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Wenzel Beartooth 14- by 10-Foot, 5 Person Pentadome Family Tent
List Price: $115.99

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Product Description

Wenzel / Swiss Gear Tent Beartooth 14'x10'x72" 36268. Upc - 047297362688

Spacious enough for a family, this 14-foot x 10-foot five-sided-dome tent with 72 inches of center head room accommodates five campers on a welded-polyethylene tub-style floor to keep out ground moisture and is made of rugged, weather-resistant polyester with a polyurethane coating for reliability. A removable fly with hoop frames over the D-style door and three windows keeps out rain. Double-stitched, lap-feld seams provide a shingle effect to prevent moisture seepage. A rain-shingle layer on the tent's lower portion provides a watershed effect. Other weather-resistant details include thread, zippers, and webbing treated with water repellents. Windows and roof are made of polyester mesh. A lightweight, shockcorded fiberglass frame has a pin-and-ring system for quick set-up. A loft stores gear. The tent has a 10-year warranty against defects.

Amazon.com Tent Guide
Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in-between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all purpose tent will likely do the trick--especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you're a backpacker, alpine climber or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.

Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.

For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.

Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.

Size Matters
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.

Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.

Features:
  • Weather armor polyester fabric gives tremendous reliability and toughness and is enhanced with an additional polyurethane coating
  • Armor tough seams throughout the body of the tent, our sewing technique incorporates double stitched, lap-feld seams that provide a stronger shingle effect against water.
  • Weather Armor details have all threads, zippers and webbing treated with superior water repellency applications to enforce these critical areas
  • Rain Shingle - our rain shingle layer on the lower portion of the tent wall provides a water shed effect
  • Sonic sealed floors are welded, not sewn, therefore eliminating stitching and needle holes that create another potential area for water to penetrate

Customer Reviews:

  • Fairly good value
    For an inexpensive tent, it's a fairly good value. One disappointment was that the 14' x 10' footprint dimension is more of a triangle than a rectangle. I'd like to see square footage used in the product descriptions. It's best to set the tent up once before the trip to learn the sequence and the two lengths of poles. Overall, setup was easy. While you are doing the first setup, apply seam sealer - it's needed. There is one poor design aspect to the tent. The vertical sections of the zippers are not protected by waterproof covers, and therefore leak. On the fist outing, we were hit with a downpour (2" in a hour) and had some water in the tent. It only took one small towel to mop things up, but I went over the zipper material with an extra coat of seam sealer. We'l see if that helps in the next rain....more info
  • nice tent and good value
    I am a moderately experienced camper and I recently purchased this tent to move up in size. Like all tents, I would not recommend that you place the number of people inside that the title states because they all have pictures of people lined up without any stuff. Assuming you carry clothes and other items, I believe this tent should be for two maybe three (and I feel that way about all tents). As for the tent, it was relatively easy to put up. The instructions say to have two people, but I was able to do it by myself easily the first time. There was plenty of room and good amounts of windows. It has basic pockets and three doors and not much extras. It appears to be well made and it rained the first time I used it and there were no leaks. There is a back vent that I don't quite understand, so can't tell you if it worked or not. Overall, I would say this is a good value for the money. I had plenty of room left over after placing a queen sized bed and would recommend it as a tent in this price range....more info
  • Good Quality and Very Spacish
    Very easy to put up and lots of room for a family. Highly recomended. Good quality for BURNING MAN also. You will not be disappointed, if you get it for $100 or less a great deal!...more info
  • worth the effort
    This tent was a little bit more tricky to set up than it first appeared, but was worth the effort. There was plenty of space for my queen-sized air mattress and frame, with room left over for all my "indoor" stuff....more info
  • Nope. No thanks.
    My last tent started to die, the zipper broke. It was a Wenzel Sycamore. I like that tent. Fairly big, though. It has lasted us for at least 8 years so far.

    But the zipper went. So, when I started to shop for a new tent, Wenzel was on the top of the list.

    The beartooth looked very close to what we wanted. Slightly smaller than the Sycamore, which is what we wanted, or we would have just bought another Sycamore.

    When we FIRST used it :- One of the poles cracked, a piece fell off somewhere and I couldn't quite find out where it was to go. So, it was pretty obvious, within about 1 hour, that it was going back. I was very disappointed.

    It's a VERY odd shape inside. Some sort of pentagon, kind of. Sort of like a rectangle with a triangle tagged on to the top. The unfortunate problem is it makes the internal space quite odd. We have 2 queen size blow up beds, which worked fine with the Sycamore.

    Now, they fit in this one. So size is not a problem but due to the rather odd layout inside the tent, both beds ended up touching each other right at the door, then had about 2' apart at the top; so a kind of inverted triangle. This meant we had to step over the beds to get in to the tent to start with.

    Due to the odd internal shape, it was also not possible to push the beds right to the edge of the tent. It just wouldn't fit.

    The fly sheet essentially lies flat on to the tent fabric. The Sycamore uses guy ropes to pull it out from the tent to give a bit of overhang. It just seemed more "weather friendly" on the Sycamore. It's not much of a problem, since we very rarely go camping during any sort of rainy season but it was just another nail in the coffin and was another reason to send it back.

    When it came to packing away, due to the odd shape, it was rather weird. The sycamore, since it was symetrical at least, folded easily. The Beartooth, however, I could not quite figure out what way to fold it best. I suppose I should have taken some photos as I unrolled it to start with.

    During set up, the poles seem to be under a great deal of stress, which is why I think one of the poles cracked. The "super 5 way quick set up" thing was just useless. It takes a minimum of 2 people to set it up; best with 3. The sycamore could be set up by one, but 2 is much easier (an adult and one child is fine).

    So, it's been sent back. We still have our old Sycamore (it has zipper problems), and I think we'll end up buying exactly the same model again. I so wanted this tent to work. If it hadn't been for the pole cracking, we'd have put up with the other oddities.

    Reasons for buying:

    1. Cheap.
    2. Wenzel, we had a great experience with the last one
    3. Fast delivery from Amazon.

    Reasons for not buying:

    1. Cheap. The poles seem to be of poor quality.
    2. Very odd shape.
    3. Bits fell off.
    4. A pain to roll up when done.

    Recomendation: Buy the Sycamore.
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  • Great Tent!
    We've had this tent out a couple of times and the set up is simple, the tent is very sturdy although I would recommend getting some metal stakes to spike the tent down with. The plastic ones are really only good if you're on a manicured camp ground. We slept two adults and one teen comfortably. Any more than four people might get a little cramped though....more info