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KAIJU 6

4.0 13 Reviews

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- CASTOR GREY / ARROWWOOD YELLOW

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Details

Guaranteeing campground fun for the family, this easy-pitch double-vestibule tent sleeps six and features an incredibly spacious interior with ample room to fully stand up. A mesh pocket props up a tablet for nighttime entertainment the whole family can enjoy when the campfire dies down. A massive sunshade and full rain fly prepare you for a variety of conditions, rain or shine.

Benefits

Water Resistant
Water Resistant

Partially blocks rain/snow to increase breathability.

Breathable
Breathable

Lightweight fabrics that help regulate body temperature.

Features

  • Interior stand-up height
  • Hanging tablet pocket displays your tablet in full view
  • Full-length rainfly
  • Internal hanger loops
  • 10+ pockets
  • Foot wiper
  • Two vestibules
  • Fly pole
  • Easy-pitch 3+1 pole design

Product Specifications

Style:
A3C5
Fabric:
fly: 68D polyester, 1200 mm PU coating / canopy: 68D polyester / floor: 150D polyester, 3000 mm PU coating
Trail Weight:
16 lbs 11.0 oz (7.57 kg)
Floor Area:
86.67 ft2 (8.05 m²)
Capacity:
6
Total Weight:
19 lbs 2.6 oz (8.69 kg)
Fastpack Weight:
12 lbs 6.2 oz (5.62 kg)
Vestibule Area:
58.06 ft2 (5.39 m²) / 15.02 ft2 (1.4 m²)
Source:
Imported
Guarantee:
Lifetime Warranty

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TheNorthFaceKAIJU 6
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of reviewers recommend this product.

Pros

  • Waterproof (7)
  • Comfortable (4)
  • Windproof (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (3)

Best Uses

  • Car camping (4)
  • Backyard (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (4)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort driven (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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5.0

Great buy

By 

from Ohio

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking

    Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

    Easy to setup and super light. All you need for backpack trip.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good tent!

    By 

    from Hastings, NE

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Fly Works Well
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • Collapses in Wind

    Best Uses

    • Beach
    • Car Camping

    Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

    I had one snafu with this tent. The second time out a freak thunderstorm hit us on the beach with 60 mph gusts and hard driving rain. The tent began collapsing on itself due to the winds even with everything guyed out, although I did not notice the little velcro tabs to tie the rainfly tight. I fought through the wind and rain to get everything tight and re-guyed out and we weathered the storm out. It stormed for 3 hours and then continued to rain all night long. Although every pole had a number of sections bent we stayed perfectly dry into the morning. We pulled down the misshapen tent and sent the poles into TNF and got them back in less than 10 days no charge. Good stuff overall.

    I consider myself mechanically inclined and had no problem with the instructions or the setup. I could see it being a bit difficult for someone who is unfamiliar with tent setup. I think a reasonable setup time should be expected due to the size of this thing. It is huge. We sleep 5 in it with our dog and have gobs of room leftover. The kids dig it and I like the yellow color and the ability to stand straight up and change being 6'1" .
    If you plan on going through severe weather on a regular basis look elsewhere. It would be nice if they could include reflective guylines.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Choose Something Else - really!

    By 

    from Ontario, Canada

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Pros

    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Collects Condensation
    • Difficult To Set Up
    • Flimsy Construction
    • Heavy
    • Leaky
    • No Solo Set-Up
    • Not for Rocky Sites
    • Poor Fly Design

