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Tent Reviews: Coleman Canyon 8

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8  (more 8 berth tents)
15.30 KG
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6.75/10 from 8 reviews

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8 Reviews of the Canyon 8

By: Trevor + Jo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

Ours cost £80 new including the awning and you get what you pay for.

It's simple enough to put up so the lack of detailed instructions is irrelevant. We've used it for at least 4 weeks every year plus numerous family week ends. The pegs supplied were too small and were immediately replaced with larger. Over the years we have replaced poles, guy ropes, repaired tears, re-attached ties and survived some 40mph plus winds from Cornwall to Northumberland. It has never leaked, is relatively light, gives loads of space and is simple to errect and easy to repair. The awning can be positioned over the taller end to reduce the early morning light. The awning also is great for collecting rain water before snapping the poles so is best removed when wet!

Ours is still going so that was £80 well spent and we'll replace it when it finally gives out. 'Til then.
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By: SiHa  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

We bought one of these as a cheap introduction to camping when our first son was about 2 1/2.

We selected this particular model because of the good headroom in the living area and the 'main' bedroom.

That's about where the positives ended.

The tent is very hard to pitch in strong winds due to the light and consequently flappy material, and because of the exceedingly bendy poles it flexes a lot and it is therefore nigh-on impossible to get the guys tensioned correctly because the thing is leaning in the wind.

As has been previously mentioned the instructions are laughable - a couple of small diagrams on a flap sewn into the inside of the bag.

As for the awning - trying to position and tension this correctly was more than I could manage. There are no diagrams at all suggesting exactly where it should fit over the tent. This means that when it's raining you end up with a pit that collects water then periodically dumps it onto the side of the tent.

On our first outing there was another family with this tent who also had struggled with the awning so it's not just us.

The SIG keeps the water out, but it gets damn hot.

Finally. If you are considering getting one of these and you have small children, get them blindfolds. The cover over the smaller bedroom is a very pale blue and shines a nice diffuse light over the bedroom about 23hrs a day. Our son went to sleep at about 9.30pm and woke with the sun at about 4.30.

After three nights of this, we ended up at Woolies buying some cheap brown flat sheets to peg over the inner tent and keep some light out in a desperate attempt to get some sleep. On our return I bought some blackout material and made a fitted cover for it which worked but wasn't cheap.

On our final camping trip with this tent, it was extremely windy. The awning pole was so weak that with the wind at the back (so blowing over the top of the tent and down onto it), the awning was bending down to around 2' off the ground - we had to crawl out on hands-and-knees. On our return the pole had snapped (awning ended up in a wheelie bin).

We sold the tent for £15. I would never, ever, buy a Coleman again.
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By: Pumpkincat  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought this to replace our Coleman Bispace. We hated it and have given it away to friends. The instructions for erecting this tent were not at all clear and even though we have been 'tenting' for some time now and this would have been our fourth tent we found it awkward to erect. On the plus side though it does have plenty of headroom in the bedroom and living areas and plenty of space, especially if there are only two of you. We found it drafty and the pigeons on the campsite got under the edges very easily - I hate pigeons!
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By: Wendyb1066  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

As Novice campers brought this for size and price. Putting it up has nearly ended our 31 year marriage! But maybe we are useless? By the fourth time, its getting better as we have found our own system. Instructions were utterly useless, once its up at least we have separate rooms (as we are not speaking at this point) and its very roomy,living space useful too. It stayed up and dry in high winds and rain, so not all bad, if it had fallen down I would have abandoned it. But will look out for easier tent to put up for next purchase.
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By: TANGO JOE  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I use this tent at motorcycle rallies all over the UK and Europe, I carry it on the back of my Harley Davidson motorcycle. I don't use the 2nd bedroom so I can park my Harley inside so it doesn't get rained on. A superb tent with space enough for party time at night. Easy to erect and I'm only 5foot 6inches tall and I have no problems with it. I have recommend this tent to other motorcyclists within our chapter and there are now 5 of them.
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By: Shellseeker33  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

This year will be our fourth with our Coleman canyon 8, we did find it tricky to erect first time but had had a practice run at home.

I found mine for £89 including postage which was excellent value.

We now find it a quick and simple tent to put up, the gap in the communal area between the fly sheet and ground makes a through draft which dries the area if it gets wet.

I would consider buying another one if this one needed replacing.
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By: Patchymunch  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Unlike the other review I found this tent pretty simple to put up and managed with no problems by myself. I would assume the reason the ground sheet does not meet the sides is to prevent any rain collecting on it and soaking the interior! The only problems I found is the ties that help secure the sleeping pod to the poles can be a little hard to get to at the rear but to be honest I left these and it didn't seem to matter!

This tent has been fine in very windy and wet weather with no problems and is value for money for the price with the exception of the feeble metal pegs which I ditched from the start!
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By: Budmanpete  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We chose this tent because of the price and most of all the size of the bedroom pod, i.E. Not too sloping and a good height.

On Thursday we battled against the elements (A minor sea breeze)to erect the tent. We had never tried erecting a tent 'inside first' we found this extremely difficult and by the time we had finished the mild sea breeze felt as if it had reached tornado status (it hadn't). We found that the instructions provided were unclear and inadequate for someone not experienced in this type of tent erection.

The groundsheet did not reach the sides of the tent. In its defence it did withstand two nights of fairly strong winds and mild rain with no leakage.

It took us 1 hours 10 mins to put this tent together - we are fairly experienced but this was like the Krypton factor!

We also tried in vain to erect the awning, we gave up in the end as we could not secure this properly and again the instructions were absolutely useless. We intend to contact Colemans to see if they can provide more detailed instructions.

We could not recommend this tent to either first time campers or anyone under 5' 10' tall due to fixing the ties at the top of the bedroom pod.

We are hoping we win the tent in this competition as it looks less frustrating to put up!
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Manufacturer's Description

Versatility is key to this spacious 8 person tent with two large bedrooms and a central living area. Remove a bedroom and you can increase the size of your living space. This tent also has ample ventilation and PVC window panels that allow you to increase the light in your tent. Includes a durable PE groundsheet and features from both the Easy Set Up system and the WeatherTec™ system provide convenience when camping.

• 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 28 x 28 cm
• Headroom: 195 cm

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