One of the downsides to camping is usually setting up the tent once you have gotten to the camp site. The whole issue of figuring out which pole goes where and who should hold what, sucks out a lot of the fun especially if you are tired from a long trek, well the Wenzel Vortex 8 tent puts a stop to all that hassle with its AirPitch technology.
If you are camping as a family or as a group and you would all like to share the same tent, then this is just the right tent for you since it can take as many as 8 adults. This tent is a breath of fresh air for campers who are tired or irritated with the usual tents that take up a lot of time to set up. In this
Wenzel Vortex 8 Tent Review
Wenzel Vortex 8 tent review, we shall look at how well this tent performs out there on the camping ground.
Sleeps 8 People
Air Poles: You may have been wondering what AirPitch technology is, well that is the feature that separates the Wenzel Vortex 8 tent from all the other tents out there. The makers of this tent replaced the usual poles with air columns which means instead of spending so much time trying to figure out which pole goes where, you simply locate the valve and begin to pump air into the columns and they inflate in no time so that the tent is up and ready for you to get in, in just a few minutes. I personally like that because on some occasions I have ended up bending the poles out of shape so with air poles I am sure that will not happen. This technology is so convenient and just one person can pump up the tent.
Big Capacity: 8 people in one tent is indeed a lot of people and that is very convenient for family camping trips. Instead of having separate tents for the parents and the children, you can all share the same tent, that way the parents can always be sure their children are safe or have not escaped to go make out with some other kids. In case you are thinking about privacy, well the Wenzel Vortex 8 tent has that covered – literally covered, there is a provision to divide the tent into 2 compartments so that say the boys are kept away from the girls or the parents can sleep in one compartment and the children in the other.
General Features & Specification
- It is designed with 2 large side windows and 2 ventilators which can be zipped up with “no see mesh”
- There are 4 points for you to use to inflate the air poles of the tent
- It comes with a divider curtain which can be removed or added to create 2 sleeping areas
- There are 2 storage pockets on the inside
- The floor is covered with welded Polyethylene
- Polyester coating to make it weather proof
- Also, comes with the required pump and fire retardant
My first sighting of this tent was in a YouTube video showing how to set it up, this may have been why I found it very easy to set it up since I knew exactly how to lay it down and to put the pegs into the ground before beginning to inflate the tent. Some people I recommended the tent to, however, say they had a hard time locating the valves for the air poles but once they found them, it was a lot easier to get it up.
The positioning of the ventilators is well thought out since they allow for cross ventilation so even when we were 6 people in the tent, there was enough air circulating (but do not be tempted to break wind in there, it will rub your tent-mates the wrong way even with the cross ventilation).
After a long hike, it was pretty convenient to be able to have the tent up within less than six minutes as the sun was going down so that we could focus on setting up a campfire and getting dinner. It was also very convenient to carry just one tent which lightened the load we had to carry. It is indeed a great tent for large camping groups.
Even if you are 1 or 2 people, the tent can be divided so that you use the other compartment to store food stuff and other things which you may not want to have in the sleeping area.
Pros & Cons
There are a number of advantages the Wenzel Vortex 8 Tent has as well as a few bones to pick about its design. Let us start with the advantages.
- You can never overemphasize how easy this tent is to set up with very little effort needed. This makes quite a difference to a camper.
- The air poles are quite rigid to provide stability yet at the same time they will not break or bend out of shape
- It is ideal for family and group camping trips due to its large capacity (8 adults)
- It is well aerated with 2 windows and 2 ventilators
For a tent that can be separated into 2 sleeping areas, it would have been good if there was an option for a second door. Also, the zipper sometimes gets stuck on the material if you are not careful when zipping or unzipping.
The Wenzel Vortex 8 tent is a well-designed tent with easy set up as the main aim. There are very few tents that can take as many as 8 people and still be able to be set up as fast as this one what’s more, once you set it up firmly pegged to the ground, it will provide good shelter and protection from the different weather conditions and a safe night’s sleep. Even when you are done, you will be on the road real fast as it deflates just as quickly as you set it up.
For a tent this convenient, it is worth the money and as long as you follow the instructions on how to set it up and care for it, you will be happy with a Wenzel Vortex 8 Tent.