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Review: Chinook Whirlwind Guide 5 Tent

June 1st, 2008 Andrew Martens

This year I decided that in order to do more car camping with my wife, it might help if we had a somewhat larger tent. Bringing a few more comforts from home and having the luxury of extra space might entice her out more often. She definitely likes the outdoors – she could outshoot me any day, and her idea of camping involves turning off on a random logging road and driving until we find an interesting spot – but having a comfortable haven is the difference between enjoying camping and merely tolerating it.


After looking at the options I had available at a number of local camping and sporting goods stores, I decided to order the Chinook Whirlwind Guide 5 tent. Tents made by Greenland Sales aren’t carried everywhere, so you may need to order one in or contact the company to find a local distributor. That said, their pre-sales support was fantastic – they emailed me back within a day, called several local stores to check stock, and then emailed me a list of places in my area where I could hopefully find it. I did end up ordering it through my favourite local outdoors store, 3 Vets. A big thanks to Casey at 3 Vets, and Chinook’s local distributor, Rob – when a shipping snag at the warehouse meant the tent wasn’t going to arrive before my vacation, Rob had it brought out via air freight and personally delivered it to the store so that it would be there on time for me. You don’t see service like that very often these days.

First Impressions:

It comes in a box that, to be honest, I expected to be somewhat larger. After unpacking it, however, the tent was just designed quite well to condense into a smaller footprint. It still has a fair amount of heft to it.

While I have backpacked my little 2-3 man Spalding tent around, it’s a bit small when I have a car available to do the gruntwork for me. At 6′4″ in height, when I’m using an air mattress my feet and head touch opposite ends of the tent, which is bad if it’s wet out, or there is lots of condensation inside at night. There’s also very little room to move around inside, making changing clothes a bit of a challenge. On the plus side, my home scale checks it in at only about 7.5 lbs.

The Whirlwind Guide 5 is a different matter. With an internal footprint of 10×7′, there’s room for a big air mattress and plenty more. There’s even an internal height of 6′, if you’re not using the gear loft. The materials are also slightly heavier and definitely better quality than the Spalding. Including the heavy-duty detachable floor for the vestibule, my scale measured it at 22.5 lbs, so the manufacturer’s stated weight of 23.5 lbs is probably correct. As I said before I’m not planning to lug this one more than a hundred meters or so, so the weight isn’t much of an issue. I should note here that I opted for the fiberglass poles (rather than the aluminum option) as I don’t expect to be putting that much stress on the tent.

Looking at the size of the Whirlwind Guide 5, I could probably fit my Spalding completely inside it! The front vestibule alone almost doubles the usable area of the tent, and if you were really pressed for space you could probably sleep another two people out there.

Of course, it was raining at home the weekend before we departed, so I didn’t have a chance to actually set up the tent. I did unpack it to check the materials first, and it looks straightforward enough. Neatly packed and with only four colour-coded poles, I figure it shouldn’t take me more than about 10 minutes max to set up. We’ll see how accurate that estimate is once I’ve put in a day of driving…

Time Passes – Insert Logging Road, Driving Through a Creek, Etc.:

Whirlwind Guide 5 - rear quarterAs it turns out, of course, 10 minutes was rather optimistic. The real trick was that this was my first time setting up a tent with a vestibule attached to the fly. The tent itself was rather straightforward; I had to get my wife to assist me somewhat with the fly. Still overall, the whole thing was up within about 20 minutes or so, and will undoubtedly become faster in the future. Lots of stakes have been included, and including the cinch straps on each corner of the fly was a great touch.

Whirlwind Guide 5 - insideThe vestibule floor that comes with the Whirlwind Guide 5 (and not with the regular Whirlwind 5) is fantastic for keeping gear and footwear up and out of the dirt and damp. Being able to keep my shoes outside at night but still having them dry was a novelty that I hope does not soon wear off. The very large doors and screens on each face of the vestibule allows you to exit out whichever makes the most sense for your particular campsite.

