Field Notes: We took the Cabela’s West Wind to the Utah desert in early spring where we saw sun, rain and nearly freezing temperatures.
Pros: A color-coded poles and clips make setting up this Cabela’s tent even easier than just its simple intuitive design. It sleeps six, but can easily be setup and torn down by two people. Fiberglass poles support the 6-foot 3-inch tent height and over 83 square feet of floor space. An added perk for those who aren’t trying to be completely off the grid, an attachable entrainment mesh can hold a tablet for viewing or storage.
Cons: The main downside to this tent is the weight. Although it is a car camping tent, which are naturally lighter than backpacking tents, at over 22 pounds, it will still take some arm strength to move it from the car to your site.
Favorite Feature: At 19 square feet, the large vestibule provides protection for you gear without taking up floor space. The side location of the zipper adds more stability to the shape when the door is open and rolled away.
Tester Quote: “This Cabela’s tent was quick to pitch with color-coded parts. While it is not a complicated tent, setting up a tent for the first time often leads to poles in the wrong holes or a backwards rainfly. But not with this tent. And I loved the huge vestibule, especially after we got caught in some rain and wanted to leave our muddy boots outside.”
Key Attribute: Intuitiveness
Bottom Line: For a six-person tent, this is a good value. But that comes at the price of weight, so don’t plan on lugging this one very far.
Best For: Pull-up car camping where you aren’t covering much distance and will require the room for six campers and gear
Materials: Fiberglass Poles; 75-denier polyester taffeta floor;
Cash Back Amount$17.59