Coleman Family Tents Reviews

Coleman is one of the most renowned names in the manufacture of outdoor gear and their family tents do not disappoint. This is a good thing too. Family camping fast in America, Europe and Asia has become the norm as many parents engage their children in outdoorsy activities.


Things to be wary about when buying family tents

The size of the family

Living in the tent can be such a killjoy, that is, if you go with the manufacturer ratings. Honestly, it is as if the manufacturers think people are the size of ants, or something.

So be smart, be very smart. Whatever number rating the manufacturer has for the tent that you have in mind, cut that by half.

The answer that you get is the total number the tent can house comfortably. If it is an 8-person tent, most likely it is best for 4 to 6 people, considering that many people are not calm sleepers.

You need elbow room to turn and move around when asleep. Some people toss in their sleep. Even when using single or double sleeping bags, well, space is important.

But when you have kids, a family tent may actually fit the number of people it is rated for, considering that kids are smaller. However, whatever number of people the family tents are rated for should never be taken as the gospel truth. It rarely is, anyway.

As the need for bigger tents grows, so do many people go online to read tents reviews. In this review, let us see what makes Coleman one of the most reputable names in camping, backpacking, hiking and other outdoor activities.

And marvelous too, with many incredible features as you will see in the video below:

Privacy in the family tents

Tent camping with the family means you can get in each other’s way most of the time. Thankfully, Coleman has taken that into consideration, just for you.

Many of their tents intended for family camping come with dividers. These are “partitions” that allow you to create two, three or more rooms from the tent. Do not worry, they are easy to put up. However, dividers are not a standard feature, so make sure you buy the tent that has dividers.

Waterproof

When car camping, beach camping or backpacking, the weather can change with little or no notice. When the heavens pour out in torrents, you want to keep as dry as possible. Thankfully, all Coleman camping tents are backed by their patented WeatherTec system that keeps all moisture out.

The design

If you are going to spend money on it, then it had better be good, no? Thankfully, Coleman camping tents leave nothing to desire when it comes to design.

They are both rugged and beautiful. Some are 3 season, good to be used with winter sleeping bags, and some are 2 season rated – good for summer and fall camping.

Some of the tents come with pre-attached poles. This makes setting them up a bliss, and a short piece of work. Most of them will be labeled “fast” or “instant set-up” tents. If it is this easy, then it is just like hammock camping.

Rain and bug protection features

Outdoor fun activities can be curtailed by bugs, and elements of the weather. Coleman takes this into consideration. While screened rooms are not a standard feature in all of their tents, you can look for one that has a screen for keeping bugs away.

All of the Coleman tents come with a rainfly to keep the rain away. In addition, the WeatherTec System ensures the tent stays dry most of the time.

Some tents have awnings over the doors and windows to keep the rain away from them yet at the same time allow light and air in.

Other features

Water resistance, floors that are inverted welded, zipper guard, 150 polyester denier material for durability and many more are standard features in all Coleman tents for family camping.

Strong floor and wall material gives endurance. If you take good care of your family tent, you could use it for a long time.

About the cost, any Coleman tent review should show you the latest price, but not to worry. They are very affordable.

Here are a few Coleman tents for family camping

Coleman Instant Tent 4 People

The first thing that catches your attention here is: why instant?

Well, I did not ask, but the tent comes with pre-attached poles thus making it pretty instant to pitch if you ask me.  As Coleman themselves say, you need about 60 seconds to set it up. Now that is fast. Among some of the features that I love in this tent include the welded floors – pretty strong, inverted seams that make it totally water resist and of course the rainfly that is vented for more air.

What you will love about it

  • So simple to set up. Upward of 2 minutes and you have it ready
  • Has many higher than standard features
  • Integrated with rainfly
  • High quality welded floor
  • Measures 8 feet by 7 feet
  • Made of strong 150D polyester material

What you may not like about it

  • Because of the pre-attached poles, its bulky thus not good for backpacking
  • Cannot fit 4 people – It is more actually like 2 people
  • No standing room for tall people

Red Canyon Tent – 8 Person

This is another jewel from Coleman designed to house the entire family whether you are camping on the beach or on the trails.

Alas! This tent has taken quite a beating from users who left reviews on Amazon. Is it really as bad as they say?