The gear loft, seemingly a standard feature on most good tents these days, was large and did not really compromise the amazing headroom available in the Whirlwind Guide 5. For once I was able to stand nearly upright inside a dome tent, and had plenty of room to move around. There are four loops to hold the loft, and another loop is available at the top center of the tent for other lightweight items.

Checking the weather before going camping helps the most when you don’t decide to stop halfway to your original destination; as a result, my wife and I were treated to some rain on our first couple of nights out. The first morning we awoke to a steady drizzle above us. The fly was doing a good job of sheeting the water away, though upon inspection of the vestibule, I found that there were two minor leaks – a slight amount of water was getting through the zipper seam just above the curve on each side.

Caveat: I got lazy when setting up the fly and didn’t setup the additional guylines that are attached farther up each side (as you can see from the photographs). I’m not sure if that is the cause of this, or if either (a) I should have re-waterproofed the tent before use the first time, or (b) there is some kind of design flaw. I’ve heard some people say that yes, one should always re-seal all of the seams and re-waterproof the tent when it is dry out. Other suggest that when it comes from the manufacturer it should be good for at least one season already. I plan to ask them about this and will report my findings back here. I should note that the amount of water that made it through was very insignificant, and it was only in that one small area on each side of the vestibule.

Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase. The quality was good, feature set is great, and it made for a very comfortable camping experience. If you are looking for a great 5-person tent (or a 2-person tent that is complete overkill), I definitely recommend the Whirlwind Guide 5.

One quick note: try to remember how the tent body, fly, and vestibule ground sheet are folded for when you go to repack the tent. When tearing down camp several days later, I barely managed to get them all to fit back into the bag, and that’s without even putting the poles in! Perhaps Chinook could include a packing guide in the future, so that those of us who suck are able to repack it with ease.

Pros:

  • large and roomy
  • tons of headroom
  • features galore
  • great value for the money

Cons:

  • hard for some people to repack effectively (cough)
  • two minor leaks in the vestibule zipper seam
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  1. Dean
    June 20th, 2008 at 04:28 | #1

    Just came across your website. Coincidentally, my wife and I are also looking to buy the Chinook Whirlwind Guide 5. Your review and comments about it could not have come at a better time. I am also 6′4″ and particular about the dynamics of a good tent. Thanks to you taking the time to share your experience, it looks like we’ll purchase it this week.
    Thanks again and take care,
    Dean Richardson
    Montreal, Quebec

  2. June 21st, 2008 at 00:26 | #2

    Thanks for your comment, Dean!

    The main reason I wrote this review was because there just weren’t any good reviews of this particular tent out there. Yesterday I finally got around to emailing Chinook about the minor leak and my repacking issue. Within 2 hours I had two responses back – one from support, one from the distributor. I’ll post those in an update, the gist is that the tent should be waterproof already, but some extra seam sealer never hurts.

    Enjoy your new tent, and have fun camping!

  3. Ruth
    July 26th, 2008 at 09:21 | #3

    I currently have a Coleman 4-person tent and have been quite happy with it, except it is too low. I have been searching for another tent, one I can stand up in, for a while but haven’t come across one I liked. Until now. I greatly appreciate the pictures you included with your review. It’s given me a better idea of what the tent is like. I was also looking at the Kelty Green River 6 but being in Canada it is too expensive. Your review has helped me make a decision!

  4. Renee
    August 5th, 2008 at 16:11 | #4

    Excellent review. We’ve completely outgrown our 4 person Eureka! tent. Have you heard anything about the Chinook Twin Peaks Guide 6? I’m pleased with your report on the service standards they appear to have, and I presume the quality of the Twin Peaks Guide would be similar to that of the Whirlwind, but I wonder if you’ve heard anything definitive either way…?

