If you’re like me, you want a tent that’s going to hold up in strong winds and something that’s going to keep the rain out, but does the Coleman 8 Person Red Canyon tent stand up to those expectations?
Even if it leaks a little bit I’m not going to class that as water resistant. There’s nothing like an unbiased, honest opinion. So I put my tinfoil hat on and decided to do some thorough research regarding this tent.
If you are trying to find out if this tent is strong and high quality, then I suggest you keep reading because that’s what I’ll be finding out and writing down my findings in this Coleman Red Canyon Tent review.
What does this thing do? This tent is created for 8 people, made for 3 season use, however it looks like it may be able to handle some minor winter conditions. This tent also comes with room dividers, making it look like a 3-room cabin.
What ultimate benefits does this specific product provide? The best thing I found about this tent, was that it’s actually capable of withstanding strong winds (40-50 mph+ winds, where other tents would be breaking and blowing away, this tent stays standing).
And also the extreme rain protection is my favorite feature. I noticed some people experiencing flash floods, while the bathtub-styled floor keeps the tent dry inside.
What are its specifications?
Weight: 22.4 pounds
Center Height: 72 inches
Rooms: 3 (contains room dividers)
Area: 17 x 10 feet
Extremely water resistant: Yes
Colors: Red, Blue, Black
Dimensions: 10.2 x 11 x 25.6 inches
Who It’s For
This tent is a perfect choice for car camping and family campers.
Because of the weight (11 kgs), this tent is not recommended for extended hiking trips.
This will also be something to consider for friends who want to have a fun weekend trip.
Pricing & Purchase Details
This tent varies in price, at around $100 to $140 and includes free shipping when you purchase from Amazon.com, which includes a limited warranty, where you can return it if there’s any defects.
- I find that this tent actually stands up to strong winds and capable of keeping out long hours of rain
- If you’re an avid tent pitcher you will know how to pitch this tent without the instructions, which will take roughly 20 minutes – as it’s just like most tents, spread it, stake it down, then put the shock poles up
- Most standard stakes that come with tents are worthless, these ones tend to work enough to keep the tent standing
- It’s nice and spacious inside, with enough room to hold 3 queen size mattress and still have a little bit of room to spare
- Without the rain fly on, you get a nice effect of the starry night sky, good for hot summer nights
- This tent can actually get back inside the carry bag, while most other tents will be nearly impossible
- It comes available with room dividers. I find this works perfectly for kids who want to sleep in their own room without been too far away from their parents
- The bottom of this tent seems like it could get beat up quickly, protect your investment and place a ground tarp underneath before pitching
- There’s a few common issues with the zippers not being the greatest
- This tent has mesh windows that you can’t close, can be a bad thing when in a public campsite
- In the summer, the heat can be very strong for the inside of this tent because the lack of windows, a fan might be something to consider
See This Tent At Its Cheapest Price On Amazon
If you want something with a little more ventilation for more hot, humid days, while still being spacious enough for a family of 4-5 and roughly in the same price range, just not as water resistant – the Coleman 6 Person tent could be something to consider.
Although there’s something smaller out there, much lighter and contains so much more ventilation to keep the air moving through with 2 separate doors, the Slumberjack 4 Person might be what you’re after.
Do I Recommend This Tent?
If you have a big family of 5-6 people and want to go out on a weekend camping trip then yes I do recommend this tent, for the simple fact that it’s capable of keeping you all dry even with torrential downpour and it’s not going to blow away in strong gusts of wind.
However if you want to go on an extended hiking trip out in the wilderness I’m NOT going to recommend this tent. It is just too heavy for bush excursions, you’ll be a lot better off in choosing one of the tents above.
Also if you decide to purchase this tent, and you want to go out in extreme cold weather, I would suggest you pack extra blankets and clothes. This tent is open to the cold air on top which can get quite chilly in the early mornings.
My Final Opinion
As with most tents, not all are created with the same durability. There’s a very slight chance you could get a tent with weaker poles (a common fault).
But other than that, this tent WILL stand up in strong winds AND keep the rain out, even with hours of downpour, which is something I see a lot of people talking about!
For the simple fact that an 8 person tent at this current price is capable of handling strong winds and torrential downpours, and because there’s only a minimal chance of a pole breaking that can simply be sent back for a repair, I am going to recommend this tent 100%.
8 thoughts on “Coleman Red Canyon Tent Review – A Spacious Tent But Is It Worth It?”
Good review, looks like a good deal. Perfect for a big family or group of friends. If Im going to buy a tent in the future, I will visit your website for sure, you provide a lot of useful information. Thanks
It is actually a good deal and I couldn’t agree more 🙂 Because this tent is 8 person, it works wonders for a big family. I’m glad you found my site helpful Lukas.
Thanks for stopping by,
This Tent seems to be exactly what I was looking for. My family camps quite often during our travel baseball season so this will come in handy. Does it fit air mattresses or cots well? Is the Red Canyon specific to that one size or does it vary?
Hi Jason, it sure does. This tent will easily fit 2 queen sized air mattress + gear and still have enough room to move around. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be able to fit a couple of cots either. And the Red Canyon is only specific to this size, sorry.
Hope this helps 🙂
Great review! Thank you for the thorough explanation. I am a beginner in camping and this was so helpful. I learned a lot about what I should be looking for. Thanks a lot, all the best, Ana.
Hello Ana, that’s okay. We all have to start somewhere 🙂 and I’m glad you found this review helpful.
Thanks so much for this review! We love our Red Canyon and are getting ready to take it on a road trip in about two weeks. Thunderstorms are in the forecasts and we haven’t tested it in rain yet, so I’m relieved to read this. Did you do anything to waterproof like spraying the seams or was your rain experience with the tent as it is?
I have not personally used this tent myself, however, after my investigations with all the online reviews I can clearly see that it WILL handle heavy rain without any additional weatherproofing first (seam sealer, tarp, etc). This means that it will do the job just fine, straight out of the box 🙂