For added privacy there are two room dividers to segment the space into three sections and Coleman’s proprietary Weathertec System claims to keep any rain or moisture on the outside of the tent where it belongs.
What else will you really like about the Coleman Red Canyon dome tent?
- This tent is very easy to assemble from the bag. There is nothing worse than going on a camping trip and getting into a family argument because you can’t work out how to put the tent up! The Red Canyon has color coded tent poles and intuitive assembly instructions.
- For warmer weather, you can take advantage of the Variflo adjustable venting system which enables you to control and direct better air flow around the tent. It also allows you more convenient access to your stowed away
- The strong, yet light frame and fabric is relatively easy to carry and pack away afterwards.
- You even get a welcome mat included with this tent and inside, there are many cargo mesh storage pockets located in various positions. Use these to keep all of your valuables in one place overnight or use the larger pockets to keep a pair of dirty shoes off the floor for example.
Coleman Red Canyon 17-Foot by 10-Foot 8-Person Modified Dome Tent review
This particular tent is probably best suited to the medium sized family with two or three young kids that can sleep in the end sections while the parents comfortably sleep in the larger middle section. Even with a mattress in the middle section, there is still room for a small camping table and most of your accessories.
With over 170 square feet of floor space, this tent is deceptively large and it is only once you fully assemble it and walk inside that you get an appreciation for the size.
Around 72 inches of head room at the highest point will also allow a person of around 6 feet in height to stand up and move around freely. Of course to most, a little bit of crouching is part and parcel of a camping trip and tents are predominantly used for sleeping anyway, so this won’t be a huge factor.
On the other hand, if you are quite tall or have a bad back then you may appreciate the extra height.
What is the best time of year to use the Coleman Red Canyon 8-person tent?
This does seem to be a point of debate. Coleman themselves rate it for use in any sort of weather because of the weather-resistant qualities of the fabrics, but some consumers would argue otherwise.
Some point out that the fly is less than adequate in protecting the main unit from moisture should it rain. There is also the potential for the wind to get up underneath the fly and cause it to flap around.
This is something that you must keep in mind if there is even the slightest possibility of rain during your trip. The venting makes it ideal for warm weather use but even rain that is falling at a very slight angle may get past the rain fly and increase the chance of moisture damaging the seams and getting into the tent.
That, of course, is something that you really do not want.
What are other people saying about the Red Canyon 8-person tent?
The overwhelming response has been positive, despite some of the shortcomings of the tent in general.
Many campers loved the fact that it was very easy to assemble and was more than large enough for their purposes. Let’s face it, if you can get the tent deployed in 10 or 15 minutes then that is half the battle won and it gets your trip off to a good start.
The rain fly continued to be a subject of debate. Some people said that it rained heavily on their trip and they stayed dry the whole time while others had puddles of water in their tent the next morning or moisture seeping in through the corners of the tent.
Others could not work out why the tent only had a single entry and exit door or why the side windows could not actually be ‘closed’, for want of a better word.
These side windows are only mesh and cannot be zipped up if there is a cold wind or rain approaching. This basically means that this tent is next to useless for cold weather because there is no way to stop the wind or cold air from blowing straight through the tent.
The Coleman Red Canyon 17-Foot by 10-Foot 8-Person tent has some obvious limitations in terms of the sort of weather you can go camping in.
The performance of the rain fly is largely hit and miss so whether or not you buy this tent will be a decision to make based on risk assessment and the climate in your local area or the area in which you intend to camp.
This tent should be able to withstand the majority of weather situations though and you can bolster the water proof capability by making sure it is properly assembled and not sagging anywhere which could encourage moisture to collect.
Regardless, this is still a terrific camping tent for warm weather trips where the nights don’t get too cold either. The large, spacious design enables you to keep all of your gear in the tent for security and to protect it from the elements during the day and at night, the same space gives you a comfortable and well ventilated place to sleep.
The price is also something that a lot of people will love too.
The Red Canyon is not the best tent on the market but is still very good for general purpose camping and is great value for money.