Coleman Sundome Tent 2, 3, 4 & 6 Person Review

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4.0/5 on June 28, 2018

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PROS

- Made from Polyester.

- WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you dry.

- Large windows and a ground vent for superior ventilation.

- Snag-free, continuous pole sleeves for easy 10 minutes setup.

- Strong frame has been tested to withstand 35+ mph winds.

- E-port makes it easy to bring electrical power inside your tent.

CONS

- Made for warmer weather, not good for the cold.

- Poles are delicate and will not take rough treatment.

VERDICT

In the conclusion of this Coleman Sundome tent review, regarding its features, this tent stands well in comparison with its competitors. But no tent of this type can match its incredible price. The ventilation which you have here is good, the packed size is also great, and you have seen that it offers more space than its competitors.

But bear in mind that it has no vestibule so if it is raining all the gear must be kept inside, including your boots and shoes. The same goes for meals preparation, this must be done inside if it is raining. However, if you need a tent for more challenging weather conditions, you will need to pay much more.

The Coleman Sundome tent is the budget option camping tent and they range from a two person to a 6-person model with the 4 person being the most popular. Easy to set-up, the Coleman Sundome is a combination of sleek looks, convenience and user-friendly features.

The hooded door and rear window let you maintain cross-ventilation even while it rains. It provides all the convenient features like large door, mesh pockets for storage, a hook to hang your lamp at the centre of the roof, and of course high quality coated polyester body with sturdy fibreglass frame makes it perfect for camping out on those beautiful summer nights.

Video – Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent Overview

 

 

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Coleman Sundome Tent 4 Person Features

 

Standard and Darkroom Technology 4 Person

– Made from Polyester.

– WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you dry.

– Large windows and a ground vent for superior ventilation.

– Measures 9 x 7 feet with 4-foot 11-inch center height.

– Snag-free, continuous pole sleeves for easy 10 minutes setup.

– Strong frame has been tested to withstand 35+ mph winds.

– E-port makes it easy to bring electrical power inside your tent.

Only Darkroom Technology 4 Person

– Dark room technology blocks 90% of sunlight so you can sleep in past sunrise; it also reduces temperatures inside the tent for a comfortable night’s sleep.

 

Coleman Sundome Tent 2 Person Features

 

– Polyester taffeta 75 denier flysheet.

– Dome tent with spacious interior allows you to move comfortably.

– Easy setup in only 10 minutes.

– WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you dry.

– Large windows and a ground vent for superior ventilation.

– Measures 7 x 5 feet with 4-foot center height.

 

Coleman Sundome Tent 3 Person Features

 

– The three-person dome design is quick and easy to set up.

– 4 ft. 4 in. high interior gives room to move.

– Dome design for quick setup, 10 minutes.

– Snag-free, continuous pole sleeves for easy setup.

– Insta-Clip Pole Attachments stand up to wind.

– Rainfly awning for shade and rain protection.

– Large windows help cool the tent.

– WeatherTec System—patented welded floors and inverted seams keep water out.

– 7 ft. x 7 ft. fits three people or one queen airbed.

– 1-year limited warranty

 

Coleman Sundome Tent 6 Person Features

 

Standard and Dark Room Technology 6 Person

– WeatherTec System patented welded floors and inverted seams keep water out.

– 6 ft.(1.88 m) high interior gives room to stand and move.

– Dome design makes setup quick and easy, 10 minutes.

– Snag-free, continuous pole sleeves for easy setup, Rainfly awning for shade and rain protection.

– Floor vent for maximum ventilation.

– Large windows help cool the tent.

– Durable frame and Polyguard fabric for reliable, long-lasting use.

– Storage pockets keep gear organized.

– Insta-Clip pole attachments stand up to 35+ mph winds.

– 10 ft. x 10 ft. (3 m x 3 m), fits six people or two queen airbeds.

– E-Port makes it easy to bring electrical power inside your tent.

– 1-year limited warranty

Only Dark Room Technology 6 Person

– Dark Room technology blocks 90% of sunlight so you can sleep in past sunrise; it also reduces temperatures inside the tent for a comfortable night’s sleep.

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Coleman Sundome Tent 2, 3, 4, 6 Person Colors

 

2 Person Green

 

2 Person Navy

 

2 Person Green2 Person Navy

 

3 Person Green

 

3 Person Navy

 

3 Person Green3 Person Navy

 

4-Person Green

 

4-Person Navy

 

4-Person Dark Room Technology – Green/Black/Teal

 

4 Person Green4 Person Navy4 Person Green-Black-Teal

 

6 Person Tent Green

 

6 Person Tent Navy

 

6 Person Dark Room Technology – Green/Black/Teal

 

6 Person Green6 Person Navy6 Person Green-Black-Teal

Our Coleman Sundome Tent Review

 

Coleman Sundome Tent

The Coleman Sundome Tent is a freestanding type. The meaning of the term is that you can pitch it on any terrain and you will never have trouble finding a place to camp. In the specifications, it is described as a 3-season tent. But I would narrow it down to a summer-type because it is meant for mild weather situations and not designed for heavy rains and winds. So, you use it for summer vacations and you will enjoy it; if you need something for more serious challenges, you will have to pay much more.

