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Tent Reviews: Coleman Mackenzie 4

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
20.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
8.75/10 from 8 reviews

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8 Reviews of the Mackenzie 4

By: Roscopeekotrain  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Just got back from our first weekend camping in our MacKenzie Cabin 4. We had heavy rain, wind and glorious sunshine. Our first time camping for a couple of years and I think we have got the bug back. This is the first tent we have owned with a sewn in ground sheet, what a difference. The tent is extremely sturdy and felt secure. I also purchased the footprint, bargain £10 new on Amazon. I have now owned 5 family tents, this may not be the biggest family tent but it is he best quality tent I have purchased in the price range.
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By: Peterst  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I purchased the tent to have much more comfortable place to sleep and to get good living environment with a lot of space (compared to my little Vango Alpha 300).

We used it for first time this year and we found it really good. We were only two people but the sleeping area can fit 4 as promised.

What I found when we started erecting the tent was how easy it became even we do it for first time. Of course we made some mistakes because the guide was just few pictures and we had to guess what to do next. Vango's guide is more explicative because its mainly text with 2-3 pics. Anyway the tunnel type is really easy to put and next times we will manage much faster (compared these 30-40 minutes it took us).

The stock pegs are having good hooks to keep the ropes without moving out. What I have seen from other tents and from the pegs I ordered for the alpha tent (because stocks are too thin and already bent) that Coleman's are good enough.

Putting down is easy and the full pack fits easy in the case without need to repack.

The tent survived without any problems even we had mixed weather - good weather most of the days, then raining, and the last night there was a thunderstorm with strong wind.

The living space is large enough for table and chairs to stay inside during bad weather. But if there are some bags and other luggage inside it may need some re-arrangement to fit 4 chairs and have enough space.

As a disadvantages I found that there is no hook to put the LED lantern in the living area (or it may have but I haven't found it). Also, as already mentioned by other reviewer, there is no guy rope at the front so in high winds the front pole bends backward. And of course the erecting guide - it needs some text written so it will be much easier. A mix between this guide and Vango alpha guide which is full of text will be best.
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By: Annhart  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We have just returned from 3 nights camping in Snowdonia with our Mckenzie tent. It was the first time we used the tent and put the awning on the from with a wind break around it. We have 3 other tents and our main reason for getting this one was the size and large windows. It usually rains when we camp and we were getting fed up of not being able to look out at the rain in our other main tent. The wind and rain which attacked us was amazing. The tent held up very well although we did have to take down the awning as we were worried it may rip (the winds were gale force).

Inside there was plenty of room for the two of us and two small dogs. No problem with any zips, but I can understand the previous comment that the inner tent pulls tight at the sides, but it wasn't a major problem. The pegs were fine although we took some stronger ones with us as the site had quite stony ground. It might be a bit tight for 4 people but great for 2 as we slept in one compartment and stored our bags in the other. A few more hanging points would have been good. Very well ventilated. Its now up in our garden drying and recovering from its ordeal. It stood up to the worst weather conditions we have ever had and gets 10 out of 10 from us.
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By: Pen762m  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Used twice on camping trips to the lakes with my 2 sons. Plenty of space for sleeping & bags of room for kit/clothes for the 3 of us, but might get a bit cramped with 4.

Very easy to erect, even with a breeze and in fair weather this is a great tent.

The zips into the sleeping area stretch the surrounding fabric to the limit, so much so that you think it can not cope with the tautness. Time and use will tell how durable they are.

Massive ventilation at the 'sleeping' end of the tent - let down (in bad weather) by insufficient ventilation at the other end, made far worse in persistent heavy rain. Rain pools on the roof near the side door. It depresses the roof and seeps/drips well into the living area. The shape of the roof behind/above the side door allows the water to quickly pool and the only way of stopping this is to remove the bendy pole that creates a cowling above said door. If you remove this pole then the cowling hangs over the vent and blocks the movement of air! There are two small vents at the front, one each side, but they are very small and next to useless.

The tent has a large 'door' at the living end, great in fine weather but firmly closed in bad weather and with the main vent at the front blocked, there is just no airflow and plenty of condensation!

In bad weather, our side door zips also slowly leaked and added to the pools of water already inside!

Maybe there are no tents around to totally cope with typical British weather, but this Coleman (and I am a big fan of Coleman) has some design faults, which, if easily overcome, would result in a great family tent.

The head room and feeling of space is fantastic. The sleeping area is generous. But, I am giving it and Coleman one last chance this summer before putting it on ebay !
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By: Kevin80  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We bought ours recently at a huge tent show, after comparing to many others in the same size/price range – the quality seemed a fraction better than many others but my main reasons for choosing this one were; it gives you standing room throughout, including in the sleeping areas; if you don’t bother putting up the canopy it’s fairly compact yet still spacious, and with a full groundsheet it's watertight (some others would have anchor points within the floor area, i.E. Holes in the floor); and with the canopy up it feels nice and large.

We’ve used it on 2 or 3 trips now and on the whole I’m happy enough. It seems fine in rain and moderate wind, haven’t seen how it stands up to strong-ish winds yet though to be honest I don’t expect much from any big tent in that respect.

