Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent
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- Spacious 8-person, 2-room tent designed for quick assembly
- Poles come pre-attached to tent, ensuring setup in 1 minute or less. All you have to do is unfold, spread out, extend poles, click and lock into place. It is that simple.
- Exclusive Weather Tec system with thick waterproof walls and welded floor
- 2 doors and 7 windows for full ventilation; removable divider between rooms
- Base measures 14 by 10 feet; center height of 6 feet 5 inches; 1-year warranty
- Refer to the PDF attached below for Installation Manual
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For those who don't mind taking some time to set up their tent. Normal setup times can range between 10 to 20 minutes.
Uses color-coded preattached poles and hubs to help anyone pitch their tent up to 50% faster than conventional setup tents.
Makes pitching a tent in under a minute as simple as: unfold, extend, and secure.
Inverted seams increase weather resistance by hiding needle holes inside the tent.
Engineered to be a stronger, more wind-responsive frame with redesigned poles and guy-out triangles.
A zipper cuff made of weather-resistant fabric adds protection from the elements to the door.
Welding-inspired technology strengthens the tent floor and eliminates needle holes.
About the Brand
Coleman helps people make fun memories by providing the lighting, stoves, coolers, tents, sleeping bags, and camping tools integral to their favorite outdoor experiences.
Color: Black | Style: Tent
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We practiced raising the tent one time before leaving home. In the hot sun, it took us a few minutes of frustration to figure out how to get all the arms extended, but really it wasn't too bad. Knocking it down wasn't bad either -- we managed to get it back into the case without opening up the gusset for extra space. Fast forward a week -- we sure were glad we had done a dry run as we raced the sunset to arrive at the campground. Setup went very fast. We used a tarp underneath (smaller than the footprint of the tent, as recommended by some of the commenters here), but that was it -- no seam-sealing or other prep.
Someone else posted this week about using the tent for 2 people -- honestly, we were happy to have all that space for just the two of us, and couldn't imagine sharing it! It's spacious, but we liked the elbow room. To give an idea of how much room there was, we used a double-high, queen-size air mattress, and had plenty of room to walk on either side. I had little nightstands on either side of the bed as well. I also had a 4'x6' rug (from Ikea, in case you're interested) in the front area of the tent. I'll see if I can post a photo.
We had only one day of rain that week, but it was torrential. Storms kept blowing through the area, so it rained hard, on and off, for hours. We had been out all day -- when we got back, we noticed that there had been a small leak. The vulnerable spot seemed to be where the curtain/room divider was sewn into the roof of the tent. We didn't have a fly, but we had staked the tent out as taut as we could, and that was the only moisture issue we experienced. Never noticed condensation inside the tent, even though we were by the coast and mornings could be damp. We were among pine trees, so it was easy to put the stakes in, but I was glad that we at least had a few longer spikes for the four corners of the tent, and a mallet. That kit that Coleman sells is actually kind of nice -- we asked for it in our wedding registry. It comes with four of the sturdier stakes, the mallet and a stake puller, plus a cute broom and dustpan. It all came in handy. Coleman Tent Kit
One result of all that rain -- even though the tarp was much smaller than the footprint of the tent, a lot of water got trapped between the tarp that the underside of the tent. We discovered it at the end of the week, when we were dismantling the tent. But we never had any moisture underfoot, inside the tent. The bottom material must have been very well coated.
The person who commented about needing both hands free to get in and out of the tent -- we experienced that as one of the major annoyances of the tent. It's the reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5. We wanted to keep it zipped, to keep out the mosquitoes, but every time we wanted to bring something into or out of the tent, it was hard to juggle it while holding onto the bottom of the zipper with one hand and raising the zipper tab with the other. Quite a pain, as our daily routine required many entrances and exits. Maybe next time we'll be a little less obsessive about keeping it sealed, since the zipper is protected by a nice, heavy flap with a few sturdy patches of Velcro along its length.
