Looking For Best Waterproof Tent? – NTK Cherokee GT Tent Series Review

NTK Cherokee GT Tent series

NTK Cherokee GT Tent series
8.1

Size and Comfort

7.5/10

Weather Proof

9.0/10

Weight

8.0/10

Ease of Set Up

9.0/10

Dismantling

8.0/10

Accessories

7.0/10

Durability & Quality

8.0/10

Pros

  • Made of high-quality durable materials
  • 100% waterproof
  • Fire resistant
  • Can withstand extreme rain and wind conditions
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Can be easily assembled and disassembled

Cons

  • Has no extra doors
  • Does not have its own divider
  • Ventilation could be a little better
  • Not well suited for cold climates

Nothing can ruin a camping trip quite like having water seepage in a tent that is supposed to be waterproof. It’s a sad fact that many tents are marketed as being the best waterproof tent only for them to fall well short of that when it comes to testing in the field. One tent series though has proven that when they say 100% waterproof they really mean it. The Cherokee GT tent series by NKT is designed to do exactly what it’s supposed to do. Being a Brazilian company, they’ve designed their tents to stand up to Amazonian rainfall while still providing great ventilation and protection against the cold.

In this article, I’m going to take a look at the whole Cherokee GT series and explain why I think this should be the next tent on your Christmas list.

Size and comfort

The Cherokee GT (Gran Turismo) series comes in three different sizes to choose from. Which size is right for you depends on your carrying limit and how many people you expect will be using the tent. If possible, it is nearly always better to get one size bigger then you think you’ll need. The sizes for each of the three tents are as follows:

3 to 4 person

Floor Size: 210 x 210 cm / 6.8Ft x 6.8Ft 
Center Height: 135 cm / 4.42Ft 
Weight: 3.5kg / 7.7Lb 

5 to 6 person

Floor Size: 300cm x 300cm / 10Ft x 10Ft
Center Height: 1.75m / 5.7Ft
Weight: 8.5kg / 18.73 Lb.

8 to 9 person

Floor Size: 304cm x 366cm / 10Ft x 12Ft 
Center Height: 182 cm / 6Ft 
Weight: 8.48kg / 18.7Lb 

Each tent is made of the same materials and is graded for three sessions. The outer material is made from polyester laminated with 2500mm polyurethane water column, heat welded seam sealed, partially aluminum and as UV protection

The floor material is made from heavy duty anti-fungus polyethylene which serves to keep you dry and protected while the inner material has a breathable polyester mosquito net.

Ease of Set-up

Fiberglass poles combined with a dome design makes this a very easy set up. it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes for one person to get everything set up though of course, it’s a lot easier if you have an extra person or just some rocks to hold down one end.

The same goes for packing it up again. The carry bag is of good quality and allows you to pack it up tightly for transport with a minimum of effort.

Durability and Quality

Most reviews of the Cherokee GT series stress the high-quality of the materials and its ability to hold up against heavy weather conditions. Despite whatever wind or rain might be thrown at this tent it still holds up and doesn’t allow a drop of water to get inside. The Nano-flex fiberglass poles really make a difference here because they’re made from non-recycled materials which give it less memory and extra strength with good flexibility. The farroles and other metal parts are even gold plated for extra rust protection.

The width and thickness of its rain fly is easily its best feature. Its double stitched for extra durability so it will hold up against a lot of punishment. Lastly, the poles on the rain fly have capped end so they won’t easily puncture the rain fly piece when you insert it.

It’s also another plus that the floor material is made from a different material to the tent. The polyethylene and heavy tarped floor allow it to take a lot of stress so this won’t be tearing easily. Overall, this is a superior tent to most other tents in the same price range. NKT has certainly not cheapened out when it comes to the quality of the materials.

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Best Applications

Considering its phenomenal ability to hold out rain, the Cherokee GT series is best for those heading out into west and windy conditions. Even with all this rain protection you still get great ventilation. This is thanks to its oversized main room with a wide easy access entryway. Even with this closed to protect against a downpour you still get good ventilation because of its built-in awning with mesh panel.  