It seems incredibly good value for £200 and I figured there had to be compromises on quality somewhere down the line. Thankfully the money seems to go into the construction and materials of the tent itself, at the expense of the accessories. The poles seem to be of very good quality as does the fabric and stitching. However, I managed to snap the head off one of the pegs on the first use, just tapping it with a soft mallet into firm, but not at all hard, ground – but at some point I’ll probably just get a bundle of stronger pegs; the guy lines are cheapish line and dark red which means they’re almost invisible at night – so I’ve already swapped these for £15 worth of fluorescent yellow guys; and the coupling lock on one of the rigid canopy poles has broken making it just a bit harder to put this up. But everything on the main tent is fine.

A few minor niggles; the vertical zips on the two doors snag on the weatherproof cuff much too easily, which is really irritating, and makes it slightly difficult to zip up from the inside. Maybe they’ll wear in after a while but I think they are probably just not that well designed. Whilst there are more toggles for rolled up mossienets, doors, windows etc than you can shake a stick at, there’s only one hanging point for a lantern, just by the main entrance – another one by the sleeping compartmenst would have been more useful. The door panels on the sleeping compartment get stretched quite tight by the outer skin with no facility to slacken the tension, so zipping these doors can also be difficult. The canopy is great but I really wish they’d made this a tent extension with roll up sides (with a slightly higher price) rather than just a rooftop canopy; or sold that as an optional extra. We cook in this area and it means we have to put up a high wind break on one or two sides; and when it rains you then realise that the covered area is two or three feet smaller than the main tent body, and a little cramped in the ‘big tent’ context.

I don’t find it especially easy to put up; but I’m comparing this to the various 2/3 man mountain tents I’ve owned or used over the years. Maybe compared to other big tents it is easy, but I wouldn’t want to be putting it up in the dead of night. 15 - 20 minutes for 2 people is about right, and I've also managed to do it single-handed, taking my time.

The bottom line for me is that it’s a good tent and will do us for a few years. But if I’d only borrowed it, I would probably look again at other comparables and see if they offered the same features without the above niggles.

One last comment – for us, this was a step up from small 2 man tents, as we now have a child. When buying, we saw this as a huge tent and felt vaguely embarrassed at the size; but we’d never stayed at big tent/camper van type campsites before, were more used to wild camping or farmers fields. Boy did we get a shock – whilst holidaying on a nice family campsite last week I realised that ours was decidedly modest, with many 2, 3 or 4 person families setting up mansions. Big tent camping is very different to little tent camping and I’d now say that for a small family you may as well go the whole hog and get a 6 man as a 4 man, there’s not a huge price difference, and you'll find the extra space useful.
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By: Raneyb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We have only owned frame tents in the past and was unsure if this would meet our needs, what a pleasant surprise. It stores neatly into a bag and can be lifted by one person easily. The roomy bedroom compartments meant we could fit a queen sized airbed in one section and a smaller double in the other with room for bags. The extra canopy is an excellent idea almost doubling the space. It is easy to erect and takes approx 15-20 mins, the colour coding of rods and sections is a practical time saver. Friends who have recently purchased a slightly smaller tent are now going to go out and buy this tent after seeing ours. We are extremely pleased with our purchase. Excellent value for money
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By: Pager33  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Just come back from a lovely weekend made even better by this tent. Took only 15 mins to put up including pegging out. Really easy to thread the three poles through. Excellent big front door with option of full length mesh or huge window. The side door has a storm canopy over and loads of mesh again. Two double Coleman Comfort beds fitted into the two bedrooms which can be made into one large one. The large canopy is excellent, also very easy to erect (5-10 mins.)The tent is lovely and light inside and easy to get back into the bag too!

The only negatives I can find are a lack of EHU entry and the bedrooms would have been great if a bit longer to enable us to store our bags at the top of the beds.

We have had a lot of tents in the last couple of years and this is probably the best we have had for weekend breaks for a family of four or ideal for a couple for a longer holiday. It would be excellent in southern France too due to all the mesh and ventilation.
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By: Nicrach  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

The reason for purchasing this tent was due to the good sized bedrooms and living area. The built-in groundsheet reduces the amount of draught, however we opted to place an additional groundsheet under this for extra protection. We also like the mesh on the doors which can be zipped separately from the doors, so door can be rolled up but not allow insects to get into tent.
It is very easy to erect with just three main poles and the quality is good. We also have the awning attachment (not shown above) which can be zipped onto the front which gives some protection from the sun. One downside is the lack of a central guy rope at front, so when the wind is gusty the front pole has a tendancy to blow inwards. A great tent!
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Manufacturer's Description

With the luxury of separate living and sleeping areas, this 4 person tunnel tent is so simple to pitch that it will be set-up in minutes, before the other occupants have time to get the tea on the boil. Extra headroom offers a more spacious feel and the panoramic windows provide adjustable light and privacy thanks to covers.

• Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 4 000 mm PU coated, taped seams
• Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
• Inner room groundsheet: PE 110 g/m², welded
• Living area groundsheet: PE 140 g/m², welded fully integrated
• Poles: Wrapflex™
• Carry bag type: Compression carry bag with V-shape opening
• Carry bag dimensions: 70 x 34 cm Ø
• Headroom: 215 cm
• Panoramic windows (with window covers)
• Included front porch that zips on and off
• 1 set of awning poles included

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