Wenzel Klondike Tent 8 Person Overview
Not as well known as the Coleman brands the Wenzel Klondike Tent Eight-Person Family Cabin Dome is worth considering especially if you want a large 8 person tent without spending super large prices. The two types of people are most likely to find this model useful; those with large families or people who take a lot of stuff with them on their camping trips and need a storage room. Some people have also successfully stored their dogs in the 1st room compartment! If you value being able to stand up inside your tent then this model, at 6.5 foot high is also worth a look.
The Wenzel Klondike Tent is what is often called a ‘convertible’ shelter and the key feature os versatility. This means this its ideal for campers who are likely to go out in a variety of weather conditions, from warm summer nights through to more severe and stormy conditions. So if you are the type of camper who pack up to the nearest hotel as soon as the rain hits then the Wenzel Klondike Tent is probably somewhat overkill for your needs. You would most likely want a summer/screen tent.
As with any other convertible tent you pay for versatility with heaver weight. You do not want to try hauling this tent over long distances. However, if you are simply bringing it out of the car and setting it up then the weight will likely not be much an issue for you. As far as convertibles go this model has a good balance of steadiness versus flexibility. The domed structure of the Wenzel is recognized as being a good mixture of headroom and sturdiness.
An all weather tent?
The Wenzel Klondike features a mesh roof option which will give plenty of ventilation throughout the evening and it can be covered fairly easily if weather changes. There is also a rear mesh vent which can be used to bring in a floor level breeze when sleeping on a very humid night. At the other end of the weather spectrum the threads zippers and webbing have all been treated with water repellant solution to prevent rain water leaking in through these vulnerable areas. Similarly there are flat felled seams (a kind of ‘rivet’ or ridge effect) through out the body of the tent create a ‘shingle’ kind of effect on the tent- which helps deflect water off the tent and further prevents leakage. There are plenty of pockets and ways of configuring this tent for you individual needs.
Some customers have complained that the tent is not as sturdy as the manufacturer claims. Howevever, the suspicion is that this is either down to bad luck with a dud model coming out of the factory or due to them trying to brave extreme conditions. The majority of customers report that it performs well in rains and moderately high wind. The manufacturer claims that 1 person can put the tent up the general consensus seems to be that 2 people is a more realistic situation.
Pros & Cons of Wenzel Klondike Tent
- A very good value family tent compared to similar priced models.
- power corners and dome structure provide optimal balance of height AND stability
- 15- 20 minutes to set up but with 2 people needed.
- windows and a full mesh ceiling was great for star gazing after a long day
- The two hanging pockets for storing regular use items are very well designed.
- The first room has a floor unlike many similar tents so avoids treading dirt in.
- Overall ventilation in the tent is very good.
- Has proved very stable in strong winds and stormy conditions
- The open roof design, whilst great for summer nights can result in heat loss during cold nights which some people might find uncomfortable.
- Some users reported the windows eventually being blown open by high winds as they do not completely zip up at the top. Though this complaint has only mentioned by a small number of people.
- there have been 1 or 2 reports of poor quality seams and fibreglass supports breaking. Most customers have NOT reported this though.
- The 16 foot length (creating a rectangle base) can make it hard to find a level spot to site the tent.
- Not a lightweight tent by any means. You won’t won’t to go hiking with this on your back!
Wenzel Klondike Tent Features Summary
- Base: 16 by 11 feet
- Measures 16 x 6.5 x 11 feet (W x H x D); weighs 27.3 pounds
- Center height: 78 inches (6.5 feet high)
- Eave height: 61 inches
- Interior space: 98 square feet + 60-square-foot screened room
- Carrying weight: 27.3 pounds
- dome tent with attached screen room
- Screened area functions as sun room or second
- Full mesh roof option; double-staked Power corners for stability
- Door: Inverted T-style, interior flex style
- Floor: Welded polyethylene
- Frame: Fiberglass
- Pegs: Steel and plastic
- Made of weather-repellent polyester with polyurethane coating
- Screened area functions as sun room or second sleeping room
Wenzel Klondike Tent Review
CUSTOMER Q & A
How water proof is it?
There was maybe a drop the size of a quarter right in front of the small window at the bottom of the back wall – we’d left that partially open and I’m assuming a little rain blew in. Other than that, it was totally dry. We slept in it one night with the dogs and it was extremely comfortable.
How spacious is it really?
The thing I like best is that it is tall so someone 6 feet tall can stand up in it. There was plenty of room in the main area for our air matress and all of our luggage and then we put our youngest daughters pack-n-play in the screened room. There was even enough room left over for our camp chairs had we wanted to sit inside.
Is it easy or difficult to set up?
they say “easy enough for one person”, but you actually do need two people. Now that we have been camping and had set up the tent for the second time, it is easy, but like I said, you need two people. If you are more experienced then you may well be able to do it with one person.
TOP TIPS FOR USING THE WENZEL KLONDIKE 8 PERSON TENT
- If you are able to, set the front door facing into the wind. This side has the best protection rather than the back.
Buy extra stakes to supplement the slightly small and flimsy ones provided.
- Buy brightly coloured guyropes for when putting up/taking down the tent at night. The ones provided are black and will get lost in the dark.
- Ideally use a separate tarp sheet set up at an angle to the wind., This will provide better protection in winds above 10miles/18km per hour.
- If you are very sensitive to cold or are planning to use the Wenzel klondike in severe conditions you should consider doing additional work on sealing the seams of the tent.