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The North Face Kaiju 4 Tent: 4-Person 3-Season

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    6 Reviews


    A packable dream house.

    Most castles can't be packed up and tossed in the back of the car, but The North Face Kaiju 4 Four-Person Three-Season Tent is the exception. With plenty of room for four people, and nearly six feet of headroom, it sleeps the whole family rain or shine, and probably has room for a dog or three as well. It only has three poles, so setup doesn't take much time at all, and once everything's pitched, you'll have two vestibules to hold muddy gear, a convertible sunshade for some serious relaxing, and tons of pockets and hang loops to help the gang stay organized. There's even a foot-wiper so no one tracks dirt, mud, sticks, and leaves into your home away from home.

    • Polyester fly and floor with waterproof PU coatings
    • Polyester canopy with mesh panels
    • Easy-pitch three-pole design
    • Two doors with vestibules
    • Convertible sunshade vestibule
    • 6 interior pockets
    • Interior hang loops
    • Foot wiper
    • Item #TNF00CT

    Tech Specs

    [fly] 68D polyester, PU coating (1200mm), [body] 68D polyester, [floor] 150D polyester, PU coating (1500mm)
    Wall Type
    Number of Poles
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    2.8 sq ft
    mesh panels
    Gear Loft
    sold separately
    Interior Height
    68 in
    Floor Dimensions
    88 x 96 in
    Floor Space
    58.9 sq ft
    Trail Weight
    10 lb 10 oz
    Packed Weight
    12 lb 12 oz
    Recommended Use
    car camping, family camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    5-Person Tent Excellent in the Badlands

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    We recently tested our Kaiju (5) in the North Dakota grasslands, badlands, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The tent withstood rain, medium (20-35 mph)wind, and performed beautifully. Our concern camping on the prairie was having the tent lifted by the wind. The wind was no issue as we staked the tent down thoroughly. There were a couple of spots on the roof where the rain pooled, but it never leaked and was easily drained. We set up the fly (in a light rain) and had perfectly dry nights through Labor Day 2016. It was just two of us and our dog, but there was enough room easily for five; six would be tight, but the tent would manage it. Set up was easy. Despite some concerns I had after reading other reviews, the two of us (my husband is 5'11" and I am 5'6") had the footprint, tent, and fly up without any issue in under 10 minutes. I set the tent up myself (no fly) quite easily. Previously, we have set up a two person tent from REI. Setup on the Kaiju is very intuitive; match red tabs on the footprint, tent, and fly then insert gold poles in gold sleeves and gray poles in gray sleeves. Easy. Hardest part was getting the fly over the top of the 6' tent. With two people its a snap. HINT: if the footprint red tab doesn't line up properly, flip it so the top is now the bottom. The vestibule is a terrific feature we didn't know we had been missing. As it rained we had room enough to wipe off dirty paws, change muddy shoes, and eat sitting on two fold out chairs all perfectly dry. When it stopped raining the double doors provided terrific ventilation. I agree the "floor mat" outside the doors could be wider, but frankly I don't see the point of this addition - except that it does allow you to test paw prints before allowing your pup to enter the dry clean tent. One surprise feature were three ventilation windows on the fly. A clever design seen in the photos below using a stiff 'brace' and Velcro. All in all we were highly impressed with this tent. Lots of people stopped by and wanted to take a look inside because of its unique shape and the double-doored vestibule. It is a great buy.

    5-Person Tent Excellent in the Badlands

    Great in dense forests, moderate rain

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    While I agree that the vestibules leave a LOT to be desired in terms of ease of entry/exit to the tent, I keep mine open if the weather is fair so they are not such an issue.

    It's an easy tent to put up, and in a forested sites, I have found no issues with its stability.

    I use it with either a queen mattress or two single cots, so it's perfect for glamping.

    Hard to get in and out!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This tent has a serious design flaw. The doors are set so high that getting in and out is difficult. It's also a worry, as it's hard to avoid pushing down on the fabric section below the door, with the possibility of damaging that part of the tent. The porch section is also quite narrow, making entrances and exits even more of a challenge. We purchased this tent locally, and hope we can return it. Next time, we'll order from Back Country!

    Only for dry, calm weather.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Sad to say but if you are looking for a tent to protect you from inclement weather -- I would suggest looking at a different tent.

