Best Coleman Tents
The Coleman company was founded in 1900 by William Coffin Coleman. With over 100 years of experience, it's no wonder that the Coleman name is synonymous with the outdoors. It does not matter if you are new to camping or you have been camping for years and are in the market for some new gear, the first thing you want to make sure you have in your arsenal of gear is a great tent. On this list, we have included tents for different climates and with varying capacities. Coleman has an extensive arsenal of products and we have compiled the best of the best here.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 10 hrs of research
Great ventilation system
- Coleman Sundome
- Coleman 6-Person Instant
- Coleman Red Canyon
- Coleman WeatherMaster
- Coleman Evanston Screened
- Coleman Montana 8
- Coleman Tenaya Lake
- Coleman Carlsbad Fast Pitch
- Coleman Hooligan
- Coleman 8-Person Instant
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Coleman Sundome
Great ventilation system
A bit hard to pack the tent inside the bag
The Coleman Sundome tent is a dome style tent design, as the name suggests. It is pretty spacious inside and it is perfect for people who find small spaces not too appealing. Even though originally it was made as a 6 person tent, there are other Sundome sizes available starting from a 2 person tent to a 4 people tent.Read more
It has a pole construction and is large enough to feet few queen beds which provide a much greater comfort. The pole construction is set up with a Insta-Clip technology which significantly lowers the pitching time of the tent. This leaves you with a pitching time of no more than 10 minutes. Even though this is not as quick as an inflatable tent pitching, as far as pole tents go, that is pretty fast.
However, every camper knows that the most important thing when enjoying the nature is keeping us humans away from the bugs. Even though they are not dangerous to our health, they could get quite annoying. For this reason The Sundome has a ventilation system which is allowing air to get inside without inviting bugs inside.
The Sundome is made from polyester material which also makes it waterproof and somewhat breathable. This is a highly durable material that is relatively resistant to tearing and if you know how to keep your products, it will last you for years.
The Center height of the tent is 59”” which is high enough for you to stand, get dressed and move freely.
The poles used for the construction are placed at a specific angle that is making the whole construction pretty stable. It could even withstand strong winds. They poles are made from fiberglass which is the logical choice for a tent pole since it is pretty lightweight and strong material. The thickness of the poles is 8.5 mm which makes the whole construction pretty solid.
The floor is made from 1000D Polyethylene, a more durable material that is also waterproof and tear resistant. Even though the tent is closed from all sides in order to prevent bugs and water coming inside, it has a port for electric access which should be additionally covered in case of a heavy rain.
The additional features include a rain fly that you could use as a sun protection material as well. It is important to mention though, that if you use it as a rain protection material, you should place it properly and make sure that you prevent a water bubble from being formed.
The Sundome also comes with a 1 year warranty.
All in all, the tent has an excellent design that is ready to protect you from the elements and at the same time provide the user comfort and luxury. The interior is spacious enough for a bed to be placed inside as well as some chairs. This will allow you to design yourself a nice and small bedroom with practical and comfortable features. The price is also not too high considering the features it offers.
2. Coleman 6-Person Instant
Fast pitching tent
This is a large instant tent that is able to accommodate 6 people at a time. The room is spacious enough to fit 2 queen sized beds. However, is this is not large enough for your big family or a group of friends, Coleman offers an 8 people version that has 2 rooms for greater privacy.Read more
The material used for the tent is polyester with 150 density. This makes the tent fairly durable, especially for a larger tent that seem to tear easier. For this reason, Coleman has used fabrics that are thicker and with higher quality than the standard fabrics which is usually used for the production process.
The setting up of the tent is instant as the name suggests. It takes only a minute to set it up and it can be done with 3 people only.
And since this is a 3 season tent, it is completely equipped for rainy weather or strong winds. It features a rainfly that has vents that will create a pleasant atmosphere and an airflow that will allow you to breathe even on the highest summer temperatures.
All in all, the natural environment for this Coleman tent are summer campsites since the ventilation properties it possesses are incomparable to other models on the market. It is also recommended as a family tent since there is an option of turning the space into two rooms, which gives you a certain level of privacy.
3. Coleman Red Canyon
Weather Tec system
Zipper issues might occur if you don't care for the tent properly
The Red Canyon is another large size tent from the Coleman brand that is able to accommodate 8 people and it is stable enough to withstand winds and heavy rains. Its center height is 72 inches which is high enough for a tall person to stand without any problems. There is also a room divider that will allow you to create two to three rooms that will provide privacy for the whole family.Read more
The system Coleman uses for rainy weather is the Weathertec which is responsible for keeping your family and yourself dry from wet ground, rainy weather and even a combination of rain and wind. As far as weather protection goes, this is the best you could get out of a tent.
