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Tent Reviews: Coleman Darwin 7

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7.88/10 from 8 reviews

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8 Reviews of the Darwin 7

By: Kenjo78  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

A great tent if only it was easier to put up. How many people have had their poles split? me: I have had 5 split all the same place in line and the tent has only been up 5 times! Could do with a footprint to be made for this tent. Getting the poles into the eyelets takes herculean strength which is why I am sure that they split
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By: Angej2k  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We bought the Darwin 7 for a very good price from Go outdoors. The first time we used it we loved it, we hadn't camped much previous so we found it great. The kids loved having their own bedroom (2 girls in one room, 2 boys in the other) and there was plenty of room in the 3 berth pod for a double mattress and floor space.

When we started out we didn't have much gear so the living space was fine, a little cramped with 4 kids in the rain but copeable!

However, we found it so difficult to pitch, the poles took some strength to get in the eyelets, I could never have done it on my own. As it was so hard to bend the poles they started to shatter, we seemed to break another each time we pitched it. Our last trip in it in august was the final straw, the poles were pitched so tight that the material was stretched and it did leak a little. Didn't feel safe in it in strong winds knowing that the poles were broken.

We have now sent it to tent heaven and bought an outwell for our growing family!
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By: Billybillfish  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We love our tent and have used it 4 times. I did lots of looking and reading on tents before I purchased it. However I didn't realise you had to be almost superhuman to fit the poles in the eyes and lift it!

The poles have split and the seams have been stretched a little but it keeps us dry and we feel safe in the wind.
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By: Blue-spud  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

For space alone this is a great tent. I'm 6'2' and the headroom is fine in all but the edges of the tent (but it is a dome you know). The storage is great and the bedrooms are of ample size.

The downfall is the poles! Erection is a nightmare and to be honest have used it about 6 times now and we are still arguing about the best way to put it up.

After the last lot of high winds we have suffered a few fractured pole sections, its a 6 week leadtime if you want coleman originals, but it has so far never leaked (touch wood)

If you like stressful hour or so with your partner then buy one its great! Its a tent for a week or fortnight stay not 1 or 2 night visit somewhere.

We still have ours and to be honest we like it :)
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By: Linda65  Reason: Other  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I've read on manicmums review that you can get a sun canopy for this tent. Please could manicmum or anyone else tell me were I can get one and the cost, this would be a great addition to our tent many thanks
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By: Linda65  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We've used this tent in almost monsoon weather and it held up brilliantly with tents either side of us collapsing and flooding we were still standing and dry. The tent has ample storage pockets and a huge storage area at the back of the sleeping compartments, the living area has 3 large windows that can turn into doors which also incorporate fly nets, there are about five air vents around the dome part of the tent so it can be well ventilated this is a very versatile tent and we are very pleased with it
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By: Scarymamma  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We bought the Darwin 7 because it's novel design (half dome half tunnel) makes it very spacious and it has good head height throughout (we are both tall). The two two man bed pods can be made into 1 large 4 man pod which we used as a good sized room for just 2 of us with our 2 kids using the 3 man pod. The space was excellent for 4 of us - with enough space for the camp kitchen and picnic table set inside on rainier days (it would be a bit too cosy with 7 people). The space at the rear of the tent, behind the bed pods, is fantastic for storing your gear and there are lots of little pockets dotted around the tent. The zipped in ground sheet is also a great feature. It is stable - surviving some gusty winds up to 32mph.

This tent only scores 5/10 is because:-

Erection - the design relies on the tension between the fibre glass poles and the fabric to maintain rigidity/stability. The poles are very difficult to put into the sleeves and then considerable sttrength is needed to put the poles into the eyelets. We had one pole split the second time we put the tent up. It is also supposed to be pitch in one (fly and inner together). You'd have to be Mr Universe to do this as it is so heavy - we pitched it fly first and then put the inners in.

Water tightness - because of the tension in the poles, the pole sleeve seams come under great stress. This resulted in the tent leaking. Inside the tent there are 3 'ribs' with eyelets to attach the bed pods to (attached to the seams of the pole sleeves) and water was collecting and dripping off the ribs in the tent after a couple of hours of continuous rain. After 24 hours of rain everything in the tent was damp.

It's such a pity because otherwise it's a great tent with a fantastic novel design. Would I buy another one? - No. Do I want to replace it? - Yes.
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By: Manicmum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We love our Darwin 7 and have used it 4 or 5 times already. It is a spacious and very well made tent. We have tried cheap tents and got wet (Lidls) but this has never let us down and feels sturdy even in strong winds. It also stands up to quite a drenching. Because of the SIG it is not too draughty and that is useful as I hate being cold. There is lots of storage at the back of the tent and a large living area. As it is a nice basic shape there is no worry about paying for extra pitches either. Other nice bits are hanging storage and a hook for a lantern. There is a removable curtain divider so the two 2 berth bedrooms can be made into a 4 berth which means we can keep our little ones close now and separate later if we choose. In our 4 berth we can fit a double and 2 single airbeds which from other reviews we have read is not possible in all tents. The only reason for not giving a 10 is that there is a lot of tension in the poles which does hold it nice and stable but I find getting the pin bit into the holes a bit hard - mind you I am an exceptionally feeble female - luckily I have a strong hubby who takes over for that bit. That said we can have the tent up in 45 minutes. I have read reviews for other Coleman tents and some people have shortened the poles with great success so I am considering doing this myself (hubby is a bit cackhanded to let him loose on it!) there are plenty of windows and 3 doors which cover all options if it is windy. There is a large sun canopy available which we have not tried yet but I am saving up as that will help for cooking. I have not got any regrets about buying this tent and look forward to many happy hols in it.
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Manufacturer's Description


* Easy-use, full length, zip-off groundsheet that is simple to clean
* Extra strength, Durawrap fibreglass poles
* Extra large dimensions in the living and sleeping areas with full head height throughout
* Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 3 000 mm PU coated, taped seams
* Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
* Inner room groundsheet: PE 110 g/m, welded
* Living area groundsheet: PE 140 g/m, welded, fully zipped to flysheet
* Poles: Durawrap
* Specific storage area
* Carry bag type: Tube with V-shape
* Carry bag dimensions: 84 x 46 cm
* Headroom: 205 cm

Ideal for longer stays for up to 7 people, the Darwin 7 is an extremely stable and spacious design thanks to its semi-geodesic construction. The Easy Set Up system and up in one pitching ensure that the tent goes up in no time.

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