Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent Review
Coleman is one of the biggest camping brands and the name has been around for over 100 years. Is that reputation justified with the Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent? Seeing as it is consistently the most popular tent on Amazon a lot of people clearly think so. The price of around $150 is obviously an initial pull as many 8 person tents can be twice or triple this price. From a first look at the Coleman 8′s features it also seems as if you are not sacrificing quality and features for the reduced price. Lets look in a bit more detail though.
Hi-tech weather protection?
One of the big thing Coleman talks about with this and other tents in their range is the WeatherTec System which aims to be an integrated set of 6 features which combine to provide maximum comfort against the wearer. They are described by Coleman as : leak free seams, weather resistant fabric, protected seams, waterproof floors, zipper protection and a wind strong frame. The features have been tested extensively in wind and rain rooms.
The seams of a tent are the area where rain is most likely to get in so the seams have been designed to minimise this.
At its simplest the anti wicking material on the Thread, webbing and zippers is designed to repel water not absorb it into the material of the tent.
Inverted floor seams dramatically increase weather resistance by hiding needle holes inside the tent, away from the elements.
Welding technology strengthens the tent floor and eliminates needle holes.
Zipper cuff adds protection from the elements to the door.
WIND STRONG FRAME
Engineered to be a stronger, more wind-responsive frame by using redesigned poles and guy-out triangles to anchor tents and increase performance.
Another key feature advertised is the shock corded poles which make the tent easier to put up. They run through the tent poles and keep them connected so that the poles don’t fall all over the place when you are trying to connect them up. Most people report that this does actually make the tent easier to put up and works well- but that 2 people is more realistic than 1 person which is what Coleman claim.
Quite a few customers have also complained that the stake poles that come with the tent are poor quality. It has to be said that this is no different from many tents and higher quality ones can can be picked up easily such as THESE
Innovative features..but do they work?
The hinged door is a big feature for this tent- and is fairly unique. Many other tents have the more standard zipper door design which anyone with any experience of tents will have experienced clambering in and out of. The hinged door does what is suggests and allows you to simply open and close the door rather than crawl through zips. This is easily the most popular feature on the tent and most people love it. For some this feature alone makes the tent the one to go for.
The VariFlow adjustable ventilation is another touted feature. It is designed to improve ventilation in the tent by letting you control how much air is let into the tent. This one is a bit more controversial and complaints of the inside of the tent getting too humid are not uncommon. Individual preferences in temperature are a very variable and subjective thing and its clear that some of these complaints come from people who have not understood that the variflow feature exists or how to use it.
Overall this tent does have some unique features at a good price. Despite some specific quibbles with it, the Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent has remained popular for a good reason.
Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent Pros & Cons
- easily set up in 10-15 minutes
- Most people say the tent stays very dry
- enough room for full size mattresses inside
- power port access points very well designed
- Hinged door – most customers delighted with this feature
- Lighter and easier to transport than similar tents
- tent design looks sleeker than many large tents.
- No room divider in the main section
- In high winds the rain fly pole can sometimes pop off on one side. Can be left no attached if there is no rain. Not everyone reported this problem.
- In very warm weather some people may find the tent does not provide enough ventilation and some condensation.
- Does not have a cooler access door in the back of tent eve though this is shown in photos
Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent Features
- 28 x 10 x 9 inches
- Modified dome structure, simple to set up,
- 11-millimeter fiberglass poles
- WEIGHS 25.3 pounds
- Electrical access port and reverse angle windows
- limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Wind Strong Frame: Engineered to be a stronger, more wind-responsive frame by using redesigned poles and guy-out triangles to anchor tents and increase performance
- Leak-free Seams: fully-taped rain-fly seams, rain-fly covers doors and windows. Incorporates easy-to-use Velcro frame attachments
- Coated polyester Weather-resistant fabric
- Protected Seams: Inverted floor seams dramatically increase weather resistance by hiding needle holes inside the tent
- Waterproof Floors: Welding technology strengthens the tent floor and eliminates needle holes
- Zipper Protection: Zipper cuff adds protection from the elements to the door
Coleman Montana 8 Tent Review
Customer Q & A
what made you choose this tent over all the other models?
What clinched the deal for me when comparing it to other tents was the door. Anyone who has had to go repeatedly in and out of a tent knows that traditional tent doors are very annoying and the idea that this tent has a door that swings open and closed made me very happy
How weatherproof is the Coleman montana 8 person tent?
It rained four days of our trip — big downpours and very windy. As long as objects did not push up against the inside walls of the tent, then things stayed dry. The only issue was either water soaking through the rain flap (they are water resistant, not waterproof) or that the water was condensing under the rain flap.
How easy is the tent to put up?
It’s VERY easy to put up. I did it all by myself in about 15 minutes, the first time. I took it down by myself in about 5 minutes – and my first attempt at rolling it up, it fit perfectly back in the bag