Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 2:19 am
Coleman SunDome 3-Person Dome Tent Review
Coleman SunDome 7-Foot by 7-Foot 3-Person Dome Tent
The Coleman SunDome 3 person Tent is not a large tent. It measures seven feet by seven feet and sleeps three people comfortably. Not suitable for a large family, but it is a great tent for three, although it will fit a queen sized air mattress. The center height is only a little over four feet so standing is not an option with the Sun Dome. But one benefit of the the size is that it weighs in at just over eight pounds, so carrying it to a distant camping spot will be easy work, unlike some of the thirty and forty pound larger capacity family tents. The light weight makes it a good option for backpacking. It also serves well in letting the children have their own tent.
Set up of the Coleman SunDome 7-Foot by 7-Foot 3-Person Dome Tent (Orange/Gray)is fast and easy and should take no more than ten minutes to complete. It could take a few minutes longer if you are new to tent assembly. Have a practice run in the back yard before you get to the camp ground. Color coded poles and Instaclip attachments, and the domed two pole design make are among the features that aide in a quick set up. Taking the SunDome down is also a very easy task.
The Coleman SunDome 3 person Tent comes with the Coleman WeatherTec System which keeps out all the rain by using water resistant fabric, water proof floors,and zipper protection. The wind strong frame and domed shape help stand up to very strong winds so that you are sure to not be blown away. Except maybe by the ventilation. With a Ground Vent and a Privacy vent window fresh air will find you even inside of the tent.
The Coleman SunDome is a great tent for those that don’t need a lot of indoor space. The size could be restrictive for those who need more space, but if that’s the case you probably wouldn’t be reading a review of a three person tent. The Weather Resistance is top notch. This is a solid tent that is a good deal for any camper. Free shipping is usually available. Click here to check pricing and availability at Amazon.
- 75-denier polyester taffeta fly
- 68-denier polyester mesh inner tent
- 8.5-millimeter fiberglass poles
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Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 1:27 am
Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent Review
Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent
The Coleman Montana Eight Person Tent is a big tent but not too big, measuring sixteen feet by seven feet, Coleman claims it can sleep eight comfortably. I have no reason to doubt that it can, but we only slept three in the Montana but there was much room left over that if we had more campers on the trip they could have fit easily. The center height is about six feet and two inches so there should be ample headroom for most people. The hinged door is a cool feature that cuts down on the wear and tare on the zipper. Often times the zipper is the first thing to go on a tent basically rendering the tent useless. Not with a hinged door.
The Coleman Montana 8 Tent has all the weather resistant features you’ve come to expect from the Coleman WeatherTec System. Leak Free Seams, weather resistant fabric,Waterproof floors, zipper protection, and a wind strong frame all work together to make the Coleman Montana 8 Person an excellent tent for standing up to the worst of Mother Nature has to throw at you. The rain Fly covers enough area in front of the tent door to allow for three chairs.
The set up of the Montana 8 is pretty easy. Most people will have no problem setting it up as the instructions are straight forward and there are several features that help make sure you are putting the right piece in the right place. Two people may be required for assembly. It is rather difficult alone but can be accomplished if you have a long reach. There is a port for ventilation and passing electrical cords or smores through. The attached feet wiping mat is a nice bonus that helps to keep dirt where it belongs, outside of the tent.
I really like the colors of this tent. The green earth tones are easy on the eyes in an outdoor while in the outdoors It holds its on against the weather, and set-up is relatively simple. The Coleman Montana 8 Tent is a really good tent that is usually found at a low price. Free shipping is usually available. Click Here to see if it is still 27% off at Amazon!
