Camping can be one one of the most fun and memorable trips you ever take with your family. But when you go camping, there is a lot of work that goes into it – from packing all the supplies, loading the vehicle, traveling then setting up, sometimes it can become more work than you expected.
On our most recent camping trip we changed locations three times throughout the trip. Each time we had to fully take down the tent, pack it in it’s bag (it never fit fully), then setting it back up. It was a two person job the whole and took over 30 minutes on each end of our trip. It was a lot of work, and we half considered not moving our camp at least once.
LightSpeed Outdoors has a great line of products that takes that hassle out of camping. Their tents have a great drawstring pole system that makes assembly quick and easy. So easy in fact that one person could set it up in a few minutes. LightSpeed Outdoors sent me a Base Camp 6 Tent to test and review. The first thing I noticed was how small and compact everything was. The shipped packaged only weighted 22 lbs.
I had a friend and fellow blogger help me set the tent up for the first time. We quickly laid the tent out on the ground. The Base Camp 6 is apentagonal shaped tent. You unfold the 5 corners and lock the side bars together. Standing in the door way you pull the drawstring pole system up towards you.
The drawstring pole system has two “hubs” a top and bottom hub. You simply pull the cords until they meet and you use the push button to lock the cords into place.
Now it looks like a mess with all the cords hanging down, but you simply secure them in the pouch at the bottom of the drawstring pole system. This keeps everything in the tent nice and neat. It also keeps it so that someone doesn’t pull the release while you’re in the tent.
The drawstring pole system reminds me of an umbrella when it is completely locked in place. It is this system that completely pops the tent up and assembles it completely. And you do only need 1 person to do this! It only took a few minutes for us to the whole tent assembled and set up.
The Base Camp 6 will sleep 6 adults comfortably, and it has some of my favorite tent features. Not only do all 5 sides have large screen windows, the tent has a large fly that can be used to prevent rain and even has a vestibule overhang so you wont get wet trying to get in the tent in the rain. Inside it features pockets sewn in store your belongings while you sleep.
Since the Base Camp 6 uses the drawstring pole system there are no internal poles to take up space. This makes the Base Camp 6 open and spacious, including having a high ceiling. I could even stand inside without having to duck!
Not only does the Base Camp 6 go up easily, when you’re done you loosen the cords and pull the release. The tent comes down in a matter of a few minutes as well. And to my surprise – it all fit back easily in its bag!
The Base Camp 6 is great for camping, or without a fly it could be used for parties or even taken to the beach. It is light and easy to assemble. This is definitely a great gift idea for anyone you have on your list who loves to camp!
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Becky is an interior designer, an adjunct professor, a foodie, a product reviewer and a gluten free blogger in Detroit, Michigan. Week99er is a family friendly site featuring products, events and recipes for your family. Contact her at [email protected]