The Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person tent with screen room is fairly spacious, simple to pitch, and it offers excellent protection against weather elements. It’s a great option for family camping trips with enough space for six campers
Keep reading this Coleman Weather 6-Person Tent review to decide if it’s the right choice for you!
Presenting the Product
This tent is the first model that Coleman released under the WeatherMaster Series. It features three rooms (two regular rooms and a screen room) with a floor dimension of 11 ft x 9 ft, which means that the WeatherMaster is large enough to accommodate six people.
The WeatherMaster belongs to the cabin-type group of tents thanks to its tall ceiling, nearly vertical walls, and generally livable design. The patented hinged door system lets you easily enter and exit the tent.
The WeatherMaster 6-person tent is built tall enough for you to stand and move comfortably, with a 6’ 10” peak height. It also has a mesh ceiling and windows lining to enhance ventilation while keeping the insects out.
It’s also a 3-season tent, meant to be used in mild to moderate weather conditions; it probably won’t withstand a storm with a lot of rain and strong winds.
The WeatherMaster relies on the WeatherTec system to keep you dry, with welded waterproof floors and inverted seams to protect you from the rain.
This tent also comes with small mesh pockets to provide you with extra room to keep your stuff well organized without taking up much of the living space. The storage pockets are great, but the WeatherMaster could have benefited from another one or a gear loft.
The Coleman WeatherMaster 6-person tent is also available in an upgraded version that has all the same features but with the addition of an integrated LED lighting system. The Elite WeatherMaster has a wall switch that allows you to choose between high, low, and nightlight modes.
If you need a little more space, there’s a 10-person version of this tent; the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, which trades in the screen room for more floor space inside the tent, measuring 17’ x 9’.
Does the weathermaster have enough space for your needs?
The WeatherMaster is a wonderful outdoor shelter for extended camping trips. It’s particularly well designed for families and groups of friends with a generous capacity of up to six people.
So, if your friends or family members also enjoy being outdoors and experiencing adventures in nature, then this tent will be a great choice. Not only will you get a lot of room to keep them comfortable, but you’ll also give them a safe shelter to stay in if the weather is bad.
That being said, the WeatherMaster 6 features plenty of mesh. In fact, the roof is all mesh and there are huge windows that are mesh as well. Additionally, the fly only covers the ceiling and creates small awnings on the sides.
As a result, this tent isn’t great at keeping warm, so it’s better suited for camping in the summer months. It’s a fantastic family camping tent with enough room for two queen size air mattresses.
Spacious – Can it really fit six people?
If your first impression of the WeatherMaster 6 is that it’s spacious, then you’d be totally right. This tent offers lots of space for campers and their gear and the room divider gives users some privacy inside the tent.
The primary floor dimensions measure at 11’ x 9’, providing you with a living space of 99 square feet. Factoring in the 6’ 8” center height, you’ll end up with plenty of space for six adults.
This tent can fit two queen size air mattresses with a bit of room to spare so you can also keep some gear inside. If you’re going on a trip with fewer than 4 people, you might even be able to throw in a table and a chair as well.
In addition to these two rooms, the WeatherMaster 6 features a screen room with floor dimensions measuring at 9’ x 6’. The screen room is actually floorless, which means you don’t have to worry about tearing the floor if you decide to set up some chairs and tables.
The door between the main rooms and the screen room consists of two layers. There’s a mesh panel with a zipper (which keeps out insects from the interior) and there’s a waterproof, non-transparent panel, also with a zipper.
As for the external walls of the screen rooms, they’re built using mesh on all the sides and on the ceiling (the ceiling is covered by the fly) to give you full protection from all sorts of bugs.
Can six people sleep in the tent comfortably?
The main floor dimensions of the Coleman WeatherMaster are 11’ x 9’, which provides you with a living area of 99 square feet. When you also consider the 6’ 8” center height and the 9’ x 6’ screen room, you’ll end up with plenty of room for six adults to sleep comfortably.
In fact, this tent can fit two queen size air mattresses with extra room to spare, so you can also store some weather-sensitive gear inside.
The room divider offers some privacy in the tent which can help campers get a good night’s sleep as well.
How does it hold up in bad weather?
Waterproofing and protection from the rain
Coleman’s WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams helps protect you from the wind and rain.
The WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent features leak-free seams that are fully-tapped, a rainfly that covers the doors and windows, as well as Velcro frame attachments for tight closing.
The used fabric is coated polyester combined with anti-wicking thread, webbing, and zippers to keep you dry.
Other reviews sometimes list a Hydrostatic Head Rating for Coleman tents, but the figures seemed to vary and weren’t available on Coleman’s website, so we emailed asking for more information.
Coleman doesn’t conduct Hydrostatic Head Rating tests. Instead, they simulate rainstorms and high winds to test their tents. They are confident that their tents will withstand winds of up to 35 mph and light showers.
I never sealed my Coleman and the thing has kept me dry through days of rain, sleet, and hail. But, it couldn’t hurt!
Using the tent in summer – ventilation
Unlike most larger tents, ventilation in the Coleman WeatherMaster isn’t an issue. In fact, this tent is ideal for summer camping as it offers plenty of ventilation thanks to the screened porch and mesh windows.
The sufficient airflow is courtesy of the tent’s impressive mesh ceiling that’s screened and topped off with large windows on either side to ensure maximum airflow.
When there’s no wind and the weather is sunny, you can keep the window flaps down and just open the doors. This way, you’ll get to enjoy a cool breeze that circulates across every corner of the tent.
When it gets a bit chilly, you can close the doors and windows and attach the rain fly to help insulate the tent.
Another user on Reddit wondered if the gap between the screen and the fly is a flaw in their tent. A more experienced user explained how it’s actually a feature that aids in ventilation.
