I had reviewed and looked at many tents and decided to order the Coleman Evanston 6 person tent for 4 person use. There are several reviews on how much the products coming from Coleman are not the way they used to be and I was very cautious about it. Well, I had opened it a few days before we were to go out camping and, frankly, I was astounded on how such a big mistake was not caught during a simple quality control. What had happened was that, the top sleeve for the poles to go through was sewn into the seams of the tent right on the ridge. I tried several times to contact Coleman over the phone, it was a Monday, the line was busy all day long, not even a machine took the call. I filled a form online, sending them pictures of the defects and receipts, and got confirmation. After a couple of days, since I was not contacted at all, I had to call again to make sure they had received my request. They had in fact received the request, but they made me send in again all the info although what I had sent them was sufficient, and were able to see the pictures, they said it was not how they want it. By this time, days have passed and were closing to another camping date. It took forever the tent to come, it showed up days after we had left. Well, in retrospect, I should have sent it to the vendor and got my money back instead of contacting them directly as they had left a huge note inside the package indicating not do so. My problem is not only the obvious defect only and this is only a tent, what about those gas cookers and other things they make that could have severe result ? If this can happen, it is my guess it can be on other products too.
Other than that, the tent itself is very good. It is fairly good for 6 but very comfortable for 4 people. It has enough outlets / inlets for air and quite high in the middle. Putting it together for first time took a little bit over 25 minutes (the defect made it complicated), but once that was sorted out, it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes. Also, you need to air out a new tent as always, it smells like some kind of chemical. We camped in an ideal weather and can't say much about rain and wind. Heat though, as any tent is, gets trapped and it can get hot in there.
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