Obviously, this is a dome-shaped tent with all good and bad sides of such a design. The different sizes have different heights and they all only have one door. The dome-style design implies it is lightweight and its design is simple, so the setup is easy.

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Who Is The Coleman Sundome for?

If you haven’t camped since the time of your school days and do not have much experience in erecting tents, then this Sundome Tent will be perfect for you as it has works very well for first timers. Easy to set-up with the shock-corded fiberglass frame and the freestanding design, the different sizes offer plenty of room for people to store their gear.

The Coleman sundome tent has been known to stand hours of rain and wind successfully. This is because the wall and fly fabric are made of 450 mm thick polyester which guards you from heavy rainfall. Moreover, the strong 1000D polyethylene floor with its factory sealed (welded) seams provides complete protection against water seepage.

This product can be a great camping option for summers when you intend to go on camping trips and don’t expect temperatures to drop too low.

What’s Included In The Sundome Box?

The tent comes packed in a carrying bag with poles, rain fly, ground stakes, door mat, and instructions. The carrying bag is expandable so it isn’t a struggle to fit your gear back in the bag after breaking down the tent.

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Coleman Sundome Setup

This is a freestanding structure because of the following. When the poles are passed through the sleeves, and you put the integrated pins from the tents’ four corners into the poles’ ends, the poles are fixed in place, and the tension is created in the tent fabric and it becomes self-supported and freestanding. This is further reinforced when you attach all 8 additional clips to the poles. So, you do not have any hub in this structure, but this is typical for many larger tents and for family camping tents. With this, the tent is set up and ready.

When you use the fly, you add the remaining third pole to the fly (there are two small pockets on two opposite sides of the fly, for the ends of the pole) and fix the pole to the fly by Velcro tabs. After that, you put the fly on the tent so that the fly-pole is oriented front-back. Note, this fly-pole creates two small awnings, one on the front and one on the back. These awnings are there to partly protect the front door and the back window and to keep the fly up so that you have unobstructed views.

The fly comes with 4 guylines with hooks, so you attach the hooks to the tents’ corner rings. With this, the fly is fully secured.

Video – How to set up a Coleman Sundome tent for camping

 

 

Sundome Poles

You have them 3, all shock-corded fiberglass poles. Note that fiberglass needs some care, it is less durable than aluminum. The two main poles create an X-shaped dome structure, and the third shorter pole is added to raise the two awnings and to allow unobstructed views through the windows.

Sundome Fabric & Weather Protection

The floor and the lower section of the tent body are waterproof, and the upper body is mesh. So, the fly is there only to protect the ceiling. They write that it is tested to withstand 35+ MPH winds. The waterproofness rating for this tent is 600 mm only. For comparison, you should know that an ordinary umbrella is typically around 400 – 500 mm. So, use this tent for mild summer situations without much rain and you will be fine.

They use what they call the WeatherTec patented system for the floor, which implies welded seams. If you are not familiar, this is the best system for seams in general. Such welded seams, if properly done can be stronger than the surrounding fabric. Note also that the floor is a bathtub design which is a good feature in general. More problems regarding the weather protection you can expect from above because the rain fly is not a full coverage type.

Coleman Dark Room Technology Sundome Tent

Sundome Ventilation

The tent is good in this respect. You have mesh in the upper portion on all 4 sides. You also have windows on both sides (located under the mentioned awnings), so you can unzip them. The awnings are small, but you can still keep those windows open even when it is raining.

In addition, there is a floor vent on the back of the tent, and you can see it in the picture below. To have it fully functional, it may be necessary to stake it out. But in any case, this vent is protected by a panel from outside, so you can keep it open at all times. This is a really good and very useful feature, and this makes this tent more livable than some other tents on the market, bear this in mind. Though I wonder why they did not make it bigger.

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Inside The Sundome

There are 2 small mesh pockets on the wall, for small gear.
On the ceiling, you have a hook for a lantern.
Yet another useful feature is a zippered port for an electrical cord.
The D-shaped door is with a window so, you have a mesh layer and a protective pane. On the opposite side, you have one window with the same structure.

Coleman Sundome Tent Features

Sundome Price

No doubt that the price contributes to the popularity of this tent. As of the moment of writing the text, the Amazon prices for these tents are simply incredible, in the range $25 – $99 (dependent on the size & color). It is hard to find anything that would match this price and features combination.

This SunDome Tent has been designed to enable ease of use and withstand mild weather conditions. It is airy and spacious and makes a perfect a shelter for summer camping. Durable and strong this tent can be easily carried from place to place. It is a perfect option for people who want to travel light and yet have the best camping option.

I will conclude by saying that this Coleman Sundome tent range clearly has many great features. The ventilation is good, the carry bag is nicely designed, the packed size is also great, and it offers more space than its competitors. So, I am impressed in general.