As each tent is graded for three sessions you can take it through most conditions for the camping session. Great ventilation makes it comfortable in hot and humid weather while the heavy rain and wind protection means you can stay dry even if the weather takes a turn for the worst. Although it still provides good protection against the cold you wouldn’t want to use it in anything below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. NKT has designed this tent to stand up to weather conditions in the Amazon so you can trust it when it comes to rain but not as much for colder environments.

Extra Accessories

If you have some extra money to spend there are a few accessories that can make your camping trip go a little smoother and allow you to maintain your investment for longer.

Coleman Tent Kit

The Coleman tent kit comes with everything you might need for getting your tent perfectly secured. Although the Cherokee tent series is made of high-quality materials it helps to have some steel pegs and a rubber mallet for camping on more tough ground. This little kit can be easily folded up and stuck into your carry bag.

10’ by 12’ Heavy Tarp

The polyester floor of the Cherokee series is impressively sturdy but depending on what kind of terrain your planning on taking it through it might help to bring along a tarp for extra protection. Choose a size based on which version of the Cherokee you choose and lay it down for an extra layer of protection. It will also keep your tent cleaner which means less time washing after the end of a camping trip.

Customer Experiences

Reviews have been overly positive with most reviewers being very impressed with the quality of the materials and its 100% waterproofing guarantee. Many people have also said they found it very roomy compared with other brands who promise the same occupancy limit. Some have felt that the ventilation could be a little better but compared with the majority of reviews online this view is a minority one.

Manufacturer

NKT is the international brand of Nautika, the leading brand for outdoor products in Brazil. Founded in 1974 to develop camping and recreational products for Brazilian campers, they have since expanded their product range to cover the needs of all outdoor activities. Looking to expand their customer base, they started NKT in 2011 to supply their products to all of Latin America. They take the quality of their materials very seriously and ensure they are fully tested before distribution.

         

Specifications

Sleeps: 3 to 9 persons depending on which model you choose 
Seasons:
Floor Size: 210 x 210 cm / 6.8Ft x 6.8Ft 
Center Height: 135 cm / 4.42Ft 
Weight: 7.7Lb – 18.73Lb – 18.7Lb
Outer Material: Polyester Taffeta 68D 190T 1200mm PU 
Inner Material: Polyester Mesh 68D 
Security: Meets CPAI-84 flammability requirements 

Features

  • Sleeps between 3 and 9 persons, 1 door, 3 windows tent designed for easy assembly and disassembly.
  • Rainfly: 100% Polyester with waterproof polyurethane 1200mm water column
  • Frame: 100% virgin NANO-FLEX fiberglass rods with improved diameter, connected with inner elastic
  • Mosquito Mesh: Inner tent fully breathable with Ultra-thin polyester no-see style mesh keeps you safe from smallest insects and mosquitos
  • Floor: Heavy duty anti-fungus seamless polyethylene keeps you dry and protected.
  • Security: Meets CPAI-84 flammability requirements

Pros

  • Made of high-quality durable materials
  • 100% waterproof
  • Fire resistant
  • Can withstand extreme rain and wind conditions
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Can be easily assembled and disassembled

Cons

  • Has no extra doors
  • Does not have its own divider
  • Ventilation could be a little better
  • Not well suited for cold climates

Value for Money

This is a very affordable tent for what you get. You’ll certainly have a hard time finding a waterproof camping tent that can provide the same level of water protection in the same price range. Considering the quality of the materials as well this is a solid buy if you’re expecting heavy rainfall where you’re going.

Conclusion

For family campers, NKT tents have been proven time and time again as reliable and cost-effective. You’ll get a lot of space for your buck with the Cherokee range and for water protection, you can sleep easy on that one. Ventilation could be a little better but I guess there must be some trade off for the heavy rain protection. I would highly recommend this for campers who need something durable that can hold up against heavy weather.


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