main door from the rain and in sunny weather shades the front of the tent allowing for a cool breeze. The tent also has two side doors which can be opened for maximum ventilation.

Pitching this tent may be a challenge for the inexperienced. Six very long poles need to be threaded through the tent and set in feet and over 12 guy lines should be deployed to hold the tents overall shape. If you are looking for a tent that is quick to pitch this is not for you, but if you want a palace with a living space big enough for party and some dancing then this is the tent for you.

 

Specs

Pole Material: Duratec Fibreglass and steel poles

Height: 2.2m

Sleeping Area: 2 sleeping areas both 1.8m x 2.2m

Living Area: 2.8m x 4m

Water head rating: 4000mm

 

 

 

Vango Diablo 800xl

Vango Diablo 800xl

 

Pros

One man pitching with the inflatable air-beams

Sown in bath tub ground sheet

Lantern hanging hook

Storage pockets

Black out bedrooms

Windows

360o nigh time reflection points.

Cons

Heavy weighing 43kg

 

The Vango Diablo is a T-shaped inflatable tent. The tent comprises of 4 bedrooms each sleeping two people in the ends of the T-shape, sleeping 8 people in total, the central part forming the living area. The individual bedrooms offer a lot of privacy but also mean that you can be in a room next to young children if needed.  The bedroom and the living area are tall enough for an adult to stand inside. The built in porch is great for storing your food and belongings or even food preparation. Being a inflatable tent it is very easy to pitch and inflates quickly needing minimal pegging. Lots of mesh windows with zipping blinds allow the ventilation you need or not as the case maybe. The tent is heavy at almost 43kg and the pack is large.

Specs

Pole Material: Air Beams

Height:  2.18m

Sleeping Area: 2 sleeping areas both 2.1m x 2.8m

Living Area: 3m x 4.1m

Water head rating: 5000mm

 

Berghaus Air 6

Berghous Air 6

Pros

One man pitching with the inflatable air-beams

Pre attached bedrooms for even quicker pitching

Side door rain hood

Fully sown in ground sheet

Standing room throughout

Mesh inner doors

Windows with curtains

Lots of storage pockets

Electric hook up point

Wheeled carry bag

Cons

Heavy weighing 26.5kg

 

A tunnel shape tent with bedrooms at each end sleeping 6 people comfortably. Each bedroom pod has a five pocket shelves to store belongings. Being an inflatable tent is pitches quickly and can be pitched by one person. The bedrooms are pre-attached to make the pitching even easier. The side door has a rain guard to prevent rain water entering the tent when you open the door. The door has to be stepped over to enter the tent and this may be a possible tripping hazard. The tent is heavy at 26kg, but packs into a holdall size bag which has wheels to help with carrying.

Specs

Pole Material: Air Beam

Height: 2.17m

Sleeping Area: 2 sleeping areas both 2.5m x 2.1m

Living Area: 2.5m x 2.1m

Water head rating: 6000mm

 

Eurohike Hampton

Eurohike Hampton

Pros

Standing room throughout

Sown in ground sheet

Separate bedrooms, with blackout fabric

Six large windows with roll up curtains

Lots of storage pockets

Fire retardant

Electric hook up

Cons

Needs two or more people to pitch

 

Another large tunnel tent from Eurohike. The bedroom pods at the rear of the tunnel easily sleep 6 people and you can stand up throughout all of the tent. Storage is not a problem with the tent with plenty of storage pockets and living space. The tent has two entrances, a side entrance  and the front  entrance with a build in porch. Windows at the front and sides will always insure that you have plenty of light inside this roomy tent. The living area is vast. There is so much space you can have a table to prepare food and still have space for a dinning table and chairs. The tunnel construction is simple to pitch but needs at least two people to tread the five poles and set the feet. The pitching time will not be as quick as inflatable tents but the size of this tent makes up for that. Once packed the tent packs into a handy holdall

Specs

Pole Material: Arcflex poles

Height:  2.1m

Sleeping Area: 2 sleeping areas both 1.8m x 2.25m

Living Area: 4m x 2.7m

Water head rating: 3000mm

 

Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast pitch

Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast pitch

 

Pros

Two built in cabinets with shelves

Illumiline guy line are easy to see in the dark

Welded floors

Fast pitching in approximately 8 minutes

Wheeled carry case

Cons

Needs two or more people to pitch

No internal bedrooms only a room divider

 

This is a large tent, and you can stand up anywhere in the tent, it is more like a cabin that a tent. It uses colour coded pole system that matches poles to hubs. The poles clip to the fabric meaning less hassle compared to needing to threading poles through sleeves. The Guy lines have a reflective quality meaning they are easier to see at night if you decide to go for a walk in the dark. Once inside the tent you can divide the room in two giving occupants more privacy, but still having room  for two queen size air beds. One side of the tent has two built in cabinets with shelves to store your belonging, saving you from diving into your luggage for everything you might need. The floor is seam welded to the main tent keeping the inside of the tent nice and dry. The whole tent can be packed into its wheeled carry bag for easy transport and storage.  

Although this is a large tent it sacrifices a living space to enable it to have very large sleeping areas. The size of the tent also means that it is large and heavy when packed. The tent could benefit from windows instead of just insect mesh. On a windy day you might want to have the light from a window but not the draft from the window mesh.

