NEMO Wagontop 6 Review
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NEMO Wagontop 6
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|Pros||Extremely large, great windows, multiple rooms||Quality materials, solid protection, good ventilation, loads of features||Spacious, great layout, durable, very family friendly, high value||Massive floorspace, 22 pockets, tall ceiling, room divider, awning capable||Spacious, easy to pitch, great views, inexpensive|
|Cons||Not the best weather protection, hard to pitch, expensive||Smaller vestibule, very expensive||Not the easiest to pitch, only one door, odd bag||Small vestibule, longer pitch time, awning poles not included||Fiberglass poles, small pockets, lack of ventilation with the rainfly on|
|Bottom Line||This tent is large, luxurious, and has a distinctly cool look, but doesn't fare as well in the wind||One of the most well thought out tents in our line up, but you’ll have to pay for it||This tent has one of the best uses of space we have ever seen, a great choice for families or campers with lots of gear||If you are looking for a high-quality, family friendly 8-person tent, look no further||Wherever this tent falls short in quality, it makes up for it in size, features, and overall value|
|Rating Categories||NEMO Wagontop 6||Marmot Torreya 6||The North Face Wawo...||Marmot Limestone 8||Kelty Wireless 6|
|Space and Comfort (35%)|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Family Friendliness (15%)|
|Specs||NEMO Wagontop 6||Marmot Torreya 6||The North Face Wawo...||Marmot Limestone 8||Kelty Wireless 6|
|Weight||20.1 lbs||22.3 lbs||21.9 lbs||21.2 lbs||17.2 lbs|
|Max Inside Height||6' 8"||6' 8"||6' 6"||6' 5"||6' 4"|
|Floor Dimensions||11' 8" x 8' 4"||11' .5" x 8' 10.5"||10' x 8' 6"||8' 4" x 15' 7"||9' 10" x 8' 10"|
|Floor Area||97.3 sq ft||93.4 sq ft||85 sq ft||130.2 sq ft||86.9 sq ft|
|Windows||4||4||2||Mesh top||Mesh top|
|Number of Doors||1||2||3||2||2|
|Vestibule Area (total)||26.9 sq ft||32.5 sq ft||44.7 sq ft||32 sq ft||28 sq ft|
|Packed Size||12" x 27"||26" x 12" x 12"||9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5"||28.3" x 16.6" x 11.7"||27" x 8" x 8"|
|Floor Materials||300D PU-coated polyester||Polyester, Taffeta, 107g/sqm||150D polyester||150D PU coated nylon||68D poly 1800mm|
|Main Tent Materials||75D PU-coated polyester||Polyester, Tafferta, 60g/sqm||150D polyester||40D polyester no-see-um mesh||68D poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh|
|Rainfly Materials||75D PeU polyester||Polyester, Pipstop, 75g/sqm||75D polyester||68D PU coated polyester||68D poly 1200mm|
|Number of Poles||4||4||4||5||3|
|Pole Material||Aluminum||DAC aluminum||14 mm aluminum||DAC DA17 aluminum 14.5mm||Fiberglass|
|Extras||Storage/mudroom||Gear loops across entire front entrance, awning poles included||Internal dry lines, hang loops, Velcro lantern loop||Room separator||Pole pockets for easy setup|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The height and overall footprint of the Wagontop are the biggest in our test group, with a max headroom of 6' 8", a total of 97.3 sq ft inside, and 26.9 sq ft of vestibule space. You will truly feel small inside this tent. But let's take a closer look and see why it didn't take away any awards.
Space and Comfort
This is the biggest, tallest tent in our lineup. When it comes to square footage space, this tent has 125 sq ft covered. However, when it comes to usable space, things get smaller. The main tent has a separator that splits the room in two — a great feature in theory.
One side is the presidential suite and fits a queen-sized air mattress with room to spare. The second room is the economy suite and barely fits a single twin. This area may be better suited as a mudroom when the vestibule isn't on. The Wagontop also comes with only six storage pockets, and because of the size of this tent, they are not in the best locations.
With the windows down and a light breeze blowing, the Wagontop performs great. But crank up the wind, add some rain, and forget about being happy in this tent. This 6' 8" x 11' 8" sail will not be staying on the ground without some serious additional guyline support and a bit of a miracle.
Another major flaw in this metric for the Wagontop is the window setup. Long panoramic windows secured by three clips are easy to access for both you and the rain. The long window above the back door has the same style covering, but because this is nearly a seven-foot-tall tent, your kids will need a boost to open it. However, the additional front door vestibule/rainfly does protect the opening well, and the latest update fixes the gap found in the previous versions.
Ease of Use
Nothing about this tent is easy. Setup took 15 min 30 seconds and required both directions and a marriage counselor (we're kidding… mostly). Two massive dual-hubbed poles cross each other to create the main structure. They assemble into the grommets of the tent base but are not color-coded and, because of the size, are unwieldy to manage. Once you figure out what orientation they should go, the rest of the tent uses clips to connect to the pole. No big deal, except that this is an almost 7' tall tent, so getting the top clips was difficult for a 5' 9" person.
Our next frustration came from installing the added vestibule/rainfly. This was not as simple as it should have been, and thanks to a manufacturing defect, we had to stake out one side of the vestibule using a clip instead of the nice ring the other side had. And then there is the teardown. Though much faster than the setup, the poles are so big they fly out of the grommets and take up a massive amount of space. It would be unfair not to mention that the more you set up any tent — even a complicated one — the easier it will get for you and your crew.
When it comes to size, height, and available space, this tent is absolutely fit for family living. It was a top scorer in this metric and was built with this audience in mind. It easily fits four people and is highly animal friendly with its thick flooring material and large vestibule. Should some light rainfall, your family could more than function in the Wagontop. The fixed room separator allows for privacy and could function as a second room, but probably only for one.
The floor of the Wagontop is made out of an impressive 300-denier fabric, 100% thicker than the next closest tent. The sidewalls are made from 75D PeU polyester, and the poles are hubbed 14.5mm thick aluminum. A fairly impressive makeup compared to the others in our review. However, while not as important, they did skimp on the bag. It's made from far cheaper, thin fabric, a tiny zipper, and some weak handles.
Should You Buy the NEMO Wagontop 6?
The Wagontop 6 is quite pricey. While it provides a lot of space and nice features, there are enough small issues to make it hard to call this a good value. The questionable construction, poor weather features, and frustrating assembly with the high price tag give pause. If you find it on sale, camp in milder locations, and are tall, it could be a great durable shelter.
What Other Camping Tents Should You Consider?
If you are in the market for a large 6-person tent with high ceilings, the NEMO Wagontop 6 could be a good choice — though there are other options in our review that we like more. The award-winning Marmot Halo 6 is slightly cheaper, offers nearly identical floor space and a 6' 4" ceiling, and is a significant improvement in terms of weather resistance and ease of use. If the price tag on these tents is hard to swallow, the Kelty Wireless 6 still offers 87 sq ft of usable floor space at a fraction of the price.
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