CABELAS GUIDE SERIES 8 MAN TENT
- CABELAS GUIDE SERIES 8 MAN TENT
BY ASHLEY MASSARINI
March 28, 2008
NAME: Ashley Massarini
LOCATION: Naknek River, Alaska
HEIGHT: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
WEIGHT: 185 lb (83.90 kg)
Name: Ashley Massarini
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 M)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Email address: peninhandak@...
City, State, Country: King Salmon, Alaska, USA
Date: March 03, 2008
Have been backpack hunting for over 20 years. Usually in mountainous terrain but also limited experience on the Alaskan Peninsula. Temperatures I have encountered range from -30 F (-34 C) to 80 F (27 C) and I have lived out of my pack for as long as 10 days at a stretch.
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Manufacturer's Website: www.cabelas.com
Listed Weight: 31 lbs (14.06 Kg)
Measured Weight: 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Other details: Aluminum poles, 6'8" center height, 120 sq. ft.
This tent was selected for a 4 man hunting party. We hunted brown bear on the Alaskan peninsula near King Salmon on two occasions for a total of 6 nights spent in the tent. The greatest challenge when hunting this area is weather. This hunt provided a wide range of conditions, from driven sleet to freezing rain. We had winds to 40 mph+ and the sun did not shine one time. The temperature ranged from 20 F (-6.6 C) to 60 F (15.5 C). Through it all this tent held up well. The wind and rain had practically no effect on the tent.
This tent was big and roomy enough for 4 guys and all their gear plus a small card table with chairs. At 20 degrees F (-6.6 C) it was a warm 65 F (18 C) inside with only a lantern for heat. We kept the ventilation windows slightly opened for the duration of the hunt and experienced no problems with moisture. The fly does an excellent job repelling rain. It was somewhat of a challenge to set up the tent due to it's size, bit it was easier than many other large tents I have set up. The geodesic design uses 6 poles to keep it simple, but they are necessarily very long. The stakes that came with the tent are crap and should be thrown out and replaced with sturdy aluminum stakes. This tent could be used for a large expedition 4 season tent.
Considering to the bad weather and constant wetness we experienced on this hunt I think this tent was a good choice. We had room, lots of room. We had 4 guys who had to dry out their clothes every day and night, and we had the room and protection to do so. All of us commented many times on how well the tent was holding up and how comfortable we were in these rough conditions. We could easily have put in 4 cots and a card table without being too crowded, and will do so next year.
THINGS I LIKE
Room for a big group
Rain and snow resistance
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
31 lbs is a lot, but sometimes necessary
You must use the ventilation to prevent moisture
My tent did not come with a vestibule, however Cabelas has begun to design them into the fly.
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- Hello Ashley,
Thank you for your Owner Review. Unfortunately, your review cannot be accepted for
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- G'day Ashley
Just a small clarification. We do accept Owner Reviews on car camping gear
and we are looking to get into more testing of this type of gear.
The above notwithstanding, Sheila was quite correct in suggesting you work
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I look forward to seeing your update review soon.
All the best.
On 12/04/2008, S <geosheila@...> wrote:
> The reviews at BackpackGearTest.org need to be focused on backpacking and
> seems this tent was not used for that purpose.
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