Let’s explore some of the features

It is big, literally, measuring all of 10 by 17 feet. The center height is 72 inches (6 feet). You can stand in it.

The Coleman patented WeatherTec makes the tent waterproof even on the seams. Other notable features include the adjustable air vent system, which allows you to control the amount of air coming in.

When you buy it, you will get poles, stakes, and bags for the same. Thus, you will not store the tent with the poles.

It is sold with its room dividers, which you can use to create three sizeable rooms out of the one tent. This is good because you may need privacy or you may need to keep your backpacks and stuff in one of the rooms.

What you will love about this tent

  • It is made for 8 people – take that with a pinch of salt, say six people
  •  Whole family can share the tent
  • It is easy to assemble – follow the manual
  • Adjust the flow of air into the tent using Variflow and the Cool Airport
  • Incredible design for a modern tent
  • Good for winter camping

What you may not like about it

  • Some people report that it rips at the seams but they got a replacement
  • The windows cannot be zipped

Modified Coleman Montana 8-person Tent

For people who have been around for some time, there was an earlier version of the Coleman Montana Tent, but it may or may no longer be available on Amazon. However, the modified version has more features but is basically the same as the earlier version.

It is still the same cabin tent type, with the same beautifully angled windows to keep the rain away but allow in the light. It has Insta-Clip attachments for poles, the popular welded floors that Coleman tents are famous for.

This tent is large. Ok, maybe it cannot really take 8 people as the manufacturer says, but it measures an impressive 16 by 7 feet.

Set up can take some time, maybe up to 15 minutes. You also have to attach the rainfly before sleeping lest you wake up soaked to the bone by the dew. The tent also has a port designed for electrical access.

What you will love about it

  • An incredible looking door awning for extra protection against rain
  • You can detach the rainfly to enjoy stargazing on dry nights
  • Has pockets attached to the interior to store personal stuff
  • Color-coded poles make it easy to set up
  • Sold with limited warranty for one year
  • Great for car camping
  • Has carry bag for tent and sack for poles

What you may not like about it

  • It may not fit 8 people actually
  • Takes a bit longer to set up
  • Bulky

Coleman Steel Creek/Coleman Evanston Tent

This tent does not disappoint. Well, strike that! It does disappoint a bit, but then its pros are more than the cons. It is perfect for small family camping or for people who love group camping. It is a fast-pitch tent meaning that you can put it up in a few minutes since it comes with pre-attached poles.

Other remarkable features include things like window awnings that help keep the rain out. It has a screened porch in the front so that you can relax “outdoors” easily.

What you will love about it

  • Fair standing room – 5 feet 8 inches
  • Measures 10 by 9 feet
  • Rated as all season – good for winter camping
  • Keep you dry in rain
  • Screen room that is bug protected for children to play in
  • Will take 2 people with experience about 7 minutes only to set up

What you may not love about it

  • Strong winds may shatter the poles

Coleman 2000018295 8-Person Instant Set-up Tent

The Coleman 2000018295 could easily be considered the cornerstone design of all Coleman family tents measuring a large 14 by 10 feet. It is big enough to house 2 queen-size airbeds, has large screened windows that allow light in and at the same time keep the bugs out. Backed by the Coleman WeatherTec system for waterproofing, this is indeed one of the best family camping tents in the market.

With steel frame for durability, easy to set up by two people and with 2 doors, many windows, actually 7 for ventilation, screened to keep the bugs away and with removable divider for privacy, this is the tent you want to carry for family camping vacation.

The height is 6 feet and 5 inches in the center. That is as high as they get, no wonder this tent feels like a home away from home.

What you will love about it

  • It is beautiful, black at the bottom and gray for the top
  • Limited one year warranty
  • Many windows for more ventilation
  • Big enough to fit 2 queen size airbeds
  • The pre-attached poles make setting up easier and tool-free
  • Divider for privacy
  • You can use a camping cot in it

What you may not like about it

  • Rainfly is bought separately
  • 2 season rating, not good for winter camping

Conclusion

These are just five family tents from Coleman. Your list of outdoor fun activities cannot be complete without camping. From these tent reviews, you can see that most of these are only suitable for beach and car camping, as they are too bulky for hiking or backpacking. A good camping tent will give you the closest resemblance of a home away from home in the camping ground.

 

 

 

 


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