3 Stars By Jeff042479 on 2012-06-21
Good most of the time.
I received my tent last night and immediately set it up.
- All parts were included and the construction looks to be quality.
- The fly is taped
- The floor is a poly tarp material which looks like it will be durable.
- The screen does not look to be "noseeum" quality but a more course screen material. After inquiring about this with Coleman, I was informed that the screen is indeed no-see-um technology as are ALL Coleman tents. After looking at the screen again, it has a rather course screen with finer fibers woven into it. I'll update if I ever get bit by a no-see-um in my tent.
-It took me 20 minutes to do alone the first time including untying the guy lines and staking it down. The tent is intuitive to set up for anyone who has set up a dome tent before.
- It rained lightly right after I set up the tent. 30 minutes and no leaks.
- The rain stopped and I wasn't convinced so I set up the sprinkler like I do for all of my tents.
- After 1 hour which was about 3/4" of "rain", the corners of the tent leaked as did the seams where the floor meets the tent walls. I will need to seam seal that seam for sure.
- There was one drop of water on the screen which came through the fly in the top center of the tent. I need to pull the fly off and inspect for defects. There was some slight pooling so I need to recheck my setup to ensure it is set up correctly as suggested by the Coleman Customer Service.
- The "porch" area is large and keeps the weather off of the door. It would make a great place for 2-3 people to sit in the shade or out of the rain. It could also be used for gear storage, but I wouldn't put anything out there that can't get wet as a wind in the wrong direction would blow the rain under the fly.
- The door is convenient and the main reason I bought this tent. My 2 year old daughter was able to go in and out unassisted. The door does sag a little but there is Velcro in three places to keep it from flapping in the wind or anything and it seals up reasonably well. I would still zip the door shut when leaving for the day or overnight.
- The windows are large and allow nice ventilation but zip up for cold or privacy.
The electrical access port is located on the front of the tent and has a flap covering it so water can't get in. It also has a zipper when not in use.
- The walls on the sides taper up fairly quickly so if you are planning to put cots in the tent your usable space is not 12'x12', but more like 9.5'x9.5' at 20" off the ground. I think all large tents should include a 20" off the ground measurement for those that use cots or double high inflatable mattress'.
- I figure I can sleep on my cot and put 4 - 5 kids in the tent without anybody touching each other in the middle of the night.
- My tent did not come with the "Cooler Door". I didn't deduct stars for this, but just thought I would mention it for those who are interested as it seemed to be a hot topic in other reviews.
- I will use the tent after sealing it up. If I can get this tent to be waterproof, I will need to update my rating to at least 4 stars.
- This tent doesn't initially look to be the quality of my Kelty Traildome 6, which is a 10'x10', but for the casual camper who won't take the tent in extreme conditions (heavy rain) I think it is a decent tent. I should note that My Kelty leaked initially as well but was OK after sealing the very same seam.
- I must also remind myself that it did not cost as much as my Kelty.
- It is a great family tent for good weather. I would not take this tent on my week long trip to Canada in a primitive campground until I test it further close to alternative sleeping arrangements.
- Did I mention I like the door?
I just finished Chatting with Dona on Coleman Support Chat. What a wonderful experience. She was responsive, helpful, and polite. I needed to ask if sealing the seams on my tent would void my warranty. She promptly answered my inquiry and gave me some helpful hints about making sure my guy lines are as tight as possible. She also indicated some other options for keeping the tent waterproof which really surprised me. I asked about the bug ratings of the screens and she offered to get me the specs and send them in an email. I also interacted with Ron on the chat yesterday regarding any initial treatments for the tent. I had an equally pleasant experience with him. Customer Service is alive and well at Coleman and I felt the need to give them two thumbs up as we are often too quick to complain about bad experiences and overlook exceptional experiences like I have had.
-I sealed the seams on the tent body which leaked originally and set up the sprinkler again. This time I let about 2" of rain fall on the tent and it looks like 98% of the leaks are fixed. As a matter of fact only one corner leaked. It was the last corner and I was running out of sealer so I think it will be fine after I put some more on it. Actually, it only leaked 1 tsp of water. If I can make it through a 2" rain storm with 1 corner leaking that small amount, I think I will be pretty happy. I've increased the score to 4 stars for this reason.
- I did notice a tear in the screen on the door about 1/2" long. I can't be sure this tear was there when I got the tent or if it was from the kids or something else since I had the tent set up in the yard for a few days so I'm not deducting any points.
