5 Stars By Ali on 2016-10-23
What an upgrade
Huge and ridiculous -- obviously not for backpacking -- but my husband and I love it. We throw a queen air mattress in here when car camping and we feel like Kings. It's so easy to set up and take down; set-up is doable with just one person (possibly of a certain height, we are 5'8"+), take down is easiest with two to help stuff it back in the carrying case.
We had it set up in the midwest when a tornado-y thunderstorm rolled through; we sought higher ground till it passed, when we returned, she was safe and sound and still in the ground. Not completely waterproof, but we only got a bit of dew/sweat on the interior walls, and nothing on the floor.
The only "con" I have to note: I wish there were windows on all sides, so when you are inside you can enjoy the view from all angles.
4 Stars By Steve Trice on 2016-08-02
Great tent, easy to setup and take down.
This tent is fantastic for camping solo or with one other person. Super easy to put up and take down. Remember all those times you got home and decided you didn't want to set your tent back up and dry it out, only to regret that decision next time you went to use the tent? That is not an issue with this tent as its so easy to pop up, you won't mind letting it dry out.
I'm giving 4/5 stars because this tent leaks water when there is a heavy rain. Nothing I can't deal with, but the seams at the top and sides allow water to come in. Being totally honest I did not waterproof the tent so had I done that, it may have solved the issue.
5 Stars By ChuckCounty on 2013-03-22
The only review you'll need
So we were a little hesitant on making this purchase after reading the 3 star and below reviews. However, some close friends and camping partner family own this tent. Here is what we did:
Step 1- Order the tent
Step 2- Order TENT SEAM SEALER
Step 3- Order Rain Fly (no brainer people)
Step 4- When tent arrives excitedly open box, and set up in the living room (optional, and be sure to check with your spouse first as this did not go over well with mine)
Step 5- Take down tent from living room and set up again outside....Use the seam sealer around ALL seams inside and outside the tent liberally (or follow directions on sealant product)
Step 6- Put rainfly on tent
Step 7- Connect garden hose and prepare leaf blower for weather simulation testing.
Step 8- After waiting desired time for sealant to set, simulate various types of rain storms from gentle drizzle to driving hurricane force rain (do this at your own risk and be sure to roll up windows on your spouses car when aiming simulated rain in that direction)
Step 9- Now using your leaf blower blast your tent with simulated wind levels from gentle meadow breezes to Hurricane Level 4 winds if you have a 4 speed leaf combo snow blower (again, do this at your own risk)
Step 10- Stake down your tent THEN redo step 9, then apologize to your spouse for crushing her flowers.
During all the simulated test I found that the tent is NOT made for 50+ psi garden house spray down at full forces.... However, there was minimal leaking, and I think that was from spraying right at the zipper. When using in a true rain fashion there was no leaking after a 10 minute soaking. The blower was a little over the top, but even after rolling my unstaked tent into my wifes flowers the tent took all I threw at it. I was going to repeat all the test and make a video to attach with this review but was advised (told) by my wife that I wasn't going to do that....Argh!
Thanks Coleman for a great tent! Set it up in less than 30 seconds and take down was just as simple, and I had a blast with my homemade weather simulation testing.
5 Stars By Daniel Miller on 2017-06-25
Comfy car camping cabin
It's comfortable for a full size plus a twin sized air mattress. It sets up and takes down very easily - sets up in less than two minutes with one person, and less than five minutes to get it stuffed into the carrying bag. It fits in my subcompact car. It stayed dry through 5 straight hours of heavy rain. Too heavy to hike any real distance with, but excellent for car camping with kids.
2 Stars By Badzuk on 2016-06-28
Not very weatherproof.
I had high hopes for this tent after reading reviews and watching videos. It does set up as easy as advertised, less than a minute and it is ready to stake down and use.
Problem was the tent leaked badly during a thunderstorm. One entire wall section had water droplets leaking through, all 4 corners near the floor leaked, and it leaked in the top center. We had several cups of water in the tent, and much of our stuff got wet.
5 Stars By Jared E. Pandolfi on 2016-06-19
HIGHLY recommend. Read below
I cannot recommend this 4 person cabin more. Its not to be used backpacking only out of vehicle camping. My gf and I set this up in no time. Make sure to purchase the rain fly and tent kit for the mallet and steaks. Held up to a thunderstorm all weekend in grand canyon the very first time we used it. Fit a queen bed with about 2.5 feet of free space left on the entrance door side. I even put big coals in my solo stove and and the tent was 70 while it was 30 outside. Ventilation was great even in the rain with the fly. highly recommended for expedition vehicles i will surely have this for years.
1 Stars By Kieran Scanlon on 2017-05-01
Water comes right through this tent
I set this tent up in conditions that ranged from misty to steady rain that lasted 12 hours. As soon as I set it up, I noticed that the rain was coming directly through the walls. I put the fly (sold separately) on and that helped stop rain from coming through the top, but the wall leaks persisted.
