Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent

Last updated date: August 28, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 160 expert reviews, the Wenzel Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent placed 5th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Family Tent for a detailed review of all the top family tents.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
27 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
1,394 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Despite its generous size this tent can be setup in 15-20 minutes and its sturdy fibreglass frame is bolstered by power corners to offer superior stability and wind resistance.
- Byways
The tent incorporates a bathtub bottom floor.
- Outdoor Adventure View
This is a three-season tent, and best used for an outing or camping trip in decent weather that isn’t too windy or rainy.
- Groom and Style
It has a height of 6.5ft making it easier to stand when inside the tent.
- Dotbeasts
July 23, 2019 | Full review
It’s suitable for three season camping and has a screened in porch area to allow you to handle things outside.
- Homethods
May 25, 2019 | Full review
A good feature is the mesh roof two, mesh windows and the rear mesh which keeps the insects out and let the breeze in.
- Pre Travels
July 31, 2018 | Full review
There’s no question this time – we’ve got a waterproof tent on our hands. Polyurethane coated polyester fabric is one of the best waterproof fabrics available at a budget price.
- Outside Pursuits
July 16, 2019 | Full review
Setting up and disassembly is easy.
- The Z8
April 7, 2019 | Full review
The tent is a cabin-style tent with high, straight, steep walls, which is great for height.
- Hiker Lodge
Provides separation space between sleeping and storage.
- My Open Country
The tent is a lightweight, and here you have one of the best Area/Weight ratio, which is 1.2 m²/kg.
- Family Camp Tents
January 28, 2019 | Full review
Big sleeping space with an additional screen porch.
- Adventure Sacks
June 26, 2018 | Full review
Good separation of living space from storage space for keeping sleeping area cleaner.
- Outdoors Voyager
Both the living area and awning area can be closed up to keep out rainwater.
- TakeOutdoors
I absolutely love how light it is to carry it around. And it is spacious and provides comfort and ease of use no matter what kind of weather it is; it is pleasant, or rainy. It is dependable in the wind.
- Bob's Outdoor Products
January 27, 2019 | Full review
This tent is very spacious and it is cabin system. The tent is not totally domed like. The inner part is cabin system. So, as a natural way the inner part in high. In cabin system tents the cabins are high. So no person has to duck down while entering. This is a very beneficial fact.
- Tent Picker
One of the main perks of this tent is that it is easy to set up. This is unlike heavy tents which require too much muscle when setting up. With a lightweight tent, two people would comfortably set it up and it will take up only a few minutes of their time.
- My Best Camp Stuff
August 17, 2018 | Full review
This tent takes about 20 minutes for one adult to put up. It also very easily fits back within its storage bag after tear down.
- Camping Reviewed
Lightweight tent that can fit inside a car or truck.
- Fun Camping Gear
If you have a large family or a group of friends, this tent can fit in 8 people easily. It also features a built-in screen room within the tent so that you can fit in groups on both sides of the screen.
- Camping Tent Lab
August 28, 2017 | Full review
This dome style tent is a very good one to keep all the people with comfort.
- Safariors
July 27, 2019 | Full review
This tent is made of weather resistant polyester and for additional protection it has a strong polyurethane coating. The windows and doors are also sealed to keep moisture outside.
- Travel With Little One
The camping porch is so spacious that you can store your small camping table inside of it to keep the insects off of your food.
- Camping Habits
December 30, 2018 | Full review
The tent is not just spacious, but it's durable too thanks to the double-staked Power corners that give it stability.
- Family Tent Info
Open ventilation with no bugs and insects interruption
- Large Camping Tents Reviews
December 14, 2018 | Full review
One of this tents best features is the very spacious rooms, can fit a king sized mattress in the main room and still have space to move around
- Camping Mastery
September 2, 2016 | Full review
Well-designed ventilation system makes it highly livable in warm weathers.
- Outdoor Gears
What experts didn't like
The plastic pins loosen at night.
- Outdoor Adventure View
Setup and breakdown are of average difficulty, with both taking about 15-20 minutes with two people involved.
- Groom and Style
Not great for wind due to boxy shape.
- Homethods
May 25, 2019 | Full review
Quite heavy to carry around, not suitable for backpacking.
- Pre Travels
July 31, 2018 | Full review
However, just because it’s waterproof doesn’t mean it’s a good choice for you.The large footprint is heavily consumed by the large screened in porch area. While it has a waterproof rainfly over it, the walls aren’t waterproof. You’ll only want to sleep out there in good weather.
- Outside Pursuits
July 16, 2019 | Full review
It can run rather hot inside on a warm day.
- My Open Country
The tent is with the single door. This is not so great, the entrance is on the front-porch side and the door is quite low. This is why you would not want to have a queen size bed in the porch (screened) room, it would be on your way, and the functionality of the porch would be lost.
- Family Camp Tents
January 28, 2019 | Full review
Although billed as waterproof with water "repellent" with weather-repellent polyester with polyurethane coating is a little suspect water tends to seap through in bigger storms.
- Adventure Sacks
June 26, 2018 | Full review
Difficult to pull the wrinkles out of the fabric. As the tent stands fully pitched, the wrinkles will fall out naturally.
- Outdoors Voyager
This tent has limited insulation and is not viable for winter weather.
- TakeOutdoors
Takes two people’s effort to set up this tent.
- Bob's Outdoor Products
January 27, 2019 | Full review
These tents pins are not so strong. The pins which hold the tent with the land, it often loosens away. Without the blow of any strong wind, the pins can be loose. So this is a shortcoming of this tent.
- Tent Picker
Advertised as an 8 person tent but not suitable for 8 big adults as it would be uncomfortable.
- My Best Camp Stuff
August 17, 2018 | Full review
27.3 pounds – Obviously not an ideal weight for backpackers or hikers that are interested in migrating from place to place each night.
- Camping Reviewed
Some areas of the tent have loose fabric.
- Fun Camping Gear
May not be the best tent in heavy rain.
- Camping Tent Lab
August 28, 2017 | Full review
In the heavy wind, it can find itself difficult to have full stability.
- Safariors
July 27, 2019 | Full review
Though this tent boasts that it sleeps eight, you should really not plan to sleep five people inside of it, unless you want to use your porch space as part of your sleeping space. You will notice this is a bit of a trend in porch tents.
- Camping Habits
December 30, 2018 | Full review
The spacious interior means it's going to take a while for two bodies to warm up.
- Family Tent Info
All 8 members can’t enjoy in screen porch at the same time.
- Large Camping Tents Reviews
December 14, 2018 | Full review
The tent has overall poor quality, there’s a chance you could get one of the bad ones – where poles snap, the material rips, and the stitching doesn’t last.
- Camping Mastery
September 2, 2016 | Full review
It takes almost 20 minutes to pitch up this tent for 2 adults.
- Outdoor Gears