- folding the tent back up into it's original bag was not an easy task. I usually like to carry an extra tarp and hammer, as well as an extension cord and a small fan so I always pack my tents into larger duffel bags anyhow.
- I did find with a tent this large when packing it up in the wind that If I left the upwind side staked down it made it a lot more manageable. Even when I folded the tent, I would fold a corner in, and temporarily stake it down to keep it where I wanted it. This made tear down a breeze.
- I'll be using the tent at a cottage next week and will update if there are any significant discoveries, otherwise, my review stands.
After using this tent for a week I have changed my review back to 3 stars for the following reasons:
- after being set up for a few days, the door began to sag and not seal well, you had to lift it and close it to ensure the Hook and Loop would support the door. When the kids went in and out there was a 1/2" gap at the top of the door allowing mosquitoes in.
- The tent did ok in short spells of light rain, but we had a couple of big dumps in which the tent did not perform well. The rain really came down for 3 hours. When the drops hit the fly, it is almost like they would come right through as there was a constant mist while it rained. This was probably an inch of rain per hour for 3 hours (It was REALLY heavy rain).
- The rain runs off the fly and onto the tent wall, which is not waterproof. I will need to spray the tent body with the same waterproofing spray Coleman Recommends using on the outside of the fly.
- I still believe this tent is ok for the casual camper but I would not take it for a week long trip if rain is expected.
- Temperatures were highs in the upper 90's during the day and down into the upper 60's at night. This tent breathed well. It got up over 100* inside the tent during the day with the sun on it, but once it was in the shade and/or the sun went down, it cooled down well with the outside temperatures. I have had tents that hold the heat in ,but with the big windows and the screen in the top of the tent, this one performed well.
4 Stars By Alan C. Moore on 2015-07-28
Pretty good for the price
I set this tent up once before going on a 2 week camping trip to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. I did not check to see if it was waterproof. We slept 5 in the tent, but it was much more comfortable when we kicked one of the 5 out. I'd recommend 4 with gear, but 5 is do-able. We all used air mattresses which of course takes up more space.
When we got to Glacier we had a pretty good rain storm along with 15-25MPH winds. The tent stayed up which I was happy about, but it did leak. Not a lot, and I think it was mostly because there were 5 of us in it and we were up against the sides, and the rain fly doesn't go all the way down to the ground. Just FYI it rained the first day while we were setting up and cooking (but not while we were in it sleeping) and it did not get wet at all.
The vestibule was nice, but when it was raining while we were trying to cook I used a tarp to extend it out about 15' with the arch from the existing vestibule at one end and a single pole at the other (and used paracord to stake it out). If I was going to camp a lot I think I'd get some lightweight rainfly material and throw in another pole (maybe even an arch like the one that comes with the tent).
Overall I was pleased with the tent. I bought it knowing we were just going to use it for this 1 two week excursion because the price was right. It does now have a small tear in one of the pole sleeves (happened the last day) but it still works.
It held up to wind much better than I expected, but you have to have the rain fly on it to do so.
5 Stars By RLH on 2017-08-11
Awesome tent you can stand up in & very roomy!
Our family goes camping every summer and our old tent just wasn't cutting it anymore. This one was such a great price on BTA-MALL prime day and the reviews were great,so we decided to try it. Boy,were we blown away at how much room it has for the price! This tent is the kind that you don't have to crawl into. You can easily stand up and walk around in it,which is exactly what I wanted. We used this tent for just two of us,so we had a full sized blow up mattress in it,which left tons of room to put our clothes and toiletries that we bought too,and still have plenty of extra space. We liked that the left and right sides have a mesh pocket attached,which is where we put our cell phones and keys. It was very easy to set up and we loved the rain cover that also makes a small covered "porch" area in the front. It did rain for only about 10 minutes one day and the tent didn't leak at all. It comes with a door mat sized piece of plastic that you can put down at the entrance of the tent to help keep dirt out,which did help,but I would recommend a more heavy duty one,esp if you are going to have more than two people in the tent. I can see how right people could fit into the tent,but I wouldn't want to have more than four,for it to be comfortable and not cramped. We are extremely happy that we bought this tent. A few other campers even commented on how nice and roomy our tent looked and asked where we got it etc. I'm sorry to say that I thought I took pics of the tent once we set it up,but can't find them on my phone,so I guess I didn't. Nothing bad at all to say about this tent,esp when we paid under $60 for it!
4 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-10-01
Great tent for a family of 4. Hinged door is a game changer.
