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WEATHERmaster that can't handle weather
on July 11, 2015
I'm typically a Coleman fan. They usually make dependable "car camping" equipment. We own sleeping bags, lanterns, stoves, air mattresses, air pump, etc and no problems. I wish I could say the same for the WeatherMaster 10.
After doing much research, we bought this tent for our family because it was called the "WEATHERmaster" 10. Per the name, I assumed it would be weather resistant. Not the case. Just got back early from a camping trip in the Sierra Nevadas. I assume a tent will have some leaks if exposed to enough rain, but I had high hopes that a tent names WEATHERmaster would be able to handle traditional afternoon thunderstorms in the Sierra. Unfortunately, the ten leaked right through the rainfly. Not the seams, not the edges, not the bottom, but through the very material designed to keep us dry. And all over, not just one or two spots.
All of our equipment was soaked, forcing me to drive the kids home late at night and return the next morning to break camp. Disaster. Other tents in our group, including a Coleman dome tent and a REI cabin tent all did perfectly fine, causing us to be the butt of many jokes for having the WEAHTERmaster that leaks.
The only reason I give two stars is due to the space, ease of putting up, and sturdiness of the poles. I really want to like this tent, but if you name it the WEATHERmaster it should hold up to rain, no excuses and no exceptions. And it should do it right out of the box, no rain guard needed.
I am now pondering buying a 20 foot tarp to carry around or buying the same REI brand tent that our friends had and didn't leak. Buyer beware if you ever have to camp with ANY chance of rain.