Specs

Pole Material: Metal Alloy poles

Height: 2.1m

Sleeping Area: 4m x 2.13m

Living Area: No specific living area. Sleeping and living area are the same.

Water head rating: Not stated

 


 

Here Are A Few Factors to Consider When Finding Your 6 Man Tent

As you have seen there are a huge variety of 6 man, family tents. Many different shapes and sizes and features. So let assume you have decided you need a 6 man or family tent, the first thing you should consider is the layout. Do you want bedrooms? Bedrooms add privacy to the occupants while they are sleeping and also double up for day time storage rooms. Beware that even if the manufacturer states that a bedroom can sleep 3 people, check the dimensions. The location of the bedrooms in the tent may also be an issue. For example if you have young children you may wish the bedrooms all to be next to each other, it makes the children feel more secure sleeping close to their parents and also if a child wakes in the night it is easier for the parent, especially if the bedroom dividers can unzip. Or do you prefer bedrooms separated by the living area, this offers more privacy, and you are less likely to be woken up by an occupant leaving their bed in the night. Maybe bedrooms aren’t important and just a large covered tent is all you need.

 

Living space and storage. Do you need an area, similar to a living room, do you want a dining area that is sheltered from the wind, sun or rain. Do you need storage. Think about the luggage you will have, every bodies bags need to go somewhere, try and imagine where you will put these. Is there enough space for eating, enough playing a game of cards? Only you know if these are important for you. Some tents have specific storage areas, cabinets and closets of sorts, or are storage pockets enough. You need to be able to store your gear with out tripping over it. Are you camping on a campsite with electric hook up, or you intend to hook up to you car or solar panel, then you might like a specific electric cord door. It might sound unimportant but a lamp hook in the ceiling of the living area is handy if you want to sit and read in the evening.

Windows

A lot of people over look tent windows, but with a large tent windows can make all the difference, large windows give great natural lighting, and make the tent feel more spacious. But if you can see out the whole world can see in, so check for curtains or blinds. You probably don’t want windows in the sleeping areas and more likely want a darkened area to keep it darker, 4 am sunrises might not be when you want to wake up.

How is the door built?

Where is the door, and does it have a porch or vestibule. A large door is great in the summer, but if it is raining it may let water drip into the tent when you are opening the door. Some tents have more than one door meaning you can choose which door it best depending on the conditions. Do you have a porch or rain gutter/gully to protect from flooding your tent just from opening the door.

The ground sheet on larger tents is usually a separate part, and often is a trip hazard at the entrance, check how the ground sheet fits.

 

Traditional tents and teepees, have made a revival and seen as glamorous. Made with modern fabrics offer a comfortable camping experience. Most you can even put a wood burning stove or heater in the tent with a chimney through the roof. And are really quiet easy to pitch, most involving just a centre pole or post  and pegging out. However they are generally heavier and have a large heavy and sometimes wooden pole. Although they don’t have separate bedrooms they are cozy and warm.

 

Inflatable tents vs poles

You may have noticed that the tents above either have poles or air beams (inflatable tents). So which is best. When I first came across inflatable tents I immediately thought these will be no good for any serious camping. But I was wrong, inflatable tent definitely have there place camping. So how can you decide which is best for you.

Most of us have at sometime of another seen if not slept in a tent which had poles to hold its shape.

A pole tent will definitely take longer to pitch, 10 minutes or more for a large family tent. You have to build the poles and thread them or attach them to the fly sheet, you will need to peg out guy cables and peg out then tent, and with a large family or 6 man tent it is almost impossible to do this on your own. A pole type tents are generally bigger and also mostly less expensive than air beam tents.

Air Beam or inflatable tents are a single unit, and basically all you have to do is inflate it. How they work is simpler than you may think. Where you would normally have poles these tents have an inflatable tube. The tube is made from the same material as a bicycle inner tube, inside a fabric tube.  If you get a puncture then you can just fix it the same way you would fix a bicycle puncture. Inflatable tents are just one piece and maybe an extra fly sheet. This makes them heavier to transport as everything is in one bag. But a lot easier to pitch. To pitch an inflatable tent you just lay it out and pump it up. Most come with a hand pump, which you will need as your lungs can inflate to maybe 2 psi, where as an inflatable tent’s air beans need to be inflated to between 4 to 7psi. Once you have inflated the tent you just need to peg it out. Most of the family size tents will inflate in approximately 5 to 6 mins. Sounds easy, but if pumping a car tyre for 5 minutes will build up a sweat, so will inflating your tent.

So there are pro’s and con’s in pitching both types. But how do they compare in less than perfect weather conditions? In windy conditions a pole tent will only take so much before poles either bend or break, however an inflatable tent may sag into the wind, but no damage will be done to the tents structure.

To summarize pole tents are easier to carry, and less expensive than inflatable, but take some time and more people to pitch it. Inflatable tents are more expensive, easy to pitch even by one person.

Neither are really better or worse, but simply depend on the type of camping you are generally into, as well as your personal preference. If you are usually the only one who gets stuck with the job of building camp, then perhaps an inflatable model is the way to go.

If you tend to stick to the more traditional methods of doing things, well go pick yourself up a model with poles.

 

The point is really having a well built shelter to house you, your family, or friends during some quality time with nature, thus allowing you to pay attention to what really matters.