Great tent for the price!
I was looking for an inexpensive tent for car camping with my wife and 60lb dog, with some extra room in case we have a kid or two in the future. We just used it last weekend with friends, and it was great! We got to the campsite after dark, and got it set up without a problem. The partial pole sleeves are better than full-length sleeves, and the fly was super easy to stake down (I tied one corner to a tree where I couldn't get a stake to fit).
Once set up, the tent was huge! We could easily have fit 6 adults inside.
It poured buckets over night, and we stayed completely dry. The fly kept all of the water out. I was nervous for how inexpensive the tent was, but it great.
The only problem was in the morning, the outside of the tent was soaking wet, and even after shaking it out and leaving it in the sun for a few hours, it was still damp. And it was a little tough to get back into the case, too. But eventually it fit.
Overall, it performed as advertised, and was great for our car-camping needs. I would definitely not recommend this for back-packing, though. It would be too heavy.
Excellent for the money
I purchased 9 of these tents to replace our Boy Scout Troop's Eureka's which were on there last leg. We first bought one locally ay a major outdoor sports shop to examine and help us make a decision. We decided the tent was a nice size, and easy to set up so we went ahead and got the rest for almost half the price through Campmor which was great! I was concerned the tent would be "hot" for Florida, due to not having a window on each side, but we found that the high ceiling and large interior mesh panels allowed for a well-ventiltaed tent. The zipper and fly seems "less robust" as other tents that I have used so that is the only major concern. A second door on the opposing side would have made the tent more comfortable to use. In our first campout we actually got a decent amount of rain one evening and not a single tent complained of any water issues. The ventilation was excellent although I would have preferred extra windows for our hotter campings. Other than the 2 design issues the tent seems to be a good fit for our Scout Troop.
Survived a windy-driven thunderstorm
On our first night in this new tent, we survived and windy thunderstorm and remained totally dry inside. I was worried because I had not gotten a chance to seal the seams yet, but apparently I did not need to. No leaks and we stayed nice and dry.
However, if you do get this tent, make sure to buy some heavy duty stakes for it. The stakes that come with the tent are woefully inadequate. They are cheap, bend easily, and the L shape will not hold onto the loops of the tent; they slip loose!
I also wish the fly extended further outward over the front the twent further to make a covered "veranda" or portico in which to leave boots and gear outside while still keeping them dry.
But for the money, its a great buy.
Excellent and easy!
As a car camper, I like a tent that's roomy, breathes well, and is easy to set up, even in the dark...this tent is all of those! Pops up super-fast, even on a windy, dark beach campsite...huge amounts of room, as only 2 adults and a dog are using it...we like the extra room, as we need to be able to move food and cooler inside if camping at Assateague where the wild ponies may ransack food left outside...
This was an upgrade from a very old Coleman 4 dome that served us well, but the biggest differences in the new one (besides the size) are the new color scheme (lighter, not as hot in sun) and the most glorious thing of all, we can stand in the middle of it and get dressed...wow, now that's luxury!
Big on outside, not so much inside
All other positive comments apply here. The tent, like all big tents of this design, lose significant interior space because of the unsupported sides. That is a lot of fabric just hanging there, and it billows into the interior, making the inside feel less spacious than one would believe. Yes, it is a 10x10, but that is the footprint. Coleman and other manufacturers should add some way to pull out the sides with guideline and then stake out (as they do with the fly). I tried it with piece of dowel on inside of each panel and kept in place with tiny clamps on outside. Then I tied it down with string and a stake. This opened up the interior a lot! Of course, Coleman also could add poles to the sides.
Great value for the space!
Spent 5 nights in this tent, and we enjoyed every one of them. First 3 nights were in Summit County, CO, and the last 2 were in Durango. I set the tent up by myself the first night and had no problem with it. With help, it is a cinch!! The fly could cover more area, and there are two sides of the tent that are only mesh windows, so you need the fly up. One night it rained fairly well, and we had no problems. We had a queen sized pillow top aerobed and had enough room for another twin sized mattress if needed. Good tent for the price. We plan to take our 4 year old on our next trek later this month!
Cool looking tent.
I bought this tent for our upcoming scout camping trips. have not used it yet, so i can't give a performance review on it yet, however i did set it up and it was really easy to setup. it is easy to carry and it's really roomy inside for 3 or 4 persons. the only reason i did not give it a 5 star, is that there is no way to close the mesh roof for winter camping. this tent is advertised as a 3 season tent, maybe that why you can't close the roof. i did have a much smaller tent which was a 3 season tent and it did have the roof mesh door for winter camping.
Another Great Coleman Tent
I was the lead for a group of three of us, and set this up on my own the day before everyone else arrived. I am a slacker air mattress girl, and this fit three twin air mattresses with plenty of room at our feet for luggage. Liked the little mat for the front of the tent, and that it was not attached so we could move it to where we wanted it.
I would give it five stars (if it is like my smaller sundome that I have owned and used) but we didn't have rain or wind, so I don't know how it will hold up in a storm.
I L-O-V-E This tent!
We are two adults with two children and like to have some extra room inside the tent to keep our things dry in the event of rain. I thought 10x10 sounded a little big, but when it's set up, it's not as big as it "sounds". It's a perfect size.
I put the tent up in 10 min flat by myself!
It is supposed to rain this weekend so I will update with a Rain-proof review.
I bought a 10x10 6mil ground tarp and it is larger than the footprint of the tent so I will need to trim the ground tarp, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
shelter in the storm
With two people we set this bad boy up in 5 mins ok maybe 10 but super quick before the rain fell. we had enough room to put two queen size air mattresses and gear in the front of them. a pocket on each side for wallet, keys and ipod. only complaint i have is that the electrical port is in the font i would have preferred it in the rear of the tent.
kept us nice and dry during the rain but i would have liked a rain fly the hung farther in the front. But for the price and ease of setup it was well worth it.