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Tent Reviews: Coleman Columbia 10

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10  (more 10 berth tents)
26.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Inner first
Average User Rating:
8.4/10 from 10 reviews

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10 Reviews of the Columbia 10

By: Shellb1979  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

Huge tent , we fit 2 families in comfortably. Takes practice putting it up as the instructions are sparse but once you have done it a few times it's easy .The porch is good for muddy boots and storage . Each room holds a double bed and the living space is huge. Make sure you ask for a large plot when you book as a lot of sites can not always accommodate a tent of this size.
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By: Hanbentom  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Great tent once its up, the instructions for pitching are horrendous the hubby and I had to figure it out alone, great height in the living area and although we had a bit of sagging in the middle bedroom there was plenty of room, we had a lot of rain and not one leak great tent loads of room if you can forgive the lack of instructions then its strongly recommended.
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By: Kim81  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We bought our tent from ebay at the bargain price of 62.00, we are a family 2 adults and 3 children and this is our first tent. It took us a while to figure out how to pitch the tent but now we know how it takes us around 40 mins, the worse bit is pegging in I leave hubby to that as I start making air beds etc! Although a ten men tent its the perfect size for us, my take a travel cot for our youngest and it fits just fine in one of the pods with plenty of room for all our clothes. We have since bought a Vango extension and it fits all great and we now leave all out kitchen stuff and table and chairs in there leaving loads of room inside the tent for them rainy days! Great first tent, we love it.
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By: Mmmmcupcake  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Got one second hand for 80on ebay, which was a bargain! Went on our first camping trip last week. Lots of space there was 5 of us. Room for our fold up table in the porch area, handy pockets on for corners inside. For a tent of its size its easy to put up. I am 5.5 and going to attempt to try it on my own.Watch this space. As one reviewer said the time consuming bit is the pegging.

Has a sewn in groundsheet which is a must and high enough to stand up in. For the tall people :-)

I am a fan of this tent as it offers space at an affordable price.
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By: PaulandSarah  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We bought this tent early in 2009 and for a family of 5 is ideal, although this tent is more for sleeping 6 rather than 10 as others have also commented, if you want to retain your living space.

The tent goes together quite quickly, the instructions are very brief and provided you either have some experience or are averagely competent with puzzles and quizzes should find little trouble erecting it. Aside from some metal poles used for the raising the porch entrance flap, and also forming the tent entrance, the remaining poles are fibreglass, with the yellow ones used to form the sleeping rooms, and the long grey ones the living area space. To be honest more time is spent pegging the tent and guy ropes than erecting the tent and poles.

Overall this is a nice tent and includes a useful and comprehensive repair kit.

Would we recommend this tent to others - yes we would.
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By: Jenga  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Great tent, loads of space. I agree with a previous review that it is more of a 6 man tent with 2 in each bedroom and a big living room. Just returned from our first ever camping trip and outing with this tent and found it had all we needed for a family of 4. Porch area is great for muddy wellies and bags etc.

Was a bit tricky to erect and difficult to get the seams on the fly sheet to match up with the inner poles but I'm sure it will come with practice. Stood up to a lot of tripping over guy ropes as we hadn't got the hang of tightening them up so most were about 6ft out!

Great tent though and would recommend to a family.
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By: Clairehope  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

I love this tent so much that I cant bear to part with it even though I now have been forced by a spinal problem to move on to a trailer tent! I have used it many times, up and down the country in all kinds of weather! I found following the instructions and putting it up very easy. We were usually using the tent for 3 of us, so the amount of space was great!We kept kitchen equipment in the porch area, leaving a very large 'living space'.

It stood up to torrential rain in scotland (so bad about 50% of the other campers left!)the screens on doors and windows are extremely effective at keeping unwanted guests outside but when it was very hot in Norfolk July '06 they also allowed air to move well through the tent making temperatures inside bearable. The bathtub groundsheet also makes it relatively draught free and easy to get warm using an electric fan heater.

