Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent Review

​PR​OS:

PROS:
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    ​Quick setup
    Quick setup
    Great all-rounder
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    ​Adjustable venting system
    Adjustable venting system
    Outstanding comfort and weight distribution
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    ​Can be divided into three separate rooms for extra privacy
    Can be divided into three separate rooms for extra privacy
    Doubles as a daypack
  • ​The shock-corded poles make it very easy to assemble
    The shock-corded poles make it very easy to assemble
  • ​Extra layer of protection against rain

    Extra layer of protection against rain

​​CONS:

CONS:
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    ​The side windows can’t be zipped shut
    The side windows can’t be zipped shut
    Extra padding makes the Aether super comfortable but also heavier than some packs
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    ​Not the best choice for winter camping
    Not the best choice for winter camping
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    ​The tent floor is a bit thin
    The tent floor is a bit thin

One of our favourite things to do here at ZIP is going camping with friends and family. When you’re in a large group, it’s essential to have big and comfortable tent to hang out in. In this Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent review, we discover a roomy tent that ticks most of the boxes in terms of the attributes you should be looking for in a large tent.

Want more options? Check out our best family tents buying guide.

Want more options? Check out our best family tents buying guide.

Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent Features

​The main attraction of the Coleman Red Canyon tent is clearly its massive size. The 17 by 10 feet and 72” height can easily accommodate a large family on a camping trip. The tent can be divided into three separate rooms by using removable privacy walls. There is only one door, but the two windows on the sides make it appear more spacious. The adjustable venting system is also a very nice feature to have.

If you are the type that likes camping but doesn’t enjoy the extra effort, you just might like this tent even more. The dome shape is the easy to install, and, although the tent is massive, it can be done by as few as two people.

This shape has been proven to be very wind resistant, which is why it’s so popular. The full dome design for such a large tent is impressive because it provides safety and still delivers comfort for so many people.

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This shape has been proven to be very wind resistant, which is why it’s so popular. The full dome design for such a large tent is impressive because it provides safety and still delivers comfort for so many people.

Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent Review

Design

​With the way you can divide the inside of the tent, you can easily fit three couples or two couples with a bunch of kids. There is only one entrance and that can make things difficult at times, but as far as resting and sleeping is concerned, you can’t ask for much more.

It’s cool that you can control the air flow from the Variflo adjustable venting system. The two side windows can’t be zipped shut, however, so they can make nights seem a bit rough during certain seasons. You probably aren’t going to get much use out of this tent in the winter.

The rain fly is easy to attach and comes with the product. It covers the tent just enough so that water can’t slip through or get in through the windows. The material is fairly waterproof, although you should consider using some sort of extra spray to be extra safe.

​Stability and Comfort

Stability and Comfort
The rain fly is easy to attach and comes with the product. It covers the tent just enough so that water can’t slip through or get in through the windows. The material is fairly waterproof, although you should consider using some sort of extra spray to be extra safe.

​Although the tent is for up to eight people, we also see the potential for smaller camping groups. A family of four or five can have more privacy than ever before. Setting up sleeping quarters on the sides will leave so much room in the middle that kids will surely feel more at home in this tent.

The rain fly doesn’t cover the entire tent, but it does cover more than enough to prevent water from entering through the windows. Accessories can also be purchased to cover up the widows should you wish to take a trip during a colder season.

Anchoring the tent is no hard task. If you’ve ever set up a dome-shaped tent before, you won’t even need instructions for this one because everything is quite straightforward. You can probably even get the kids to help or, better yet, let them do it!

A small issue we’ve noticed was that the tent floor is a bit thin. It provides good insulation but not enough comfort. You might want to consider camping on flatter ground or bringing some floor pads with you. Because of its size, you can make quite a luxurious sleeping arrangement, while still having room for gear and backpacks.

A small issue we’ve noticed was that the tent floor is a bit thin. It provides good insulation but not enough comfort. You might want to consider camping on flatter ground or bringing some floor pads with you. Because of its size, you can make quite a luxurious sleeping arrangement, while still having room for gear and backpacks.

How Does It Compare?

​Two rival tents to consider are the Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent and the Browning Camping Big Horn Family/Hunting Tent.

The Wenzel has bigger windows that can be zipped, as well as a front awning. And at 90 sq. feet, it seems to allow for quite a luxurious sleeping arrangement.

Although you have more control over cleanliness and storage space, the lack of dividing walls and the two-piece design make it less attractive to us. Privacy adds a lot to the comfort. A full dome shape is also sturdier should you encounter nasty weather.

On the other hand, the Browning Big Horn is 15 by 10 feet, with six windows and two doors which make it look very spacious. It allows for even more room considering it has straight walls. Although we feel like the dome-shaped ones are better, the extra space can make a significant difference.

Two rooms are better than one and maybe a bit more comfortable than three. This is why we’re still split on this design as it has less versatility than the Red Canyon. It does come with a bigger rain tarp though, but the straight design and the large tarp will take you longer to set up.

Two rooms are better than one and maybe a bit more comfortable than three. This is why we’re still split on this design as it has less versatility than the Red Canyon. It does come with a bigger rain tarp though, but the straight design and the large tarp will take you longer to set up.

​Trail End

Trail End

​We​'re really pleased with how versatile the Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent can be. Friends, family, whoever you want joining you on your camping trip – you can fit them all under the same roof. The airflow system and the two dividers provide comfort and flexibility when it comes to sleeping arrangements.

If you’re a people person and an outdoor enthusiast, then having a tent like this can make your camping trips more fun than ever before. The comfort and the safety it provides can surely help you convince others to join you on some memorable trips. =ZIP=

If you’re a people person and an outdoor enthusiast, then having a tent like this can make your camping trips more fun than ever before. The comfort and the safety it provides can surely help you convince others to join you on some memorable trips. =ZIP=

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