The setting up is fairly easy and quick. The tent is made with a pole construction and tough and thick fabric. The poles are shock cord ones and the fabrics used is thick enough to keep the whole construction tight. The construction is designed in a way that the tent will not form water pockets if it is raining for hours.
Although it is intended mostly for campers, because with its 15 pounds it is obviously not in the lightweight category, you could also use it for backpacking if you split the weight to all family or group members.
The setting up is done with a minimum of 3 people and it takes somewhere from 10 to 20 minutes depending on your ability to pitch a tent. It is relatively easy and literary anyone could do it. If you are expecting thunderstorms, simply make sure you stake down the rainfly and you are good to go.
The not so great stuff about this tent is the zippers. After a while, if they are wet for a long time (meaning days, instead of hours) they tent to stuck and they don’t go all the way up or down. In order to avoid such issues, we advise that you always dry the tent before packing it and treat the zipper gently.
4. Coleman WeatherMaster
Suitable for long camping trips
75D Taffeta Material
This is not a low priced product
The Weather Master tent from the Coleman brand is designed for campers that wish to extend their camping adventures for up to several months. Several months camping requires a lot of space and great resistance to any kind of weather. The WeatherMaster offers all of this with an addition of privacy that its two rooms can provide.Read more
This tent is designed to be practical and comfortable to accommodate up to 10 people. What’s best is that it can be divided into 2 rooms for better privacy which suggests that 2 families could live under one “roof” for months. And even better, they have swings shaped in D forms that can be used as doors. The swings allow you to make a different entrance for each family which increases the privacy as well as the enjoyment.
Responsible for its waterproof properties is the Weather Tech system that makes the entire tent a closed waterproof environment while allowing the ventilation to work properly and the air to flow inside. All sides of the tent are made with taffeta fabrics 75D, except the bottom which is reinforced with a thicker material in order to be more tearing resistant. The tent material is also PU coated which increases its waterproof properties while making the material lightweight and quite flexible.
Even though it is called the weather master, it is not resistant to any weather conditions. In fact, it is not able to withstand low temperatures, snow or ice. This is because the material used for the sides is not an isolator and has single fabrics only. If you are looking for a winter tent it is better to search for double skin constructions. This model of tent will keep the temperature inside higher and it will keep you warm and comfortable.
5. Coleman Evanston Screened
75D polyester material
68 inches center height
Needs to be set up properly in order to be water-resistant
Since the summer campers are preparing for their adventures, we are presenting the Evanston Screened tent from Coleman which is ideal for high temperatures and sunny weather. It can accommodate from 6 to 8 persons and it has a great performance. The center height is 68 inches which is not as high as other 6 person tents, but the height across the whole tent is fairly roomy.Read more
The material which the tent is made of is polyester 75 D, the taffeta type which is thicker, and a fabric with higher density in order for it to be more durable and strong.
The offered price for this Coleman tent is pretty affordable and the quality it provides will not be compromised. It takes only minutes to set up and take it down and this could be done with only 3 people. The other family members could go swimming without wasting a minute of their time. However, the most important thing is that even though the price is on the low side, not a drop of rain will be able to touch you and your family will be dry no matter what. Even though the comfort is a relative feature which many people take differently, for us, it is important that the bottom and the top materials sizes don’t differ as much. This gives you the freedom to move around freely and feel comfortable inside.
Its only downside is that it is not intended for backpacking and it weighs quite a bit. Also, in order for it to be more weather resistant you need to set it up properly. Otherwise, it will not protect you from the elements and you might even be left without a roof over your head. However, for experienced campers, or the ones that are handy, this shouldn’t represent a problem at all.
6. Coleman Montana 8
Angled side windows
WeatherTec Coleman system
The hinged door is not too safe
The Montana tent is built for summer temperatures and high humidity areas. Its best advantage is its performance during a rainy season. The windows of the tent are specifically designed in order to keep the inside nice and dry even though they are wide open. This allows you to breathe in some rainy negative ions which we all know has a great effect on the human body and mood. It can fit 8 people which is enough for a family and maybe even some family guests. The electrical port can be set outside or brought in, depending on your preferences.Read more
Even though on first sight, you might get the impression that in case it rains you will be left will little breathing air inside the tent because of the small windows, the experiences are proving exactly the opposite. Coleman has solved this problem with a roof installed ventilation system that allows you to breathe fresh air while it is raining outside. The sound of rain drops while you are sleeping combined with the reliability this tent offers will make your camping enjoyable even though you accidentally catch the rain season.