  5. August 5th, 2008 at 20:40 | #5

    @Renee:

    Alas, I haven’t heard anything definitive about the Twin Peaks Guide 6. I will admit that I was sorely tempted by it when shopping for a new tent – the additional screened room would be a major bonus. In the end I decided that for the two of us, a 6-man tent was just a bit too large!

    At any rate, Chinook seems to stand behind their products, and I’m definitely impressed with the service that I have received from them. I would assume that the quality of materials and workmanship is consistent across their product line. If you do end up purchasing one of their tents, feel free to share your experiences with it here – I would like to hear if their other products are of a similar caliber.

  6. sandy
    August 16th, 2008 at 17:28 | #6

    Loved your review. Like Renee above, am looking at the Twin Peaks Guide 6 but thought your review of another product from that company would help and it certainly did! Am reconsidering my original choice and taking another look at the Whirlwind Guide. I did read in another review at a store site that memtioned the same leak you described, so it sounds like it might be a design flaw and not your shortcut. Would have liked to hear you say flat out that the main tent where the sleeping bags will be was bone dry! Not even an insignificant amount of wetness; any amount is a significant amount for me! Thanks for your time. Sandy

  7. August 16th, 2008 at 23:17 | #7

    @Sandy:

    Just to clarify from my review: I assume that most people put their gear in the vestibule, and don’t actually sleep out there. The additional flooring footprint for the vetsibule covers most of the area, but it still isn’t entirely sealed against bugs and other critters. If your gear is in backpacks/containers, etc. that are sitting in the area, it’s not going to be a problem. If you managed to put your shoes directly under the drip, you’ll have some wet toes in the morning, but you would have to be pretty unlucky to put them in exactly the wrong spot.

    The main tent area where my wife and I slept was *almost* bone dry, and in this particular case was due to a mistake on my part. There was a small patch on one corner near the bottom where I had failed to stake out the fly correctly – it was leaning on the side of the tent, rather than being an inch or two out – and some of the rain sheeting down from it dripped onto the wall of the tent. Two drops managed to work their way through the fabric that night.

  8. John & Christina
    January 24th, 2009 at 12:50 | #8

    Your review couldn’t have come at a better time! We’ve looked at more then 50 tents on the internet. We presently have two Eureka 3 man and a 6 man tents. We look forward to our new purchase of Chinook Whirlwind Guide 5. We never had a screen vestibule tent before. We’d love to show you our pictures this summer, 2009.

  9. Peter
    January 24th, 2009 at 18:06 | #9

    Hey just wanted to say thanks for the write up! We just received a Twin peaks Guide four as a gift from a friend, so went looking for a review.

    As I am a lot shorter than you, and had been using a big agnes 3 person to camp with my twin 5 year olds, this new tent should be a hotel for us. The vestibule is something I have wanted to have to keep the kids out of the way, but secure to play. Should also be great for stowing the gear to keep it dry.

    Thanks again for taking the time to post the review, found it really helpful.

    Pete

  10. Matt
    February 6th, 2009 at 18:33 | #10

    Great to come across your review. I was checking out Chinook tents back in Calgary, at Ribtor. Ended up buying a REI 4 man guide tent. I have family coming from Switzerland this summer and they plan on doing some camping. I figured I would by them a decent tent for their stay, then if they don’t want to take it home, I could sell it again. Odd that Chinook does not have more distribution…seems like a good product for the price point. I also like that most of their tents are available with aluminum or fiberglass poles. Looking for a tent for two adults, two preteen boys and one baby. Would you think this tent might fit the bill? I like the idea of a large vestibule…especially for a family. btw….where were the pictures taken? Thanks again for the great review.

  11. February 7th, 2009 at 19:36 | #11

    @Matt: I think that Chinook is a fairly new brand, so they don’t have very wide distribution yet. As far as I know they are carried by a number of online retailers (even in Canada), in the event that you can’t order it locally.

