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Gigatent Camping Tents

Design and Feature Walkthrough

Gigatent, as the name implies, specializes in large, economical family camping tents.

Their tent designs range from dome to family dome to cabin dome to frame tents.

Green and white fabric panels distinguish Gigatent tents.

19mm (3/4") steel wall poles support fiberglass ceiling poles to provide a sturdy and economical frame to support the tent body in the wind.

Door

Large, roll-back, side-opening doors access the tent body.

A zipper along the top and side and a second zipper across the bottom of the door ease operation of opening and sealing the door and increase the life of the zippers.

Nickel-plated zipper sliders improve performance. Zipper cuffs over the zippers keep rain from seeping through the zipper track.

An upper screen panel in the door with a roll-down storm flap can be opened for ventilation and closed against wind and rain.

Windows

Most of the windows and storm flaps in the tent body employ a square design, with zippers along the sides and most likely loops and toggles across the top.

This design does allow a small gap across the top of the windows. This gap can aid the removal of condensation by allowing some fresh air into the tent when the windows are closed.

Ceiling

Most Gigatent cabin tents feature non-closable, 50-denier, no-see-um mesh ceiling panels. These panels greatly reduce condensation, but will also release heat on cool evenings. Campers may need to take extra measures to stay warm overnight in the spring and fall.

Organizer pockets sewn along the wall keep small items from getting lost or underfoot.

The large tent models are useful for families looking for a tent with a lot of space that will still perform in some wind.



Small Gigatent Tent Models

Gigatent Bear Mountain 8 x 8 Tent

The Bear Mountain is a square, cabin-dome tent.

2 ridge poles extend the rainfly to create peaks over the windows in all walls of the tent.

Unlike the other Gigatent family tent models, the Bear Mountain is one of the few economical family tents with rainfly to feature a solid uncoated breathable ceiling panel. Without ceiling mesh the tent can be sealed against any side spray in wind-driven rain and also to retain heat and avoid drafts on cool evenings.

Without ceiling mesh campers will need to instead use the windows to manage the humidity and avoid condensation inside the tent.

A wide door eases transporting sleeping equipment into the tent.

The tent body dimensions are 8' wide by 8' deep by 68" high.

The 64 square feet of floorspace is rated to sleep up to 3 to 4 campers.

The Bear Mountain 8 x 8 Tent should comfortably sleep 1 to 2 adults

The Bear Mountain 8 x 8 will hold a queen mattress, but campers will probably be more comfortable in this tent with a single twin mattress, cot, or a couple of self-inflating mattresses. Campers looking for a Bear Mountain tent that accommodates larger mattresses or more cots should look at the Bear Mountain 10 x 10 Tent below.

The Bear Mountain 8 x 8 tent features 57" eave height (where the ceiling meets the walls) and 68" peak height, so most campers will need to duck through the door and stoop in the tent.

Tall campers should look at the Bear Mountain 10 x 10 below.

The Gigatent Bear Mountain 8 x 8 weighs 15 lb and will fit on an 8' x 8' tent pad.

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Medium Size Gigatent Tent Models

Gigatent Bear Mountain 10 x 10 Tent

The Bear Mountain 10 x 10 is identical to the Bear Mtn 8 x 8, except for larger dimensions.

The tent body dimensions are 10' wide x 10' deep x 84" high.

The 100 square feet of floorspace is rated to sleep up to 4 to 5 campers

The Bear Mountain 10 x 10 Tent should comfortably sleep 2 to 3 adults.

This Bear Mountain tent will handle larger air mattresses or a pair cots.

The eave height is 72", so tall campers may have to duck slightly to enter the tent, but will be able to walk around inside the tent with plenty of headroom.

The Gigatent Bear Mountain 10 x 10 Tent weighs 25 lb and will fit on a 10' x 10' tent pad.

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X-Large Gigatent Tent Models

These models will fit on a 15' x 15' x-large tent pad.

Gigatent Mt Springer Tent

The Mt Springer is a 2 room, cabin-dome tent with an option to create a 3rd room.

The tent body dimensions are 10' wide by 15' deep by 86" high.

A roll back door on each side wall of the front of the tent leads to a 10' wide by 7'6" deep screen room. Screens in the upper door have roll down storm panels to close them against wind and rain.

A wide screen panel on the front wall of the screen room provides a view and ventilation. A roll-down storm flap closes over the screen to seal it against rain and strong winds. This panel most likely has zippers along the sides and a loop-and-toggle closure across the top.

A sewn-in divider wall across the center of the tent divides the front screen room from the back bedroom, which has the same 10' wide by 7'6" deep floor dimensions.

If desired, a removable divider can be hung to further divide the back bedroom into two 5 wide by 7' 6" deep sleeping chambers.

Side by side roll-back doors in the divider wall lead from the screen room to each bedroom chamber. The doors roll to the center and tie off to allow ventilation through the tent.

On the back wall of the bedroom, a window with a roll-down storm flap offers ventilation for warm evenings.

Closable windows and a bathtub floor in the screen room allow it to be converted into a combo room for extra sleeping space.