This is not a tent that a beginner would set up easily. If you haven’t already done this before, the entire process can seem overwhelming. However, if you have the help of at least one more person, the task gets significantly easier. It also comes with stakes that are necessary to use on windy areas or in case of storms.
Even though the ventilation works perfectly on rainy weather, on higher temperatures it might represent a problem. In total there are only 2 windows which are not enough to create a constant airflow that will make some breeze inside. This could be solved by opening the door, therefore allowing the air to circulate. However, it is good that the tent is roomy enough to accommodate 8 people. This does not mean 4 people and 4 adults, but it can comfortably fit 8 people inside without feeling crowded inside.
7. Coleman Tenaya Lake
75% more water-resistant than any other tent
Great ventilation system
The material might wear out over time
Even though this Coleman’s tent is promoted as a fast pitching tent, it takes about 10 minutes to set it up which is certainly not the fastest in this list. However, there are other advantages that cannot be ignored such as its superior weather resistance properties which make it perfect for camping around a lake or a river.Read more
The Tanaya tent can accommodate up to 8 people, although we suggest that you don’t go over 6 if you don’t want to feel overly crowded. However, if this is not an issue for you, we are positive you will enjoy the benefits of this tent. The setting up is easy and you could even pitch it in the dark. However, it will take you a longer time under such conditions. You only need 2 people to do the pitching though. If there are extra helpers, the pitching time will decrease.
It owes its superior water resistant properties to the setup which is far from conventional. It will be able to get you through a heavy storm and you will be completely dry and comfortable inside. Of course, it has Coleman’s famous Weather Tec system which is allowing airflow during rains. Even though it comes with a rainfly, you could even manage without it. The rainfly is a bit smaller than expected and it comes a bit short on the side which is why if there is a heavy rain, it is necessary that your windows are closed.
Additional features include illuminated guy ropes that allow you to see them in the dark and avoid getting tripped up.
It also has shelves that will make your organization easier and you will be able to find every object you brought with you immediately.
It is not the lightest in the category which is why Coleman included a wheeled bag for easier transport. It weighs 41 pounds which is too much to carry it around to your favorite camping spot.
8. Coleman Carlsbad Fast Pitch
Designed to block most of the sunlight
Great performance at warmer areas
The back window does not zip up
Carlsbad is a Coleman tent intended for summer vacations designed to block the greenhouse warming effect that is common in many tent models. This means that it will keep you cooler throughout the day. It has some level of water resistance, but this is definitely not its best feature. Even though a short storm might not do damage to the tent, strong winds and thunderstorms might leave you up all night.Read more
Carlsbad might not be able to fight the storms, but it certainly is a comfortable tent.
Its height of 5.5 feet allows you to stand tall and freedom of movement inside the tent. So if you are expecting nice weather with high temperatures, this is the perfect choice for you.
As far as weather resistance goes, this tent has the ability to keep you cool at the highest temperatures, comparing to other tents on the market. You will be able to sleep until noon without being woken up by the heat or the sun.
9. Coleman Hooligan
Great ventilation system
It is not too spacious
This is a small 2 person tent which is very lightweight, which suggests that you can use it for backpacking and it can be set up very fast because it only has one pole.Read more
There is a rainfly that will keep you dry in the storms. However, in order for it to work you need to tighten it up properly by following the instructions in the manual.
This is a summer tent with a great ventilation system that will keep you cool as long as there is a breeze. The ventilation system is integrated with a mesh tent from the inside.
As for the rainy season, it is still a Coleman tent, which means that it has the famous Weather Tec Coleman system in order to protect you from the moisture. So as far as water resistance goes, this tent is as good as any other Coleman tent.
In addition to this it comes at an affordable price and Amazon currently offers a discount which makes it even a more appealing offer.
10. Coleman 8-Person Instant
Not so wind-resistant
This is a similar model to our number 2 pick, but it's also different enough that it deserves its own spot on this list. This model, rated for 8 people, is obviously larger than the 6 person, both in square feet and in height. So if you're looking for extra room, with more doors and windows for ventilation, the 8-person tent might be a better option for you.Read more
Even though it is very easy to set it up, taking it down might require a bit of an effort. However, after you take it down a couple of times, the process goes much faster.
As far as weather resistance goes, it is able to withstand heavy rain, but it might not perform so well in case of a storm. However, this goes for most tents, so there are no surprises there.
