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.
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:
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.
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).
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.
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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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