Got this tent for a family camp out with myself, husband, 4-year old, and grandpa. Note: this tent has ONE ROOM, not two, as described in the review. Still, there was room for our double airbed and 2 twin airbeds as well as our gear. The fly was a bit tricky to put up. Next time we'll fasten the velcro straps from the fly onto the tent poles first, before staking the fly. Overall though, a fairly easy set up.
It rained during the trip, and there was no water leakage into the tent.
Those complaining about the tent being hot must either have unrealistic expectations of a tent (it's not air conditioned!) or maybe set up the fly incorrectly. The entire top of the tent is mesh and very open for catching a breeze.
The door is a nice feature, especially for a 4-year old.
I've been camping for many years in many tents, and this is my favorite tent by far. I highly recommend it.
as a owner of the previous coleman bayside tent with the dog den on it i finally had to break down and replace it after 7 years with the old one the only replacement i even liked was this newer model of it now has the storage in it we went through lightning heavy down pours and very windy weather with this tent in the mountains and it was great even on hot days had great ventilation but we also use the coleman zephyr led tent fan that hangs in the middle to help ventilation on hot days ,had plenty of room in it for my husband and i and a child we use double high air mattresses and they fit well and there is plenty of room inside to stand up and walk around and the canopy is priceless with the crazy weather nowadays you can park you chair under it and not get wet if i get the money to buy a second of these and put away i will highly recommend as a frequent tent camper this tent is great !!! worth every dime and the zephyr fan too :) happy camping :)
Love this tent! It is so easy to put up and take down my kids can do it! Great for slumber parties! Very spacious! My only complaint is its hard to get back in the storage bag! could be alittle bigger.
I purchased this tent in August 2012 and used it only 3 times in 10 months. Even following the directions, three of the plastic hinge joints on the support poles snapped when taking the tent down. They are made out of plastic and not very strong. [...] I am still waiting for solution from their warranty department. For a tent costing [$], the quality on some parts could have been better. A nice tent with lots of room, but if you have a problem, their warranty & customer support department is less than cooperative.
Purchased the tent for family camping trips. I have used it 9 times and never had to deal with rain. Those were really good trips. This last time it poured out the last night of our trip. The rain fly acted like a bladder that pooled the water over the top of the mess areas on the top of the tent and just poured through after a few minites. Everything left in the tent was soaked. Nice tent for dry weather. I will never use it on a trip again. For now on it will be put up in the back uard only. Its not fun sleeping in a suv soaking wet with my 2 kids.
Out of the box, this tent came with a defective pole. More precisely the elatic cord that holds one of the two main poles together was broken. After fixing this myself, on the test setup in the backyard, and the takedown the next day after seam sealing, a different pole experienced the same problem, e.g. a broken elastic cord. The problem is that the poles are cheaper even than typical fiberglass poles in that the steel ferrule sleeve is are made/stamped with extremely thin steel, thinner than typical. This though strong enough for the support job, the thinness produces a fairly sharp edge on the ferrule for the elastic cord to be bent over when the poles are folded up in the storage bag. Two cords broken out of the box, one before setup and the other first takedown, that's a problem in design quality on the poles, a severe one. If I could return the tent, I would.
The remainder of the tent is OK. Door design is good. Bathtub style floor, though corners and the midhoop anchor points appear like they will be early failure points. The rain fly is seem sealed at the factory. The tent is not seem sealed except for the main polyethelyne floor seem down the front back axis of the floor. Seem sealing the bathtub seem, the corner seems, the corners took an hour. If you do buy the tent, I would purchase a large tarp to use as a tent footprint to increase floor life. The tent bag it comes is too small. Returning the tent to the bag, though doable, requires way to much time. I just bought a duffle bag for [$$] to put it in instead. Just another place were the manufacturer saved like 15 cents on storage bag fabric, and costs you another 10-15 bucks. Stupid.
I'm pretty miffed by the pole failures. It really means that the poles can't be trusted on the tent. Any time you take it out of the bag, you may find that the pole elastic cords have failed, and that is difficult to fix in the field. That makes it hard to really trust this tent from now on. And fixing the ferrule edge is impractical. You can't make it thicker. I would say just buy a different brand tent where they spent the extra NICKLE per ferrule to make the steel thicker, and properly finish the edges to a rounder edge and thicker shape so as to not cut the pole elastic. I went cheap, because for the most part, these ethylene floor tents are all mostly the same. But in this case, Embark or their contract manufacturer tried to shave a few cents off the poles in a STUPID way. I have to say to buy a different brand.
It was very easy to set up. Liked that it was metal poles instead of the fiberglass poles. It was very roomy and just what we were wanting. It will be great to have this summer on our camping trips.
We purchased this tent after buying the Elite Weathermaster Screen tent 3 years ago because we wanted more inside room. We are spoiled by the hinged door and self rolling windows. We weatherproofed the tent before our 10-day camping trip and it rained at least 5 of those days. There was never a drop inside! The light worked perfectly, just read the directions that state only twist it 1/4 turn. We had 2 queen size mattresses inside and there was still plenty of room for bags and 3-4 girls playing inside. We would recommend this tent to anyone, we love it!
I agree with everything the previous poster wrote about the center height and lack of room inside. I was disappointed given the price and the picture. Additionally, I would have preferred more windows.