Purchased this tent as a replacement for an Outbound that was the same size. Parts if the Outbound snapped off after only the second use, so we returned it and found this Coleman. What a difference. The hinged door is unreal. I've read where people have said how they don't know how they ever lived without it, and I can tell you that 44 years of zipping up the door, only to realize you forgot something, swearing a bit, then unzipping, is all gone now. The covered area in front is great for a dry place to put your boots, and take them on and off. The size of the tent is perfect for a family of 4, with all of our bags of clothes inside. We had a queen and two twin blow up mattresses inside, and there was still plenty of room to walk around them without tripping over things. Stand up height is more than enough. The rain fly covers exactly what needs to be and, if you have it pulled out inn all the right places, gives you lots of ventilation. We had one solid night and morning of rain outside of Vancouver BC (Harrison Hot Springs) and not one drop made it inside. We did spray the entire fly and all the seams but I don't think the double taping would have had an issue on it's own. The only drawback is that it only has one door. I had a two door tent for over 20 years and liked the convenience but I will get used to this. The product showed the little dog door on the back but mine arrived without one. No big deal. Note: when you first set it up, check the zipper in the corner for the wire hole, ours was shipped open and we never saw it until we were taking it down, leaving a little place for critters to come in. For the price I paid on BTA-MALL (just north of one hundred dollars US), I would buy 10 more if I needed. A great tent that isn't that hard to put up for my wife and I (the kids ran to the lake when we got there) and solidly built. Thanks Coleman and BTA-MALL!!
4 Stars By Paul on 2015-12-08
Great Starter Family Tent
I'm really satisfied with this tent. I'm a single dad and my sons were now old enough to take camping, and after looking over many tents in my budget I settled on the Evanston 8. We've been camping in it 3 times now, and I've not experienced any issues. I'll review my thoughts on the tent below.
I've set this tent up by myself every time, and while it would go much quicker with an adult-sized helper, it's not too difficult for me alone (6'3" tall). The first time took me about 90 minutes, in part because the color of one of the main poles in the instructions is different from the color of the actual pole. Once I realized I had the correct poles things went smoothly. The second and third times I had the tent up in about 30 minutes.
We use one queen air bed and one full sized air bed inside the tent with plenty of room for luggage and to move around. I can stand up fully in the middle and move around easily (I'm 6'3"). The tent is much more spacious and larger than I was expecting. One thing to note is the large 12' x 12' footprint (even larger if you use the front awning). Some tent pads at campgrounds are smaller than this, although I have not had this problem yet myself. I'd imagine you could still use the tent, but lose some of the usable space on a smaller pad. I really like the awning at the front, it provides a little additional privacy and while it won't prevent items underneath from getting wet in the rain, it does allow you to open the door window without getting the interior wet (unless the wind is blowing in that direction).
Note that the side walls of the tent interior are completely screened/mesh and are not covered in any way. The only covering/privacy on the side walls comes from the rain fly. The window on the door and the back wall can be opened and closed; the flaps easily roll up to store out of the way. With the rainfly on, there was generally enough airflow to remain comfortable on 80 degree days as long as there was a gentle breeze, but in still air and direct sunlight it got quite warm and uncomfortable. This is easily resolved by removing the rainfly, but you lose all privacy. I plan to get a couple of small camping fans next year for the hot weather. Several nights temperatures were down around 40 degrees and we remained comfortable in adequate clothing, and one night it was below freezing and we had to resort to sleeping bags only, but this tent is not designed for low temperature camping.
I first set the tent up in the back yard to check for leaks. During about 24 hours of steady showers and one thunderstorm, the tent did leak a little. A small puddle would form in two of the corners every few hours. It was small enough that if camping you could easily keep the tent dry with a towel, but I still used seam sealant on the tent and rainfly and now it is water-tight. One of our camping trips was rainy for 2 days and not a drop of water inside the tent. If you want a guaranteed water-tight tent you'll need to spend double or triple the cost of this tent. Or you can do as I did and spend $25 on some good seam sealant and a few hours work to save yourself the money.
Getting the tent and poles back in the original storage bag is a chore. It can be done, but it takes time and patience (and practice). I did manage to get everything back in, but when I'm camping I like a quick tear-down and simply bought a duffle bag to store the rainfly and poles, and use the original bag for the rest.
Overall, this is a great large tent for family camping. I would estimate you could sleep 4 adults (or any combination of people using 2 beds) comfortably with plenty of room for gear. Setup is simple, but the size of the tent makes it awkward for one person. Two people could put it up easily and quickly. I would recommend this tent for anyone who camps only occasionally or camping on a budget.
