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Are you looking for a family tent to take away with you? If you want a tent which is large on the inside so you can sleep and store your packs then check out the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Although this is a large tent it doesn’t take too long to erect especially when 2 of you do it. For a waterproof camping experience this tent is the perfect buy.
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Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent Review
- Spacious 8-person tent has enough room for 3 queen size air beds
- WeatherTec system with patented corner welds and inverted seams helps keep water out
- Extended door awning keeps shoes and gear dry; hinged door offers easy access
- Measures 16 x 7 feet with 6-foot 2-inch center height
- Quick setup in 15 minutes with carry bag included for easy transportation
The Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is made of a polyester fabric. It comes in 3 colors, black, blue and green. The tent gives you a large floor space of 16 x 7 feet and it has a high centre point which is 6 feet 2 inches so that you can stand up in the centre area if you’re tall and probably all through if you’re a bit vertically challenged like me.
How long does it take to erect?
It suggests in the product information that you can do a quick setup in 15 minutes but what people are finding is that with 2 people it can take around 30 minutes with an improvement in time once you’ve done it a couple of times and you have a better idea of what goes where.
There’s 2 parts to the tent and the main part seems to be easier to put up than the rainfly which takes a little bit more time.
Coleman tents are made with inverted seams and bucket type floors, like the Sundome 4 person tent, so they are usually pretty rainproof and this tent comes with a rainfly that overhangs the door position giving you a porch at the front of the tent. This protects around the door area so if it is raining you’re not going to get it coming in through the door. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t use seam sealer which can give your tent a longer life and you can buy this tent as a bundle with seam sealer.
The Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is advertised for 8 people but one buyer checked how many sleeping bags he could get in and he managed 7 side by side with no spare room so 8 is a stretch. Most people use it for 4-5 people with plenty of storage space for bags. The problem with this tent is that it is quite narrow so if you like to use a cot bed it won’t fit across the tent and you have to place it longways so that affects how many people you can get in.
There are 2 side windows in the Montana Tent, the top half of the door opens to a mesh window and in the roof at either side it is mesh too, although this is covered by the rainfly and that affects the airflow above. There are 2 small wall pockets inside which can store things like phones but it seems a little thin on storage for a large occupancy tent. At the top of the roof is a ring so that you can hang a light or other things from. There is also a small zipped opening to allow you to put electric cables through if you have access to electric.
The door has a pole around it making it a bit more substantial. When it’s opened it will usually fall closed by itself and has velcro fasteners around it to hold it shut, this is as well as the zip, but it means you don’t have to zip it up all the time. This helps when you have kids running in an out all the time.
Do you require a tarp?
The base of the tent is made from strong material but it’s always worth placing a tarp underneath the tent to give you that extra layer against anything sharp working it’s way through. It might be worth investing in some heavy duty pegs too.
The tent is taken down easier than it is to fold it up and put it back into it’s carrying bag. If you have a problem with it check out this video that gives you one take on it.
The people who love this tent find that the instructions are easy to follow and that 2 people could put up the tent quite quickly. They found it performed well in wind and rain. They found that a queen size mattress fitted well widthways and if you use 2 it still leaves a good space in the centre of the tent. They also like the design of the door and found it zipped up easily when it was required.
The negative reviewers are unhappy with how it is not as waterproof as they would expect. Some people found that the tent ripped easily. Some found the tent poles broke.
If you’re looking for a family sized tent that is not too difficult to put up then check out this Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Depending what sleeping mattress or bedding you use will depend on how many people you can comfortably fit inside but you have a good floorspace to work with to see if it will fit well for your needs. You can have many holidays using this tent for a reasonable price.