We had four of the EXACT same Coleman 6-person instant tents set up and mine was the only one that leaked. I assume the factory missed the waterproofing step.
MAKE SURE YOU TEST THE TENT BEFORE YOU DRIVE FIVE HOURS FROM HOME TO USE IT.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-03-01
I just got this tent, set it up right away, and can't wait to camp in it
I just got this tent today, so of course I haven't actually camped in it yet, but I went right out and set it up. It went up so fast, and it was almost accidental...just by handling the poles, it almost set itself up. If it took a full minute, it didn't take a second more than that, and I wasn't even trying to see how quickly I could do it.
Because the tent doesn't come with a rain fly, I also got a 12x14 tarp to go with it, and I hung that over the tent when I set it up today. With guy lines holding the tarp nice and snug and draped down over the tent, it looks like I will be able to keep the windows halfway down in a rainstorm and still be fine. That's a lot better coverage than the official Coleman rain fly for this tent.
I wish it had a floor vent, but with four huge windows and a ceiling vent, I think it should be more than fine. I have a standard issue U.S. Army cot that will fit inside with plenty of room left over (I'm using this tent to solo camp).
Do yourself a favor and buy some good quality tent stakes. My tent didn't come with any stakes (and I'm not sure if it was supposed to), but I've read a ton of reviews that said the Coleman stakes are garbage, so I ordered some good metal official issue Army tent stakes. If I end up bending those, I must be talented.
The tent is very roomy inside, and I love being able to stand upright in it - that was one reason I chose this model. It's called a six-person tent, but don't kid yourself. Six people would have to really, really, really like each other to squeeze into this tent. I do think it could fit four without their gear, or fewer with some gear. Two people would love this tent and have plenty of room. Since I'm camping solo, it's like a small house for me.
5 Stars By KrAzE on 2016-09-01
IT GOES BACK IN THE BAG!!
I originally had a 6 person tent made by coleman and was very impressed but really didnt need a 3 room tent. I went to downgrade but ended up upgrading in a way. This tent is indeed smaller but fits a queen size matress and has about a foot left in one direction for your things. Theres a pocked on the left and right side that fits my cellphones and the other nicely fits our toiletries. This tent is perfect for 2 people.. not sure about 4. With a bed, and 2 backpacks, you have just enough room for all of it.
The best part is not that it can be put up by one person.. no.. the best part is that it GOES BACK IN THE BAG! Unlike other tents which I just couldn't get to fit, this one folds up and fits without any issue. Theres even enough room to store the camp cookware and matress inflation thing I bought. Very nice!
4 Stars By richie chiasson on 2015-08-20
Great tent as is for fair weather, but chips are down, it NEEDS that rainfly
I'm not a tenter! I used to have both a van set up for camping, and an old Dodge Champion motorhome. I'm too old to mess with a tent! However a bluegrass festival came up that I did not want to miss, and my Coleman tent trailer wasn't available so I took a chance and bought a Coleman 6 person tent. First off, this tent would comfortably hold no more than FOUR people. I can't imagine 6. Secondly this tent should NEVER be purchased without a rain fly!!! SHAME ON COLEMAN AND AMAZON TOO.......for letting this happen. That's the reason for the four star rating.
In the tent's favor, it really is "instant." A fellow camper insisted (curious about the tent,) on "helping" me set the tent up. The tent was up BEFORE EITHER OF US KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. True! You take it out of it's carrying case, spread it out on the ground, and as soon as you start walking around it and erecting the tent poles.......the tent just sorta......happens, no kidding. This tent went up so fast, I'm still not sure how it sets up, but it does.
Come time to take it down, it also was easy. One tip I got from reading another review, was to half open the windows, leave them zipped half way and tuck the flap between the tent and the screen mesh, in order to let the air out, when rolling the tent up. Worked for me.
We had weather.......unbelievable! Up in the mountains, in upstate New York's Lake George area and one minute there'd be sweltering heat, and the next minute a HUGE dark grey cloud would show up, and a DROWNPOUR would happen. At one point, I ran to check the tent and the water around it was shoe top deep! No kidding!!! And, nothing and I mean NO WATER AT ALL, inside........except for a corner of the window I'd left down, unfortunatley close to the air mattress, (not good,) but all in all the tent did fine.
Wind......incredible wind!!! Thru all of this, this tent stood up very well, the only water inside would come from condensation because NO WAY could you leave a window open even the slightest! Water would run down the sloping side of the tent and RIGHT THRU THE WINDOW SCREEN, and this.......is the reason I think it's a shame this tent is allowed to be sold without a rain fly. I just ordered mine! I'm hoping that with this tent fly, I'll be able to at least partially open the windows if it's raining. This along with that clever top vent should help a lot.
Hope this helps but again, this tent should never have been sold without the rainfly. Shame on you Coleman.