    As a 5-man tent, fitting in five actual people (though three of them notable smaller than adults) can be a challenge. It is handy that there are two entrances, though – one to the back, and one into the vestibule. I think with the adults on one side, boys on the other, and baby on the end, everyone should fit. That said, depending on whether you go car/truck camping or hiking, perhaps a larger tent might be an option – possibly the Twin Peaks Guide 6, which gives you a separate room for the boys, or maybe the Tradewinds Guide 6.

    The choice of poles is great depending on how frequently you plan to use the tent. I don’t go camping as often as I would like – and usually haul my tent by car – so the fiberglass poles have worked well for me.

    The pictures were taken at a small camping spot we found while doing a bit of exploring a few kilometers down a logging road north of Manning Park in southern BC. It’s down the logging road from the Copper Creek forest service recreation site. Rather hard to give exact directions, but if you were to take the least-traveled turnoffs from there, you would probably find it.

  12. Jacques
    March 26th, 2009 at 13:29 | #12

    Thank you for the fantastic review and pictures of the Whirlwind Guide 5 tent. Before I made my decision, I would like to know the dimension of the pack size of the tent since I would like to pack it on my motorcycle?
    I know the size of the tent is overkill for one or two person(s) but as soon as you look for the room height (1.83 m) they are no 3-man tent that fit the bill and also that large vestibule where I could stay inside for reading or eating with comfort while it’s raining. (or even park the motorbike inside of the vestibule).

    Jacques
    Langley, B.C.

  13. March 28th, 2009 at 17:34 | #13

    @ Jacques: The bag for the Whirlwind Guide 5 (when full) is about 30″ long, 10″ wide and 9″ high. Of course, you can probably compact it down by an inch or so in each dimension if you’re trying to cram it into a smaller space. It’s definitely a sizable tent, but the interior space is so very luxurious.

    I’m admittedly not a motorcycle expert, but you just might be able to fit it inside the vestibule. Might not be able to do anything else in there, but there’s a chance that it would fit. I think your best bet for keeping your bike out of the weather while travelling would be to get a nice silicone tarp and just string it up next to the tent as a bike shelter – it would be a bit more open in the event that you had to do any maintenance work on the bike, etc.

  14. Kenn
    June 20th, 2009 at 15:47 | #14

    Great review, spotted a Whirlwind 3 on a website looking for tents and in trying to find reviews ran across this one. Your review has been extremely helpful…seriously thinking about getting a Guide as well, but I do have a question.

    I’ve not been able to find pictures or specs verifying top vents or any other venting other than the 2 doors. I’m sure they’re there, but just can’t verify. I have to camp one week a year in 90-100 (with humidity % to match)…so venting and air flow in the tent is very important to me.

    Do you find this tent well ventilated?

    Thanks….

  15. June 22nd, 2009 at 23:24 | #15

    @Kenn:

    The tent seems pretty well ventilated to me – however, I have not used it in 90-100F temperatures with very high humidity, nor do I plan to do so any time soon!

    The main body of the tent itself has a mesh panel at the top for additional ventilation – 12″ square or so, if I remember correctly. When the rain fly is in place, this allows some air flow to avoid condensation and ’stuffiness’ inside, but other than that it does not provide much. If you are dealing with rather hot temperatures and rain will not be a concern, then I believe the tent should be able to breathe quite well if it were setup without the fly. Of course you would miss out on the vestibule then, so it’s definitely a compromise.

    Also, as you’ve no doubt seen in the pictures, the doors also have a double zipper so that most of the door’s surface area can act as a screened window. Even with the fly in place, any reasonable breeze should be able to keep air moving through the tent so that it won’t become uncomfortable inside.