Its not light or easy to pack (i only once managed to roll it well enough to get the whole thing back in its original bag) but it is spacious, well designed, up to everything the weather has to throw at it the length and breadth of the UK from March to October and I should think a total bargain if you can pick one up on the second hand market!
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By: Zoay  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We've just come back from 2 weeks in this tent which we bought in Costco for 117. It's sturdy, large and stood up and kept us dry. (Very wet and windy - other tents around us leaked and broke poles.) There were 3 of us in it and I agree with others that 6 would be my limit. It was nice having a table and chairs and room to walk around in the middle.

The instructions are awful so here's a quick summary for anyone trying for the first time; I'm sure it's not perfect but hope it helps;

The inner goes up first. The end with the windows is the front. Put the elasticated poles together. The 3 yellow ones go across the colour coded bedroom bits. Then there are 2 poles in an X shape running down the back of the porch, and another crossing over the X behind the porch.

Put the ends of the poles onto the little metal keys attached to the groundsheet. The tent should go up; then do up the clips. Peg the tent down.

Pull the outer over, and do up the ties that attach to the poles. Then peg out most of the outer.

Lastly put up the poles for the porch front - thicker on the sides and thinner across the middle. You'll have some poles left over as these can peg out the front door.

Overall I'd recommend this - we had a good holiday in it.
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By: Taz74  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We bought our tent in 2007 and have used it a couple of times. The first attempt to put it up took about 1hr, but we have that to about 45 minutes now. Its not too bad once you have managed it the first time. Instructions are inside the tent carrier.

Its a great tent, great size rooms. The first time we used it it rained the whole weekend. The tent managed just fine to keep us all dry. The only advice I would give, is to make sure you find a good level pitch. We struggled to get the walls of all the bedrooms taught due to different levels in the pitch. This made the walls sag a little.

We bought the tent for about 150 from Costco - an absolute bargain. Off camping again in August 2008 in Scotland for a week which should really put it to the test. . .
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By: LouisaL  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We bought our tent on friday (may 2008) and as we haven't had a trip in it yet the rating I have given it is based on size, erecting it and putting it away plus the satisfaction of our purchase.

The instructions are dire! we even thought the tent didn't have any instruction in it. We had to come home and look at all the specs online!

It took about 1hr to put up with the two of us. We feel it is more a 6 man tent for 2 people per bedroom rather than the 10 as for us personally we would rather use the 'living room' just for that and not have to move things for 4 people to lie down.

We found it very strong and cant wait for our first trip mid june!
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Manufacturer's Description

From Coleman's range of tents informally known as the 'Blue Range. The Columbia 10 is targetted specifically at the family camping user and offers a host of features that normally would be found on more expensive tents and therefore making it a good choice for the budget conscious & first time buyer.

The Columbia 10 is a classic family dome that is erected inner first. It has a front porch area with three 2-berth sleeping areaas off a huge living area [that could also sleep another 4 people]. The living area is fitted with a groundsheet and boasts five large PVC windows and a skylight, ensuring the tent remains light inside. A large front opening can double as a sun porch when propped open.

Specifications include a PU coated polyester flysheet with 3000mm hydrostatic head and fully taped seams for optimum weather protection. Poles are Durawrap fibreglass for proven performance. Breathable polyester inner is fitted with a 'No-See-Um' mesh keeping you protected from the small of insects. The Columbia package also includes a PE groundsheet, repair kit and carry bag.

#Pack size: 39 x 87cm [ 15" x 35"]
# Weight: 26.2kg
#Overall dimensions: 640cm x 620cm
[20' 9" x 20' 4"]
#Inner height: 215cm [ 7' 1" ]
#Flysheet fabric: Polyester 185T, 3 000 mm PU coated, taped seams
#Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
# Groundsheet: PE 140 g/m, welded
#Tent Poles: Durawrap Fibre glass 11mm
# Carry bag: 87 X 39 cm
#Headroom: 210 cm
#Tent Colour: Irazu Blue

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