This REI Co-op Kingdom 4 Tent review is about the latest version of this tall freestanding tent with aluminum poles, large doors, and a useful vestibule. Keep reading.
Key features & benefits
- Tunnel-type tent.
- 2 Doors.
- 1 Vestibule.
- 1 Window.
- Very tall.
- Aluminum poles.
- Awning configuration.
What this Kingdom 4 Tent is about
This tent has been on the market for at least 8 years as far as I remember, but the version presented here is its latest, and it differs a lot from the previous tent. This is the smallest of the three tents in this Kingdom series. It is best to see it without the fly to realize what you have here. The picture below shows how it looks.
So this is a completely rectangular tunnel-shaped structure, and the inner tent with its frame is fully freestanding, very strong, and self-supportive. This is because of its Y-shaped hubbed poles that create a ridge, plus the two loops above the doors. So the tent has 8 pole points on the ground, and there are 4 intersection points, plus two hub elements. This is what makes it freestanding.
The picture above reveals also that it is asymmetric regarding the fabric design, there is more mesh on one side than on the other. Note also that the tent is incredibly tall for its size, you have 75 inches (191 cm) height along the main axes.
The doors and the vestibule
There are two doors here and they are also asymmetric. The door on the side with more mesh is shown above so you see that the bigger part of it is mesh. The door on the opposite side is very different, with far more taffeta, and with a window on the upper part, you can see it below. This window has a mesh and an inner zippered panel for protection.
The top picture above shows its large vestibule which is on one side of the tent, it provides 29 ft² (2.7 m²) of the covered and protected area for storage and for cooking. But note that the vestibule must be staked properly, there are 3 stakes for this purpose.
So the vestibule’s flap can be unzipped completely and you can attach the flap above the vestibule under the roof, or you can create an awning with it by using a pair of trekking poles.
You can also keep the middle stake in place and unzip only one side of the vestibule’s flap, and this can be any of the two sides. As you realize, this gives quite a lot of versatility.
With so much mesh on the tent, ventilation should not be an issue. When it is raining, you have to keep everything closed, and for such cases they have added no less than 4 roof vents. So this looks good but the design of the vents is quite awkward, they are completely on the top. When you have rain and wind combined, you can have water leaking inside. I wonder what they were thinking when they were creating such a design.
On the other hand, they have designed the massive fly with some options to roll it. This can be up from the sides so that you fix it high above the ground and have views around, or you can roll it from one narrow side towards the center and then sleep under the stars. So here again you have quite a number of options and versatility to deal with privacy and ventilation.
The poles & stakes
I have already mentioned the interesting poles’ construction, so this is aluminum and you have a combination of sleeves and clips to attach the tent to the frame. Color-coding is in place so the setup should be self-evident, but this tent needs some time to pitch it, be ready for this. There are also 11 stakes and 4 guylines included in the package, so do not miss to secure the tent properly.
You have a seam-sealed 75D coated polyester fly, they write it is waterproof but there is no information about its waterproof rating. So this is quite a durable material.
The floor is twice as much durable, you have a 150D coated polyester, and it is properly designed bathtub style construction. The mesh areas are all fully bugproof.
This tent shines when it comes to storage. You have long lines of wall pouches on both sides of the tent, all along its sidewalls. Note also that the tent comes with a backpack-style carry bag with pockets for poles and stakes.
REI Kingdom Tents Accessories
Note that they also have the REI Co-op Kingdom 4 Footprint that can be ordered separately, you can see it here.
But this is not all, you have seen its side without the vestibule, so here you can attach their REI Co-op Kingdom Mud Room that fits all the tents from their Kindom series, see how it looks when attached to the tent:
With such an extension you will have extra 50 ft² (4.6 m²) of protected space, so the tent will transform into a true camping castle. Note that this Kindom Mud Room is different from the previous ‘Garage’ extension used in the previous version of this tents series, they are not compatible.
Who is it for
Regarding the area, the tent is officially for 4 people, and for this you have an inner square space that measures 69.4 ft² (6.45 m²). The dimensions are such that you can easily put 4 sleeping pads on the floor.
I already mentioned the vestibule, so this together gives the total protected area of 98.4 ft² (9.15 m²). In the case of 4 users, you would have 24.6 ft² (2.29 m²) of the total protected area per person. Not bad at all.
Regarding seasons & climates, the manufacturer describes it as a 3-season tent and this is so. But you have seen the amount of mesh on the canopy, so I see it better suited for a warmer climate.
The tent is strongly built, but it is very tall and I would not use it above treeline and in windy places in general. I have seen a few people complaining about leaks, my guess is this is mainly because of such roof vents so you can keep them closed in critical moments, but with such a huge fly you should have full protection. Note that REI as a brand has great customer support and warranty policy.
Regarding the weight, this is a heavy item, the tent weighs no less than 18 lb 8 oz (8.4 kg). I find it also quite bulky when packed, it measures 25.5 x 15 x 8.5 inches (65 x 38 x 22 cm). So this is a camping tent, at places with motorized access and you would not want to carry it anywhere. I have included it in my list of best 4 person tent for car camping.
- Official capacity: 4-person.
- Weight: 18 lb 8 oz (8.4 kg).
- Dimensions: 100 x 100 in (254 x 254 cm).
- Inner area: 69.4 ft² (6.45 m²).
- Inner area per person: 17.3 ft² (1.6 m²).
- Vestibule area: 29 ft² (2.7 m²).
- Total protected area: 98.4 ft² (9.15 m²).
- Total protected area per person: 24.6 ft² (2.29 m²).
- Peak height: 75 in (191 cm).
- Packed size: 25.5 x 15 x 8.5 in (65 x 38 x 22 cm).
- Poles: aluminum.
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
So to summarize this REI Co-op Kingdom 4 Tent review, it is easy to become impressed with this tent, it is large and tall, and with so large doors. As mentioned above, this is a new version of the tent that has been around for years, and I am not sure that all I see is an improvement. It is quite expensive, but this is a product from a reliable brand and you know what you are buying.
Please see how this tent stands against my standard set of criteria, it does not score well in all of them but the overall rating is still very high:
If you need more options, please check under the category Tents for 4 People. In particular, check this nicely designed dome-style tent from the same brand, the REI Base Camp 4 Tent with plenty of storage space and aluminum poles.
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