Wenzel Klondike Mesh Vents Family Tent, 8-Person

Last updated: February 21, 2023

Available in taupe or blue, this family tent can accommodate up to eight people. It's quite stylish and features a front screen room for chatting over a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. Campers will love how easy the tent is to set up, as well as the built-in roof vents and oversized windows.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: This family tent features two storage pockets for keeping a flashlight, cellphone or portable radio at the ready.

In our analysis of 133 expert reviews, the Wenzel Klondike Mesh Vents Family Tent, 8-Person placed 1st when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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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Expert Reviews

What reviewers 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.
The tent incorporates a bathtub bottom floor.
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.
It has a height of 6.5ft making it easier to stand when inside the tent.
It’s suitable for three season camping and has a screened in porch area to allow you to handle things outside.
A good feature is the mesh roof two, mesh windows and the rear mesh which keeps the insects out and let the breeze in.
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.
Setting up and disassembly is easy.
The tent is a cabin-style tent with high, straight, steep walls, which is great for height.
Provides separation space between sleeping and storage.
The tent is a lightweight, and here you have one of the best Area/Weight ratio, which is 1.2 m²/kg.
Big sleeping space with an additional screen porch.
Good separation of living space from storage space for keeping sleeping area cleaner.
Both the living area and awning area can be closed up to keep out rainwater.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lightweight tent that can fit inside a car or truck.
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.
This dome style tent is a very good one to keep all the people with comfort.
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.
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.
The tent is not just spacious, but it's durable too thanks to the double-staked Power corners that give it stability.
Open ventilation with no bugs and insects interruption
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
Well-designed ventilation system makes it highly livable in warm weathers.

What reviewers didn't like

The plastic pins loosen at night.
Setup and breakdown are of average difficulty, with both taking about 15-20 minutes with two people involved.
Not great for wind due to boxy shape.
Quite heavy to carry around, not suitable for backpacking.
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.
It can run rather hot inside on a warm day.
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.
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.
Difficult to pull the wrinkles out of the fabric. As the tent stands fully pitched, the wrinkles will fall out naturally.
This tent has limited insulation and is not viable for winter weather.
Takes two people’s effort to set up this tent.
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.
Advertised as an 8 person tent but not suitable for 8 big adults as it would be uncomfortable.
27.3 pounds – Obviously not an ideal weight for backpackers or hikers that are interested in migrating from place to place each night.
Some areas of the tent have loose fabric.
May not be the best tent in heavy rain.
In the heavy wind, it can find itself difficult to have full stability.
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.
The spacious interior means it's going to take a while for two bodies to warm up.
All 8 members can’t enjoy in screen porch at the same time.
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.
It takes almost 20 minutes to pitch up this tent for 2 adults.
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