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REI Co-op Wonderland 4 Review

A huge 4-person tent with great views and loads of space that is a fun to camp in once you get it set up
rei co-op wonderland 4 camping tent review
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Price:  $499 List
Manufacturer:   REI Co-op
By Rob Gaedtke ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 12, 2022
74
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SCORE


RANKED
#10 of 16
  • Space and Comfort - 35% 7.0
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.0
  • Family Friendliness - 15% 7.0
  • Quality - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The REI Wonderland 4 is a very spacious tent with just under 70 square feet of floor space and a peak height of 6'3". Thanks to its 18 stakes and eight pre-attached guylines, this tent can handle most anything once it's set up. Views and storage are other pluses — a fully mesh roof and half mesh sides give plenty of openness, and the eight oversized pockets make for great organization. You can easily fit a full-sized mattress and a twin with plenty of extra room. All this space and height comes with a weight disadvantage — this is the heaviest 4-person tent in our lineup — and the 5-pole, dual hub setup is complicated. Getting this tent pitched alone isn't fun. Still, REI created a unique and spacious tent that packs more positives than negatives.
REASONS TO BUY
Tall
Roomy
Big doors
Good storage
Nice views
REASONS TO AVOID
Complicated to pitch
Very heavy
Vestibule not included

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Pros Tall, roomy, big doors, good storage, nice viewsSpacious, great layout, durable, very family friendly, high valueHuge doors and large vestibule, lots of pockets, highly weather resistantQuality materials, great height, perfectly sized vestibuleSpacious, easy to pitch, great views, inexpensive
Cons Complicated to pitch, very heavy, vestibule not includedNot the easiest to pitch, only one door, odd bagRuns warm, views are a bit more restrictedHubebd poles, single door, awkward bagFiberglass poles, small pockets, lack of ventilation with the rainfly on
Bottom Line A huge 4-person tent with great views and loads of space that is a fun to camp in once you get it set upThis tent has one of the best uses of space we have ever seen, a great choice for families or campers with lots of gearAn excellent mountaineering-inspired tent that is ready for both inclement weather and summer funAn ultra high-quality 4-person tent that makes great use of space with quality componentsWherever this tent falls short in quality, it makes up for it in size, features, and overall value
Rating Categories REI Co-op Wonderland 4 The North Face Wawo... REI Co-op Base Camp 6 MSR Habitude 4 Kelty Wireless 6
Space and Comfort (35%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Ease of Use (15%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Family Friendliness (15%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Quality (10%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Specs REI Co-op Wonderland 4 The North Face Wawo... REI Co-op Base Camp 6 MSR Habitude 4 Kelty Wireless 6
Weight 21.7 lbs 21.9 lbs 20.6 lbs 12 lbs 17.2 lbs
Max Inside Height 6' 3" 6' 6" 6' 2" 6' 1" 6' 4"
Floor Dimensions 8' 4" x 8' 4" 10' x 8' 6" 9' 2" x 9' 2" 7' 11" x 7' 11" 9' 10" x 8' 10"
Floor Area 69.4 sq ft 85 sq ft 84 sq ft 62.4 sq ft 86.9 sq ft
Seasons 3-season 3-season 3-4 season 3-season 3-season
Windows Mesh top 2 Mesh top 2 Mesh top
Pockets 8 6 14 7 6
Number of Doors 2 3 2 1 2
Room Divider No Yes No No No
Vestibules 0 2 2 1 2
Vestibule Area (total) N/A 44.7 sq ft 40 sq ft 23.5 sq ft 28 sq ft
Packed Size 12" x 32" 9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5" 11" x 24" 23" x 9" x 9" 27" x 8" x 8"
Floor Materials 150D coated polyester 150D polyester Polyester DWR 68D polyester taffeta 68D poly 1800mm
Main Tent Materials 75D polyester 150D polyester Polyester 68D polyester ripstop, DWR, PU 68D poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh
Rainfly Materials 75D coated polyester 75D polyester Polyester 68D polyester ripstop, DWR, PU 68D poly 1200mm
Number of Poles 5 4 5 3 hubbed 3
Pole Material Aluminum 14 mm aluminum Aluminum 7000-series aluminum Fiberglass
Extras Side vents for airflow while fly is on, large internal pockets for easy storage Internal dry lines, hang loops, Velcro lantern loop 4-season Porch light Pole pockets for easy setup

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Wonderland 4 is a solid family car camping tent. It boasts everything you need: height, storage, and privacy with a view. Even with its 75 inches of height, thanks to an abundance of guylines, crazy thick aluminum poles, and heavy-duty stakes, this beast holds strong in the wind. The oversized storage options keep the tent clean, and the clever side vents are a nice touch for extra airflow when the fly is on. On the flip side, setup time with two people for us was 10.5 minutes and was a bit of a floppy mess until the top pole was put in place. Another drawback is the weight — at close to 22 pounds, don't plan on shlepping this one too far from your car. Our final negative with the tent is the bag size. Unless you roll the tent back up extra tight, you will have a struggle on your hands getting this one back in the bag. Overall, the Wonderland is a solid middle-of-the-pack tent.

