Coleman Montana 8: A solid family tent, lacking dividing walls

Pros The Coleman Montana is an eight person waterproof tent designed for families.  It has a modified dome structure. The modified dome structure means that the tent has an extension on each side. The rainfly reaches over the edge of the tent on each end, forming a covered porch over the door. The porch is big enough for two people to sit under it with their chairs and have a nice chat. The Coleman Montana comes with an electrical access port that allows you to recharge your devices. The tent also has excellent ventilation thanks to the cool-air port and the privacy vent window.

Cons The best family tents all have multiple rooms, or at least they have a plastic wall that can be installed so that you can make multiple rooms out of the tent. These rooms will allow the children and the parents to have separate bedrooms, and enjoy a bit of privacy. The Coleman Montana has none of these, it is a single room tent. The rent unfortunately has no gear loft, which is not a major problem, I would rather call it an inconvenience.

montana4The Coleman Montana 8 person tent measure 16′ x 7′ on the floor, and it has a center height of 74″. The tent has plenty of headspace, and even a full-grown adult can stand up in it,  just like it is supposed to be with a great family tent. The tent is heavy with a 25.3 lbs weight, but that is to be expected from a family tent. These tents are designed to be carried to the campground by car, and not for carrying it with your own hands.

The tent measures  27″ x 8″ x 8″ in a packed condition, so it is small enough so that it will fit into your car.

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The tent has a solid structure thanks to the fiberglass poles that come with the tent. The tent also comes with a rainfly and a set of stakes. The stakes are the standard thin metal stakes, and I have read a few reviews who complained that they are too thin, and bend. You can buy other, more solid types of stakes.

The tent has excellent ventilation thanks to the vented cool air port and the privacy vent widow. The top of the extensions on the two sides of the dome of the tent are made of mesh, which not only allows you to look at the stars when you take off the rainfly from the tent, but it also provides excellent ventilation.

The rainfly covers the top of the tent, and it reaches over the door and the windows of the tent. This protects against the  rain that might fall straight down from the sky, but thanks to the high quality material of the tent, you won’t have problems with side rain either. Just to be on the safe side, it might be a good idea to apply a bottle of Nikwax to the inner wall of the tent. The floor is thick and waterproof, and has a great bathtub design. Just to be on the safe side you can lay down a tarp on the floor before you set up the tent.

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montana3The tent is not hard to set up, however there are no instructions included on how to set it up, which is a bit of a problem. If you have never set up a tent of this size, you might lack the experience needed to set it up quickly. I advise you to set up the tent at least once before you take it into the wild.

The tent has no gear loft, which is a minor design flaw. A gear loft allows you to store a few items over your head in the tent when you sleep. You can store these next to your mattress as well, so it is not a big flaw by any means. The tent can fit in two queen-sized mattresses.

Conclusion

The Coleman Montana Eight Person Tent is a well designed family tent, that has plenty of great features, like the vent windows, the cool air port and I love the porch that allows you to sit under it and enjoy the company of your loved ones safe from the weather. The electric access port can also come in handy. The waterproofing of the tent is very good, you won’t have problems with leaking water if you put the rainfly on.

The Coleman Montana would be perfect if it had removable plastic walls that would allow you to divide the inside of the tent into multiple rooms. Even without those the Coleman Montana is a solid, good family tent.

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