Wenzel Blue Ridge Tent - Review


So, what do you look for in a tent?  Price?  Size?  Ease of setup?  Durability?  Style?   While I'm sure that there are a variety of preferences, these few would probably sum up most everyone's checklist, or at least be near the top.  All are at the top of ours, and we found that our new Wenzel Blue Ridge satisfied us in each of those preferences.  In fact, it exceeded our expectations and that's always a good thing.

For starters, let's talk about the price and size.  My wife and I have long camped with a Coleman dome style tent measuring 9x7, and while it was adequate for our needs, we found that it lacked a bit in ventilation and overall roominess.  Actually, due to our desire to add a new Coleman double stack queen-sized bed, we just felt that we needed a bit more room.  We also wanted the added comfort of allowing others, particularly our grown sons, to camp with us too without the need for them to bring another tent.  Upon initial review of the Blue Ridge's specifications, we felt that it would be well suited to meet our desires.  We were right.  In fact, what we discovered is that our tent will easily fit two Coleman double stack queen-sized beds, and with a bit of compromise on additional leg/storage room, would probably fit a twin air mattress too.  Simply put, it is cavernous.  It also comes with a divider in case you want to create two separate rooms.  We chose not to use it.  The total price that we paid for this tent, including free shipping on Amazon Prime was $134.21.  After one four day camping trip, we feel that it was money well spent.  I'll give it a 5 out of 5 stars for value and size.

Now let's talk a bit about ease of setup.  I'm gonna talk here about our experience setting this tent up, but it must be understood that we have set up tents before.  Assuming one's ability to comprehend instructions which may be a bit foreign at times to a newbie, setup times could take quite a bit longer (allowing for a bit of trial by error).  We've yet to find tent setup instructions to be perfect, or would we classify any of them as very easy to understand, but we found the Wenzel Blue Ridge's instructions to be fairly simple to understand. I really can't think of any stumbling blocks that we discovered comprehending the instructions.  In any case, after an initial setup at our home for practice purposes, we were able to put our tent up in less than 30 minutes.  This included putting tarps down underneath the tent (we had to use two of them due to the footprint of our Wenzel).  It may be possible for one person to set this tent up, but I would highly doubt it.  Be sure to have at least two people.  A third person would be perfect for reading the instructions during the initial few setups.  The only hint of difficulty that I found that may be encountered is bending the poles enough to fit them into the feet of the tent.  Quite a bit of force is necessary, but it is pretty common with other tents too.  Due to the fact that the instructions aren't perfectly clear, and it takes two people to set the tent up, I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5 for initial setup, but then a solid 4 out of 5 after that.






Lastly, I'd like to talk about durability and style.  I'll also include some of the features that we particularly liked, and I'll also address the issues that we had that were less than desirable.  To start with, I'd like to tell you that I pre-treated our tent seams with Kiwi Camp Dry.  It is a tip that I've learned about camping, and if you're not doing it, you should.  You'll find that it will aid in repelling water in case it rains.  And speaking of rain, we had quite a bit.  In fact, we had a very significant down pour one afternoon that lasted for about 20 minutes.  Beyond that, we had sporadic sprinkles here and there.  Throughout it all, we only noted about two-three leakage areas in our tent, and all of them were around the foot peg areas of the tent (the part that is stretched out and staked into the ground).  I'm not even sure that I treated those areas with the Kiwi, but in any case, the leakage was really insignificant and amounted to about three to four inches in area size.  It was easily wiped up and contained.  We did not notice any leaks around our window or door seams, nor did our rain fly leak.  With the amount of rain that we had, we were very impressed with how our tent held up!  In addition to holding up well to the rain, the floor and the walls of the tent held up well to traffic and stress.  We found no tears or rips anywhere on the tent.  I was particularly concerned with the flooring due to it's thinness, and the outer walls due the stress put on them by the frame poles.  Thankfully, everything held up well.  Items of particular note that we found extremely useful is the rain-fly and the ample amount of storage pockets throughout the tent.  In the case of the rain-fly, I really liked that fact that you can peel back part of it on either side (or both sides) of the tent to expose the nylon mesh panels that make up the roof of the tent.  This greatly aids in ventilation and is an added bonus if you want to look up at the nighttime sky while laying in your tent.  In our case, we enjoyed watching the fireflies flutter throughout the trees.  For the most part, we kept our rain-fly folded back, but there were times during the cool night that we had to close it up.  There are also two large windows on either end of the tent, and there is also one on the door.  Each can be unzipped, but they all contain nylon mesh so that you don't have to worry about the bugs getting in.  There is no window on the back side of the tent.  With all of the windows and the different configurations of the roof panels, we found the tent to be extremely well ventilated, but due to its size and thin material, it may present certain challenges in very cold temperatures...especially temps at or below freezing.  On a different note, there was one issue that we found to be a bit annoying.  On the door of the tent, there is a flap in the fabric that covers the zipper that tends to get caught in the zipper when opening and closing the door.  Be watchful and very careful of this.  My wife found that when you utilize both the inside and outside zipper at the same time when zipping and unzipping, this can be avoided for the most part.  While it certainly isn't a knock against the overall design of the tent, I do share it with you as a mere caution.  For overall durability and style, I would have to give our tent a 4.5 out 5.

