The REI Kingdom 4 tent is considered to be one of the best three-season car camping tents available for consumers. This durable tent that has a zip-open divider wall that separates it into two rooms has ample pocket space and good head room. The Kingdom is a good, sturdy tent for the family while camping in the great outdoors.
The Kingdom 4 has two separate end doors that offer private access to each room. It has a freestanding design with two hubbed pole sets with a crossover pole and pole clips that provide an easier setup. The rainfly for the Kingdom rolls up on the sides or rolls back and secures open over the mesh sidewalls for ventilation and views. The rainfly is also made of UV-resistant polyester, so it won’t stretch or expand when wet. The two doors have windows that have mesh for ventilation which feature an inside zip-up cover for privacy and weather protection.
Some camping down in Moab, Utah up at the Slickrock grounds provided for a nice testing area for the Kingdom 4. The setup was quite easy for one person. Instructions on setting up the tent were right on the front of the carry bag and were simple to follow.
The Kingdom 4 was very roomy inside, and there were no problems standing straight up for a person of 5’1″. The peak height for the Kingdom is 5’7″. Depending on whether you have an inflatable mattress, a sleeping pad, or a cot will determine how much space is actually available. We had two smaller cots for beds and this took up quite a bit of space in the tent. In order to fit four people inside, everyone would need to be on sleeping pads only.
The two doors were convenient as you didn’t have to step over anyone just to get out of the tent. The numerous pockets were a bonus. It held the headlamps, small LED lanterns, and other necessities that were needed, and it was nice to have it all organized instead of spread all throughout the tent.
There was a little bit of wind on one of the camping days, but the Kingdom held its own. It stayed in place, and there were no parts of the tent blowing down. Ventilation was good through the two windows on both doors, although it would’ve been nice to have a window on the side of the tent somewhere.
One thing that is always dreaded when it’s time to leave is packing the tent up. However, packing up the Kingdom 4 wasn’t bad compared to many other tents I’ve dealt with. The carry bag has separate compartments for each part of the tent. There is a pocket for the rainfly, one for the tent, a smaller one for the stakes, and on the inside middle of the carry bag, there’s a slot for all the tent poles. Once the tent is all packed up, there are straps on the back of the carry bag so you can put it on your shoulders like a backpack.
All-in-all the Kingdom 4 was a nice, resilient tent with great stability. The tent had a feel that it would last for a long time and would be well worth your investment. Organization is great with all the pockets available, and as insignificant as it may seem, it was very nice to have two doors to the tent. The Kingdom 4 would be highly recommended for those of you who are looking for a nice car camping tent with space, organization and an easy set-up. It’s one of those tents that you can just stretch the legs out and be comfortable in.
Get the Kingdom 4 and Kingdom 6 at your local REI stores in Sandy and Salt Lake City, Utah.
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