  16. Dinah
    July 5th, 2009 at 19:07 | #16

    Just a note to the Martens–thank you so much for your reviews. We hope to go camping this summer. Height is important and this tent has that! Just curious if most people out there use cots–I never have–are they comfortable? This tent would have room for those…I agree with you that good guides for folding up the tent and setting up the tent are very important. Thanks, Dinah

  17. Dinah
    July 5th, 2009 at 19:11 | #17

    Since I have not gone camping in many years, if anyone knows of a good website to go to, to help me with the directions once this Chinook Whirlwind Guide 5 person fiberglass pole tent arrive, that could really help. The simpler to set up tents are either much more expensive, or too short. thanks again, Dinah

  18. Kyle
    July 7th, 2009 at 11:24 | #18

    Curious, how has your perception of this tent evolved since you have had a year to use it? Also, what do you think of the durability?

  19. September 9th, 2009 at 23:22 | #19

    I really enjoyed your review of the Chinook Whirlwind Guide. I found the same characteristics to be true about the tent my nephew recently purchased. I helped my nephew set up his Chinook Twin Peaks Guide 6 for the first time in his backyard before the camping trip on Labor Day. I was surprised the box it came in was so small, just as you were. But Chinook does pack everything in a neat package that fits into a nice carrying bag. My nephew is 6′3” and the tent height is 6′9″, he was able to stand up with plenty of extra head room. I was impressed with the quality of the tent material and this tent comes with a full vestibule that covers the entire tent; this is especially nice if you would want to use the screened room as an extra room for company to sleep, for privacy that is. The floor in the screened room is removable and has plenty of room to set up a picnic table.

    My nephew couldn’t wait to call me when they got back into town to tell me a large storm had blown in with heavy rains; out of the 30 people that were camping in their group his tent and 1 other did not leak at all! That is pretty impressive.

  20. cindy
    September 26th, 2009 at 23:22 | #20

    Hello to any and all who have tried and tested or researched the chinooks. All sound great but have alot of questions still. Do you have to pull the vestibule out or can it be pinned back? Probably sounds silly but have my reasons. I am a mother with 2 children (8&10) planning on boy scout camping once every couple of months, in Tampa Florida area (very hot and humid). Don’t want to stand out with too big a tent nor get one that is more than we (I) can set up. I am only 5″1″. Any thoughts on appropriateness of the (Guide 5) tent for us? Also…being the Florida wimps we are when it comes to COLD can I assume these tents stay warm but breathable when cinched up? No I won’t tell anyone what “cold” is to us!!! I saw at one site that the floor waterproofing is bathtub style but it doesn’t look like it in the pics. Is it really? The removable mat in the vest. doesn’t appear to fit the area… is that the way it should be? Any suggestions would be helpful. I’ve only looked at hundreds of pics and tent specs that I’m on overload. Thanks, Cindy

  21. September 28th, 2009 at 23:58 | #21

    The vestibule is attached to the main fly. I suppose if you did not want to use that space, you could fold up the extra part of the fly, and then just use the opposite entrance into the tent. However, if you are expecting zero rain then you may as well leave the fly off altogether. In general I have found that the vestibule is a great place to leave any extra gear out of sight.

    The Guide 5 can be a bit of a handful to put up solo until you get used to it. The main tent is straightforward, but you may need some help from one of your children to hold part of the fly while you try to install the poles in it. It’s much easier to do if you are in an open area and don’t need to worry about snagging anything on trees or underbrush.

    The tent is definitely still breathable – there is a small mesh panel in the top that allows air to circulate up and out. As for warm, I have only had two people in our tent before, and the air can get a bit chilly. It’s probably better with more people inside. That said, we were still quite comfortable when camping up in the interior of British Columbia last year, when the light rain turned to snow one night. We bring fleece sleeping bag liners along (and an air mattress) when we’re car camping, but I think that you should be fine in Florida!

    I’m reasonably sure that the floor is bathtub style. Looking back at my pictures I don’t see any seams there, and I don’t remember any from camping with it. The floor panel for the vestibule is only slightly smaller than the area; it has clips in each corner that attach it quite close to the tent and to the fly where it is staked to the ground.

    Hope this helps you decide on a tent!

