Camping can be a stressful time; when you’re away from the comforts of home, it can be very difficult to relax. This stress seems to magnify greatly as the size of your camping party increases.
One of the ways you can cut down on that stress is to have a simple strategy for putting as many people as possible under one canvas roof without stacking one person on top of another.
- Large amount of ventilated area, well suited for warm climates
- Easy, single person set-up
- Both the living area and awning area can be closed up to keep out rainwater
- Living area can comfortably fit four adults
- Tent has trouble with stability when winds become heavy
- This tent has limited insulation and is not viable for winter weather
- Guests will need to sleep in the awning in order to get close to eight person capacity
Large Front Awning
Some large tents might have a larger “live in” area, but the large awning on the Klondike Tent give it the appearance of being larger than it is. The ability to put your camping supplies in an area that is not the place where you will sleep cannot be understated. And, in a pinch, this awning area could comfortably house two adults.
The Klondike tent has a large amount of mesh ventilation surface area, which allows for more air to circulate through. This excess of ventilation is mostly due to the front awning, the walls of which are mostly mesh.
Additionally, the door to the living space can be left open, allowing further ventilation to the tent’s interior. This is a major drawback with most large tents: many tents have only a few small windows and a mesh top to pass air through.
Rear Mesh Vent
One of the most interesting feature that I noticed on the Klondike tent was the existence of a rear mesh vent. This vent has an awning that feeds towards the ground such that it can be left open to allow air to pass through the tent even during rainstorms.
The rear mesh vent won’t totally fix the problem of having a hot, clammy interior when the raindrops start to fall, but it’s a feature that will definitely help in some regard. Seeing as many tents don’t have any such feature, the rear mesh vent certainly sets the Klondike tent apart.
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How Does It Compare To Others?
When compared to the Coleman Montana, the Klondike Tent is comparable in areas such as ventilation and waterproofing. It seems that the Montana Tent has a lot more “bells and whistles” than does the Klondike Tent, including angled windows that keep out rain while open, a hinged door, and an electrical access port.
As far as size is concerned, the Klondike Tent is much spacier than the Montana Tent. The Klondike can comfortably fit four to six campers, while the Montana Tent has some trouble fitting even four. If your camping group is more amenable to day camping, you might prefer the relative ease and simplicity of the Klondike tent. On the other hand, if you travel with a camping group that prefers longer adventures and doesn’t mind a tighter squeeze, you would likely prefer the Coleman Montana Tent.
One of the advantages of the Camp King Tent over the Klondike tent is that the Camp King has a slight edge when it comes to being waterproof. The Camp King has a waterproof layer that drapes over the entire tent, which reduces the opportunity for leaks to appear in the tent at the seams. However, the fact that an entire layer must be draped over the tent means that an unsuspected night shower would be an incredible pain for a Camp King user.
The best option for the Camp King Tent might be to leave the rain layer on at all times, which would trap air, and thus suit the Camp King Tent more for cooler climates. The lack of a covered awning makes setup easier for the Camp King Tent, which would make it ideal for you if you were novice camper. That being said, you would also have no issues setting up the Klondike Tent if you are a first-time camper.
Should you buy?
The Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent is a solid tent selection for a day trip style of camping. It suits most climates, and its closed in awning makes the tent feel much bigger than it actually is. Where many tents tend to cut corners on size by reducing height on the ends of the tent, the Klondike keeps roughly the same shape and height throughout.
The Klondike’s major drawback are the concerns with the tent’s durability: it has trouble keeping its stability in high velocity winds. It would thus be perfect for you if you have a smaller family that plans to camp in a warmer climate, where the weather is known and predictable. Due to its ease of installation, you could use the tent regardless of your camping experience level. Based on all these factors, I would highly recommend the Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent for your next camping adventure.