Campers turn to large, self-proclaimed “fast pitch” tents like the Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch 8-Person Cabin Tent with Closet for two simple reasons. They are the space to stretch out (or maybe cram in the whole family) and a simple set up. This should be for all those that don’t have the patience for complicated instructions and cramped living arrangements. This tent promises to handle both, as well as clever extras like the closet space and WeatherTec protection. While it succeeds in many ways, it lets campers down in others.
Let’s start with that idea of a “fast pitch” solution for quick assembly
Camping trips are about the adventure and relaxation, not leaving at daybreak to allow for enough time to pitch up. This cabin tent has a set-up process designed to take no more than 9 minutes. On the whole, users are pretty impressed with the process. The first attempt isn’t that quick, as it takes a little while to figure out the parts and instructions. Practice a couple of times at home and it should be quick and simple on the day.
What about that large 8-man cabin space in this Coleman Tenaya Cabin Tent? Is it enough?
The capacity of this tent is impressive. The cabin shape means that there is more room to move around than in other tents. It measures 15 long and 9ft deep, with a centre height of 6ft8. This should be more than enough clearance for the tallest occupants. Be aware that there is also a 2x2ft square space on the side dedicated to that closet. The additional privacy divider helps when parents and kids decide it is time to call it a night. This tall ceiling (relatively speaking) and depth also means a chance for cots and airbeds, rather than more basic arrangements. Finally, this large space also means lots of windows for light and air. This should be a bright space for a camping weekend away, and not just because of the bright green trim on the canvas.
There are plenty of campers having a great time in this spacious tent, but there is room for improvement
There is an odd mix of user experiences with this tent where some appreciate the finer details of the design, and others note the omissions. For example, some love the fact that the designers took the time to add a hinged door. They love that this means no noisy zips as people leave for the bathroom in the middle of the night. So, why didn’t Coleman put as much effort into the materials and build of this tent? The material of the canvas isn’t the strongest and campers might be wise to be cautious about heavy rain. Also, as nice as that designated closet space is, it isn’t well-constructed.
Those looking for something rugged for wet and wild conditions may not get quite what they need here. Yet, there is enough here to satisfy many large families as they head on a more leisurely vacation. The quick fast pitch system, large capacity and helpful features of this Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch 8-Person Cabin Tent with Closet should allow for a good night’s sleep.