Its biggest downside is also its best quality. Because it's so large when set up, it's inevitably going to be large while you have to carry it to and from the campsite.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of Use
How easy or difficult it is to pitch the tent can start your camping trip off with frustration or ease. We did the research for each product here and listened to customer feedback to let you know exactly how difficult the process is.
Before heading out, it is a great idea to practice pitching the tent at home. This way, you can be sure that you have all of the materials you need and practice in a low-stress environment with no judgment. As tempting as it can be to think that you can do it without the use of instructions, you should always read through the manual for the first couple of set-ups. Depending on the size and complexity of the tent, you may require one or two helpers. Larger tents with a high capacity, or even separate rooms, will require more time, effort, and teamwork. As you already know, Coleman is the leader in tents and outdoor lamps, with reason. They have been in business for over 100 years and their products never stop improving. Even the most difficult-to-set-up Coleman tent can be tackled with concentration, good friends, and s'mores in under thirty minutes.
Arguably, the most important feature of a tent is the materials that it is made out of. Coleman offers a wide variety of tents that will suit anyone's needs. The most common materials of a Coleman tent are polyester and polyethylene. Polyester is a great material that has a high UV resistance and is less prone to sagging, providing you with a stable roof. Polyethylene is typically used for the floor of the tents. This material is waterproof and highly resistant to abrasions.
However, no matter how amazing the materials themselves are if the seams aren't perfect, the materials are useless. Coleman tapes the seams of every tent to ensure the integrity of the fabrics. A taped seam is finished with a plastic covering that masks the tiny holes that are present from sewing the fabrics together. This process helps to avoid any leaks or tears in the seams of the fabrics.
The features of a tent can help to make you just that much more comfortable while camping in the outdoors. One of the most impressive features of some Coleman tents is the WeatherTec System. Shockingly enough, Coleman has actually built a room in their factory where they simulate rain storms to test their tents. This system provides you with leak-free seams, weather-resistant fabric, protected seams, a waterproof floor, zipper protection, and a wind-strong frame. With this technology, the tent can withstand winds up to about 35mph.
Another feature that we focused on was the weight of the tent and its portability. Depending on how far your hike from the car to the campsite is, this is important. Some tents come with great carrying cases, while others are quite heavy and include wheels.
For the interior of the tent, a few of the options on our list have built-in shelves to help you feel more organized and be able to find everything you need, when you need it. Additionally, some tents feature illuminated ropes that will help you see in the dark and hopefully keep you from tripping.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
It is best not to set up your tent near damaged limbs or trees. In the event that a strong gust of wind passes, these limbs may fall or fly in the direction of your tent. In popular areas, stick to the road well-traveled. These designated campsites are typically well maintained by park rangers.
Sometimes it can feel impossible to feel comfortable when camping in the heat. If possible, set up your tent in the shade and face the door towards the direction of the wind for better airflow. If you have a rainfly, take it off and allow the mesh ventilation to let the air in and keep the bugs out. Another tip that many people don't think of is to use light colored fabrics for the sheets and blankets.
Other Factors to Consider
The Coleman brand has over 40 tent designs that they are selling online on their website or through other retailers. Although the quality of the customer service varies from one retailer to another, Coleman offers a great customer service that will take care of every issue that may arise. Among the models, they have 5 various types of tents:
Dome Coleman Tents
Dome-like Modified Tents
Cabin Coleman Tents
Coleman’s Instant tents’ main advantage is their fast pitching, as the name suggests. They can be set up in about 3 to 5 minutes depending on your skills and they could be taken down in even less time. The prices for this type of tents start at $140 and they increase depending on the features they offer and the number of people they are able to accommodate. It is also great that instant Coleman tent can be found in many sizes. The smallest one is only able to fit one person and maybe even a dog or a toddler. Even though this might seem too small for you, some of the users that have experienced this tent, have some really positive reviews to share.
Sun-dome Coleman Tents
The Sundome Coleman tents are intended for the beginner campers since it is designed in a way that it can be easy to set it up, and even easier to fix some small issues that might come up while camping. They are usually much cheaper than other Coleman tents and they are perfect if your budget is limited and you want to get more for your money. However, if you decide to go for a Sundome tent, we recommend that you get a bigger one since they tend to be more comfortable and luxurious.
Montana Coleman Tents
The Montana tent is a modified dome that is able to fit more people inside while providing the same level of comfort and performance. This is also the best-selling Coleman product on Amazon and there is a good reason for this. It has an affordable price and it offers you the privacy you certainly need when you are camping with more than 4 people.