Coleman Montana Weather Features
- Leak-free Seams: In addition to fully-taped rainfly seams, the rainfly covers doors and windows, and incorporates easy-to-use Velcro frame attachments
- Weather-resistant Fabric: Coated polyester fabric combined with anti-wicking thread, webbing, and zippers are designed to keep you dry
- Protected Seams: Inverted floor seams dramatically increase weather resistance by hiding needle holes inside the tent, away from the elements
- Waterproof Floors: Welding technology strengthens the tent floor and eliminates needle holes
- Zipper Protection: Zipper cuff adds protection from the elements to the door
- Wind Strong Frame: Engineered to be a stronger, more wind-responsive frame by using redesigned poles and guy-out triangles to anchor tents and increase performance
Coleman Montana Specifications
- 75-denier polyester taffeta fly
- 68-denier polyester mesh inner tent
- 1,000-denier polyethylene floor
- 11-millimeter fiberglass poles
Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Coleman WeatherMaster Screened 6 Person Tent Review
Coleman WeatherMaster Screened 6 Person Tent
Set Up of the Coleman WeatherMaster
Setting up the Coleman WeatherMaster Screened 6 Tent was quite an easy task compared to most 6 person tents, and I did it alone. A much shorter person could also set it up solo, although an extra set of hands would make the process a little quicker. Color coded poles and the continuous pole sleeves are a couple of reasons for the simplicity of the set up. The pin and ring design and the Insta-clip attachments also simplify the process. The instructions, sewn into the carry bag, are as easy to follow as they could possibly be, but we here at Family Tent Reviews are rather experienced in tent assembly. Those inexperienced in tent set up should have few practice runs in the backyard to make sure things will go smoothly on camping day. Dis-assembly was simple as well. The real shocker was how easy I got the tent back into the carry bag without even folding it up very neatly.
Weather Resistance of the WeatherMaster
You can be assured with a name like Weathermaster that this tent will hold up to the elements. On a recent camping trip I set this Coleman up for some young relatives, it rained for nearly the whole week and not a drop made its way inside. I did use an extra tarp under the tent as I always do, although the waterproof floors probably would have held up on their own. Made of weather resistant fabric coated with polyester and webbing and zippers designed to keep water out you are sure to remain dry during rainy weather. The rain fly is large enough to cover the doors and windows. The wind strong frame was engineered to hold up to pretty strong winds. The screened room and all mesh ceiling greatly increase ventilation helping to cool down the tent,which are my favorite features while camping in South Texas. An air flow port is also built into the tent, but most tents have these now days. There are lots of windows to help keep you cools as well.
Size of the Weathermaser 6 Person Tent
The Coleman Weathermaster 6 is designed for sleeping six people. It can do this , but it will be rather tight. five will fit more comfortably. When set up it measures seventeen feet by nine feet. At 36 pounds it is rather heavy if you plan on backpacking it very far. The tent has two interior rooms which is good for privacy or having a recreation are for cards, eating, etc. There is one outside screened area that is great for getting away from the bugs or just getting some shade.there are two doors, one of which is actually hinged. The ceiling is rather high at over 70 inches in center.
The air cool port is a cool feature for running extension cords or reaching outside of the tent to reach the cooler. The all mesh ceiling offers a nice view if you have the rainfly off. There is a loop on the ceiling for hanging lights.
Cons of the Coleman WeatherMaster
The stakes are not the best quality. They never are anymore regardless of which tent you buy. I always recommend buying additional stakes, preferably some made of steel instead of plastic. Also the rainfly doesn’t cover all of the porch room. This isn’t really an issue unless you plan on sleeping in the screened porch room or storing something there that could be damage by the rain. Probably shouldn’t store that kind of stuff in the screened room anyway.
The Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Person Tent is one of the better weather resistant tents out there. If you don’t like or need the screened porch feature you could just pick up a Coleman WeatherMaster 8 which is basically the same ten except with a closed in room where the screened room is on the weathermaster 6 person. The screened porch is a great feature in my opinion though, but I can understand why some might not want or need it. This is a good Family Tent. Click Coleman WeatherMaster Screened 6 Tent to check if it is still 36% off and to see if free shipping is still available from Amazon.