This is the Ultimate TopNotch Timber Ridge Tent Review 2020…
Whether you use it to explore new campgrounds or for a staycation right in your backyard, tents are must-have items for summer recreation.
And the good news is that finding TopNotchtents with enough capacity for your whole family doesn’t have to be a financial deal-breaker.
Many new campers ask the all-important question: “How Much Are Large Tents?”
We’re here today to give you an affordable option for your family’s summer camping trips.
If you’re looking for something with plenty of space and a super easy design, look no further!
In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:
- How many people you can reasonably fit inside
- Why it’s a great value purchase
- What season it’s best for
- And lots more…
So if you want more information about one of the best large tents out there today, you’ll love this guide.
Let’s get started.
- Good ventilation
- Excellent price
- Good ceiling clearance
- Helpful room divider that works well
- Weaker weather resistance (water resistance in particular)
- Less long-term durability than other tents
Our Verdict: Timber Ridge Tent
Compared to other large tents with the option to fit up to 10 people, this one is super affordable.
That’s why it’s great for family camping on a budget and it’s best-suited to the summer season.
While it offers reasonable weather resistance with a fly that gives partial coverage, you’ll find other tents better suited to rainy climates, such as the Coleman WeatherMaster.
Although it’s rated for up to 10 people, we found it much more suited to a 6 person maximum capacity. But if you want to use it for just 4 people, you can also put one or two of the best air mattresses inside for a better “glamping-like” experience.
Related: 10 Best 10 Person Tents
Analysis Comparisons and Test Results
In our testing process, we compared this family accommodation to other “instant” tents. We then ranked all of these tents on value, comfort, durability, workmanship, amongst other factors.
Here’s how this design stacks up against other large tents..
Value for Money
The price tag on the Timber Ridge makes it easy to get your family into camping if you’re on a tight budget.
And considering the fact that you’ll also need sleeping bags, air mattresses, kitchen gear, and other camping supplies.
Value for Money Rating
This is a great option if you want to avoid overspending on tents until you’re sure your family is going to like the experience of living and sleeping in The Great Outdoors.
In spite of its lower price…
This accommodation offers everything you need to have a safe, private space for your family to lay their heads at the end of the evening.
Another tent that offers exceptional value is the Core 9 Person Instant Tent.
Ease of Use
Unlike the instant tents out there…
This requires a bit more set up time.There are a total of four fiberglass poles that provide the main structure.
Two of them insert through sleeves in the top of the tent and create an X-shape. The other two run through sleeves from the front to the back to give more stability to the extensions on either end.
Ease of Use Rating
Once you have these four poles in place, it’ll be freestanding on its own.
That being said…
You’ll still need to pull the fly sheet over the top and secure the fly down to the pin-and-ring systems at the four corners.
You can use an additional pole inserted into the fly on either side to create awning spaces that keep any rain off the doors.
This 10 person tent comes with 14 steel stakes and four guy lines to help you further secure it down.
We recommend using these stakes and studying up on how to set guy lines on tents if you plan to camp in windy or rainy conditions.
All in all though…
If you’re looking for a 10 person tent that’s a little easier to use, we recommend the Browning Big Horn.
Durability & Workmanship
The main fabric and fly are 190T polyester that’s finished with a polyurethane coating for added water resistance.
The poles are fiberglass, which are generally strong and relatively lightweight.
Steel stakes provide good durability and help you hold it in place in mild winds.
Durability & Workmanship Rating
The inner mesh material is relatively thin, which means it doesn’t offer the best durability against heavy rains or winds.
One thing we always look for in a tent that’s made for more than 6 people is whether the seams that connect the floor area to the main body are welded.
We didn’t think that’s the case with this one.
So if durability is your top factor, please consider the NTK Arizona GT.
There are a few factors that knocked our weather resistance ranking down for this wilderness accommodation.
The rain fly doesn’t provide full coverage to keep all water out and the main fabric dry.
Weather Resistance Rating
Other tents that are made for extreme weather conditions almost always have a full covering to keep rain off the inner portion.
The floor is not polyethylene material, which would have helped to keep ground moisture from soaking through the floor.
While we would hope that all tents use polyethylene for the floor, we were slightly disappointed to find the Timber Ridge lacking in this department.
That being said..
If you only plan to use it during the summer, this won’t be an issue.
With a 14’ x 10’ floor plan, there’s about 140 square feet of floor area inside.
While that doesn’t translate to as much inner space as other tents with straight walls, it still equates to roughly 14 square feet per person if you fill it to capacity.
If you put 4 people or 6 people inside, that number bumps up to 35 or 23 square feet of space per person, respectively.
What that 10’ x 14’ floor plan means is that you can fit an air mattress (or two) inside for an even more comfortable camping experience should you wish.
Multiple storage pockets on the walls give everyone a secure place to keep phones, wallets, and other personal belongings during the night.
A room divider actually allows you to create two separate living quarters inside. This provides added privacy if you’re camping with another family or you simply want to give parents and kids separate sleeping arrangements.
With a total of five windows and a top mesh panel on the ceiling, air circulates reasonably well so that you don’t feel hot and uncomfortable on warmer evenings.
And like other tents…
The panels on the two doors can be opened up for added ventilation.
So even if you put more than 6 people inside, everyone can stay cool on warm nights and the two separate doors provide convenient overnight exit points no matter which side of the tent you’re sleeping on.
Our Final Verdict: Timber Ridge Tent
Many large tents can be bulky and a nuisance to haul around.
But with a total weight just over 22 pounds, the Timber Ridge will also be easy to store and transport when it’s not set up.
It also comes with a convenient carrying bag that you can pack the tent (and all its components) into when you’re not using it.
As with all other tents, however, you’ll need to pay close attention to how it comes out of the carrying bag in order to get it back in properly.
While it’s rated for up to 10 people, our testing confirmed that a 6 person capacity is more appropriate for this design.
Tents with straight walls are better suited for larger capacities on the whole.
But that being said…
Conclusion: Timber Ridge Tent
With total dimensions measuring 14’ x 10’ x 80”, and two doors, your family won’t have to step over each other all the time like you would with tents that only have a single door.
And while other tents might provide more high-tech features, these tents will undoubtedly also come with much higher price tags.
There are so many tents out there to choose from these days.
And the reality is that there’s not much that separates good tents from great tents at this point.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly starter tent for summer camping adventures, you can’t go wrong with the NTK Arizona GT