  22. Ken S
    September 29th, 2009 at 14:12 | #22

    I purchased the Whirlwind 3 tent. The first time It was used, during taking the tent down the elastic broke in one of the poles. My first thought was, that this shouldn’t happen the first time the tent was used, but it was just the elastic, probably the weakest point of the tent. No problem I thought, It has a lifetime warranty and you said that you had great customer service from them.

    Well I called them and the first thing they said was that I should return the tent to the store I bought it from and deal with them. Well I bought it from a web vendor and couldn’t just take it back to the store. I explained this and reluctantly that said they would see what they could do. They wanted a copy of the sales transaction and picture of the pole and the tent.
    I could see why they would want a picture of the pole, but when I asked them why they wanted a picture of the tent, they said it was to verify that I actually had the tent. I asked them why they sales order would nu be sufficient they said they had to have proof the there was actually a tent.
    During the conversation they made it feel like they did not want to deal with me and it was a problem from the vendor that I bought it from.
    All I was looking for was a replacement pole that broke the first time it was used. I was not trying to scam the into replacing the entire tent.
    I will try and call them again and maybe talk to someone higher up in the company, but if this is their customer service I don’t think I would purchase from them again.
    I still like the tent and maybe after I talk to someone else and this is resolved I would recommend it, but until then I would not recommend this company.
    I really wanted to enjoy this tent and was ready to praise it, but part of quality is the customer service.

  23. October 1st, 2009 at 09:16 | #23

    Ken,

    I’m sorry to hear that you have not had a good experience with their customer service. I recommend trying to follow up one more time with them and to get them a picture of the tent; even if you don’t set it up, I would think that a picture of the carrying bag with a bunch of the tent sticking out of it should be sufficient.

    Traditionally, replacements done within the first year of buying most products are done at the point-of-purchase, but I can understand your difficulty when it comes to having purchased from an online retailer. Good luck, and please come back to share your results (either good or bad).

  24. bella
    February 13th, 2010 at 21:14 | #24

    this is all so helpful. thank you for your time & explaining everything so detailed.

  25. Bradley “Wolf” Patrick
    May 16th, 2010 at 21:03 | #25

    I found this thread sooo helpful. I currently have the Columbia Cougar Flats 2 tent, but find it is just way to large (10 x 15) for just one person, regardless of my gear. But I think cutting the living area down, with an attached vestibule would be solid. I have tetered back and forth between this tent and a few others, but your concise review really eased my mind. $200 is a lot of money for me…especially for use once or twice a month. But I think a well constructed tent pays for itself eventually, and it is just the ticket for my solo needs. I enjoy camping alone in strange areas where there have been bigfoot sightings and such. Thanks for the great review. I hope Chinook realizes the value that you have been to them, sending them so many customers. The future belongs to those, who plan for it today. ~Wolf

  26. Larry Eriksson
    August 16th, 2010 at 09:51 | #26

    Hello Andrew,

    I intend to file a complete first experience report on my WW5 that I bought after reviewing your review. For now, I love it, as did my camp buddies. I’m still putting my camp gear away. We camped in Voyageurs Nat Park for 5 days and had one heavy thunderstorm.

    later,

    larry in MN.

