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Coleman Evanston Tent
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- Electrical port to bring power and technology inside the tent
- Rainfly with windows awnings, protection from rain and sun
- WeatherTec™ System— patented welded floors and inverted seams keep water out
- Rainfly for weather protection, mesh roof for more sunlight
- Insta-Clip™ Pole Attachments stand up to winds
- Snag-free, continuous pole sleeves for easy, 15-minute setup
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From the manufacturer
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.
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I set it up alone. Two long black poles, two long grey poles, a short black pole for the rear window bow, color coded sleeves, no confusion, no mix ups. The poles are very long and bendy. I found it easier to feed the poles in section by section, unfolding as you go rather than following the instructions to unfold them completely first. The fabric sleeves are not reinforced so check the pole ends and ferules for burrs and sharp edges and feed them in carefully. It was also easier to bow and raise the tent with just the two black poles and then feed the front grey pole after. Less weight to wrestle and less floppy ends sticking out. Toss one of the guy strings over the top and then pull the rain fly carefully over. Then install the last grey pole in the awning and stake everything out. There are several velcro tabs on the underside of the rain fly to secure it to the main poles. Unfortunately they are plastic backed instead of fabric. Probably won't last long. Guy strings and tent stakes are average quality.
It's a zipper main door on this model with zip up half screen. No flap overlap on the zipper either. I'm hoping the awning will make up for this. (The Evanston 8 has the hinge door).
Open mesh on two sides and zip up window in the back. The rain fly overlaps the mesh sides quite a bit. I'm not worried about rain coming in that way. I see this configuration as a compromise between fully closeable tents prone to condensation and some of the other Coleman models with lots of mesh on the back wall that you can't close at all to keep the drafts out. The tent is big and roomy inside. I can stand erect inside with arms straight out and just touch both sides. Nice color, pale minty off-white and "happy" green. Polyester taffeta for both parts. The floor tub is standard dark grey plastic tarp material with welded seams plus a little extra piece for a doormat. The corner pins and rings are aluminum rather than steel. (Less weight? and won't rust and stain later). The back window has three button loops so you can loosely raise the back flap without zipping it completely closed. The doggy door in the back is screened so you can open it for cross flow ventilation and still keep the bugs out. There's also a small zipper opening in the front corner for electrical cords. A handy center loop for hanging things from the ceiling and a good size mesh gear pocket on each side. The front awning looks like a nice feature for shade and wind protection. Will have to see how it works in practice.
The seams on the rain fly are taped (sealed). The seams on the body of the tent are not. The company inverted most of the stitched seams so the stitching is on the inside of the tent but I could still see a lot of light through the needle holes. I would strongly recommend taking the time to seal all the seams by hand, inside and out, especially all around the bottom seam where the walls meet the floor. I bought a two ounce bottle of Coleman seam sealer and was able to coat all of the seams on the tent and the fly and still have a lot left over for later. Coleman Company 2Oz Seam Sealer 2000003614 Camping Accessories. The sealer is sort of like rubbery white glue and drys clear in a couple hours. The taffeta material is supposedly treated with Coleman Weathertec waterproofing. I'm going to chance it.
After going over every inch of the tent to inspect and seal the seams I give the workmanship an A+. I didn't see any notable issues anywhere. Time will tell how well the materials hold up. Overall I think this is a very good quality item so long as you accept that it is consumer grade product at a bargain price and you'll have to seal the seams yourself.
P.S. It wouldn't fit back in the bag on the first attempt.
Second try: Leave the window and door open so the air can escape. Lay the fly on top of the tent. Fold in half sideways, then again in thirds, tucking in the loose ends. Should now be the same width as the poles. Roll lengthwise around the poles and Voila!, it fits back in the bag with room to spare.
Have been out on a couple trips now. One very hot and another somewhat rainy. No condensation at all inside in the morning. A+! Not drafty. Actually need to leave the windows open to get enough air flow in the muggy weather. Sealing the seams worked well. In the rain I could see water in the folded seams but it wasn't coming through to the inside. Need to keep the front to back guys lines very taut otherwise the rain fly sags at little bit by the front edge and over the back window and the water tries to pool. Otherwise it's all good. The awning is a bit small for sitting but it does makes a good sheltered place to leave shoes and other gear and keeps the rain away from the front door. Also it's a handy place to hold on to while changing shoes.
Aside from the water issue, which is certainly a deal breaker, here are the pros and cons:
Pro: tall enough to stand in
Pro: it is white/light green so it reflects heat instead of absorbing heat
Pro: it has a little porch out front, perfect for stowing extra gear (although, anything out there should be waterproof)
Pro: the fly provides some privacy, a feature sorely lacking on other large tents
Pro: not unusually difficult to put up, nor is it unusually heavy. The hardest thing is bending the poles by one's self.
Con: it is really too big for one person. I chose it because of the above attributes. This would not be a Con for a family.
Con: insects came inside through the mesh roof under the fly
Con: rain gets inside. I could not determine the point or points of entry.
I could not evaluate how well the tent would perform in hot conditions. And now I will never find out, since it is going back to the manufacturer.
So, what did I learn? 1) Yes, Virginia, it's best if you do a test tent-raising at home, under calm and forgiving conditions, to acquaint yourself with its quirks; 2) Write your own instructions and take photos if necessary; 3) Get yourself and appropriate-sized duffel bag to store the damn thing; 4) Pitch the tent on a relatively flat and spacious area that allows the base to be fully extended; 5) A small bath mat(s) would be nice for keeping feet clean while entering the tent.
Once I was in the tent I really appreciated some of the features. The 'front porch' vestibule was a perfect place to store extra boots, trash, etc. I took a weatherproof trunk to stash indoor/outdoor items. I put down a big, tough tarp before pitching the tent so the vestibule had a floor. The back window has an 'eyebrow' canopy that let me keep the window unzipped (along with the front window, under the vestibule roof) without taking on rain. It stayed perfectly dry through numerous storms and moisture in the interior (from wet clothes, etc.) dried quickly. The length of the tent allowed for full-size air mattresses + room at the head and foot. It is rated a 6-person tent but it was super-roomy and comfy for two people on an extended stay.
There are the usual two sewn-in pockets for personal items and one loop at the peak to hang a light. I wished there were more places to hang things. I strung up a rope as a closet rod in the back of the tent using tarp clips TEKTON 6268 Tarp Clips, 4-Piece
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