The 150 square feet of floorspace is rated to sleep up to 8 to 10.

The Gigatent Mt Springer should comfortably sleep 3 adults in the back and perhaps 2 more in the screen room. A larger family with young children can occupy this tent.

The 7'6" x 5' bedroom chambers will be a bit tight for a queen mattress, which would be against most of the walls. A twin mattress or a pair of self inflating mattresses in each chamber will be a better fit.

Campers who desire to use a pair of queen mattresses should look at one of the Gigatent models below with larger sleeping chambers.

Mesh ceiling panels provide ventilation and reduce condensation.

For its size, the Mt Spring has a fairly sturdy pole structure. 2 sets of flexing fiberglass poles support the ceiling. 6 steel poles support the sides. A horizontal pole crosses the 10' span of the tent frame at the eave on each end. This should brace the frame as well as provide a place for the tent body to attach.

The Gigatent Mt Springer weighs 35 lb and will fit on a 15' x 15' tent pad.

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Gigatent Wildcat Mountain Tent

The Wildcat Mountain Family Tent floorplan is similar to the Mt Springer Tent above, but it is substantially wider. This is also a 2-room, family cabin tent with the option to hang a divider to create a 3rd room.

The tent body dimensions are 15' wide by 12' deep by 86" high.

A roll back, side-opening door on each side wall of the tent body leads to the front screen room, which is 15' wide by 6' deep.

2 large, floor-to-ceiling screen panels at the front of the screenroom offer a spacious view of the surrounding campsite. Roll down storm panels close off the screens against wind or rain.

This large, 15' wide screen room can offer a large party a space to enjoy the view while protected from rain and insects.

A bathtub floor, along with the closable screens, allow the screen room to be converted into a combo room for more sleeping space.

A sewn-in divider wall across the center of the tent features 2 side by side, roll-back doors that access the 15' wide by 6' deep back bedroom. The doors roll to the center and tie off to allow access and air to pass through.

A removable divider curtain can be hung to separate the back bedroom into two 7'6" wide by 6' deep sleeping chambers. Each door in the sewn-in divider wall will access a separate chamber.

2 cantilevered windows hang out from the side walls of the bedroom. These hooded windows face downward and can be left open to provide ventilation and privacy in fair and rainy weather.

2 large windows on the back wall of the bedroom offer a view as well as ventilation. Roll down panels cover them in the rain or for privacy.

Each sleeping chamber should comfortably hold a queen air mattress with a bit of room around the edge.

The 180 square feet of floorspace is rated to sleep up to 8 to 10.

The Wildcat Mountain Tent should comfortably sleep about 6 adults: 2 in each sleeping chamber in the bedroom and a couple in the front screen/combo room and still leave space for foot traffic during the night.

The tent body features an eave height is 73" and a peak height of 86", so tall campers will feel quite comfortable inside.

Clear plastic panels at the peak of the rainfly allow light into all 4 corners of the tent to provide more comfort during rainy days.

The Gigatent Wildcat Mountain weighs 38 lb and will fit on a 15' by 15' tentpad.

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XX-Large Gigatent Tent Models

These models are too large for a 15' x 15' tent pad.

Occasionally campgrounds offer oversize tent pads that will accommodate them, but campers should expect to pitch them on open ground.

Gigatent Carter Mountain Family Tent

The Carter Mountain is one of the largest cabin tents available to family tent campers. This is a 3-room cabin tent.

The Carter Mountain employs a side by side floorplan instead of the front and back floorplans of the 2-room tents above.

The tent body dimensions are 20' wide by 10' deep by 96" high.

2 sewn-in divider walls divide the tent into 3 rooms. The center room is 6' wide by 10' deep and serves as a common room for the 2 identical end rooms, which are each 7' wide by 10' deep.

Roll back doors in the front and back center of the tent lead to the center common room.

The center room acts as a wide hallway between the two end rooms. The center room can be used for storage, bicycles, guest sleeping, etc.

Once inside the center room, a roll back D-shape door in the middle of each opposite side wall leads to an end room, which serves as a living and sleeping quarters.

Each end room has a cantilevered bay window on the end wall, a large, closable, floor-to-ceiling screen panel on the front wall and a screen window on the back wall.

The large, screen panel allows each end room to be opened to the outdoors to be used as a screen room to enjoy a view without being bothered by flying insects.

The Carter Mountain offers 2 bedrooms that are completely separate from one another.

The two 7' wide by 10' deep bedrooms are some of the largest bedroom chambers available in multiroom family tents. They will hold large inflatable mattress, cots, or several self-inflating pads.

The 200 square feet of floor space is rated to sleep up to 8 to 12.

The Gigatent Carter Mountain tent should comfortably sleep 6 adults or a larger family with young children.

The Carter Mountain also features a tip up awning that extends over the entire front wall of the tent. The awning covers the front entryway and the large floor-to-ceiling screen panels in each side room to allow them to remain open in strong sunlight and light rain.

The awning flap can be tipped down and zipped closed to serve as a storm flap over the front of the tent, or it can be zipped open and supported by 4 steel poles in the front to serve as an awning. This offers a sitting space in front of the tent sheltered from sun and rain.

