Here are the different factors you should consider in finding the right tent for you:
Screened Porch size
As there will be up to 6 people living in this tent I would aim to get a tent with a large porch. This will give everyone in your tent their own bit of breathing space, as ideally, you don’t all want to be cramped up into one room.
Also, having a larger-screened porch is great for socializing and having your meals if it’s raining while keeping all those bugs out! If you’re looking for a quality tent with a big porch/living area then the Coleman Weather Master or the Wenzel Klondike tents are a great choice.
As mentioned previously, you don’t want to be cramped up too much, so consider the floor space and if there are any internal storage pockets at the sides to make even more room.
If there are 6 of you going on your trip, another option might be to pay slightly more money and get an 8-person tent like the Wenzel Klondike, this will give you that little bit more breathing space you need.
Height and head room
The Coleman Weather Master has a height of 6 foot 10″, making it the tallest tent in our list, while the Wenzel Klondike has a height of 6 foot 6″. So, if there are a few tall people in your group then these two tents are the best options. There’s nothing worse than having to bend down for days on end if you’re actually taller than the tent, how bad backs happen!
All the Coleman tents are made to last and withstand harsh weather conditions with thanks to their WeatherTec System. This includes protected seams, strong wind frame, zipper protection, waterproof floor, and water-resistant coating. One reviewer mentioned that their Coleman tent stood firm against Hurricane Matthew and winds of over 30mph.
Ensure your tent is made from quality materials such as polyester, rip-stop and polyurethane water-resistant coating. This will prevent your tent from ripping on rough terrain and keep it waterproof, while also protecting you from strong winds.
Set up and dismantle
Sometimes larger tents can be tricky to set up and as a result, you can spend a lot of hours struggling. Coleman tents, on the other hand, have a fastpitch system that allows you to quickly set up your tent with a simple click and connect mechanism. You’ll be pitched up in less than 30-minutes. This is something important to me, as I’d be one of those people there till gone midnight trying to figure it out.
As there will be 6 people living in the tent, it’s important that you have plenty of inside storage, these can consist of a separate room, hidden mesh pockets or storage compartments at the side. You can also use the screened porch for additional storage.
However, it all depends on how much you all bring, it might be worth getting an 8-person tent for 6 people just to give you that little bit more room. Personally, I think a 6-person tent is great for a family of 4, there’s plenty of room to live, eat, sleep and store all your belongings out of the way.
Weight and portability
If you’re backpacking or hiking long trails, then it would be a good idea to look for a tent that is lightweight and easy to carry. Having a tent that is foldable and can be carried with a handle or backpack then this will be much better than lugged around something that too heavy and difficult to carry.
Make sure your tent has breathable mesh walls, roof, and windows. On those hot summer days, you can have a constant breeze running through your tent keeping you cool and star gaze at night!
Value for money
All these tents are great value for money, for a 6-person tent and the quality your getting, you can’t really go wrong. I would try and avoid cheaper tents as the quality will be inferior and won’t last you in bad weather or rough terrain. Always make sure you compare the specifications and read the reviews.