Its a feature not a problem. It is to aid ventilation. Without a gap between the screen and the fly condensation becomes a major problem. Tents aren’t made for privacy.
Durability – How long will it last?
Durability is another impressive aspect of the Coleman WeatherMaster 6-People Tent. Coleman offers a 1-year limited warranty to deal with any issues concerning the materials or workmanship of the tent.
You can prolong the service time if you take good care of it before and after the trip. For example, you can apply water-proof spray on the tent before the trip. This can help keep you dry during rainy weather and extend the lifespan of the tent’s fabric.
Additionally, try to be careful with the poles during the setting process. Luckily, you already have an advantage since the main poles are made from really durable steel.
As for the doors, they already sport a hinged door design, which makes it really easy to enter and exit the tent without wearing out a zipper as in traditional tents. Still, try not to be too harsh when using it.
How to set up the Coleman WeatherMaster
Coleman claims the setup time for the WeatherMaster 6-person model is 20 minutes, but the process may take you a bit longer at first until you get more familiar with how it works.
I have seen some users saying they needed one hour, but that seems a little exaggerated since most newbies took about 30 minutes to get the job done.
If you follow the steps below correctly, you should be able to pitch this tent in less than half an hour, even if no one is available to help you:
- Unfold the tent and spread it out, and then stake it down to the ground.
- Insert the 4 curved roof poles into the sleeves, and then attach them to the 8 side poles.
- Put the side poles in the upright position then insert the pins on the sides into the poles’ ends.
- Secure the poles and tent together using the plastic hooks at the sides and the corners of the tent.
- Expand the telescopic poles into your preferred length which will cause the tent to rise.
- Attach the fly and use the rest of the attachment elements to fasten it to the poles at the ground.
How easy is it to carry the WeatherMaster?
Thanks to the expandable carry bag with a rip strip for easy storage, the tent packs down to a compact size for carrying. However, it is only suitable for car camping and wouldn’t be appropriate for backpacking trips.
How many queen-sized air mattresses can fit in the tent?
You can set up two queen size air mattresses inside the Coleman WeatherMaster 6-People Tent, and still have plenty of additional room to spare.
What’s the difference between this model and the Coleman Elite WeatherMaster?
The Coleman WeatherMaster 6-person tent is also available in an Elite version that has all the great features of the standard model, including the screened room.
But the Elite WeatherMaster 6-Person model comes with the addition of an integrated LED lighting system. The Elite tent has a wall switch that allows you to choose between high, low, and nightlight modes.
Check out our review of the Elite WeatherMaster 6-Person version.
Hinged Door System – How easy is it to get in and out?
One thing that never fails to impress me in Coleman tents is the hinged door system, which is an exclusive feature of the brand’s tents.
What’s so special about it you ask? Well, if like me you’ve had the unfortunate luck of staying in a tent that’s zipper broke, you’ll know how much of a pain this can be.
Now, instead of such hassle, the door of the WeatherMaster 6 screened tent opens just like a regular door and even features velcro so it remains tightly shut. If you ask me, this feature brings a whole new level of convenience to this tent, setting it apart from other 6-person tents on the market.
Comparing it with other tents
Whether you’d rather have a tent that’s quicker to set up, one that’s more durable, or one that comes with a more comfortable screen room, there are some great alternatives.
CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin
If you’re looking for an alternative that offers an easier setup, then you should consider the CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin.
In fact, a quick setup is the top feature of this Instant Cabin Tent because it’s, well, instant. This huge tent will take you only 60 seconds to pitch. I know, that’s really fast! You can even set it up on your own, which is a rare thing to see on larger cabin style camping tents.
Another feature I love about this cabin tent is that the whole ceiling is made out of mesh so it’s see-through. This allows you to enjoy the view of the sky at night while keeping out insects.
Wenzel 8-Person Klondike Tent
Another reliable alternative to the WeatherMaster 6 tent is the Wenzel 8-Person Klondike screened tent. Like Coleman’s tent, this one is ideal for camping trips with friends and family where you want to keep everyone comfortable inside one unit.
The Klondike tent consists of two sections: the main section and a screened porch. The primary section offers a living space of 98 square feet, while the screen room adds another 60 square feet to the equation.
As a result, this camping tent can accommodate a total of 7 to 8 people. Thanks to the cabin-style design of this tent, it introduces great livability when outdoors.
Vango Purbeck 600
If you’re looking for plenty of space and durability, the Vango Purbeck 600 may be exactly what you need. This a sizable 5-room structure featuring multiple solid windows and an impressive waterproof rating.
Suitable for nearly all seasons, the walls are built using 70D polyester, while the floor is made out of double-coated polyethylene with a 10000 mm rating.
This tent is marketed for a 6-person capacity, but it offers much more room than that. The total floored area is 208.6 square feet, with about 70 square feet extra from the porch.
Pairs well with…
For the difference in cost between the Coleman Weathermaster and the most expensive alternative we considered at the time of review (the Vango), you could buy a well-made sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and a flashlight with a solar panel and hand crank for your trip.
And you’d still have cash leftover!
We think this approach makes more sense for new campers. The products are low-cost but like the Coleman WeatherMaster that doesn’t mean they are low-quality.
Other reviews of the Weathermaster
Undecided on which size is best for you? Check out all our WeatherMaster reviews here:
- Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Person Tent Review
- Coleman Elite WeatherMaster 6 Person Tent Review
- Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Person Tent Review
Wrapping It All Up
The WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent from Coleman is an excellent choice for longer camping trips with multiple family members or a group of friends. Thanks to its spacious design, reliable weather resistance, and reasonable price, I think this tent is worth investing in.
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