    Best Uses

    • Backyard
    • Car Camping

    Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

    We bought this tent as an upgrade from our well-used family tent. We camp dozens of nights each year and have several tents that we use, depending upon the camping circumstances (backcountry, campground, etc..). We have many years of camping experience and have owned MANY tents. We are avid outdoors people (hiking, canoeing, Scouting).
    The Kaiju 6 is a HUGE tent. We chose it because of the North Face brand name. We have owned many North Face products over the years and have been consistently happy with them - until now.
    SET-UP:
    This tent is difficult to set up and the instructions are almost useless - and we are well-experienced in setting up a broad variety of tents in ALL conditions. The main-body of the tent is fairly standard. It is huge and as such is inherently awkward for one person, but it can be done. This portion of the tent is free-standing, once assembled. However, the fly requires staking to be functional. In areas where ground cover is rocky or thin, the fly MUST be tied to trees or other solid objects to remain in place. Without solid tension on ground-staking, or tree-tying, the entire fly simply slides off the back of the tent. The fly pole does not support the vestibule fly otherwise. This makes this tent useless in areas of soft/loose sand where stakes pull out easily or on areas of thin or hard ground. Don't even consider it for camping on a breezy beach, dune or picturesque rocky point.
    IN USE:
    Once set up securely, the large vestibule is wonderful. Once caveat is that the zippers of the fly open and close next to the mesh of the main tent body. The full interior of the tent is open when the fly/vestibule is open. In rainy weather the vestibule can not be used as a sitting place unless the zipper is closed.
    Our version of the tent leaked terribly - rain poured through all areas of the grey section - a waterproofing quality control issue, we assume, as the adjacent yellow fabric was fine.
    Used twice, never again. Not worth the hassle.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Family Car Camping Tent

    By 

    from Pittsburgh

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Sturdy
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • Difficult To Set Up

    Best Uses

    • Backyard
    • Car Camping

    Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

    I have a family of four and this tent will serve us well if I can convince my wife to come along one day. I primarily use it with my 5 year old and there is a ton of space. I like the ability to stand up and the vestibule acts like a sitting room. I've even rigged up a clothes line to hang jackets and wet gear.

    I have used the tent for 2 seasons now. I'd say we have about 14-15 nights out in it. We been to the back yard, local camp grounds, and a national park. It has performed very well. Of those 14-15 nights out, all but 2 were with the rain fly on. I had no issues of leaks (or condensation) even in 5-6 hours of straight rain. Last night I used it without the rain fly and had some puddles of internal condensation. The other time I went without the fly, we didn't experience any problems.

    I would note that the rain fly can be tricky to get on correctly. If you don't, as others have noted, the fly will touch the mesh at the front two doors. I think that can lead to some puddling and if the rain fly fails you will be soaked. Like I said, that has not happened to me. You have to be careful in set up to watch for this and adjust the fly because the poles will bend with normal use.

    I would recommend getting the ground cloth. It would have been nice to include at this price point. I also used some waterproofing and UV protectant on the rain fly and ground cloth. I always thing that is a good idea.

    I do agree with others that NF should probably include better directions with their tents. I think a video on each tent would be nice. There are some videos for some tents going over features. Seems like it would be a nice resource.

    I also replaced the provided tent stakes because they tended to bend. I landed with the MSR Ground Hog. Went all the lines are used, this tent is quiet and secure.

    Overall, a great tent that will serve you right if you take care of it. It will take care of you.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic tent!

    By 

    from Central Iowa

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fly Works Well
    • Room to stand
    • Sturdy
    • Waterproof
    • Windproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backyard
      • Car Camping

      Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

      My wife and I decided this year to replace, and upgrade our camping equipment. We were tired of using cheaper tents with poor rainfly coverage, and after researching the options for several days, settled on the Kaiju 6. What a fantastic tent! Where to start? The first thing we noticed upon setup, was that the tent poles are a much heavier gauge than any other tent we have owned. There'll be no breakage here! The tent itself, is very roomy, and it's nice for someone like myself, who isn't overly tall, but still 6 feet, to be able to walk into the tent, and change without having to duck, or sit. The rainfly is well vented, and reaches to the ground, so rain penetration, and inner condensation won't be an issue. The vestibule out the back door (yes, there are two entrances to the tent) is easily large enough for all our shoes, and the front vestibule is HUGE. Our coolers, camp kitchen, etc, all fit underneath and stay dry. We are well pleased, and will not be looking at tents for years to come. Very much worth the investment! Get this tent!

