The North Face Kaiju 4 Tent Review

The North Face Kaiju 4

Camping with more than two people can be a challenge. It can be difficult to find a tent that will accommodate everyone and their gear, without crowding everyone together. An ideal tent would be spacious, yet as lightweight as possible, made of durable materials, and well ventilated. The North Face Kaiju 4 person tent is definitely a tent to consider when shopping for a family outing, or a camping trip with friends.

What to Look For

Size and Weight

When camping with multiple people, you’ll want to look for a tent that is big enough to comfortably hold your party. Four person tents are not generally a good idea for backpacking, as their size makes them weigh more. You’ll want to keep in mind that a tent’s capacity is based on the amount of standard sleeping bags that can fit in it. This does not leave much wiggle room. It is generally a good idea to purchase a tent with a capacity that is higher than what you really need. This will ensure comfort and accessibility for all the campers.

Seasonality

A tent’s strength can be measured by its seasonality. Seasonality has to do with what kind of weather that a tent can endure. 3-season tents are designed especially for mild climates, and are able to protect the occupant from precipitation, insects, and prying eyes. Extended 3-season tents are a little more hardy and can hold up against some snow and winds, such as what you might expect in early spring and late fall. 4-season tents are the most durable. They are designed for year-round use, so they can withstand the heavy snow and strong winds of the winter months.

Tent Materials

Another measure of a tent’s durability is the denier of its material. Higher-denier materials tend to be more durable, while, in comparison, lower-denier materials are generally less hardy. It’s not fair, however, to compare the denier of different fabrics without taking into account the difference in material. Some materials are hardier than others and will therefore make more durable tent materials.

Ventilation

Efficient air circulation is important in any climate to prevent the tent interior from getting stuffy. Ventilation also prevents the buildup of excess condensation inside the tent. Warmer, more humid climates are well suited with a tent that has large mesh panels and vents. For colder climates, you may want less mesh to reduce the amount of heat that escapes. However, you still want ventilation to reduce interior condensation.

Overview and Features

The North Face Kaiju 4 is an easy-pitch, 3-season tent that is designed for family camping. It is designed with three poles and a clips-and-sleeves set-up to be simple and easy to pitch. The interior is spacious and can fit four standard sleeping bags. The floor area is 58.94 square feet, this tent is a good size for a small family, though it may be cramped for four full-size adults. At a peak height of 68 inches, there is ample room to stand up inside this tent, though it makes the design more awkward and clumsy. Two vestibules allow for dry entry and gear storage to allow the occupants to sleep uncluttered.

The interior is complete with storage pockets for gear organization, and one pocket even props up a tablet so the occupants can entertain themselves electronically if they wish. There are also interior hanger loops for convenience. The front vestibule is a convertible sunshade, and the tent comes with a full rain fly, to prepare the campers for any type of weather. The Kaiju 4 is created with extremely durable materials. The floor fabric is 150-denier polyester with a 1500 mm PU coating. The fly fabric is 68-denier polyester with a 1200 mm PU coating, and the canopy fabric is 68-denier polyester.

This tent is heavy due to its size. It has a trail weight of 10 lb, 10.4 oz, and would not be suitable for backpacking or canoe camping. It is a high-quality, durable tent that would suit a small family on a car camping trip.

Pros

  • Good size tent for a small family with small kids, though four adults will get cramped.
  • Peak height is high enough for most people to stand up.
  • Interior pockets and hanger loops allow for convenient gear storage.
  • High-quality, durable fabrics create a strong, weather-resistant tent.
  • Two vestibules for easy access.
  • One vestibule is a convertible sunshade, which is convenient and helps the occupants to adapt to the weather.
  • Easy-pitch design with clips and sleeves and three poles make this tent convenient and leaves the campers more time for other activities.

Cons

  • This tent is too small for four full-grown adults, or even larger children.
  • This tent is heavy, at a trail weight of 10 lbs 10.4 oz, and should not be used for backpacking or canoe camping.
  • The ventilation is not good when the rain fly is on as it does not have proper ventilation.
  • While the height is convenient, it makes the tent awkward and difficult, and it does not hold up against the wind well.
  • The footprint is sold separately.

Specifications

The North Face Kaiju 4 Tent

Recommended use

Camping

Doors

2

Occupancy

4 person

Pole type

T6 6061 series aluminum

Seasons

3

Number of poles

3

Packed dimensions

10 x 27 in

Freestanding

Yes

Minimum weight

7 lbs 7.5 oz

Clips or Sleeves

Clips and Sleeves

Packed weight

12 lbs 11.8 oz

Interior storage

Internal Storage Pockets

Floor area

58.94 sq ft

Fly material

68D Polyester, 1200 mm

Height

68 in

Canopy material

68D Polyester

Vestibules

2

Floor material

150D Polyester, 3000mm

Vestibule Area

21.81sqft+11.17sqft

Seam sealed

Taped Seams

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