While spacious and cheaply priced, honest reviews prove Coleman Evanston Tents are not best for family camping.
Learn why with Coleman Evanston Tent 4, 6, and 8 reviews.
At first glance, there seems to be nothing wrong with the 4, 6, and 8 man Evanston tentmodels--in fact, for many entry-level campers, a Coleman Evanston would probably suffice.
However, for more experienced campers with greater camping needs, the Evanston will likely be a huge disappointment. And it takes the discerning eye of Camping Tent Reviews.com to reveal this.
A family enjoying the Evanston tent
With a dome tent structure and front porch providing an outdoor hang-out space, it's easy to see why many are enticed to purchase this family camping tent.
At first glance these family dome tents have numerous beneficial features, including:
However, upon closer inspection its flaws are revealed and the Coleman Evanston Tent becomes far less appealing--even though it has an affordable price.
Another Shot of the Evanston Tent
Like all Coleman Tents, one of the greatest appeals to the Evanston Tent line is price with each model being less than $200 at Amazon.com. This is cheap for a family tent.
Another advantage is height. When camping with your family, you want to be able to stand up and roam around the tent. With a center height of 68-74 inches (depending on the Evanston model), you'll never feel cramped inside.
An electrical access port is advantageous, but unnecessary for most. The majority of tent campgrounds offer electrical access ports, if needed. But you're tent camping with your family--electronics should be left at home.
While the Coleman Evanston Elite 8, 6 and 4 man tents are an inviting purchase thanks to a cheap price tag, upon closer inspection it is clear that these dome tents are fatally flawed.
First, Coleman Evanston 8, 6, and 4 man tents are made with fiberglass tent poles. Fiberglass is far less reliable than aluminum tent poles and more susceptible to breaking after heavy use or during inclement weather.
Since these are car camping tents, its lack of a hiking gear/equipment vestibule is not a deal breaker. However, an equipment vestibule helps you easily organize camping gear and supplies.
The greatest disadvantage is that the outdoor living area is a gimmick. An outdoor area for lounging is enjoyable when tent camping with your family. However, the biggest appeal to an outdoor living area is being enclosed in a screened room so that bugs are kept at bay.
Coleman Elite Evanston family tents have outdoor awnings that are useful--in a gimmicky way. Since they lack a screen for protection from bugs, a tree would be just as effective.
Finally, family camping tents need to be pitched fast. After being cooped inside a car for hours, kids will be restless without a tent going up quickly. And besides, you don't want to spend the afternoon pitching your tent.
When pitching an Evanston Elite Tent, the tent poles must be pushed through pole sleeves as opposed to merely clipped in, which is how newer, more innovative family tents are designed. This means you may struggle pitching your tent, as opposed to enjoying time with your family.
At the time this review of the Coleman Evanston Elite 8, 6 and 4 man tents was written, there were no consumer reviews on the internet.
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A Coleman Evanston Tent is priced way below the market of other, more useful family dome tents.
While some Coleman camping tents are a steal, it's best to steer clear of the Coleman Evanston Tent as it's poorly designed, gimmicky, and uses unreliable fiberglass tent poles.
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