From The Manufacturer

Great for camping with family or friends, the Wenzel Klondike measures 16-feet by 11-feet. The Klondike sleeps eight, five in its 98 square feet of interior space, with room for sleeping three more in the 60 square foot screen room with its zip up walls. 6.5 feet of head room lets you stand up straight while inside the tent. The attached screen room can also be used as sun shelter, a picnic room, a gear room or a room just to relax in. A full mesh roof and two mesh windows keep bugs out and let the breeze in. In addition a rear mesh vent creates ground breeze. Weather Armor polyester fabric with a polyurethane water resistant coating protects from top to bottom. 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. The Klondike has a fiberglass frame and uses Power Corners that increase the tent's stability in high winds. Included are two hanging pockets that create an area for items needing easy access, a storage duffel and a 10 year warranty against defects. Specifications: • Base: 16 ft. x 11 ft. • Center Height: 78 in. • Eave Height: 61" • Area: 98 sq. ft. + 60 sq. ft. screen room • Door: Inverted "T" style, interior flex style • Floor: welded polyethylene • Frame: fiberglass • Stakes: steel and plastic • Carry Weight: 27.3 lbs. • Sleeps: 26

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An Overview On Family Tents

Camping is far more fun when you have someone sharing the experience with you. But with a family-size tent, you can camp in groups, whether you’re traveling with your in-laws, your spouse and kids, your favorite friends or a combination of all of the above. With tents readily available to sleep two or more families, you can turn your camping excursion into an outing to remember.

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Chances are, though, you won’t want to spend half your trip setting up your tent. Manufacturers have found clever ways to make tent setup easier, including attaching the poles to the material so there are no pieces to assemble. Some family tents can be erected as quickly as 60 seconds, especially once you’ve gotten the hang of it.

