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Monday, 11 July 2016

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review - Super easy to pitch & lots of space

We like to think of ourselves as camping veterans and have owned or stayed in all sorts of tents over the years ranging from pop up tents at Glastonbury to bell tents at Druridge Bay, Yurts, Tipis, 4 man tents and larger family tents - we have covered them all. This year we really needed to replace our old 8 man tent for family getaways as it was looking rather worse for wear. It turns out this was perfect timing as we were sent this Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent to review. We took it on it's first outing to the Corbridge Festival and put it through it's paces this July. 

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

CON: I will start with a con, the tent bag is VERY HEAVY (27.3 kg to be precise). We needed two adults to carry the bag from the car and me being a wimp I needed to stop for a rest twice. If you aren't camping near your car you will definitely need a trolley, wheel barrow or a couple of strong bodies to carry the tent. 

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

PRO: A pro however and one of the reasons I loved this tent was that it was so EASY TO PUT UP. You do need two people but it only took us about 30 minutes on our first attempt. I reckon we could get this down to 20 minutes with a bit of practice. Simply lay the tent flat as shown, then feed the 5 fibreglass poles through the corresponding loops and clips before pegging into place. Simples!

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

Sometimes when it's raining, or rain is imminent (which lets face it is often in the UK) you do need to pitch pretty quickly and the Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent is the second easiest tent (after the pop up tents) we've ever had to pitch. Perfect for beginners!

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

PRO: We've never owned a tent with a porch but it really makes all of the difference, whether this in somewhere to sit with a few drinks when the kids are asleep or where you put a box with your outdoor shoes in, a porch really enhances your space. You also get a groundsheet for the porch included however the ground was in very good condition so we didn't need it during this trip. 

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

PRO: There is just SO MUCH SPACE. At 205cm tall it feels super spacious and there is no need to crouch at any point. There is an internal bedroom which sleeps 6 should you need it which is easily attached via a toggle system (so easy that the kids could do it). This in turns divides in two although the wall divider in very thin. We could easily fit all of our equipment, furniture and more in the space provided. 

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

CON: The bedrooms are large enough for 6 people however I feel they could do with being a tiny bit longer. I'm 5 ft 7" and as I lay down my head touched the side of the tent and my feet just about touched the bedroom door. I would have appreciated a tiny bit more space in the bedrooms which I think could have easily been taken from the generous living area. I could stretch out fine but I think if you were much taller this may be an issue and you might have to use the bedroom without the divider. 

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review
Toggle system to attach internal bedroom

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

PRO: There is so much ventilation. You have your main door but then two side doors too and windows. All of the doorways/windows also feature mosquito nets to keep bugs out.

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

CON: We camped on a very windy evening and although the tent was sturdy and stayed put, we did have an issue with the wind feeling like it was blowing the tent around (even if it wasn't). At one point the side of the tent hit me in the face as a gust of wind caught it as I was sleeping! Maybe this was just a particularly windy night or maybe this is an issue because the tent is so large - time will tell! 

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

PRO: One of the biggest pros was that the Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent was SO easy to pack away. It took us around 20 minutes (and this was our first time). There was no trying to squeeze it all into the bag, it all just fit and couldn't have been easier! It's now ready for our next camping adventure :-)

The Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent comes with a carry bag, repair kit and everything you need (pegs, ropes ect.....). It will comfortably sleep 6 people and when it comes to rain, you are protected up to 5000mm which is one of the highest waterproof ratings you can get (most family tents are only protected up to 3000mm) and will cope with anything that British weather can throw at it. The groundsheet is sewn in (and has waterproof seams). The tent measures 650 cm x 400 cm and is available to buy from Amazon (current price £349.93 - price checked 10/7/16)

Skandika Kairo Six Man Tent Review

I would 100% recommend this tent if you are a family of 4-6 with school aged children who are looking for a quality tent with the highest grade of waterproofing that will last you a good few years. The fact that it is so easy to put up and take down and comes with soooooo much space means that it's a real winner for us and this tent is perfect for longer trips away. Saying that, because it is just so easy to put up and take down, it's perfect for just one night too. Just make sure you have a couple of strong bodies at hand to help carry the tent from car to field. 