Putting the tent back into the bag, with the bottom all wet and muddy, was a lot harder than when we did it the first time, when all was clean and dry. We didn't want to touch it and get our clothes all dirty, but you do have to kind of get down to roll it, and show it who's boss. It's a lot of work, IMO. That was where my "glamping" concept got a reality check!
Looking forward to using it again, and I hope I won't have to wait 5 years! Also hope we don't experience the parts failures that others have described, or at least that Coleman will have come up with a suitable fix by then. It's worrisome to hear that these things can break, apparently for no good reason.
Last evening and through the night we had a steady, soaking rain (about 14 hours total). Not a drop of rain made it into the tent. My daughter slept in it. She reported that she noticed a little condensation on the ceiling but that was from her breath. When she cracked open a window to vent it, the condensation stopped. No water on the floor, none came in the windows. We purchased the rain fly, but didn't need it.
I don't know how it would hold up in winds. There were light breezes last night and it was fine. It's well made with attention to details like fabric folds to cover the zippers for waterproofing. It's HUGE. We could easily fit four full-size air mattresses in the two rooms, with room left for gear. Tall enough for us to stand upright.
When we set it up, we also checked to see how easy it comes down. It's a snap, but it's a small challenge to get it back into the bag. What worked was one of us holding the bag while the other one set one end into the bag, then shimmying the bag up like a pillow case, while we pulled up the bag whenever it got stuck.
For watertight shelter while camping this tent gets a solid five stars. If that changes in the future, I will update my review.
First of all, the plusses...and there are plenty:
1) This tent is EASY to set up. The external frame and tent never come apart, so you don't have a chance to lose anything. I have set the tent up on my own, but, frankly, it's easier to set up when you have the help of one other person.
2) The set up goes like this...after you have the tent out of its bag you reverse the bend of the corners of the external fram so the poles extend out and down rather than down and up (the way they are stored). Next, extend the four telescoping poles that go from the center of the tent to the four corners until they snap into position at their maximum extension. After you have done that you extend and vertical poles (I recommend doing the corners first) until they snap locked at their maximum extension. Then do the same for the side poles, and you are done with the basic set up. Lastly, use tent pegs to secure to corners and sides of the tent in place.
3) Our first outing it rained, but we stayed nice and dry (be sure to use a ground cloth or tarp under your tent). Thanks Coleman!
4) There are plently of windows in the tent, and the tent can be divided into two rooms - front and back.
5) The engineering of this tent is such that it is able to give and sway a bit in the wind, and that's nice.
6) The tent is made of good materials.
1) The carry bag that the tent comes in seems a bit too small when you try to put the tent back into it when you break camp, but with some grunting and impolite shoving it finally will go back in. (Why do tent engineers always make the bag always do this!?)
2) This is NOT a back-packing tent...i.e., it's HEAVY. That's OK for us, since we camp in campgrounds where we can drive close to where we set up camp.
3) The metal L-shaped tent pegs are inadequate for high wind conditions...and if the gusts are heavy enough the tent will slip out of these pegs and partially collapse...not what you want to have happen to you and your family at night..which leads me to the part of the review where I tell you how to make this 4-star tent into a 5-star tent.
Here's how to make your 4-star tent a 5-star tent. It's easy. The one significant weakness of this tent is that the tent pegs are not substantial enough to hold up to prolonged exposure to wind (and in Idaho where I live it can get mighty windy). So, to correct this flaw simply repalace the light-weight metal tent pegs with more substantial tent pegs, such as COGHLANS Tent Stakes / Pegs 9" ABS Tent Pegs Md: 9309. or Coghlan's Ltd Tent Pegs 12In Abs 6Pk 9312. A half dozen of these pegs will do the trick, and viola, you have a 5-star tent!
The last time we went camping (last week) I had the impression that I should throw some of our old tent pegs in with our gear, and I'm glad I did! They worked wonders.
I hope this review and suggestion was helpful to you.
So, without the alternative tent pegs, 4-stars.
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