Wenzel 36420 Ridgeline 7-by-7 foot Three-Person Dome Tent (Blue/LightGrey/Red)
- Shockcorded fiberglass poles with pin and ring system for easy set up
- Hooped fly over door for weather protection
- Mesh window, door and roof for cross breeze
- Lightweight and easy to set up
- Includes stakes, gear loft, hanging pocket and storage duffel
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Portable and lightweight the Wenzel Ridgeline offers room enough for three campers in an area of 49 square feet. It sets up easily in minutes with a shockcorded fiberglass frame and pin and ring system. The Dutch "D" style door gives you easy entry and exit. This tent has a mesh window, door and roof for great cross ventilation. The fabric is rugged, weather-repellent Weather Armor polyester with a polyurethane coating for reliability, helping it keep water out and warmth in. A hooped fly increases weather protection. The sonic sealed polyethylene tub-style floor is welded not sewn eliminating needle holes that create a potential area for water seepage. Double-stitched, lap-felled seams through out the body of the tent provide a shingle effect against water. All threads, zippers and webbing are treated with superior water repellency applications to enforce these critical areas. A gear loft and hanging pockets provide areas for items that need easy access. A storage duffel is included for transportation and storage. Specifications: • Base: 7 ft. x 7 ft. • Center Height: 50 in. • Area: 49 sq. ft. • Door: Dutch "D" style • Floor: welded polyethylene • Frame: fiberglass • Stakes: steel • Carry Weight: 7.3 lbs • Sleeps: 3
Keep your load limber during long hikes and extended cycling excursions with the Wenzel Ridgeline dome tent. Large enough to sleep three people at once yet compact enough to fit conveniently on a backpack or saddle bags, the tent is ideal for all types of camping and conditions. The Ridgeline includes such features as a Dutch D-style door for easy entry, along with a shock-corded fiberglass frame and pin-and-ring system that for quick and easy setup. Campers will also appreciate the Weather Armor polyester fabric, polyurethane coating, and sonic-sealed tub-style floor, all of which are reliably rugged and resist leaks of all kinds. The window, door, and roof vents, meanwhile, do a nice job of ventilating the tent and controlling morning moisture.
Additional details include double-stitched, lap-felled seams that provide a shingle effect against water; water-repellent threads, zippers, and webbing; a hooked fly that increases weather protection; a gear loft and hanging pockets for easy-access item; and a handy storage duffel. The Ridgeline caries a 10-year limited warranty.
- Base: 7 by 7 feet
- Center height: 50 inches
- Interior space: 49 square feet
- Sleeps: 3
- Door: Dutch D-style
- Floor: Welded polyethylene
- Frame: Fiberglass
- Pegs: Steel
- Carrying weight: 7.3 pounds
Amazon.com Tent Guide
Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in-between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all-purpose tent will likely do the trick--especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in. If you're a backpacker, alpine climber, or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to buy something designed to handle more adversity.
Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall, and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three-season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are specifically designed for summer backpacking or other activities. Many premium tents will also feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain fly for enhanced waterproofing.
For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four-season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.
Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types: freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and tents that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floorplan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being lighter. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.
Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.
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update: was able to accommodate the twin size Coleman 4 in 1 air mattress under the rear window. Stretched out, toes touch the sides, but comfortable. There was plenty of gear storage room on door side of tent. actually a lot of room for 1 person. This is actually a quality tent, just need to figure out how to make it work for yourself. compared to other backpack tents this is a little heavier, but much stronger for the price. Still Happy with this purchase!
We took the tent for a camp out this week-end with me and my 2 sons. The tent held 3 comfortably, though next time, I'll put myself in the middle and the boys can have the sides next to the wall.
On the camp out, we endured a severe thunderstorm with some of the heaviest rains I can remember, high winds, and hail. We sloshed through 3/4 inch of water during the rain, despite being on an incline. We waited out the storm under a pavilion and watched as many people's tents blew down or collapsed under the heavy rain.
This little tent held up perfectly well. After the rain died down, I checked the tent and it was still standing strong and was mostly dry inside. My "mostly dry" I mean that the zipper and possibly the corner seams leaked VERY SLIGHTLY under the torrential rain. My sons and I brought in more water on our clothing than what had leaked in.
Overall, this tent outperformed my expectations.
Update: Survived 2 Storms
My son took this tent on a scouting trip to the beach. The weather did not treat them well as they faced constant heavy rain and 30-50MPH winds. My son said that "the wind turned it into a one-man tent" as he described how the tent was squished down due to the strong winds. The tent sprung back to normal shape as the wind died down, so no damage was done. Most of the other tents were broken or otherwise flattened and filled with water by mid-week when the troop abandoned camp and came home. This tent held up and stayed "mostly" dry. I remain impressed with this tent. It was a good purchase.
However...little did we know there would be freak weather that weekend. It snowed and rained, night temperatures were in the 30s, and the wind was horrific where we camped at the Salton Sea.
But the tent went up fast (I practiced setting up inside our large kitchen the night before), and kept me dry all night long. I didn't realize when I bought it that the top half of 2 of the 4 sides is mesh. However, the rain guard that comes with it covers these, and pulls in close when you set it up completely, and the tent remained dry and snug. If you need this tent for very cold weather, get something else. This tent is really meant for normal spring-summer-fall temperatures. It served its purpose very well for one very cold and rainy night but if I was going to camp in cold weather in the future I'd get a specialized tent for cold weather.
Overall the tent is great, especially for the price, and very easy to set up. The flooring that is part of the tent is strong but I also got a separate tarp for underneath, because I was worried about the ground being cold and or wet. I did get better stakes after the trip, because the night-long wind had caused them to be pulled out of the ground.
It was just me using the tent this time, but my husband and I both could fit in here together easily.
I'm very pleased with the purchase and have recommended this tent to others in the class who are looking for a new one.