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  2. This looks like a great tent I'm not that keen on camping but I'm hoping to do so with my family as my son gets older.

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  3. I have a tent under my stairs that I have no chance of ever using as a single parent because of the weight of it! I also think I'm a glamper not a camper, but if I was going camping and I had someone to help carry and put it up then this looks a great big lovely family tent.

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  4. "and being a wimp" lol.

    This is huge, my auntie goes camping and said she has one of these 6 man tent and she loves them. Shame the bedroom doesn't seem to have a lot of space though! x

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  5. Looks like a great bit of kit! I used to love camping when I was growing up.

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  6. The adults could always sleep in the living space if leg room is an issue
    Great review. Grand pics and details

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  7. Oh wow that looks so spacious. Shame it is so heavy though! Fantastic review

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  8. This looks like a great tent - having a good porch area definitely helps out a lot, it gives you somewhere to spend time if the weather's bad too!


    Milly | Mini Adventures

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  9. It might be heavy but it looks great, really spacious and comfortable.

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  10. I have never pitched a tent before I wouldn't know how to even begin but I think I could give my hand to this one.

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  11. Wow that tent is pretty impressive, having a good constructed porch area does help too.

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  12. What an amazing looking tent - it looks like it really offers a great size for peopel. x

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  13. That tent does look amazing, and huge!
    The photo with your little makes it look HUGE!

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  14. I am not a fan of camping myself but so many of my friends love a festival and are usually complaining of the cramped camping so they will love to hear about this, especially with the ease of putting it up as well

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  15. That really is spacious. I'm surprised it was so easy to set up. That's a big plus.

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  16. I like this kind of extended tent. I will do camping with friends next month so might as well check this. :)

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  17. What a seriously fantastic looking tent! Our family could use something like this. In the meantime I just leave them home and go wandering with my little one woman tent. ;)

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  18. Wow, that is more like a house than a tent :) I love how big it is!

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  19. Wow, that tent is massive. Thanks so much for a really fair, well-constructed, balanced review. Happy camping! #triedtested

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  20. This looks great. We've been thinking about getting a tent so this was helpful, thanks x #triedtested

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  21. I've always wanted to stay in one of these! They look like so much fun :) I imagine putting it down is the hardest part though.

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  22. Wow it looks like a great size - I love camping!

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  23. This tent looks fab! I have never been camping but its something my partner wants to do now Mia is 3. I would need a tent to be really comfortable and really easy to put up if I was going to camp out and this looks like it would fit the bill! I love how big the tent is as well :)

    #triedtested

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  24. This tent looks so easy and convenient to use. It's huge!

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  25. Wowzers that tent is almost as big as my flat ha x

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  26. This looks fab! Would have to work on my muscles though to be able to carry it. x

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  27. Looks good and spacious. Would love a camping holiday now that son1's chemo has finished. Not sure about coping with the weight though #Triedttested

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  28. I don't know if this would sell camping to me, but I LOVE that there is so much space!

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  29. Oh my god, that is HUGE!!! It's literally the size of our flat lol. What a great tent !

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  30. Wow, it certainly roomy! We've not yet attempted camping with our boys! Not sure it's mine and hubby's thing, though we wouldn't rule it out!

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  31. This sounds great! I've been wanting to go camping a lot actually recently so it's great to hear what people think of different tents etc. It looks so spacious!

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  32. Liked it looks just the job for families

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  33. Looks great. I really need to replace my old tent. Hate that I can't stand up in it. Mind, that does mean that I can carry it myself.

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  34. This looks perfect for families going on a camping trip! Its been years since I last camped xxx

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  35. Even cheaper off ebay same company. I got my 12 man tent for 142 and 15 delivery

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  36. This looks amazing. I can imagine it being incredibly heavy to carry (the weight of six people will do that) but it's so worth it with the space and the ease. Great review, thanks for sharing.

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  37. What an impressive tent! I love the fact that it has the porch too. Im camping in the summer so will go check them out x

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  38. What an impressive tent! I love the fact that it has the porch too. Im camping in the summer so will go check them out x

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  39. Woah, that's heavy! Looks great though, nice and big - perfect for a luxury camping trip!

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  40. You don't tend to associate camping in a tent with something this size - amazingly spacious, especially from the inside photos!

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