Browning Camping Ridge Creek 5 Person Tent is a fully freestanding reliable cabin style tent with an easy setup and an affordable price.
Key features & benefits
- Very tall tent.
- Steel & fiberglass poles.
- Very reliable.
- Affordable & reasonable price.
- Easy setup.
Where to buy
Check on Amazon, they usually have the best prices and shipping conditions.
What this is about
This is a new item launched recently by Browning Camping, a pleasant and freestanding 5-person tent. This is a tent with a partial coverage fly, see the picture below, which buckles to its corners, and you can rotate the tent and move it around even with the fly. So indeed you can set it up anywhere but I would not use it without staking it down properly.
As you realize from the pictures, this is a cabin style tent with straight and steep walls, ideal for campers who use cots. This is a very tall tent with the peak height of 7 ft (213 cm), the door is high and you have a brim above, so you have an easy access which allows lots of room to stand up. The style and the colors remind me about their other celebrated tent the Big Horn, it looks like a half of that tent.
You have three separate windows plus one on the single door shown above, all of them with mesh and panels. So this is why the fly is designed small, to allow for unobstructed views.
Who is it for
Space-wise, the declared capacity is 5 people, and the tent offers 80 ft² (7.4 m²). The dimensions are such that you can indeed squeeze 5 pads on the floor, but this can work only if you are with friends on some open-air festival. In reality, this is a tent for two people, for a pair of campers or hunters, or for parents with a small kid. There is no vestibule for gear, so all must be kept inside or in the car.
Weight-wise, with its 21 lb (9.5 kg) this tent is everything but lightweight, but this is not an issue. This is a car camping tent and it is built for comfort, so it is not supposed to be carried anywhere. My rating for weight is low (see below) but I use the same criteria for all tents for comparison purpose, and you can simply ignore the weight.
Climate-wise and seasons-wise, this is a 2-season tent and best suited for a warmer environment, say summer, late spring and early autumn. The ceiling is all mesh so you will not feel great if you use it in a cool climate. But can you? Sure you can, I am only talking about comfort, this is a reliable tent in general.
The fly protects the ceiling only but the walls are waterproof. The construction is strong but this is a very tall structure and there are not enough stake points, so I would avoid using it in a windy area.
Materials & construction
Here you have a combination of steel used for the four legs, and fiberglass on the roof. This is a simple construction with plastic joints and sleeves on the top, fully self-supporting and freestanding. But such a roof is not for snow accumulated on it, just to know.
The fly is a 75D 185T polyester designed to resist UV damage and stays taut, but they did not provide the waterproof rating. Most likely this is 1500 mm, they use this in their other tents. The floor is a much stronger 150D polyester oxford with 2000 mm coating. All the seams on the fly and the floor are factory-sealed and this is really properly done, so the tent is very reliable.
Note that the inner panels on the windows are with zippers, you would not expect such a great feature in such an affordable tent, so you can position them as high as you wish for privacy.
There are no floor vents here. You might think you do not need them with such a ceiling and you are probably right if the sky is clear. But in rain, you have to zip up the door panel.
- The tent easily fits into its carry bag.
- One person can set it up in 10 minutes, with two people it is much easier and faster.
- Mesh storage shelf is included.
- The stakes are steel.
- Guy ropes are in the package.
Good and less good features & rating
Here is my short summary:
- Great price.
- Very tall tent.
- Very livable.
- Great views around.
- A bit heavy.
- Not many stake points.
- To small for the declared capacity.
The Amazon price for this tent as of the moment of writing the text is around $180 and in my view this is a bargain for such a tent. Please see how I rate it:
My rating breakdown of the Browning Camping Ridge Creek 5 Person Tent:
- Type: cabin style freestanding tent.
- Capacity: 5 people.
- Weight: 21 lb (9.5 kg).
- Dimensions: 10 x 8 ft (305 x 244 cm).
- Area: 80 ft² (7.4 m²).
- Area per person: 16 ft² (1.5 m²).
- Peak height: 7 ft (213 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 28 x 8 in (71 x 20 cm).
Browning Camping Ridge Creek 5 Person Tent vs Competitors
You might want to see how this tent stands when compared with some other 5-person tents that are built in the same or similar style. So I chose this Skandika just to show you how big a real camping tent for 5 people can be, and the other tent is the beautifully built but considerably smaller Oxley Lite 5. Please follow the links for more details:
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor size, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Ridge Creek 5
Payable Every Month
steel & fiberglass
Oxley Lite 5
Payable Every Year
Payable Every Year
steel & fiberglass
So this Browning Camping Ridge Creek 5 Person Tent is nicely built, the waterproof rating may not look big and the fly is minimal but the tent is properly sealed and this is what matters. Most of the time tents leak through seams so the fabric waterproof rating becomes meaningless, but this is not so here and you can rely on it. It is best to ignore the declared capacity and use this tent for couples.
To see more tents for 5 people, please check my list of best 5-person camping tents where this tent is also included. You have seen that it is very tall, but if you still need something taller, check my list with extra tall camping tents, all above 215 cm.
Note that this is not a sponsored text and I am not paid by the manufacturer. I am only expressing my own unbiased views about this product.
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