Coleman Camping Tents Are Everywhere

Coleman is a very popular brand name in the camping world and it’s justifiable.  They’ve been around forever and make lots of good camping tents and camping gear.  While spacious and cheaply priced, the Coleman Evanston Screened 8 Tent is bet suited for entry level campers. At first glance, there seems to be nothing wrong with the Coleman Evanston tent models. However, for more experienced campers with greater camping needs, the Evanston could be a disappointment. For example, 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

Coleman Evanston Screened 8 Tent - Family Camping Tents

Coleman Evanston Screened 8 Tent - Family Camping Tents

beneficial features, including:

  • Tent footprint included saving you about $100
  • Privacy vent window allowing airflow and privacy
  • Electrical access port for charging electronics
  • Outdoor porch for lounging outside in the shade

Coleman Evanston Tents – Advantages

Like all Coleman Tents, one of the greatest appeals to the Evanston Tent line is price with each model being less than $200. 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 72 inches, 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.

Upon closer inspection of the Tent Specifications and disadvantages below, the Coleman Evanston Tent is a little less appealing–even though it has an affordable price.

Tent Specifications

  • Max Height: 68-74 inches
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Tent type: Dome
  • Vestibule Area: No vestibule for hiking equipment storage
  • Sleeps: 4-8 people
  • Tent pole material: Fiberglass

Coleman Evanston Tent – Disadvantages
While the Coleman Evanston 8 tent is an inviting purchase thanks to a cheap price tag, upon closer inspection it is clear that these dome tents are flawed. First, like many Coleman tents, the Coleman Evanston camping 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 Evanston Camping Tents, 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. 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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