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Comfort Driven
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Poor Instructions

      By 

      from Billings, MT

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Set Up

        Best Uses

          Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

          Tried to set this up using the comic book drawings with limited success. Got the tent up alright, but wrestling with the rain fly got up in the too hard category. Gave up and slept in my Dash 2. There were no photos to show what the end result was to be. Tent was purchased to support outdoor activities by a federal agency after some research. Does not live up to expectations. Will try one more time and if not successful will most likely end up on the shelf.

          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Minimalist
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product quick shipping

          By 

          from Undisclosed

          Site Member

          Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

          Love it and it shipped fast. The free shipping was a nice added bonus. This tent is my personal aid station for lap ultras. Best one for it with all the room.

          (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Warranty in the Country

          By 

          from Duluth

          Site Member

          Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

          I have always owned North Face products and any time I have had any minor issues they have always taken care of me. Recently our 12 year old bedrock tent had an issue with the rain fly. My expectation was to get a repair of it , but since they no longer make it North Face stepped up and replaced the entire tent and FP without any negotiations... Best Warranty in the Country and best Customer Service team to deal with. Thank you North Face

          (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Love The Room!

          By 

          from Oakville, Canada

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Great layout
          • Huge Vestibule
          • Roomy

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

              We finally boiled our choices down to either the Kaiju 6 or the Big Agnes Tensleep 6. The deciding factor was that the Kaiju 6 is long width wise as opposed to lengthwise. This means that with four people sleeping with their heads against the back wall, when you walk into the tent there would be a bit of room between the door and people's feet making it easy to get to your spot. With the Tensleep you would have to walk around people if you weren't in the first spot.

              I've only set it up once and my initial impressions are that it's a great big tent with tonnes of room and a massive vestibule. Having a large vestibule was important to us as we have young children and could put a toddler potty in the vestibule to avoid having to walk to the campground washroom in the middle of the night. We also wanted to be able to have an area where if it's pouring out, you can take off your shoes, rain coat etc comfortably.

              My complaints are as follows. It's North Face but it just kind of feels cheap. It just doesn't have the little touches a MEC or Big Agnes tent would have or that you would expect for an almost $500 tent. The various bags close with just a bit of cloth as opposed to an elastic cord. The tie on spots for the guylines are not very "beefy" and there's nothing reflective on the tent.

              I also don't like the fact that the doors on the vestibule open from the side closest to the tent. This means that in the pouring rain, when you open the vestibule to enter, you are exposing the interior tent to the rain.

              One of the cross poles has a curved section and it's not clear on the instructions where this goes. Customer service told me that that pole is meant to be the top pole.

              I hosed the tent down for a while and there were no leaks. Knock on wood this holds up.

              (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Vestibule

              By 

              from Undisclosed

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Large Vestibule
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about TheNorthFace KAIJU 6:

                  Overall, this is a good tent design, but I think the consistently positive reviews are stemming exclusively from the extra-large vestibule. Without the generous vestibule, this tent does not shine brighter than its competition.
                  Don't get me wrong, I love the main vestibule, but when taut, the zipper on the vestibule is difficult to close, and the storm flap tends to get caught in the zipper. With the vestibule open, privacy is lost since there is no "solid door" option for the main entrance to the tent.
                  But most importantly, and the reason I am writing... the flat area of the rainfly, between the three main tent poles, holds water. You can shake the tent and some water will drain down the sides, but some of the water just bounces up and down and does not drain. One morning after a light rain, I woke up to a pancake-sized puddle on the roof of my tent. I pushed up on the tent/rainfly to drain the water, and all of the condensation from the inside of the tent was soaked up by the mesh ceiling and then dripped to the floor.
                  There are many important features that make this tent great, but there are things that keep it from being a 5-star product.

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