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Tent Reviews: Coleman Canyon 6

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
14.20 KG
Inner first
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8.17/10 from 6 reviews

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6 Reviews of the Canyon 6

By: Jul64  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We brought our tent 18 months ago and finally got to use it this Easter. Before we went we had a go at putting it up and it took us 1 hour and when we got to our destination it only took us 15 mins. Its a great tent and very pleased with it. It only cost us 79 where some tents are well over that price. What we liked about it is you don't have to move on all fours to get changed.
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By: Jamus166  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Having Had our Tent for two years now, I can say we have roadtested through rain and shine.

Ok so the instructions are not the best but they are sufficient - if you practice putting it up in the garden first.

Now after nearly twenty excursions my partner and I have a routine that takes approx 10-15 mins to erect the tent and in fact I recently put it up on my own, I hadn't considered that it may be difficult but even though it took a little longer I was 'chuffed' to be able to get everything up and sorted for the arrival of the family. Oh and I'm only 5'10'.

Using it day is a joy, the only critic would be the side door zips don't have gutter so water streams in when you open the tent first thing in the morning. Still we now know that you bang the roof several times to reduce the effect.

The insides are spacious, with plenty of height for moving around and if you dont need the 2 man room section (we some times don't bother) then there is almost enough room to park the car ! Obviously we don't but for prams, table chairs and other assorted nonsense its great to put it in with out folding it all back up again.

If I was to be picky the packing bag that it comes in is 'only just big enough' and I worry that one day we are going to tear it whilst trying to cram it all back in.

So all in all, roomy, quick to put up and strike, leakproof and so far - kid proof.

There's probably better tents out there - but I ain't used 'em.
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By: Babo001  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Bought this tent so we could stand up at the hot Le Mans races.

For us racers works well and erecting is not much of a problem and packing away you need to roll it twice to get the air out and then it goes in the bag OK.

When raining its well water proof only problems are -: you need to leave a gap around the ground sheet to let any collected water into the ground and also the water drips in when un zipping the doors, best bang the roof a bit or make some sort of cover, which I am working on. Have also bought the Coleman awing, which may solve the problem but it very light and big and was a problem with the wind so it went up at the back of the main bedroom to extend the Gazebo.

For it size it very light and our first trip with it to Le Mans was by train and it went on the trolley along with the gear and zoomed the Paris Metro easily, now it packs in the boot comfortably.

So for the past few years it has served us well and would recommend it and the problems mentioned are not a major concern.
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By: Ukwoody  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought this tent after recommendation by my local camping shop.

Good points: Large and roomy, partial built in ground sheet, built in large double bedroom (supposedly 4 man) and separate loose 2 bedroom which is removable, good ventilation, 2 or 3 doors depending on if the 2nd bedroom is fitted.

Bad Points. Extremely poor instructions sawn into bag, lack of flyscreens to doors, partially built in groundsheet can become trip hazard. Side Doors don't quite meet floor (though some may prefer this)

Fortunately we tried to erect this tent in the garden before the first trip. The first tent had to be returned due to the elastic snapping within the poles. Upon inspection the replacement tent was suffering from the same problem - obviously a manufacturing fault - easily solved by swapping poles between the two.

The instructions are (certainly for novices) damn nearly a waste of time. Just remember the pale blue end of the tent goes over the groundsheet, not the built in bedroom. The red and blue poles go through the middle of the tent, look carefully and you will see the 'pockets' are colour coded to suit each pole. Also it may be best to shove the ground sheet over the elastic strap before fitting.

Once up, the tent is roomy and light. The main bedroom has a built in ground sheet providing full protection and is also roomy, but I question big enough for 4 adults. The second removable bedroom, is great, but a very tight squeeze for 2 adults.

There is a door on the end of the 2nd bedroom, and one each side of the middle section allowing for good airflow.

Overall, a great tent - especially for 1st timers, only really let down by very poor instructions. Would have given it 9/10 if instructions were better.
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By: Howarthtw  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Having searched for a 6-berth tent, this one seemed to have the best value, practicality and size amongst those available. The only feature which put me off slightly was that it pitches inner first, which could be inconvenient if it rains etc.

Having used it several times, at campsites, farms, pubs and festivals, we are more than happy with it's performance all round. We've pitched it in the pouring rain, and as long as you're well practised and quick about it, the inner needn't get too wet at all - you can use the outer as a tarpaulin to cover over the inner while pitching, then peg the outer over as normal. Once up, it's water-tight and any internal spots of rain quickly dry off. Pitching is generally straightforward, with useful colour-coded poles and sleeves.

The space inside is excellent, giving a good standing height throughout. The main 4-person bedroom is a good large size (we use it just for two, so plenty of space!), and if the second smaller bedroom isn't needed, it can stay in the bag, creating extra living or storage space. If the weather is bad, you can quite easily cook and eat inside, with plenty of space for a table and chairs etc.

Water-proofing is excellent, as long as the outer flysheet is correctly aligned over the inner, and pegged out well with the side guy-ropes - this stops the flysheet touching the inner tent, which could create leaks. The full size ground sheet is all in one with the inner tent, and even in a rain-soaked water-logged field, with standing water squishing about beneath the tent, none came in at all.

Ventilation is excellent, with a few inches gap around the floor perimeter (those who like storm flaps down to the ground may be disappointed here). There are three full length zip doors, which can all be tied back - great to really open the tent up on a sunny day, or to give a good choice of openings depending on wind direction.

Packed size and weight are very good for a tent of this size, many of which come with a substantial steel frame in a separate bag (this has elastic-threaded fibreglass poles included in the main bag).

All in all, I'd recommend it as an excellent tent for the money, and I'd be happy to answer any questions from anyone interested in buying one.
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By: HappieAnnie  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We pitched a borrowed Canyon 6.

The instructions consist of 6 diagrams printed onto a label sewn into the tent bag. I have to say given the complexity of the tent and the ease with which anyone can post a YouTube vieo these days, that is insufficient.

The tent pitches inner first and there are fibreglass poles that are threaded through various loops and pockets to form the main dome. Given the lack of information it is almost certain we pitched the tent incorrectly and I'm not entirely convinced we'd ever knowingly get it right. Once you raise the poles and insert them into the 'ring pins?' the tent is tall so it's not apparent how anyone under 6'4' would be able to reach to tie the flysheet onto the poles around the top of dome as shown in the diagram, admittedly the ties lower down are accessible.

The dome shape is extended by two further fiberglass poles into more of a tunnel shape, these are colour coded to match their appropriate sleeve. These two poles both fit into the same 'ring and pins' thing, but which pole should go in which is not obvious. Inserting the pole into the second pin required more strength than this (female) reviewer could muster and my husband had to be assisted by another man.

Once up the tent seemed quite sturdy and the owners assure us it fairs well in wind and rain (conditions we didn't face), but I've had to give this an average score for difficulty pitching, poor instructions and an inner first pitch - I'd hate to have to pitch this in windy or wet weather.
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Manufacturer's Description

Versatile and roomy 6 person tent with two bedrooms and a separate living area. The large bedroom will accommodate 4 people and the smaller bedroom is suitable for two. If your requirements change, remove a bedroom to have a larger living area. Includes a durable PE groundsheet.

Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 2 000 mm PU coated, taped seams
Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
Groundsheet: PE
Poles: Fibreglass
Inside pockets
Carry bag: 61 x 26 x 26 cm
Headroom: 195 cm

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