Capacity can be tricky. Although some tents promise to hold up to 12 people, things can get a little cramped when you have all the sleeping bags fully rolled out. Measurements will matter more than how the tent is advertised, so use a measuring tape to map it out and decide on the size that will accommodate sleeping arrangements.

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“It’s important to get a tent that’s big enough for everyone who will be in it,” says outdoor and camping expert Shawna Newman, editor-in-chief of Active Weekender. “Luckily, tents are rated by how many people should fit inside, i.e. a 3-person tent. However, I suggest that you get a tent that’s supposed to fit 1-2 more people than you’re camping with so that everyone is comfortable.”

Also consider how many doors you will need, which will depend on the makeup of your party.

“Camping with small children? Then you probably only want one door so they can’t easily leave the tent without a parent,” Newman suggests. “Camping with teens or other adults? Look for a two-door tent so you don’t have to step over too many people to exit the tent.”

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Your tent won’t be air conditioned, and things can get stuffy once you pack it full of people. Newer tents build in vents and roofs that you can open up to promote airflow, along with the mesh windows that will let in air when you choose. Some tents are also built to keep out the sun’s rays, making them great for those who like midday naps on vacation.

The heat isn’t the only thing that can make camping challenging. You’ll need to be prepared for stormy weather, including rain and strong winds. Many tents are built using material that resists water, but you’ll also need to pay close attention to how sturdy the tent is. Your tent poles should be able to remain standing in reasonably strong winds. You’ll also find air vents become especially important when it’s raining outside.

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“It’s also important to have a tent that is appropriate for the type of weather you’ll be camping in with the family,” Newman says. “I recommend a three-season tent because it is the most versatile option on the market.”

She points out that, when shopping for tents, you will absolutely get what you pay for. Higher-quality tents will have seams already sealed to protect from rain. They will also have a rainfly, which helps when you experience unexpected bouts of rain. She also suggests looking for a family tent that offers good internal storage, like pockets and ceiling loops for water bottles, lanterns and the like.

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“Getting a quality tent for taking the family camping means that you’ll have something that should last you for many years to come,” Newman says. “And if you buy a good three-season tent with plenty of room for everyone, then you should be able to take it almost anywhere during most of the year and be able to enjoy a cheap family vacation.”

Just remember to do a trial run for setting the tent up at home first: “The last thing you want is to be struggling with it at the campsite,” Newman says.

DWYM Fun Fact

Tent camping may be recreational today, but there was a time when it was a matter of survival. The earliest known tents date back to 40,000 B.C., when they were made from mammoth hides. But over the years, it became increasingly important to come up with a more portable solution. By 450 B.C., early yurts and teepees were used to allow travelers to carry shelter along with them wherever they went. Tents were later adopted by various military forces as a way to keep soldiers on the move during wartime. The waterproofing materials used on tents today are a much better alternative to the smelly animal oils and fats used to keep occupants of early tents dry.

The Family Tent Buying Guide

  • At one time, setting up a campsite was a chore. Tent setup required multiple people following a confusing instruction manual. But today’s tents are far easier, with poles attached to keep you from having to deal with fitting multiple parts together. The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent can be in place in as little as 60 seconds, while the CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent takes a little longer, at a minimum of two minutes. The Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup just requires unfolding the nylon and interlinked poles, then guiding it to its natural shape. It’s important to note that these instant tents are convenient, but you still have the somewhat arduous task of taking them down and folding them up to transport home once your camping trip is over.
  • For larger tents, it’s important to give occupants a way to find some privacy. The CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent excels in this area, providing two wall separators that give you three separate rooms, allowing you to set up one area for living space and two for bedrooms, or however else you’d prefer to configure things. The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent and Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup have one room divider that gives you a separate walled-off area.
  • Whether you’re camping in the dead of summer or taking advantage of perfect weather in the fall or spring, ventilation is extremely important in any tent. You’ll need one that not only has windows built in, but also vents to promote airflow and take advantage of any breezes. The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent has both ground and ceiling vents in addition to multiple windows. The CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent has two large doors and windows that all have mesh, as well as an all-mesh ceiling and adjustable vents on both sides. The Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup has roof vents, but it also uses darkroom technology to keep 90% of the sunlight out to give you a dark, cool place to nap or just relax during the day.