Clear panels in the rainfly allow light into the rooms in the tent body.

Loops at the eave of the awning offer attachment points for guylines.

The eave height is 72" and the peak height is 96", so tall campers can enjoy this tent.

This large tent features 8 steel poles to support the walls and ceiling and 4 poles to support the canopy.

2 eave poles connect the wall poles of the tent on each end to help stabilize the frame.

The Carter Mountain is an oversize tent and will not fit on a 15' by 15' tentpad. Campgrounds occasionally have oversize tentpads, but campers will most likely need to pitch the Carter Mountain on open ground.

The Gigatent Carter Mountain Tent weighs 60 lb.

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Gigatent Spruce Peak Tent

The Spruce Peak is a family frame tent and is Gigatent's largest tent.

Steel poles support the ceiling as well as the walls of the Spruce Peak. They connect with hubs to form a peak ridge and 'rafters' as well as wall supports.

The pole frame suspends the tent fabric via sleeves and clips. A rainfly fits over the pole frame.

The tent body dimensions are 12' wide by 18' deep by 96" high.

A large front screen panel with center zipper leads to a 12' wide by 6' deep screen room.

A polyethylene floor cloth lies on the ground in the screen room. The floor cloth is not attached (sewn) to the screen room walls.

Mud flaps (sod cloth) attached to the lower edges of the screen room walls can be turned under the floor cloth to provide a fairly well-sealed screen room. The flaps run along the lower edge of the screen room walls close off any gaps to keep out insects.

The floor cloth can be rolled back to expose the ground to allow eating or camping chairs, tables, etc., to be used in the screen room without fear of damaging the floor. This offers access to an eating space without leaving the tent.

Floor-to-ceiling screen panels in the front and on the side walls of the screen room offer a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

Roll down storm flaps on all screen panels can be closed to keep out wind and rain.

With a floor cloth to cover the ground and storm flaps to cover the screens, the screen room can be used as extra sleeping space, if desired.

A roll-back door off to the right side of the back of the screen room leads to the 12' wide by 12' deep main tent body.

A bathtub floor protects the main tent body from standing water around the tent.

2 large, screen windows on each outer wall of the main tent body offer ventilation and a view. Roll-down storm flaps zip up along the side and close with loops and toggles along the top to keep out wind and rain.

A second roll-back door off to the left side of the back wall of the main tent body offers a separate entrance.

Both entry doors to the main tent body are offset to one side of the wall in order to free up more space in the center of the wall for sleeping equipment or other items.

The 144 square feet of tent body floorspace is rated to sleep up to 8 to 10.

The Spruce Peak should comfortably sleep 5 to 6 adults or a larger family with young children.

If campers are away from the tent when rain is forecast, they should either close off the screen room or roll back the floor so that rain does not collect on the floor cloth.

Campers should also be sure to guy out and tension the rainfly so that rain cannot collect and pool on it.

The pole connector hubs are nylon, not steel, so campers should be careful not to expose the tent to high winds and should always stake the tent down and guy it out.

The Gigatent Spruce Peak weighs 60 lb.

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Gigatent Tent Specs

A 190-threadcount, polyester-taffeta rainfly coated to 1200mm provides good protection overhead against rain.

The same 190 T fabric coated to 600mm provides adequate protection for the walls.

Campetent rates Gigatent cabin tents as 3-season tents, which should perform in moderate-to-heavy, vertical rain and in moderate winds.

Polyethylene bathtub floors provide an economical means to resist standing water seeping into the tent.

50 denier no-see-um mesh on windows and in the ceiling keeps insects large and small out of the tent.

Gigatent factory tapes the main rainfly seams and the tent floor. Tent owners should seal any untaped minor rainfly seams and attachment points as well as any tent wall seams exposed to rain. Spot sealing may also be necessary to fully prepare the tent for camping.

Chain-corded steel wall poles and shock-corded fiberglass ceiling poles keep pole sections organized to ease pitching the tent.

Sleeve and clip connectors suspend the tent body from the pole frame and ring and pin connectors attach the pole frame to the tent base.

Gigatent's tent-pitching instructions leave a little to be desired, so campers should set up the tent at home before camping in it, so that they have time to sort out any missing instruction details.

Gigatent warrants that their tents are free of defects in materials and workmanship for 3 years from the date of purchase. This is substantially longer than the usual 1 year warranty for economical family tents.

Gigatent has a repair department to service damaged tents.

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Disclaimer

Please note that Campetent does not own this tent model. Campetent strives to research and to provide accurate information for site visitors, but cannot guarantee every detail.

Tent models are subject to feature changes over time. Tent campers should always perform due diligence to verify any important features before purchasing a tent.

The author hopes that the information provided in this article will go a long way towards that goal.

This tent is not rated for wind. In moderate to strong winds, campers themselves will need to judge when the tent has reached its limit in resisting the forces of nature.

The tent has a limited warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship. As with all tents, campers should carefully examine the materials and workmanship and make sure that they are satisfied before using the tent.