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Cabela’s Deluxe Alaknak II Tent

The Editor's Field Test found this Cabela's tent to be a reliable and sturdy shelter for hunting season.

The house on our farm burned down years ago, so we camped in the garage till the roof came down. Then we camped in my pop-up till I sold it. Clearly, we needed new shelter for hunting season. So last year, I ordered a Cabela's Deluxe Alaknak II.


I thought about a wall tent, but canvas costs a lot more than nylon and it's heavier. I knew I'd sometimes set up camp by myself, and the 12x12 waterproof Alaknak II, at 67 pounds, looked manageable. Setup took about an hour; a buddy and I unfolded the tent, staked out the corners and sides, then I crawled inside and placed the center pole-voila', I had shelter.


We left it up and used it, off and on, from October till December. Ten perimeter poles add rigidity and keep the side walls from blowing about. Ventilation panels and three multi-panel windows keep condensation to a minimum. Fold-down shelves along the walls have cup holders-not bad when the guns are stored and the amber liquid begins flowing. Three guys with cots, a table and a wood stove filled it up. I don't think I'd try to sleep six, as mentioned in the catalog.


On the floor is a zip-open panel for safe placement of a stove. The rubber sleeve around the stove jack dried and cracked a bit during our use, probably because our stovepipe was an inch larger than the one Cabela's sells. Still, it'll see many more years of use. The optional vestibule I bought added a room for muddy boots and gear.


Three sizes are available: a 54-pound, 9.5x9.5 with 3-foot walls and 8-foot-2-inch center height; the 12x12 with 4-foot walls and 9-foot-8-inch center height; and a 12x20 with 5-foot walls and 9-foot-8-inch center height that weighs 106 pounds. ($579.99-$799.99)


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1 Response to Cabela’s Deluxe Alaknak II Tent

Keith Sage wrote:
September 25, 2010

This is my next tent I have an Alaskan guide tent that has bee used in every season and just about every State. its been through a F0 tornadoe that went through our campground at Pactola in South Dakota in 83 i trashed the campground I had to replace a storm shield and a few poles I have had a zipper replaced and it wont die. I have seen this tent and the quality is first rate. If it takes to winter use as well as my Alaskan Guide you will have a well made tent for the next 40years.