The main feature of the Evanston tent and the reason why it is so perfect for summer is the extra room which is designed like a porch in the shadow. It is actually a screened small area that is able to fit two camping chairs and it is the perfect place where you could enjoy your morning coffee. Or if you are a night owl, you could lie down and take a look at the stars.
Cabin Coleman Tents
Although the cabin Coleman tents come with smaller dimensions than the other Coleman tent models, it offers a lot of other different features. They usually come with a porch design which offers great protection against the sun, therefore being excellent for the summer. Some of them are also intended for backpacking and they are much lighter than other Coleman tent models. You also have Cabin Coleman tents for bikers.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are various types of Coleman tents which means that having to pick one as the best one is impossible. They all have a leading feature which will tell you what its best use is. If you need a backpacking Coleman tent it is better to focus primarily on the weight because having to drag a 30 pounds tent up the mountain is either an extremely difficult task or an impossible one. If however, you are looking for a camping tent the weight is the least of your concern. Instead, it is better to focus on the material quality and its construction. If the campsite location is a bit hotter, a good ventilation system is necessary. Rainier areas require a tent that will have great water resistant properties, such as the Tenaya Lake Coleman tent. All in all, there isn’t one option suitable for every type of camping.
We all agree that setting up the tent is the hardest task of a camping trip. And maybe you have even figured out a way to take it down fast. However, folding it into the tiny bag that is provided by the company might be more difficult. In order to do so, it is necessary that you fold it properly, without leaving any air gaps inside the folding that will make it bulkier, therefore unfitting for the Coleman bag. Another thing to do is to clean it before folding it because dirt of moisture on the material could cause a faster deterioration, thus you will need a new tent in just a few seasons. If each of these steps is done properly, you can easily store it in the bag intended for the tent.
In another question and answer, we are explaining how to clean it properly which is very important to do. After that, you will need to remove the hard construction parts. The stakes will need to come out first and then the poles. After doing so, the material will be free to be folded. However, you should make sure that it is smoothed and there aren’t any lumps left. It is easiest when the folding is done in a rectangle shape instead of a square one which is the first option people think of. You should continue folding it until the size of the tent is smaller than the size of the Coleman bag. After folding it as much as possible, roll it up and store it in the bag.
Even though this is pretty much the worst thing that could happen to your tent on your camping trip, there is a way to still enjoy the rest of your adventure. However, once you get home, we recommend contacting the Coleman retailer that you bought the tent from and replace it with a new one that will hopefully last you for years. Breaking a pole is not such a rare thing to happen. It could happen to anyone, but it is a bit annoying. Repairing a Coleman tentpole is done the same way as any other pole since most poles are made with the same materials. Aluminum poles are lighter and stronger which is why they are most frequently used in the production process. In order to fix the damage, you will need a duct tape and a repair sleeves intended for tent poles.
When a pole is broken, it is not flattened like it would be when it is cut. This is a problem when you intend to repair it. For this reason, you will need to break off the shreds that are left on the broken spot in order for them to fit into a repair sleeve, previously mentioned. Even if your pole is not made from aluminum, but from carbon or fiberglass, the procedure remains exactly the same.
If such issue arises in the middle of the night you will obviously need a faster approach that will hold the tent erected during the night only. For such occasions, we recommend placing the sleeve on the outer side of the pole, while centering it on the breaking spot. After this, we recommend that you use a duct tape to hold the sleeve into position. You will need to apply this to both ends of the repair sleeve. After doing so, you could feel free to get back to your bed without any concerns.
Elite versions of the Coleman tents come with a higher quality pole system, better fabrics and a lot of other additional features that could not be found in standard versions. One of the additional features includes hinge design doors as well as a built-in system for lighting the inside of the tent. However, these tents are at least 20% more expensive than the standard models which is making them quite an investment for camping.
As previously mentioned, Coleman has dozens of tent models that vary in shape, size and construction type. However, setting up a Coleman tent is basically the same way as any other tent out there. The principle used on the Coleman construction is a shock corder system with collapsible poles that will make the setup much easier than competitive tents.
The first thing you need to do is find an appropriate place for setting up the Coleman tent. Ideally, the area will be a bit inclined and your tent will be set up to the highest position. This will allow the raining water to flow in the opposite direction of your tent which will keep you dry. If this is not possible, at least look for a flat surface and you could dig up a tunnel around it. The area should also be free or with fewer rocks.
After choosing a location for setting up the tent, you should stabilize the construction by staking down the corners of the Coleman tent. Then, the poles should be assembled in a way that they create a long pole. You should also take a look at the manual and see how many poles your tent has. Coleman tents tend to have from 2 to 6 poles. This depends on its size and tent model.