The Coleman Namakan Fast-Pitch Dome Tent 5 Person is a freestanding summer camping tent with an easy setup and a low price.
Key features and advantages
- Design with a high pitch.
- The setup is simple.
- The tent is entirely self-contained.
- Poles made of fiberglass.
- Excellent value.
- Port for an electric cable.
What’s in a name? What kind of tent is this
Fast-pitch: If you are unfamiliar with this phrase, it is used in several of their tents. It’s also available in Coleman Carlsbad 6, Coleman Tenaya Lake 6 and 8, and Coleman Steel Creek 6 tents. This implies that the poles remain permanently linked to the central hub. So, you possess a shock-corded framework where the bars converge and are fixed at that point. This simplifies and expedites the setup process.
Some companies refer to this as the hubbed system. But a few more details, such as clips and corner rings for poles, make up the fast-pitch system, which you can see in the video below.
As a result, this should be used differently than the instant setup design, in which the tent frame has been fastened to the tent. The poles are always separate from the tent in this fast-pitch design. See how the tent appears without the fly, with the hub component noticeable on top:
This is also an independent dome tent with a partial-coverage fly. It is a straightforward design as a dome, and its freestanding allows you to set it on any surface, whether concrete, rock, or grass. Because the fly is attached to the corners, you can move the tent even with the fly on.
The limited coverage implies a few things: you don’t have any entrances for the storage area, which is unfortunate, but you do have some views around you thanks to a small front awning, which makes the tent more pleasant; it looks cool to me. However, such a small fly implies less protection.
Who is it intended for?
Space-wise: You have 70 ft2 (6.5 m2) of space and a capacity of 5 people. This equates to 14 ft2 (1.3 m2) per person, so the tent capacity was calculated using the backpacking principle. The dimensions are 120 x 84 inches (305 x 213 cm), so imagine putting 5 pads side by side, giving you 60 cm per person. The declared capacity is unrealistic with such a dome shape, low and angled walls, and no storage area. It may work if you are attending a music festival or other similar event and only intend to sleep in the tent.
However, for actual camping, this is a couple’s tent. They claim it can fit two queen-size beds, but there isn’t an inch of space left.
Season-wise: This is a summer camping tent for dry locations. It is a partial coverage fly; no particulars about the material’s water resistance are provided. Only that it is “33% more water-resistant than previous dome tents” is stated, which makes no sense to me. Oh, and I’ve also seen the claim that it’s “up to 75% more water-resistant,” so if you’re perplexed, we’re on the same page.
Climate-wise: The tent is designed for warm-weather camping in a quiet setting. There are large mesh sections, which is fine when you need a lot of air circulation but could be better when it’s cold outside. The dome shape is aerodynamic, and this tent should perform well in theory, but such an awning would not perform well in high winds.
Weight-wise: When compared to some of its competitors, the tent is lightweight; more details can be found in the comparison table below. It weighs 13 lb (5.9 kg), so transporting it by any means is preferable. The packed size is adequate; it measures 23 x 8 inches (58 x 20 cm) and can be transported on a bicycle.
Materials and design
They give tiny details regarding this tent, which is highly disappointing. But the poles are fibreglass; you wouldn’t expect any other material for the price. This heavy yet highly resilient material requires some care to avoid damage. One additional pole goes above the door and has a small brim.
You can only guess what kind of fabric they use. A statement about “polyguard fabric and patented floor design” demonstrates a lack of concern for their customers with a careless description. This is truly unfortunate for such a well-known brand. But I know that this patented floor means welded seams and that the floor is most likely polyethene, so you’ll be fine.
There don’t exist vents because the fly is high above the ground and has plenty of airflow beneath it. For ventilation, there are two large mesh sections on the sides.
The tent has only a few small pockets and an electric cable port.
- Type: freestanding dome tent.
- Declared capacity: 5 people.
- Weight: 13 lb (5.9 kg).
- Dimensions: 120 x 84 in; 10 x 7 ft (305 x 213 cm).
- Area: 70 ft² (6.5 m²).
- Area per person: 14 ft² (1.3 m²).
- Peak height: 64 in (163 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 23 x 8 in (58 x 20 cm).
- Setup time: 5 minutes.
Final thoughts, rating, pros and cons
Please remember that this is not a sponsored post, and the manufacturer is not compensating me. I am only expressing my unbiased thoughts on this product. Please use the comment box below if you have any questions or comments. Have a wonderful day.