We tried several times to get the interior dome light to work, but it never did. The switch did glow to let you know the switch was indeed working though. The head height is only in center of tent, and it lowers quickly. I'm 5'-9" and my head hit the covered door fly every time I went into the tent, kept forgetting to duck. The guy ropes are numerous, making the area around the tent a dangerous trip hazard for children, as they are all around. A diagram on the box, I believe, shows it fits 2 queen size beds comfortably, with a lot of room left over, but it is not true, as one matress fills up 7' width perfectly, with no additional room at head or foot of bed. We did endure a shower of rain, and there was no leaking anywhere, so this was good. I think we will revert back to our older dome tent on our future camping trips, as we were a little cramped in this one.
The first time we used this tent we were disappointed. About a half hour after pitching it began to rain. The rain lasted through the night and into the next day. To be fair, the rain was heavy at times. The tent leaked along the seams and rain seeped through the thin fabric walls. The water didn't stop until we covered the tent with plastic, and moisture remained inside for the duration of the trip. Even when the weather cleared, the plastic removed, and the walls wiped down with a towel it remained cold and damp.
It is a beautiful tent, easy to set up, and the perfect size for two adults and a full size labrador. The tent fit a queen mattress, dog bed, and had room for our bags and gear. We did not use the room divider, and are confident it will not be comfortable for eight people.
We returned this tent and opted for one that is more than "weather resistant".
We looked alot for a Cabin style tent. We wanted to have plenty of room and also stand up in the tent without having to bend over all the time. We took it out just for a weekend for 2 nights. Only had 5 minutes of rain and light wind. So cant comment on that much. It took us about a 20 minutes when we got it home and tried putting it up. Then it took about 15 minutes to do when we went camping. Its easy to put up. Directions are a little sketchy. Hinged doors are nice but as already said flap over zipper gets snagged a little. The poles really make it a sturdy tent. We are very happy with it. We are going next month up in the mountains camping which will be low at night to 30 degrees. So we will be putting a tarp over the top of it to try to keep some heat inside there.
My Husband and I are seasoned campers. We like to have space to move around, and we have been wanting this tent for a while. We recently took it out for our first trip to South Haven, Michigan. It was easy to set up. Before we left, we did a practice run and it took us about 15 minutes to set up. When we got to Michigan, it took about 10 minutes. We use tarps and it did rain a bit, but we stayed dry the whole time. The only thing I would recommend would be to get extra stakes that are a bit more heavy duty than the ones that come with the tent. We love our new tent and would recommend it to anyone looking for more room, where you can be tall and stand up perfectly straight without smacking your head on anything. Thank you!
Bought this tent to replace old canvas cabin tent. Was a little worried the size wouldn't be what they say it is. It is big and roomy and accually comes with a nice room divider. First time set up alone took 15 minutes. Put 3 queen air mattresses in it and had room to move around them. Haven't had rain yet but got windy lastnight and she held strong. 6 windows gives choose ventilation and the 2 hinged doors are nice no constant zipping . With kids it saves you money!
Bought this tent for a family of 6 ! We camped three days at palo duro state park. Our first night camping there was a bad thunder and lighting storm. This tent never leaked and the high winds never blew the tent around. We bought some extra bigger tent stakes to go with the ones that came with tent. It rained all three nights and no water in tent it was great. The screen room on the front of the tent allows air in the tent with no water getting in. I would buy Swiss gears tents from now on !! Setup to 2 adults 15 mins
We got this on sale for [$] I don't know that we would have ever paid full price for it. It was perfect for 5 people (2 grown ups, 3 kids) Lots of room for beds and gear. It rained the first night and the floor stayed nice and dry, we did throw an extra tarp over the top though, just in case, so I can't say how well the tent roof repels water.
-easy to set up and take down, AND it fit back in the bag fairly easily
-quality of the materials and fit and finish are really good
-bottom is made of a very heavy duty tarp material
-the zippers did not feel like they would separate, even with the kids zipping and unzipping.
-nice and big inside
-loop on "ceiling" to hang light from
-description say color coded poles, and that is not the case-nothing is color coded, but, it's really not necessary
-description says gear loft, there is nothing like that
-not really a 10 person tent, no one is going to want to sleep in the porch area with no floor
-cheap metal stakes
-no power cord e-port
I have wanted the Coleman Instant Tent 14 by 10 with two doors for over a year now but it has been off the market almost as quick as it came on. Target [...] came out with the 14 by 10, with only one door, TStyle, in green and white. I hate the TStyle door so I never purchased it.
I happened to go Target this week to browse their camping section, and they now have the 14 by 10 with the D Style door in Grey and baby blue, so I instantly grabbed it. I have searched for this model online as I have never seen it before, and it appears that there are absolutely NO advertisements for it, it is a secret gem.
I was so excited when I got home I instantly pulled it out and set it up, by myself. It took me approximately 45 seconds.
I have not slept in it yet, but I can tell you, it feels and looks durable. It is HUGE. There are numerous large windows, allowing for a panoramic view. There is not a separation curtain.
I was in the market for a new family tent when I found this one at Target. The only thing I don't like is that the case is huge and is heavy, but once set up we fell in love with this tent. It took me about 5 minutes to set it up the first time in the rain, we wanted to test to see if it really was waterproof. The roof is waterproof, we did get some water inside through the seems by the hanging pockets but not enough to ruin your weekend. It rain all night and I think it did great. The door is weird but we can manage.
I was amazed how how large this tent is. It can fit our 4 ft. tall queen air mattress, a portacrib, and 2-3 sleeping bags with extra room still for luggage. We had a very bad wind/rain storm and our tent held up very strong. While other tents had to unzip some windows so that their tents would not cave from the pressure of the wind, we were able to zip up our tent completely and it did not cave at all. The setup was another biggy for me. It literally takes like 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to take down. The poles are already attached to the tent for you!