The only cons preventing 5-stars would be the somewhat-confusing instructions for a first-timer, the size of the storage bag, and the water leaks before seam-sealing.
5 Stars By Aenniexo on 2017-08-18
I love this tent.
I'm so glad I bought this tent. I only have a queen size mattress to fit in it for now but I can fit atleast another and a twin sized one and/or a sleeping bag or two. I'm sitting in it right now and the rain isn't coming inside. The Windows are great and omg that door is the idea of a century. Great materiel and very impressed overall. My only concern is that one of the poles it uses to hold up the tent arrived broken. I had to borrow one from my friends tent to get mine up. I'll have to find a place that sells them. Be careful to check the poles, had I seen it before opening the tent, I would have returned it.
5 Stars By David W. on 2015-03-23
I had a Colman pop up tent and loved it. kept it up all winter and it ...
I am 54 years old, with nerve damage to my body; broke my neck. Crawling on hands and knees getting in and out of a tent, duck walking inside just aint cutting it. At my point in life I choose to "smooth it". This tent goes up with very little help, has more than enough room for gear, three cots or one cot,small table and camp chair. Are you going to lug this miles down the trail..No. (well you can if you want, not me) I live in Arkansas so We are real big on Ozark Trail stuff but, you just can't beat Colman zippers and rain proofing; sorry Ozark. I had a Colman pop up tent and loved it. kept it up all winter and it stood up fine till the last winter storm of the season. Guess when they say 3 season they mean 3. The weight of the two is about the same to me.
5 Stars By Kenneth W. Chenault on 2014-09-16
The Taj Mahal of Tents!
We call this the Tentmahal in our household. Tall enough to stand upright in, spacious enough for all your gear. Think about it for a moment, this tent has 144 sq. ft. of space! That's the size of a standard bedroom in most homes. Depending on what kind of camper you are, this could very well be the tent for you. My wife and I like a little extra moving room in our tents, but the kids like to room with us. Why? Because they are too lazy to set up their own tent. The only way you are going to find a bigger tent, is if you buy an outfitter's tent, and who needs that much space for a weekend camping trip to the lake?
This tent fits two queen size inflatable mattresses, plus one twin. The tub style flooring is sturdy and the tent has great ventilation. The front flap has supports that make it act like a door for easy in and out access. If you know what you are doing, set-up is pretty easy and can be done in 15-30 minutes. Hey, it's a big tent. The rain fly acts as a covered porch type area. With a 12'x20' tarp, you can add extra protection under the tent, and have a nice area to leave your shoes, wet clothes or towels after a long day of canoeing, hiking, or water fun.
All in all, a great tent that can be had for a great price, if you look hard enough. I highly recommend this tent for the family that wants to spend some time together in the great outdoors.
1 Stars By SierraRunner on 2015-06-23
Terrible in rain and wind. We got soaked! Tent hardly stayed up.
The integrity and usability of this tent is absolutely horrible and I do not recommend it to anyone. It did not hold up in a rainstorm nor did it hold up in wind. The rain was coming down moderately to heavy for about an hour and we were soaked. In wind gusts up to 15 mph the sides of the tent buckled and folded and it felt as though we could have taken off. It was staked out in every spot possible, but still did not hold up well. We had to abandon the tent and sleep in the car when our belongings got wet.
Additionally, this tent is very difficult to take down/set up. During the storm we wanted to move our tent to higher ground to avoid flooding but could not do so because there are just so many parts to it! It is not a simple set up/take down.
This tent is to be used for sunny, dry and zero wind conditions.
5 Stars By M. Apodaca on 2014-09-23
Hinged door is genius!
We used this tent for the first time over Labor Day weekend and I raved about it the whole time. It is huge which we love because we have 2 toddlers, 2 adults and a 100 pound dog and we were able to fit 2 queen mattresses, all of our bags and blankets and an extra large dog crate inside comfortably with plenty of room to maneuver around inside, get dressed, make the beds and go in and out. The best thing about this tent though is the hinged door. It was so awesome!! There are pieces of velcro that automatically seal the door when it closes so you don't have to keep zipping and unzipping it when you go in a out and you don't have to worry about things getting in. This by far is my favorite feature about this tent. Th tent was also very easy to set up but I will say, not so easy to get back into the bag. Overall though, this tent was an awesome buy and we are very happy with it.