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Coleman Sundome Tent Customer Reviews

 

“This Coleman 4-person tent kept us warm and dry on our camping trip this Memorial Day weekend. This was my very first time setting up a tent and camping out with 2 kids and 2 dogs in tow, and it took me just 15 minutes to set up the tent.

Set up took 15 minutes from start to finish for a tent newbie like me with some help from one kid. Based on forum advice I got some tent pegs that were easy to drive into the ground, so I did not use the ones that come with the tent, so I had a very easy time setting it up. The poles were already connected by a string and I had to thread them through and clip them on with the attached clips. I also got a heavy-duty tarp for the bottom of the tent based on advice on some reviews posted here. I had to fold it slightly to make sure it stayed under the tent. then once the tent was all straightened out I drove in the pegs into the ground. The rain fly was easy to install too, and the included cords helps make sure the rain fly is stretched out away from the vents.

The 4-person tent is 9ft by 7ft and it fitted an Intex Queen Mattress that I inflated in 15 min with a handpump. There was a little room on all sides of the tent after fitting in the mattress. If you push it to one side, then there was place for one small person. We had 1 adult and 2 teenagers in the tent and our 75 lb lab and we were pretty comfortable with room to turn while sleeping. There was not really room for more than one small duffel bag after packing in 3 people and a dog, so if you’re using this as a backpacking tent and plan to store your gear you can only fit in 2 people. I was glad that I had got this size compared to the 3-person tent (7ft X 7 ft) as it would have only fitted in a queen mattress and no more, and we ended up needing more room. I think the 4 person is a great size for 2 people to sleep in comfortably and have a bit more room to bring in a kid if needed.

I had carried a seam sealer, but reviews advised not to use it as the tent remains dry. There was no rain that night, just a little moisture in the air. The tent is very well ventilated, so it got cold and airy in the tent in the night. Next time I may carry something to cover the vent on one side or maybe a warmer sleeping bag as the night got colder than we had anticipated. This would be a great tent for warmer summer evenings.

The white walls of the tent reflect light well and there are 2 pockets on the side where you can put a flashlight facing upward to illuminate the whole tent. Another feature I liked was that the bottom of the tent comes up all around about 4 inches which helps keep dirt and water out. It’s also advisable to pitch the tent on higher ground slightly sloping downwards so that the water flows downward away from you.

The pull down was just as easy as the put up. It was easy to bring down and fold up the poles. However, I could not fit it back inside the bag. How did they manage to fit it inside that tiny bag in the first place is a mystery? I put the pegs, poles and my extra tarp inside and will find another bag for the tent itself.

Now that I’ve learned that’s it’s not too hard to set up a tent, I plan to go camping more often with this Coleman Sundome tent.

Update 7/9
The 4-person tent held up well and has been put up and taken down about 5-6 times already. It takes just 15 minutes to set up and is very comfortable in 45 degrees plus weather with a warm sleeping bag. For colder temperatures, I wouldn’t recommend this tent. It’s very airy and the 2 side windows that zip down made it comfortable even in 70-degree weather. For even warmer days you can leave the rain fly off if there is no chance of rain. I figured out finally how to roll it back tightly, so it fits back inside the bag with all accessories. You just need to make sure you have the door and window unzipped so you can let all the air out and then it rolls up tight.

I also purchased the Coleman 3-person tent, it is about 7 ft by 7 ft inside and just about fits an Intex Queen size air mattress. On a recent camping trip, the 3-person tent worked for 2 teenagers and a dog inside the tent. It is a compact tent for 2 people, you can fit in 2 adults but there won’t be any room for bags. It’s not the lightest tent I’ve seen, but it’s fairly small and fits back easily into the bag it comes in. We set up this one about 4 times and took it down in different camping grounds. The pegs did not hold up well in hard ground, but I’d purchased a set of better pegs from Amazon.

I am really pleased with both the tents and will be using them for many more camping trips.

Update 9/29 – This tent is still going strong, I had my daughter put it up by herself and took a time lapse video. With a little help, it’s even easier to put up, but she wanted to demonstrate putting it up with no help. It took her about 20 minutes, if there is someone to hold and align the poles it takes less time. It rained for hours in the night and the next day on our last day – this was a trip to Glacier National Park. We were both warm and dry in our 4 person and 3-person tent and it was kind of fun to hear the rain beat hard against the tent. I had not applied any seam glue to either of the tents but might do so in the future. Unfortunately, on a subsequent trip in late fall, the tent pole snapped as the person setting it up with my daughter did not have much experience and went too hard. I now have to figure out how to get a replacement pole.” …. Read More

Coleman Sundome Tent Customer Reviews

 

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Coleman Sundome Tent 2, 3, 4, 6 Person Review Verdict

 

In the conclusion of this Coleman Sundome tent review, regarding its features, this tent stands well in comparison with its competitors. But no tent of this type can match its incredible price. The ventilation which you have here is good, the packed size is also great, and you have seen that it offers more space than its competitors.

But bear in mind that it has no vestibule so if it is raining all the gear must be kept inside, including your boots and shoes. The same goes for meals preparation, this must be done inside if it is raining. However, if you need a tent for more challenging weather conditions, you will need to pay much more.