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Tent Reviews: Coleman Waterfall 5

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12.04 KG
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7.29/10 from 21 reviews

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21 Reviews of the Waterfall 5         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  

By: Wayne15  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating: 

A lovely tent very roomy but you can't shut the bottom of the two doors fully which resulted in rain coming in. A hook in the centre of the tent to hang a light would be useful.Colour coded poles make setting up quick and easy. The pegs included are very small so think about purchasing new larger ones.
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By: Nick/Lesley  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We bought this tent after a disaster with a Regatta one. It is the second one of this particular model we've owned and we noticed that a couple of things had been improved from the first one, though sadly not a means of securing the bottom of the flaps, and they still haven't provided a hanging loop for a lantern. We used it for 2 weeks on honeymoon in Devon. We love the space and the headroom this tent offers. It is very quick and easy to put up and take down and the fully sewn in groundsheet means you don't get any draughts (or bugs) in the tent. Unfortunately, as he did with the first one, my husband tripped over the lip at the entrance and tore it. Not quite sure why it's made like that. On the second week we had one really rough night with howling wind and torrential rain which the tent stood up to pretty well. Only thing was we did peg the flaps down and one of them tore. Also when we took the tent down we found one of the poles had split about 6 inches. We got in touch with the shop where we bought it and they immediately replaced it so we'll see how the next one goes. Watch this space!
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By: Decoratorman55  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

No complaints about this tent that haven't been aired by others ie: the bottom of the doors not sealing, but it has served us well for several trips. We use it as a 2 berth with airbeds etc. And there is loads of space. No porch, so plastic groundsheet inside door protects carpet from wet/muddy footwear. Easy enough to put up/take down, although we have never got it all back into the one original bag ! No leaks as yet and I'm confident that there are lots more trips to come in this tent. Would recommend as a first tent to anyone thinking of 'having a go'- look out for cheap second hand models as I believe it is now discontinued.
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By: Iannav69  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We are relatively new to the camping game but decided a 3 man crawl in crawl out tent was not for us. We went round a couple of camping shops and having seen this tent set up went home and got it at great discount on the internet. Its east to put up and very large we use the whole bedroom pod for two single air beds and the dog bed leaving loads of storage. The living area is huge we have had 5 in during a cold windy trip to North Yorkshire, the thing learned was point the bedroom into the prevailing wind as the big living room end panel does bow in a lot. The last trip to Wales was wet and the lack of a porch was a problem, but the tent let not one drop of a torrential down pour in, the only other thing is the lack of totally zipped doors as even when pegged won't stop an eager Jack Russell.
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By: XJulesx  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We decided we needed a new tent before our annual camping trip this year and settled on the Waterfall 5.

After reading some reviews about it after buying I was a little concerned but honestly, we had a fantastic time in it and thought it was great apart from one hiccup. See below;


- Lots of room!

- Frame stood through strong winds

- Quick and easy to put up and pack away

- All sewn in so no draughts blowing under

Cons (Only one con);

- We had a very windy/rainy night and woke to find the top piece of material covering the big vent had half blown off. Its only held on by velcro! So then we had a soaked carpet all day and the things inside the main body of the tent got wet too.
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By: Sandrasganglifememb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We decided to downsize from our Outwell XL,& wanted a tent with 1 large bedroom & a living area to accommodate a 6'4 adult. This tent fitted the bill sizewise & price. It was easy to put up & packs down easy enough, comfortably fitting back into its bag ( unlike other tents we have had!)Was slightly concerned about its sturdiness as the tent fabric appeared much thinner than we've used before, but it didn't disappoint, despite heavy rain. No puddles or leaks, only criticism would be that it doesn't zip across the bottom of the door. Placed all our cooking boxes down one side to 'seal', & placed a groundsheet inside the doorway to stop muddy footprints. In all pleasantly surprised
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By: Rogersx4  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We purchased our Waterfall this summer as our first family tent. We have used it several times for weekend trips and were very pleased with it. The build quality is good and it has stood up well against strong winds. Two double airbeds fit nicely into the sleeping area which contain storage pockets on both sides of the pod. The living area is big enough for two adults and two small children.