(Notice the roof panel configuration)

(Notice the large side window)

In closing, I'd like to say that we are very pleased with our purchase.  And while this was our maiden camping trip with the Blue Ridge, I feel very confident that we will continue to be satisfied with it each subsequent trip.  Also, one tidbit that I failed to mention is that we had our tent configured with a queen double stack air mattress, as well as a twin sized air mattress.  Even with that, there was ample storage within the tent for suitcases and overnight bags.  We gladly recommend the Wenzel Blue Ridge to anyone looking for a nice, spacious, family-sized tent...beginners, experts, or those that are between.

**The following descriptions are taken from Amazon.com:

Product Description

The Wenzel Blue Ridge 2 Room Family dome tent will sleep up to 7 happy campers. It has a zippered removable Room Divider that allows you to have 1 or 2 rooms depending on your needs. The sturdy shockcorded multi-diameter fiberglass poles are easy to set up and create more interior space in the tent than do conventional pole sets. 1 large side entry door makes getting in and out simple. The Fly Rod creates a protective awning over the front door/window allowing you to keep it open even in rain for great ventilation and reduced condensation. The welded polyethylene floor is super tough and will last for years. Set up is simple and fast with a combination of sleeves and clips.3 windows allow for great ventilation - all with storm flaps.Mesh roof aids in ventilation and reduces condensation - stargazing??- you can if you want to.Shockcorded fiberglass frame for easy set up.E-Port for electrical appliances.Interior storage pockets for extra stuff - helps keep the tent neat and organized.Easy convenient sleeve and clip construction.Simple pole to body connection is fast and simple.External guy points to keep the tent stable in storms and high winds.All carry sacks and stakes included.Multi-diameter pole set creates more interior space.Fly Rod creates a protective awning over the front door/window so you can leave it open in rain.Fire retardant.Import.
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  • Floor Area: 117 square feet
  • Peak Height: 72 inches
  • Weight: 18 pounds, 2 ounces
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Number of Windows: 3


Comments

  1. Nice review Sonny. Makes me want to go out and buy a nice tent like this one.

    I hope you contact the tent company and share your review with them.

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  2. Hey there. Just bought one of these last night after going back and forth. Stumbling on to your review helped a TON! Just checking in to see how the tent is holding up now that it's almost a year old? Also, we will be using it this weekend with overnight lows in the low 40's here in Northern Nevada. We have good sleeping bags and extra blankets/thermalite's.

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  3. We still love our tent! In fact, we are camping in North Georgia right now, and the temps will be in the 40s tonight. This will be our fourth camping trip with it and we are still very happy with it.

    I am glad that the review helped. Thanks for letting me know.

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  4. I just bought one of these. We're taking the family for a quick overnight about an hour away. I wanted 2 rooms (1 for myself and the wife/1 for the kiddos) and the price and the size of this tent spoke to me. The fact it's made here and all that is a bonus. Thanks for the review/images.

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  5. I hope that you'll be happy with your purchase. Thanks!

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  6. Timber Ridge Large Family Tent from Bizarkdeal

    I personally purchased this tent for one weekend of camping with my friends. There were four of us sharing the same tent and we we're able to fit both our queen air mattresses inside with additional space to walk around, which I loved. The room divider was a great addition, it allowed privacy for changing / sleeping and it was still really easy to take down when we wanted to be in one big open space for games and meals. I think one of my favorite things about this tent was the ventilation. I'm not by any means an expericienced camper. Tents tend to make me feel cramped and sticky but due to the extra ventilation in the ceiling and Windows I actually felt very cool & comfortable. It was in the upper 80s and lower 90s all weekend too so I was pretty impressed with both the tent and myself. Normally I would have woken up in the night feeling all sticky/ icky and Id head to the car to spend the rest of my night in the air conditioning! This past weekend I spent both nights in the tent & I slept through the night.

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