The feeling of having just what you need to do the job right. Sure, something else could be made to do the job, but is the frustration worth it?
There are different tents for different purposes. Knowing how you will use the tent is the first step toward having successful lodging while you camp.
The key is to choose a tent that will be an easy part of your camping vacation. The type and size should be selected to serve your needs.
- How many people will be in your tent?
- How much gear will you have?
- Is there a possibility of rain?
- Do you have small children?
- What are personal preferences?
- Are you backpacking or car camping?
Coleman makes a tent for every occasion. This post will highlight 5 tent offerings and focus on helping you determine the right tool for the job.
Maybe you have small children. Maybe you despise setting up a tent. Maybe you always arrive to your campsite when it is getting dark.
Whatever the case is, there are things to do other than setting up your tent. Coleman has two offerings that can be set up in a minute or less so you can put your attention somewhere else.
Coleman Instant Cabin Series
Even the rainfly is integrated in this model so set up takes only about a minute. The tent poles are pre-attached so there is no need to set up the long poles and feed them through loops. Just unfold the poles and they clip into place. Anchor the tent to the ground and you are done. Choose the 6 person size and the 6ft. 2in. center height makes changing clothes for the day’s adventure easy.
Other sizes are available so take a minute to consider what you will use the tent for, how many people will be in it, how much gear will be in the tent, and how tall you are.
Coleman Pop-Up Tents
The Coleman Pop-Up tent is the go-to for fast setup. It takes about 10 seconds to set this one up…that’s right, 10 seconds. The poles and rainfly are integrated in this design just like the Instant Cabin series, but the smaller size makes this tent a snap to pitch.
If you do run into some rain this tent has taped seams on the bottom and a rainfly. For warmer days, the rainfly can be positioned to allow more ventilation instead of covering the mesh windows. Two pockets inside give you a place to keep essentials while you sleep, but this tent is made for speed and not a roomy atmosphere. The center height in the 4 person size is only 3 ft. 4 in.
If you don’t like to mess around with a tent, you won’t be in extreme weather, and changing clothes while laying down doesn’t bother you, then this is the model for you.
Family Tents with WeatherTec
While the Instant Cabin series and the Pop-Up tent are quick and will fare well in mild storms, you may want to consider a tent with Coleman’s WeatherTec system. This patented system includes welded floors and inverted seams to keep your home-away-from-home dry.
Choosing a beautiful location away from the crowds can often mean unpredictable weather. Arriving prepared will mean that your trip can be a success even if the clouds roll in and things get wet outside. Inside your tent, you and your gear will stay dry.
Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent
This tent is made with campers in mind. It is big enough to fit the family with room left over for gear. At 16 x 7 ft. you can fit 3 queen sized air mattresses inside with room to spare.
Getting in and out of the tent is easier with a hinged door. No more crawling through the bottom of a partially unzipped door. In addition, the rainfly creates an awning over the door for a dry space. Use the area to keep supplies out of the weather, for shoe storage, or whatever works for your set up.
Sometimes a tent can get stuffy, but the windows in the Montana tent are designed to help. With their angled design, the windows can stay open while keeping the rain out.
Finally, with a center height of 6 ft. 2 in. their is room to move around and change from hiking clothes to something for sitting around the fire.
Coleman Evanston 8-Person Tent
The big difference between the Evanston and the Montana tents is the floor plan. The Evanston comes in a big square at 12 x 12 ft. with an identical center height of 6 ft. 2 in. This square model still sleeps eight but you will have to limit the queen sized air mattresses to two.
This model allows the windows to be open for ventilation in the rain as well, but not through the use of angled windows. Instead, there is a gap between the rainfly and the window to allow airflow while ensuring the rain stays out, even with wind.
You have found the perfect spot to camp. It is absolutely beautiful. The only trouble is that the parking lot is a few miles away. Don’t try to lug an 8 person dome tent. Instead, make your back happy with a lightweight tent made with backpackers in mind.
Coleman Hooligan Tents
Choose from 2-person, 3-person, or 4-person models for this no-nonsense tent. All sizes come with the WeatherTec system to keep you warm and dry even in harsh weather. And the rainfly stakes down in front of the door to provide a fully-covered dry area for storage and getting in or out.
Of course, none of these tents have the center height to allow much moving around inside the tent, but at 8.8 lbs., 11.8 lbs., and 12.6 lbs., respectively, your back and legs will thank you at the end of the day. Each size packs down into a small carrying bag for easy transport.
The Right Tool for the Job
Good sleep makes a world of difference for your camping trip. Choose the tent that best fits your needs for weather and size. And at the prices of these tents, you can afford more than one if your needs change based on season or location.
Each of these tents comes with a 1-year limited warranty so you can buy with confidence knowing that you are protected from both the weather and manufacturing defects.
Plan that trip and experience the wonders of nature. Sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows, you’ll be happy you invested in the right tent.