Coleman or sportiva tent

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Coleman or sportiva tent

Postby flyboy » Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:24 pm

Gidday,
I am looking to buy my first tent and am considering a Coleman or Sportiva brand. Does anyone have any strong rcommendations or not for either of these brands.

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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:43 pm

I'd reccomend a swag , unless your married and/or have kids, but then i tend to say that alot, and i'm very bias :mrgreen:. Regardless, I cant see there being much between brands except price, you can get a good idea of the build quality when your looking at it in-store(thickness of the material, quality in the design etc..).

After that its really just personal preferance. Weight and size come into it if your hiking or have limited packing space, some cheaper ones aren't as 'waterproof' as you'd like em to be.

If your looking at larger tents (5 person+) getting one that you can stand up in is a big plus. I've heard good stuff about Coleman and think they've been around for a while, but never heard of sportiva.
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Postby flyboy » Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:17 pm

Thanks OCB,
I am tending toward the Coleman (larger tent) as they back their product with a 5 year warranty rather than 2 years which sportiva offer. I have been looking over the internet at tents but as you suggest, nothing beats looking at one assembled in store.
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:07 pm

Not sure how 'large' you want, but a friend of mine has just bought a very large one for under $500, has a large centre room, where you can easily stand (just over 6ft), and two slightly smaller, identical 'rooms' to either side of it. I am amazed at how quick and easy it was to assemble (2 people, prolly just about 5 mins without the fly), i think it only used 3 of those bendy poles :shock: . Have no idead of the brand but i can find out, its a very shmick tent 8)
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Postby Davyd » Thu Mar 16, 2006 6:28 pm

I qm wonderign the same sort of issue

Just looking for a fmaily tent to go with wife and 4 and 2 year old. very different from the old style camping - and in fact staying at least initially in campgrounds.

looking at 4 + good sized vestibule to allow adults and thier freinds to sit at table and talk in when kids asleep - like when it it pising down raining in Balnaring a few weekednds ago.
Mosquito screens
Floor included and waterproofed of vestibule area

I just had a talk to a few stores today and looked a bit online
heard - get better quality from the pure tent makers than the ones associated with store chains.
Quality of zips and thickness of materials seem to be the differentiating points

Question for me - is how big is sneough and how big is too much? (for campsites or finding levle ground in the bush, putting up ....

Open to advice from the more expereinced family campers
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:40 pm

Davyd,
As far a size goes, youd probably want 3 'rooms', one general area to sit and eat in if its raining, and 2 sleeping ones. In my experience, if a tent manufacturer says its a 5 man tent, its really only comfortable with 3, and maybe squish one more in or a child :wink: . When they say how many people, they mean sleeping reall close side by side :roll: .

Of course, the larger you get, the harder it may be to find a good spot to camp, but only if your doing 'true' camping in Nat Parks of Forests, most private campgrounds have flat, marked camping spots.

What you mentioned about build quality is too true, and is similar with anything, if you specialise, you get better build quality in what you specialise IN, but you also have higher costs and then of course higher prices.

My bests advice is take your time, even if you go back to the same store to see the same tent 2 or 3 times, considering your up for ~$500, you dont want to buy something and wish you'd gotten something different :shock: (i've done this but thankfully with only an ~$100 tent :oops: )
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Postby d_p_gardiner » Sun May 07, 2006 10:40 pm

We are a family of 5, 2 adults, 14yo girl, 11 yo boy, 8 yo girl.

We have 2 tents from Rays "Geo Family 6" and "Explorer SV" We use them in combination, if we are staying a while we put up both, if its overnight then just the Big tent.

We havent found too many problems with these tents, price was reasonable, Quality is good.

They perfomed well in Tassie last month with some stong winds and heavy rain and hail in Strahan, the downside of dome style tents in wet weather, the rain gets in the doors when you open them to get in and out. (because of the curve of the dome).

With the larger dome tents you have to be careful putting them up as the fiberglass poles can fracture if bent too sharply so always carry a couple of spares.

The larger tents do take a bit of time to put up and pack away and are a pain if it needs to be done in the wind and rain as the tent is not waterproof its the fly that is waterproof.

But on the whole if your in the one spot for a while they are ok, if your moving every couple of days setting up just the big tent is ok, but you dont really have anywhere to cook so a tarp and pole shelter is what we use.

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