The negatives:- four people comfortably fit into this tent, if you want to fit five people into your tent I would not recommend the Waterfall, door zip does not zip across the bottom (although this did not cause us any problems), no dedicated light hook and no fly screen on main door (although there is one on the sleeping area).

In summary - a great value for money starter tent suitable for weekend/short break use.
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By: CoolFox  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We purchased this tent when we saw it on offer at our local camping shop. We liked both the headroom in the living area and the large bedroom area. As we have 2 small children we wanted enough room to all be together. We found that two double inflatable mattresses filled the whole inner bed area nicely. As others have said 5 adults would find it a squeeze.

The tent assembled easily and we had no problems with build quality as some have mentioned. The lack of a fixing at the bottom of the doors did mean that we had to peg them down at night when it was wet and windy to prevent water getting in, which was fine but I never remembered in the morning that I had done it! Fortunately the supplied pegs were rubbish so would pull out before the door ripped :-).

We did find that in stronger winds the tent did rattle and flap a lot, but apart from adjusting the guy ropes nothing came way. Unlike our Coleman windbreak which was shattered by the winds.

All in all we were pleased by the tent's performance. A good value tent that did what we expected of it. Its limitations only to be expected in a tent that costs this much.

We are intending to upgrade to a polycotton frame tent at some point as the rattling in the wind was the only real downside, but considering the jump in cost it seems mean to complain.
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By: Bibbleycheese  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

This tent was bought for us because of the height of the dome in the living area. This has been the one good point. We've used this tent twice, with problems both times. I think we've got a lemon.

The first time out, the zipper broke on the rear entrance, and I had to bodge it shut with gaffa tape. The wind blew through the gap in the flap and we had to peg it down - which made actually getting out a struggle.

The second time out was very rainy. Because there is no built-on porch, you can't open the main door flap without letting in the rain and all the water gathered on the outside too. You get soaked going in and going out. Rainwater puddled over the sleeping area at the apex of both arches - despite adjusting the ropes and the tent angle. The water dripped through the seams above the sleeping area, and then through the inner liner too. The seams between the sides and the groundsheet also gathered water, and funnelled it into the living area, where it made puddles on the inside of the groundsheet which joined up with the puddles from the main door flap. I wouldn't have said that we had severe rain - just the usual Devon Summer storm.

I would have expected this tent to handle the weather better than this. It is easy to set up, and fits back in the bag. The sewn-in groundsheets mean you don't need to pack another. But the weakness of the main door zips, combined with the lack of any protection from the rain through the door, and the fact that it leaks like a sieve leaves me disappointed and looking for a replacement.
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By: Edwortj  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I was given this tent as a birthday present and was worried about its sturdiness after reading some of these reviews. We had already booked our campsites and were going to be camping in St Davids (notorious for high winds) for a week. I realised I needed to strengthen the tent and did so by getting Delta storm pegs for the guy ropes and adding four guys to the vent cover at the top of the domed living area. This substantially reduced the movement in the domed area. We had our kitchen equipment in crates and kept those against the wall which wasn't pegged down (I have no idea why there is nowhere to peg that side of the tent - it's bizarre). I also invested in some velcro tape for the bottom of the doors. This wasn't a success, though, as the tape became unstuck in condensation. I am considering sewing some in for next year. Overall the adjustments cost me just over 20 - most of that being the 15 storm pegs that I bought.

Overall, once I'd realised that the tent wasn't going to collapse or leak, I loved this tent. There's loads of space for two people and their various clutter, it was easy to put up and take down and had loads of headroom. I wouldn't want to squeeze 5 in though.
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Manufacturer's Description

A hybrid 5 person family tent which benefits from the advantages of a tunnel and dome construction. The large, spacious dome living area provides plenty of living space for all the family, whilst the tunnel bedroom is resilient and strong in adverse weather. Quick to erect, this tent will be up in minutes so that you can get on with your holiday activities; also featuring a fully sewn in groundsheet to ensure peace of mind.

Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 2000 mm PU coated, taped seams
Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
Groundsheet: PE
Poles: Fibreglass
Colour: sage/Laurel
Carry bag type: Compression carry bag with V-shape opening
Pack Size: 62 x 20 x 20 cm
Headroom: 200 cm
Weight: 12.8kg


* Inside pockets
* Front and back door
* 1 set of porch poles included

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