Wenzel 36421 Pine Ridge 10-by-8 foot Four-to-Five-Person 2-Room Dome Tent (Light Grey/Green/Red)
- Shockcorded fiberglass frame with grommet pole attachment for quick set up
- Hooped fly at front and rear for weather protection
- Hanging divider curtain creates two separate rooms
- mesh window, doors (2) and roof for cross breeze
- Includes stakes, hanging pockets (2) and storage duffel
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Experience the great outdoors with the Wenzel Pine Ridge. Sleeping four to five it has a tent body of Weather Armor polyester with a polyurethane coating that provides water resistance and resistance to UV-Rays making it both tough and reliable. The tub style, polyethylene floor features welded seams to combat water seepage. The removable fly is hooped at the front and rear for weather protection. Setting up and breaking down are quick and easy with a shockcorded fiberglass frame with grommet pole attachment. The mesh window, doors and roof combine to create cross breeze. For storage use the two hanging pockets, and for privacy the hanging divider curtain. Specifications: • Base: 10 ft. x 8 ft. • Center Height: 60 in. • Area: 80 sq. ft. • Doors: Back to back Dutch "D" style • Floor: welded polyethylene • Frame: fiberglass • Stakes: aluminum • Carry Weight: 11.9 lbs • Sleeps: 4-5
Spacious and weather-resistant, the Wenzel Pine Ridge 10-by-8-foot dome tent sleeps four to five campers in its two rooms, making it ideal for small families or couples with lots of gear. The Pine Ridge is made of rugged, weather-repellent Weather Armor polyester with a polyurethane coating for reliability, helping it keep water out and warmth in. The sonic-sealed, polyethylene tub-style floor, meanwhile, is welded and not sewn, eliminating needle holes that might otherwise attract water seepage. And campers will love the variety of ventilation points--including two mesh doors, one mesh window, and a mesh roof--which combine to create a refreshing cross breeze on warm evenings.
The Pine Ridge is also easy to set up, with shock-corded fiberglass poles and grommet pole attachments. And when it comes time to hit the sheets, you can either create one large sleeping room or roll down the divider curtain to create two separate rooms. The rooms can function as individual bedrooms for the campers or as a sleeping room and living area. Other details include a hooped fly at the front and rear for weather protection, two hanging pockets for storage, and a storage duffel.
- Base: 10 by 8 feet
- Center height: 60 inches
- Area: 80 square feet
- Capacity: 4 to 5 people
- Carrying weight: 11.9 pounds
- Warranty: 10 years
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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 floor plan 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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Easy set up
Excellent "bath tub" bottom which is weld seamed ......... the bottom is polyethylene which is much more
durable than nylon taffeta which is very commonly used. The bath tub style bottom comes up about 4" from the
bottom, wrapping along all sides of the tent. It is not sewn .......... it is "welded" somehow (hot pressed glue
perhaps?); there are no thread seams on the bottom edges of the tent - very important if it rains! (" The sonic-sealed,
polyethylene tub-style floor, meanwhile, is welded and not sewn, eliminating needle holes that might otherwise attract
water seepage.") This was the primary reason I purchased this tent, other than the reasonable price.
Center height is 60" as stated which is excellent for a dome tent of this size and the other main reason
I purchased this particular tent.
Nice green/gray color which blends in with a "woodsy" environment.
Excellent ventilation for summer camping.
The zipper does take 2 hands. The "design defect" that one or more reviewers alluded to is actually a zipper "storm
flap" to keep rain out off the zipper. You need to NOT be in a rush and use one hand/finger to keep this storm flap
away from the zipper and your other hand to actually pull the zipper. Pretty simple: Take your time.
The interior size is slightly smaller than stated: Interior dimensions are 7'8" (4" shorter than stated) and 9'6"
(6" shorter than stated size).
Where are they gonna put the 5th person!? This is described as a "4 or 5 person tent". Huh? Our sleeping bags are
32" across. Most sleeping bags measure 28" - 34". You do the math.............! We have 2 twin size air mattresses in
the tent right now, with our sleeping bags. It would hold a 3rd person, but wow, would that be tight! How do you step
in and turn around without falling on or stepping on someone else? Very comfortable for 2 people and a small amount
of gear. It would be tight with 3 people if all wanted air mattresses, and almost impossible with 4 people.
The "2 room design" is a joke. I did not purchase it for the "2 room" concept, and I don't intend to use it. The room
divider is merely a sheet of nylon taffeta to suspend from the ceiling. If you are using a light in the tent you are clearly
visible through the divider and from the outside. Pretty standard for any nylon taffeta tent.
The tent entry way is cumbersome. Because of the "two room" design/theory, there are two zippers. Each comes from
the bottom, outside corner up to the top center. The zipper does not go in one large semi-circle (180 degree arc), nor from one
bottom corner up and around to the opposite top corner like most tents. This makes the entryway a bit "snug" and some
may find it bothersome. It was not a deal-breaker for me, but a bit weird.
I would prefer a larger rainfly with greater coverage. The rainfly which comes with this tent barely covers the large
ventilation windows along the sides of the tent. A rainstorm/thunderstorm is going to put this rainfly to the test and I
suspect water may come in along the sides in the event of a very windy storm.
The "Weather Armor polyester with a polyurethane coating" is imperceptible, probably because it has to be breathable.
I would like it to SEEM more waterproof; the nylon taffeta does not really need to be breathable on this tent IMO, because
this tent has impressively large ventilation areas along the side walls, front and back windows and mid-roof. It would be
reassuring if the walls were a bit more sturdy and at least appeared more waterproof, but this is certainly not unusual for
modern tent designs, unless you spring for an super expensive, rare canvas tent. Time will tell if the tent is waterproof
and can stand up to a thunderstorm. I will try to update this sometime and let you know!
Update: This tent has been up in our "mini woods" on our property now for 2 weeks straight. During that time we have had three thunderstorms, one in which water came down in sheets, producing 2" of rain in 20 minutes. Two of the other thunderstorms had impressive winds. The tent took on just a tiny bit of water near the front opening; I am assuming it came in thru the zipper or perhaps leaked down from the rainfly and entered along the doorway. I do not have a separate tarp over the tent but I did apply 2 entire cans of Scotchguard tent weather-proofer on it.
The only downside is that there does seem to be a zipper problem. If you open the tent too fast or even normal speed it seems to get caught on the orange part which protects the zippers and keeps out moisture I presume. It didn't get stuck to the point where I couldn't take it out, but nevertheless, it does seem to be annoying. However, if you go slower opening the tent and mindful of that the orange part can get stuck, then this problem can be overlooked in my opinion.
Despite this problem, I really like the tent. Excellent price for the size. Would have given it 5 out of 5 stars but would say it is 3.8-4.0 out of 5.0
I've seen some reviewers mention a problem with the zippers on the door. While I can see their point, it seems to me to be overstated. I got the orange zip-flap stuck in the zipper once and had no problem un-sticking it. The zippers worked just fine after I realized why the flap got stuck and adjusted the way I used the zippers.
This tent is an amazing value, and I definitely recommend it.
(Caveats: I've only taken the tent on two trips so far, so can't comment on how well it lasts, but it seems sturdy for a tent made of relatively lightweight material. Also, we had nice weather on both trips, so I can't comment on how the tent would do in wind and rain. Seems like it would do fine, especially if it was sprayed with some seam sealer.)