Performance Comparison


rei co-op wonderland 4 camping tent review - tall, stout, and open. this tent is both unique and impressive.
Tall, stout, and open. This tent is both unique and impressive.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Space and Comfort


This tent was designed with space and comfort in mind. Massive headroom, 69.4 square feet of floor space, and eight large pockets make this 4-person tent feel much more like a 6-person. Thanks to the tent's height, REI was able to create just enough privacy for changing while still allowing for great views when the fly is off. We should mention that the doors are nearly the entire side, making walking in without ducking easy — a nice touch. With the fly attached, the huge side vents and single-walled doors with windows still give an open feel.

rei co-op wonderland 4 camping tent review - dang, this tent is tall. are you sure it is only a 4-person?
Dang, this tent is tall. Are you sure it is only a 4-person?
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

The views in the Wonderland 4 are quite impressive. The triangle vent and the oversized mesh top give both side and top exposure.

You have to give it to REI for creating both privacy and openness in...
You have to give it to REI for creating both privacy and openness in a single tent.
Few tents allow for views with the rain fly on while laying down.
Few tents allow for views with the rain fly on while laying down.

Weather Resistance


For a tall, fairly blunt tent, REI nailed this one thanks to the included 18 stakes and eight pre-attached guylines. A little overkill, to say the least, but the Wonderland has the wind on lock. The full mesh top, side vents, and door windows make this a pretty sweet tent in both hot and cold weather, and it handles the rain admirably too.

rei co-op wonderland 4 camping tent review - with 8 included guylines and 18 stakes, this tent isn't going...
With 8 included guylines and 18 stakes, this tent isn't going anywhere.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Ease of Use


The Wonderland 4 gets a slightly above-average rating here. While not nearly as complicated as some of our other tents, the odd pole configuration, crazy amount of stakes, and abundance of guylines make it hard to fit this large tent into its not-quite-big-enough bag. We also fought with the zippers a little bit and feel they could use an upgrade. Overall, we wish a little more attention had been paid to this category during R&D.

rei co-op wonderland 4 camping tent review - the face of frustration when you roll the tent up perfectly and it...
The face of frustration when you roll the tent up perfectly and it still doesn't fit into the bag.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Family Friendliness


Will it fit a family of four and then some? Absolutely. Will you have enough storage options? For sure. But unfortunately, this category is not just about size. REI decided to make the "garage" or vestibule an expensive add-on so you will not have any covered outdoor space for animals, feet cleaning, or gear you don't want in your tent unless you upgrade. The side flaps are an interesting addition but didn't seem to add much function to the tent outside of the stated stability.

rei co-op wonderland 4 camping tent review - so much room for a 4-person tent. feel free to bring the dogs, cats...
So much room for a 4-person tent. Feel free to bring the dogs, cats, and extra socks.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Quality


Except for the zippers, every other element of this tent is well-made. The aluminum poles are the thickest in our lineup. You get super thick 150D-coated polyester floors, a 75D-coated polyester rainfly, great guylines and stakes, and an extra thick bag. You can tell REI built this tent to last.

These poles are hands down the thickest ones we have reviewed.
These poles are hands down the thickest ones we have reviewed.
Thick and stout stakes, 18 of them to be exact.
Thick and stout stakes, 18 of them to be exact.
Everything seam sealed, weather tight, and well made.
Everything seam sealed, weather tight, and well made.

Should You Buy the REI Co-op Wonderland 4?


The Wonderland 4 is a very large, well-made 4-person tent with some neat features and a cool look. It is great in both warm and cold environments and offers an excellent mix of privacy and epic views. As long as weight and setup/teardown time aren't an issue for you, this could be a solid choice.

rei co-op wonderland 4 camping tent review - enjoying the front yard of our wonderland weekend home.
Enjoying the front yard of our Wonderland weekend home.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke


What Other Camping Tents Should You Consider?


While the Wonderland 4 is a solid tent, the stripped-down Kelty Wireless 6 is a great value pick with nearly the same height and more square footage — and it's lighter on both the weight and the wallet. If you want to go bigger, you might look at our favorite overall tent, The North Face Wawona 6.

Rob Gaedtke
 
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