    Used almost every night of a 14-day trip to Arizona and New Mexico. Had almost all nice weather. Early in the trip we had one night of light rain, kept us dry. Yay!

    Several days later, while we were day hiking, there was a thunderstorm at our campsite that severely bent two of the three poles distorting shape of the tent and lifting fly. This allowed rain to be driven inside through the mesh door. We found our belongings floating inside. The tent still securely staked and guyed. We dried out the tent and our belongings and I straightened the poles enough to make them usable. We had dry calm weather for the rest of the trip.

    The tent poles were not defective, just a bad tent design that puts enough pressure on the poles to bend them if it is windy.

    Pluses. Roomy. Standup height.

    Other Negatives. Hard to get in/out of vestibule.

    Depends on Your Destination

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I took this on a month-long camping trip through Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

    The height is great EXCEPT in high winds, unless you stake it like a bad vampire. Do not depend on the cheap default stakes. I did in Montana. When a heavy rainstorm came with high winds I lost the fly and everything got soaked in less than a minute.

    I resorted to alpine stakes, finally. Even then, the poles bowed in another storm and the door pole slipped out completely.

    For mild weather that's predictable and easy, yeah, go for it. But the profile makes it feel like a Mack truck on the I-80 during summer storms.

    Recommend you look elsewhere..

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Two part review here, one for the Kaiju and one for Backcountry. Though we only used it for one weekend, we learned all we needed to know.

    Kaiju: I'd look elsewhere, even though the thought of standing up in a tent with this small of a footprint, two vestibules, good mesh for stargazing and plenty of pockets sounds too good to be true (it appears it is, at this price point at least). There is an inherent design flaw with this tent, if you look to where the "brow" pole (silver) in front forms a triangle with the main support poles (yellow), you will see that they form a slight triangular depression, or pool, with the rainfly over them. We had it guy'ed down well but water would still collect in a little pool up top - though the material used is fairly water resistant, a slow drip formed and the difference between "resistant" and "proof" became clear. We had water dripping down by just the second day of some sporadic rainstorms - if you look to reviews of the 6, it appears this is just a design flaw , not just our specific tent. We tossed the idea around of taking a section out of the brow pole to hopefully relieve the pooling effect, or maybe trying to put a bungee from the brow to where the support poles cross under the rain fly to form the backbone of a "roof", but at this price for a brand new tent we weren't trying to play product design for North Face. Too bad, we otherwise really liked the tent.

    As for the folks at Backcountry, AWESOME! They handled the issue like champs and got a Marmot in the mail for us on a the speedy. We have another trip coming up this week, so we thought we were going to have to scramble and settle for something cheap. Not so, Backcountry came through in the clutch and we'll have a Marmot Limelight 4 here by Monday in time for our trip. Hugee thanks!

    The North Face Kaiju 4

    Is this tent fully convertible to four...

    Is this tent fully convertible to four season? In other words, is there a dual wall through the whole tent so you can unzip for ventilation (I see there's a lot of mesh), or zip closed for cold and dewy nights in the forest? Thank you!

    could you fit a twin sized air mattress...

    could you fit a twin sized air mattress inside? I'm unclear of the floorplan vs dimensions.

    Unanswered Question

    Where is the mesh pocket for the tablet...

    Where is the mesh pocket for the tablet located in the Kaiju 4? I have seen pictures of the inside of the Kaiju 6 and seen the pocket clearly, but where do you put the tablet in the 4? My friend and I are going to celebrate my purchase of this tent by watching Pacific Rim inside the tent but I can't figure out where the tablet goes. Thanks!

    The description lists 2 vestibules. Is...

    The description lists 2 vestibules. Is this accurate? The photos/video only show one. If it does have 2, is the second a mirror image of the one shown?

    Best Answer

    This is, in fact, entirely accurate. The reason you believe that there may have been some error in listing this item is due to the fact that the picture only shows the larger vestibule; the smaller one is on the other side, and roughly half the size of the one that you are seeing in the primary advertising photos.

    Watch the video closely when they are setting it up, and when they show the shot of the interior of the tent, it is evident that the other vestibule is there, just hard to see from the angles in the video. The areas of both vestibules are 21.81ft^2 (for the larger one) and 11.17ft^2 (for the smaller one).

    Hope this helps.