While we love the idea of setting up a tent super fast, we’re not convinced the Instant Cabin is worth the extra cost and questionable rain protection. Another Kelty tent to have on your radar is their Tallboy 6. It’s a step up in price from the Discovery above at $230, but you do get a number of upgrades, including a lighter weight (14 lbs. 1 oz.), taller peak height (72 in.), and smaller packed size. The Kelty uses slightly higher-quality materials than the Sundome, but we find it hard to justify spending more for less space and similar overall performance. Unfortunately, the lack of storage options continues to the exterior of the Sundome 6.
Packing the tent back up into the bag isn’t very hard either. There is a removable extension on the bottom that we assume helps keep the bag small for shipping but, once removed, allows coleman instant tent a little more breathing room. With superb ratings, lots of reviews and a peak height of 4′ and 63 square feet of space for sleeping, this tent is like your very own little apartment.
Using our back yard as a test site, I proceeded to test its set-up time which is set at 10 minutes. Silke watched from the edge of the deck as I deftly maneuvered my way around the laid out tent and proceeded to stake off the corners. It was very similar to our old tent in layout and design so I had an unfair advantage to setting it up the first time. Two windows and one ground vent allow for cool air to flow in and hot air to flow out. The rain fly covers only the top section of the tent, basically protecting only the mesh openings, as you realize from the picture.
This was not an issue we found was consistent across online reviews. Although there might not be much extra space for fitting bigger families in, for a couple and one child this tent would be a great starter tent. The center height reaches 4’11” which might be too small for some campers. We’ve looked at every size of this tent in detail as well as some other popular tents from Coleman to give you as well-rounded an analysis as possible. No, a floor saver is not included and there is not one available to purchase separately made by Coleman. Yes, It is desirable to use the included guy lines and pegs to secure it though.
Tent poles are constructed of fiberglass, which is heavier than their lightweight aluminum counterparts. The coleman sundome 2’s tent body and fly material seemed fairly durable. The bathtub floor is thicker and more rigid than floors of other tents I own. While I didn’t take a sharp stick and try to recreate a Houston mosquito trying to get inside, the bug mesh felt pretty sturdy. This Coleman Sundome 2 person tent review is about an enormously popular tent.
Excellent for Scouting, camping, and overnights at the beach. Coleman is a trustworthy name in camping that has been around for many years. Their products are generally reliable and usable by anyone. The E-port makes it easy to bring your electronics with you by allowing space for an extension cord to enter the tent. However, the Sundome doesn’t come with Coleman’s Dark Room Technology like some other Coleman tents which would make this dome-shaped tent even better in the summer.
For its reasonable price, Coleman does a respectable job in this department. Although it can’t be set up in the rain as easily as their single-layer tents, the same can be said for many of the camping tents in this year’s review. We would certainly hesitate to opt for this tent if the forecast calls for torrential downpours, but it can absolutely hold up to the occasional spat of rain.