  27. Larry Eriksson
    August 17th, 2010 at 16:20 | #27

    To all campers.
    I have the Whirlwind 5 tent bought from an Internet Vendor in Kansas City Missouri. More on that later.
    I bought my tent in thd fall of 2009 and didn’t set it up until this July to check it out before going north. Good thing I did. One, to learn how to do it, which I did myself. All I can say there is to follow the “directions” closely the first time. I did it myself and took at least a half hour and had the tent and vestibule backwards and on first attempt had the ridge pole and vestibule poles backwards. I didn’t read the directions closely.
    Two problems with tent, one fairly serious and the other minor.
    Quality control was lacking with my tent. The strap at the bottom front of the vestibule wasn’t sewed on and the little mesh gear holder that hangs on the roof of the tent had poor stitching also. I called the company and they said take up the issue with the vendor I got the tent from. Not happy with that answer, so I tried contacting the vendor, Camping and Fishing Accessories in Kansas City, MO and she wouldn’t answer my phone or emails.
    When all was said and done I just hand sewed the strap back on myself. Less hassel and cost then sending the vestibule all over the country. I’d call customer service for both companies lousy at best.
    At camp: Although the tent can be set up by one person I wouldn’t want to do that to often. Went up nicely with help and I got lots of flak from my friends until it was up and then got a lot of “that’s a neat tent” after that. I really like the room for two people using cots and the vestibule is great for stashing the gear. Had rain one night and got wet in the vestibule but I didn’t really pay much attention to properly placing the vestibule curtain and floor to keep it out. In the future I will add clips to the bottom “curtain” of the vestibule to hold it out and place 1″ x 2″ boards under the outer edge of the vestibule floor to lift if off the ground.

    Last comment: Customer service might be better by not buying through a cutrate internet seller. If anyone has a question I’ll be happy to help answer it. Hope what I wrote makes sense.

    larry in MN

  28. September 15th, 2010 at 09:44 | #28

    @Larry Eriksson: thanks for relating your experiences, Larry. In time it does get easier to assemble the tent. My wife recently went on a trip and was able to assemble it by herself without too much difficulty. Once it’s up, though – oh man it is a comfortable tent with a ton of room.

    I’m sorry to hear that you had a poor customer service experience with Chinook. Unfortunately, most warranty/defect claims are handled through the retailer these days, so they were probably correct to refer you back to the seller. That said, I’m not entirely surprised that the internet seller was useless. There’s a reason that I bought mine from a local store, even though it required a custom order.

    I’m trying to picture it, but am having trouble determining what part of the vestibule strap wasn’t sewed on. I know that there is a long strap near the front that runs the width of the vestibule. If I remember correctly it is somewhat loose because it is designed to be staked out to tension the front when all the flaps are open. The vestibule floor then lays over top of that strap and is staked down as well. At least, that’s what I remember from the last time I took it out.

    If you are expecting rain, make sure that the fly is tensioned well, and that the curtain at the base of the vestibule is properly adjusted. Great idea about putting some boards underneath the edge of the vestibule floor – if you’re not on entirely level or high ground, that would help keep runoff from getting onto the floor.

  29. Lynda
    October 11th, 2010 at 16:25 | #29

    Thanks for the informative review, your pics enabled me to examine the tent more closely. I love the configuration – we have a 7yo son and have been in situations where he needs a place to sleep and we need somewhere under cover to hang out for the evening. The tent arrived a few days ago and have set it up in the garden to go over the seams – we are taking it to the Mile High campground in NC at the weekend, so anything could happen with the weather.

    I did notice that there are no loops at the bottom of the side-door zips to hold the doors closed while there are loops at both the end doors on the fly – so the side-door zips are under tension. Have you found any problems there?

    I’m really looking forward to using the tent.

  30. Gwen H.
    March 30th, 2013 at 15:05 | #30

    We’re contemplating purchasing the Chinook Whirlwind Guide 5 person 3 season tent. We presently have a tiny North Face or Eureka mummy-shaped 4 season tent that has a rubber floor. We roast in the summer, and there’s no room to move. We read one review on some other web site that says there’s little ventilation; they had 70 degree weather and ran a fan inside! I can’t help but think that a 5-person tent with a 6′ height would allow 2 campers to breathe comfortably; no tent will be comfortable in 90 degree weather. In what temps have you used the Chinoon Whirlwind Guide, and were you comfortable in it, temperature-wise? We love the whole concept of the x-large vestibule, particularly since we could put our bikes under it. Any additional comments on ventilation/your experience with the tent would be greatly appreciated. I know the posts on this are form 2009-2010, so I hope you’re still able to provide feedback. Emailing directly is fine, or I can hopefully find a new post if that’s the route you go. :)

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