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Tent Reviews: Coleman Matrix X6

Tent and Awning Reviews Index  >  Coleman  >  Matrix X6 Reviews

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
35.20 KG
£299.99
2
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
9.14/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Matrix X6

By: Idle-louise  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Really love this tent! Used it loads and its really well made. Solid poles and nothing has gone wrong so far. I luv the shape, but as others have said it can sometimes be a little tricky in smaller pitches (I don't like to use these campsites anyway as I much prefer the ones where you can pitch where you want so not much of a problem for me)

It's a little on the heavy side but I suppose its because its good quality and I knew this before buying anyway. For the weight it does seem to pack down very small.

Good head room and the living area space is a good size. Really happy with it!
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By: Happykate  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Yes this tent is very heavy but then it's made from quality material and the poles are large and sturdy which makes it an excellent tent in windy weather. The first time we used it we had very windy weather and our friends tent which was pitched next to ours blew over whilst ours remained upright all night. We had heavy rain too and didn't get any leaks. I love the 'curtains' which let the light in but keep your privacy. Very roomy (one night we had a dozen friends sitting comfortably in the centre part) and airy and considering it's a largish tent it was very easy and quick to put up.
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By: Krista  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Just thought I would update my review having been out and used the Matrix 6 twice this year. I can't say enough good things about the space inside and build quality of this tent - I am very impressed and given I was able to snag it for £179, I don't think I could have got a better bargain.

A couple of things of note:

1) because of its shape double check that it will fit in the pitch available at the campsite. Footprint wise it takes up about 7.2 x 4.3 m all in because of the ropes at the corners of the 'T'. Then you have to add the ropes on the outsides edges.

2) we have been in both high winds (gusts of 20 miles an hour, driving rain on top of a hill right beside the coast). And a 4 hour downpour which felt like God was pouring buckets of water on the tent in all directions. The tent held up extremely well and only leaked a tiny bit at the doorway (as stated before).

3) I'm not too keen on the backward sloping doorway - it does mean that the water does get in a bit when you open the door - a good doormat in the tent solves this problem.
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By: Jajjk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Excellent tent in size but I just came back from a week camping and the rain came in the main door way a lot. Also on the 4 corners of each pod, but apart from that its brill. I'm 6ft and I'm glad to be able stand up in the bedrooms without any problems. Awesome. Has any one else had these probs as well because I seem to think that its a manufacturer error
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By: Jayne1203  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Not my first choice of tent as I wanted a quick erect system, but as the price was a third of the price of the tent I wanted, and husband liked the look of this one.Did a review search and bought one from Singer Outdoors for £199. Bargain!

It arrived in a box, and we knew from previous reviews it was going to be heavy, but hubby and I managed and the wheels on the carrycase did help.

We opened it up in the garden, and it filled our lawn.So we have no photos of it fully erect in the garden .But a few taken while on a weekend at Shell Island. We followed the instructions, and got very hot and sweaty, finding it rather hard work to lift the middle part of the tent while all the other poles were in their sleeves adding to the weight. Once up, we were very impressed with it's size, and shape, the airy-ness, the airflow system, and the size of the sleeping pods and living space. Also there is a back door, which is handy, and lots of windows, but still the privacy with the 'blinds/curtains'. We haven't removed a pod yet, to see how they look without, but you will need to make window coverings.

The pole system was easy with their colour codes.

The tent was easy to take down, the poles sliding out without catching.

Folding and rolling the tent back up, not too difficult with the two of us, but decided to pack the popes away seperatly. We found it easier to put the bag over the top of the rolled tent, then roll it all over together.

When we took it away for the weekend, we put it up differently. We did the middle living area first, and then pulled the tent up into it's standing position, and then we fed the other poles through one by one, one pod at a time, finishing with the front section. Much easier and a damn sight quicker. 15mins, there abouts. Didn't take long to peg out, even though it has lots of guyropes, but considering the weather was very windy that weekend, it stood up with no problems at all.

When it got warm, we could open it up as much or as little as needed to get the air to circulate and cool it down.

Only problem we could see, was because the front door is set at an angle, with the top sloping inwards, the rain did collect and cause a puddle just inside the door. We scopped that out easily, but maybe a Coleman tent awning may be an idea for our next campout, just so we have a little more protection from the rain.

Inside was very homely, and will be more so once I have either bought a carpet or make one from 4 cheap picnic rugs.

So far, we are very pleased with it.Will write more when we have used it more. Thank you for reading, and hope you found it useful.
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By: Ben9  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

LOVE IT.

It is a very heavy tent, but it is very sturdy.

Lots of room.

Should never get cramped in there.

The only downside we can see was the instructions are a very very vague but now we have done it once it should get easier.
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By: Krista  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I bought this tent for our first family camping trip. I haven't been camping for about 15-years, but was an avid camper in my youth (lots of backcountry backpacking in the Canadian Rockies!). I am more familiar with small two man tents that you can easily carry on your back with all of the rest of your gear - so finding a tent that would be suitable for 2 adults and 2 young children with associated 'kid stuff' and extras was a challenge.

Having spent hours researching the different options I found a great deal on this one and decided to take a chance. This tent is perfect for a family trip. Tall enough for my 6'2' hubbie to stand up in and loads of communal living space and nice roomy sleeping areas.

We pitched it in the garden to get a good look at it and I was over the moon - quality seems and ground sheet.

Having not pitched a tent in ages, hubbie and I were able to put it up in 40min flat (even with the vague diagram instructions).I'm sure we can beat this time. If needed I am sure that I could do it myself.

My only hesitation is that it is crazy heavy - I can barely lift it in the bag packed up and I am strong.We have a big car, but if you didn't - trying to get this and all the rest of your kit in would be a squeeze.

I am looking forward to many years of family holidays!
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Manufacturer's Description

Generous dimensions and full head height throughout add to the comfort of this 6 person family tent. Abundant with features including a fully integrated groundsheet, the patented Airflo™ system with Cool Air™ port, entrance mat and carry bag on wheels.

• Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 6 000 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: Carrybag on wheels
• Carry bag dimensions: 86 x 53 x 43 cm
• Headroom: 228 cm
• Cool Air™ Port
• Entrance mat and wings
• 1 set of awning poles included

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