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Nice tent, but maybe not for cold weather
on June 19, 2011
I just bought this tent this weekend, so I haven't actually used it for a camping trip, but here are my observations so far. This is from a 5'2" female BTW. Trying assembly by myself.
1. Roomy - nice and big. I want a tent that my son and I (and maybe one of his friends) can sleep in, as well as hang out in if we get hit by a big rain or hail storm. Very possible all summer in Colorado. This tent has plenty of room for us and our gear, and space to hang out and play cards or board games.
2. Also lots of standing room. I hate trying to get dressed in a little dome tent. Most people can definitely stand up and walk around in this tent. I think even my husband, who is 6'2", could walk around in this tent without stooping.
3. Lots of venitation (windows).
4. Seems pretty water resistant. I hosed it down for a minute or two, from the top and the sides, and didn't see any leaks. The water kind of rolls off like when you RainX your car windows.
5. Separate "room" so you can have privacy while getting dressed or sleeping. The tent comes with a removable "wall" - a sheet of nylon with a zipper down the middle that you can hang from the ceiling to create a separate room, or leave off and have a big tent.
6. Attached screen room. You could probably fit a coule of chairs and a cooler in this litte screen room and hang out to keep away from the bugs. I can stand up in this room, but my husband probably would have to stoop down a little.
7. Sort of easy to pitch...I guess. Compared to a 3-man dome tent, this takes a little longer, but for the size, it's pretty easy once you've done it. This brings me to the cons...
1. TERRIBLE assembly instructions. The instructions are hard to read and I think some of them are even wrong. I think one step tells you to assemble three poles with red tags when there are actually only two. I'm too lazy to get the instructions to verify that right now....
If you get this tent, do yourself two favors: 1 - put it up at home before you take it camping. It will save you a lot of potential frustration. 2 - read the other reviewers' recommendations on assembling this tent. Maybe even print them out and stash them in your tent bag.
2. This is more of an observation than a con. Mostly because I am a whimp. First, a couple of the poles didn't slide in and out of each other very easily. I eventually got them to work, but had to use some bike chain oil to get them together and apart. Also, the litte silver buttons that you have to push in to adjust the pole height were hard for me to push in. After a while, I think I bruised my thumbs. LOL So I used needle nose plyers to push them in. These will probably get easier with more use.
3. The cooler port that is pictured above and listed on the assembly instructions for my tent does not exist. No big deal because I didn't plan on using it. Same for the electrical port listed in the instructions. Not there.
4. Plastic stakes??? As other reviewers have mentioned, do yourself another favor and buy a set of real tent stakes. Are you really supposed to be able to hammer a plastic stake into the ground????
***5. -*** READ THIS ***- Here is the big one for me. I actually can't believe Coleman would make a product with this oversight/design flaw. THE DOOR FROM THE SCREEN ROOM TO THE TENT DOES ***NOT*** ZIP AT THE BOTTOM!!!!! Most tents are relatively air tight (as much as a tent can be, anyway). This tent basically has a front door that is just loose at the bottom and flaps in a slight breeze. It zips down the middle (top to bottom), but not across the bottom. I can't even imagine camping in the cold in this tent. Which I will actually be doing at some point. I am going to have to figure out some way of sealing this door (blanket? duct tape????) so the cold air doesn't come in. What is the point of having all these other zippers when you have a big opening all the way across the width of the tent, at the bottom, which is where people will be sleeping????? If I had noticed this, I probably would have chosen a different model.
Overall, this seems like a good tent. I would say great except for the lack of zipper on the front door (still trying to fathom that one). It's a really good size and seems pretty sturdy. Although my husband helped me lift the poles this time, I think now that I've done it once, I could do it next time by myself if I had to. I did actually get the rain fly on by myself, but not by following the (lousy) instructions. I attached it at the front and walked it back. I will try to post some pictures of the inside later. I was looking for some before I bought it but couldn't find any.