Customer Reviews Of:
Jack Wolfskin Chinook III Tent - 3 Person, 3-Season
Closeouts. Jack Wolfskin's Chinook III tent is lightweight, easy to pitch and a breeze to ventilate, even in the rain. This dome tent utilizes innovative Zipvent door ventilation that's easy to regulate and draws in fresh air.
Average Rating based on 9 reviews 4.777777 0 5
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Ray from Raleigh NC on Wednesday, September 13, 2017We just returned from a three day / two night hike on the AT, the weather was in the low 40s at night. We had a lot of dew the first night and a lot of wind the second night. In both cases we were warm and dry. The tent was easy to set-up, has some really nice features (venting, vestibules, etc), and easily fit two adults and our packs. Quite the bargain for all that you get.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Elena from Georgia on Tuesday, August 29, 2017I received the tent a few days ago and the package is very small and light, the set up was quick and easy, overall it looks great (material, zippers, poles..) and the room is comfortable for 2 adults plus bags as I needed, once I took it down and folded back it fit very easily back in its bag. I still haven't tried it in the rain. So far I believe it's a great deal for the discounted price!
Verified Buyer Reviewed by akgal57 from Alaska on Wednesday, August 16, 2017Purchased for young adult son. He said he loves it!!! The set-up is quick and easy. The interior is high enough for a 6 ft person to kneel comfortably even with top storage installed. He finds it very convenient to use the top canopy storage for his head lamp and when on lights everything up nicely. Though it does not include a footprint it fit one he owned from a tent he wore out. This is a great versatile tent.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Hiking Diva from Midwest on Sunday, August 13, 2017I'll have to come back and update my review later as we haven't camped overnight in this yet. However, packaging and overall durability are on point. Set up is incredibly easy. The price is unbeatable!
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Julie Bailey from Tennessee on Tuesday, July 25, 2017Bought this to replace my daughters 1person tent. Well made, easy set up and plenty of room for 3 and gear. It was a huge hit!
Verified Buyer Reviewed by J. Ruiz from Michigan on Tuesday, June 27, 2017Bought this tent last minute before a father’s day weekend backpacking trip with my son in the Nordhouse Dunes. Never set it up before getting to our backcountry camping spot. I was able to set it up in less than 10mins. Only complaint is it doesn’t come with a footprint.
We had heavy thunderstorms both nights but we stayed completely dry. Tent also dried fast in the morning so it was ready to pack by the time we were ready to hike out after breakfast.
I’m very happy with this purchase. Especially when I factor in the discounted price, I don’t think I could find a better tent.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by MesaGuy from Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, June 17, 2017This is a 3-person backpacking tent (that you could squeeze two adults and one child into), but it is really designed for 2 tall adults, or 2 less tall adults and a dog. The tent has two excellent doors with very smooth nice zippers, in a D-door style, but it is a very big loop. It has two top vents, and the doors are full time mesh (except at the bottom of the door). It comes with a gear loft (optional installation). Each door has a vestibule, one on each side of the tent. This tent has full polyester on the head and foot sides, and around the doors on the door sides, making it warmer than all now-common all mesh top tents. That means it is a little warmer in the winter, and warmer in the summer. Rainfly coverage is excellent, it comes down past the mesh, and nearly to the bottom edge of the tent. Rainfly attaches with 4 corner buckles, and Velcro attaches at the poles. The pole set is a 3 pole design, with the two main poles connected with a center plastic cross-connect pivot to provide more lateral and snow load capability. The 3rd pole is a door peak to door peak cross pole that makes the tent sides substantially more vertical than on tents that only have 2 X pattern poles. Storage bag is excellent (ample space for repacking). Pole bag is provided, as is a stake bag, each of which has high quality cord lock closures. Poles are DAC 7000 hard anodized standard poles DA17's. Tent body is standalone. Proper rainfly deployment with the vestibules requires staking, and to get proper drapage and seperate from the tent body all of the guylines should be deployed and staked. Above-average, the tent actually comes with aluminum poles, and enough of them to stake the 4 corners, and all of the rainfly points. Comes with plastic guyline tensioners. Stakes are J-style. Tent peak height is tall enough that a 6'2" person can kneel and do business, and easily sit up. Tent is rated at 2000mm waterproofing, which is better than average. No footprint is available. However the Big Agnes Seehouse SL3 Footprint is the correct dimensions. With that footprint this tent even allows a partial quick-pitch, with the X-poles, but not the cross door peak pole. The buckles on the Wolfskin rainfly and the BA Seedhouse are not compatible, so you cannot do a Rainfly+Footprint only pitch (plus no way to use the doorpeak cross pole, since that mounts to the tent body, it is not part of a master hub on the pole set).
Overall, the quality is excellent. Weight is tad higher (about 0.75 lbs) than similar tents because less mesh is used in this tent (which makes it warmer in cold, and warmer in hot, and also usually a bit dryer since rainfly condensation drips onto tent fabric, not mesh. Drips on mesh just go through... The rainfly has two open or closed vents, with a velcro attach prop arm for each to keep them open. As far as I can tell, they cannot be adjusted (opened or closed) from inside of the tent, only from the outside.
This tent has room for 2 people, and their gear inside of the tent, or you can put your gear into the 2 vestibules (one per door), along with dirty/wet boots. Reasonable space in each vestibule for gear and boots, and still the ability to get in and out of the tent without moving gear out of the way.
The vestibules have a weather flap on each vestibuile zipper. I recommend flicking the rainfly from inside before unzipping to kick off water so it does not drop on you when you unzip.
Roof has 4 corner loops (for gear loft, or your stuff), and one center peak loop (most useful without the gear loft). Two pockets, one in each diagonally opposing corner. Though technically a 3-person tent, the middle person has no door access, very little space, and really probably needs to be a child (or dog).
Sierra Trading Post's price, this tent is a fantastic deal. Similar 3-person or 2-Plus tents generally sell at twice the price, and this tent is actually higher quality on waterproofing, stakes, included gear loft, zipper quality, and namebrand (DAC) poles. Several 3rd party footprints can be used for simple wear reduction (or just use plastic painters mastic cut to form). If you buy or make a footprint, it should be the same as (or just smaller than) the tent body floor (e.g. it SHOULD NOT stick out). That prevents water from pooling between the tent body and the footprint. This tent at 2000mm rating will keep the water out anyway (new), but eventually you don't want to count on that.
Slightly higher weight than similar 3-person polyester tafetta tents (because less mesh, and more solid, again drier). Not an ultra-light sil-nylon tent (which would be 3-4 times this price), but still an excellent backpacking tent for two larger people.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by KK from Kansas on Wednesday, May 24, 2017My husband and son just took this tent to Minnesota for a fishing trip in the boundary waters. It rained on them 4 days in a row. The tent was light weight to pack in and stayed dry throughout their trip. As for the room in the tent, they are both 6' tall and over 200 lbs. It is a 3 person tent that fit them perfectly with 2 men. The temperatures got down into the 30s at night and they were comfortable in there sleeping bags.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Five-O from North Carolina on Monday, November 7, 2016Got this tent last month and I've used it once. Set up was easy and it was sturdy through a lot of wind. Other tents around us were mangled. Easy packing up due to ample stuff sack. Two doors and two vestibules also very handy. Construction of this tent seems solid. Rain fly covers well. Would not hesitate to recommend,