This Coleman Evanston 6-screened tent review is about a unique design, a dome tent with a screen room, and a lightweight and reasonably priced camping tool.
Key features and advantages
- There is plenty of room for 6 people.
- Excellent value.
- It’s a nice tent.
- Stable dome structure.
- The screen room is built into the floor but lacks waterproof panels.
This is what kind of tent it is.
The image below shows this exciting framework with a central dome-style part and a connected screened room. So there are some positive and some negative aspects to this. The fact that it is a dome structure makes it very stable and aerodynamic. The disadvantage is that it is relatively low, with a peak height of only 68 inches (173 cm), so keep this in mind if you prefer a tent where you can walk inside.
This is also a tent with a screen room, which improves its living standards in various ways. You have 140 ft2 (13 m2) of total floor area. However, remember that the porch floor gets wet in the rain. The porch floor has drain holes to allow water to drain.
As a result, the screen on the porch only provides insect protection, and this is not, in principle, a dry area. I’m curious why they added the floor in the first place; it’s most likely for protection from crawling insects.
The issue with this design is that the only way in is through the screen room, so it quickly becomes muddy if you have a vet floor in that area. This would work much better without the floor.
The tent is not self-standing but can stand independently (for a while), as shown in the video below. So, pick a camping spot where you can adequately stake it down. The central dome structure only supports the main room, but the screen room and the fly must be repaired enough.
Please remember that the Evanston 8 Family Dome Tent is an entirely different structure without the screen room, so do not mix the two models.
Who is it intended for?
I would not use this tent in a rainy climate for the above reasons. Use it for summer camping, and it will be an excellent tool.
This tent can be shipped on a motorbike or in a kayak because of its small packed size of 28 x 10.25 x 9 inches (71 x 26 x 23 cm). It’s helpful to know if you’re going on an outdoor adventure.
The main room has 90 square feet (8.36 square meters) of space, enough for 6 people to sleep on the floor. You can sleep in the screen room or store your gear there when the sky is clear. So this tent has enough space for the stated number of users.
This tent is also ideal for couples. You can have a queen-sized bed of any size in the main room, with plenty of space around it, and set up the screen room as a sitting area with chairs and a table, similar to the people in the picture above.
I would recommend at most 1-2 children for parents with children. Keep in mind that the screen room is not a dry area.
This tent is not intended for high winds or heavy rains; such a fly will not last long in such conditions. This is a summer camping tent for hot weather.
Though the inner area lacks excessive mesh, this tent is far better for a more relaxed environment than many other summer tents on this site.
The only entrance to the screen room is at the front. An inverted-T-shaped zip is centrally positioned here. Behind it is a zippered D-shaped entrance to the dome room.
The main room has two mesh windows shielded by panels. The fly also protects them, so you can always leave them open. So, even though this is a dome tent, you still have two handy windows, plus one on the internal door.
Even in the central dome area, the fly does not cover completely, as shown in the image below, but this is a tradeoff – that is why there are windows. More problematic is that the fly is only on the screen room’s ceiling, leaving the angled mesh walls unprotected.
However, this is part of the design; the screen room is intended to be the sitting area when the sky is clear, nothing more and nothing less. So, if you accept it as is, this is a nice, albeit unusual, design.
Four poles are made of fiberglass, a less durable material that requires some maintenance, but this dome framework is solid and stable. Two poles form the central dome, and one cross pole lifts the fly above the windows (as seen in the picture above), allowing for some views. One additional pole is located above the screen room.
They give little information about the fabric, but it’s a polyester taffeta 75D, and its water-resistant rating is only a guess, so don’t expect much. However, the floor is a durable tarp-type material, obviously polyethylene, with the bathtub design and patented corner welds and protected seams.
There are two small pockets on the walls that are barely noticeable. I’ll always need to understand what keeps them from adding more storage areas; those light materials cost nothing. To see what I mean, check out this Big Agnes Flying Diamond tent with 16 massive pockets.
To attach a lantern, one hook is available at the highest point. There is no electric port or anything else inside; it is a relatively simple structure.
- Style: dome tent, non-freestanding.
- Capacity: 6 people.
- Weight: 20.9 lb (9.48 kg).
- Dimensions: 14 x 10 ft (4.27 x 3.05 m). This includes:
– the dome area 10 x 9 ft (3.05 x 2.74 m)
– the screen room 10 x 5 ft (3.05 x 1.52 m).
- Total floor area: 140 ft² (13 m²); 8.36 m² + 4.64 m².
- Area per person: 23.3 ft² (2.17 m²).
- Peak height: 68 in (173 cm).
- Packed size: 28 x 10.25 x 9 in (71 x 26 x 23 cm).
- Doors: 1.
- Windows: 2 + door window + screen room.
- Color: green.
- Carry bag included.
- 1-year limited warranty.
Final thoughts, rating, pros and cons
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