Kelty Ridgeway Tent
Reviews of Ridgeway Family Dome Tents

Kelty Ridgeway Tent models are the Highlander 8 and Sonoma Cabin.

Both are cheap, large family dome shelters, but Ridgeway by Kelty tents are poorly constructed and may ruin a family vacation. Learn more with consumer reviews.

No serious camper would purchase a tent for his family that costs $150. That's why the Ridgeway family camping tents are targeted at non-serious campers on a budget.

If that describes you (non-serious camper), read on. If not, check out these other Kelty tents

If your kids will be camping in the backyard, than the Ridgeway 8 man family cabins are perfect.

For any real camping adventure, save your money and
buy a real tent that's reliable in poor weather.

While the Ridgeway by Kelty series provides ample lounge space, this is not a real Kelty tent. They are poorly built with the worst materials possible.

Kelty Ridgeway Review

Both the Sonoma Cabin Dome and the Highlander 8 Man Family Cabin offer zero innovation. They do their best to replicate other successful family camping tents by including:

  • Easy set-up - Ridgeway tents can be pitched in approximately 10 minutes

  • Numerous rooms - Sonoma Cabin has 4 rooms while the Highlander has 2

  • Ventilation - Screen rooms provide ventilation, but the windows are few and far between. Family tents need sufficient ventilation

While these features are beneficial in typical dome family tents for camping, when implemented in shoddy shelters, such as the Ridgeway by Kelty, they become useless.

For instance, what's the use of a screened room if there aren't enough windows to provide adequate ventilation?

Also, with numerous rooms that will have traffic filtering in and out of, your family needs zippers that are durable. Camping tent reviews of the Kelty Ridgeway Highlander 8 and Sonoma found the zippers to jam easily.

Kelty Ridgeway Highlander 8 Tent Specs

  • Area: 159.5 square feet
  • Max Height: 80 inches
  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Number of Windows: 2 bay windows
  • Sleeps: 8 people
  • Seasons: 3

Ridgeway by Kelty Sonoma Cabin Dome Tent Specs

  • Area: 188.6 square feet
  • Max Height: 80 inches
  • Weight: 39.5 pounds
  • Sleeps: 11 people
  • Rooms: 4 plus screen porch
  • Seasons: 3

Kelty Ridgeway Tents: Advantages

The only advantage either of these large dome, family camping tents have is price. However, you get what you pay for.

While Ridgeway Tents provide plenty of space to stretch out at 1/3 the price of other Kelty family tents, they will not meet your needs (unless you're camping in the backyard).

Kelty Ridgeway Tents: Disadvantages

Oh, where to begin?

The zippers break and jam easily... Sonoma has no floor in the screened in area... Ridgeway tent seams rip easily... poor ventilation... need more?

At least the Ridgeway Highlander 8 has a gear loft and a full screen roof. But is that enough to make you purchase a tent for introducing your family to camping? At Camping Tent Reviews, we surely wouldn't.

Ridgeway by Kelty: Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:
  • Inexpensive
  • Spacious
Consumers don't like:
  • Cheap floor material that easily punctures
  • Cheap zippers that jam
  • Tent seams rip easily
  • Heavy


Camping Tent Reviews would not even recommend Kelty Ridgeway Tents to a bum on the streets. Avoid the Ridgeway by Kelty Highlander 8 and Sonoma Dome Cabin at all costs.

If you don't want to follow our advice, Kelty Ridgeways can be found on Amazon

Instead, check out these other Kelty camping tents

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