Coleman Carlsbad Tent with Screen Room

Last updated date: September 11, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 149 expert reviews, the Coleman Coleman Carlsbad Tent with Screen Room placed 7th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 25, 2020:
Checkout The Best Family Tent for a detailed review of all the top family tents.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
16 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
364 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Coleman pitches its Carlsbad Fast Pitch tent as your answer to the greenhouse effect of tents in the sun: this tent, they say, will stay cooler than other tents in the sun. And our testers found this to be impeccably true. One tester was even startled, late one July morning in the sunny Napa Valley, to realize she was the last one to wake up in the morning among a group of friends camping out for a wedding.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
The design detail we mentioned is the separate screen room in the front. Its walls are made from mesh, making air circulation excellent so you can sleep more comfortably on warm nights.
- Globo Turf
The Fast Pitch technology by Coleman makes this tent an easy setup, even for one person. Reflective guylines mean that you’ll never trip over your tent when you get up in the middle of the night.
- SOutdoors
This tent is built with the Dark Room technology. In the specifications, they claim that it blocks 98% of sunlight. The materials are dark and the inner area is darker than the usual tents. Because of the reflected sunlight, they also claim that the heat is reduced by up to 11%. The most important role in this plays the fly. I have included this tent on my list of dark rest tents.
- Family Camp Tents
March 12, 2019 | Full review
Darkroom technology blocks 97% of sunlight for cooler temps.
- Adventure Sacks
This is yet another exceptional feature of this tent, the dark rest technology. Some call it also ‘lights out’ or ‘dark room’ design. So you have reflecting features in the fly, they claim that it blocks 98% of sunlight, and also the materials are dark, and the inner area is far darker than in standard tents. Due to the reflected light, the atmosphere is cooler, they claim up to 9.5%. With such a design you can sleep longer in the morning, and you can also take a nap during the day.
- Mountains for Everybody
June 17, 2019 | Full review
The dark room technology prevents 90% of the sunlight entering inside the Coleman Tent for 6 Person and hence reduces the heat in the tent.
- Tents Review
July 29, 2019 | Full review
The screened room works incredibly well for anyone that sits and has a beer, as they will stay safe from bugs and flying insects.
- Camping Mastery
Dark Room technology (a Coleman exclusive feature) blocks nearly 98 percent of sunlight, allowing you to sleep past sunrise.
- GoGo Mountain
December 11, 2018 | Full review
The Coleman Carlsbad is without a doubt the easiest tent that I have ever setup. The Fast Pitch™ system uses pre-attached, color-coded poles and hub, fast fit feet and snag-free Insta-Clip™ suspension to let you set up your tent painlessly and with speed.
- Active Gear Review
July 18, 2016 | Full review
Easy to Assemble. The Carlsbad 6 can be fully set up in about 12 minutes. It uses Coleman’s innovative “Fast Pitch” system, which includes pre-attached poles and “fast fit” feet. The fast fit feet allow for easier staking into the ground. In addition, the poles are all pre-attached to a central hub, so they are perpendicular always. The pole segments are shock-corded to make connecting them a lot easier. Attaching the tent canvas to the poles are similarly made easy through clips. Snapping in those clips to the poles is clearly a lot faster than threading the poles through sleeves.
- Optimum Tents
Carlsbad’s Dark Room technology is actually really wonderful. From the light of the brightest moon, to those often startling first rays of sun in the morning, the Dark Room technology blocks out 98.4% of it, creating a relaxing place to rest your head, even in the most remote places.
- Elevation Outdoors
This Coleman 4 person tent includes “dark room” technology, which blocks out 97.5 percent of sunlight which allows you to sleep after sunrise if you are not the type to get up and tackle the day at 0600.
- Marine Approved
March 14, 2019 | Full review
The vestibule has the drainage facility in flooring.
- Camping Ask
June 5, 2019 | Full review
This polyester tent is parked with numerous features similar to Coleman counterparts. Its dark room technology blocks about 98 % of the sunlight from reaching the interior. With such features, you get to comfortably enjoy your sleep even if the sun is already up. This technology is very excellent when it comes to the regulation of temperature. Basically, it prevents the room from heating up.
- Tent Clubs
This gear incorporated the fastpitch dome tent system that enables easy setup, and it also has a Dark Room Rest Technology. With this technology, 90% of sunlight can be prevented from getting into the tent. This helps in keeping the room darker and also reduces heat during the day.
- Dream Guides
What experts didn't like
The tent poles are not our favorite style, with the sleeve connecting the segments external to the poles. This is not as smooth to handle when you're setting up the tent.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
A bit low.
- Family Camp Tents
March 12, 2019 | Full review
If it rains everything in the vestibule gets wet.
- Adventure Sacks
A bit low.
- Mountains for Everybody
June 17, 2019 | Full review
Quality of poles may disappoint you.
- Tents Review
July 29, 2019 | Full review
The manufacturers claim that it is 8 pounds but the real weight is 17 pounds.
- Camping Mastery
Instructions for assembly can be hard to follow.
- GoGo Mountain
December 11, 2018 | Full review
What would happen if it rained, sure we would stay dry in the tent, but everything in the screen room would become soaked.
- Active Gear Review
July 18, 2016 | Full review
Bulky. The entire setup weighs 22 pounds, so it’s best used when driving to a campsite. Also, when packed, the Carlsbad 6 package is 26 x 11 inches. It’s bulky, so it is not for backpackers or travel-light campers.
- Optimum Tents
Don’t get me wrong, this tent is pretty durable, but while putting it together for the second time, I managed to splinter part of the fiberglass piece of the pole while attempting to lengthen the pieces of the condensed version from the bag.
- Elevation Outdoors
Some campers who have purchased and used this tent was that it was not as waterproof as claimed. The screen room does a good job keeping out bugs and dirt.
- Marine Approved
March 14, 2019 | Full review
Vestibule may get wet and you need extra protection in rain.
- Camping Ask
June 5, 2019 | Full review
Some reported leakages in corners.
- Tent Clubs
The ridge pole is made of fiberglass, which is not so durable.
- Dream Guides

From The Manufacturer

Sleep in after the sun rises or put the kids to bed early while the sun is still up with a Coleman Carlsbad Fast Pitch Dome Tent with Screen Room. The Dark Room technology on this tent blocks 90% of sunlight to keep the tent darker if you want to sleep while the sun is up, and it also reduces how much the tent heats up during the day by up to 11.4%.

Overall Product Rankings

1. CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 21
2. CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
4. Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 25
5. Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 27
6. Coleman 17X9 Weathermaster Tent 10
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 13
7. Coleman Carlsbad Tent with Screen Room
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 16
8. Ozark Trail 12-Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent, 16×16
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 13

An Overview On Family Tents

Camping is far more fun when you have someone sharing the experience with you. But with a family-size tent, you can camp in groups, whether you’re traveling with your in-laws, your spouse and kids, your favorite friends or a combination of all of the above. With tents readily available to sleep two or more families, you can turn your camping excursion into an outing to remember.

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Chances are, though, you won’t want to spend half your trip setting up your tent. Manufacturers have found clever ways to make tent setup easier, including attaching the poles to the material so there are no pieces to assemble. Some family tents can be erected as quickly as 60 seconds, especially once you’ve gotten the hang of it.

Capacity can be tricky. Although some tents promise to hold up to 12 people, things can get a little cramped when you have all the sleeping bags fully rolled out. Measurements will matter more than how the tent is advertised, so use a measuring tape to map it out and decide on the size that will accommodate sleeping arrangements.

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“It’s important to get a tent that’s big enough for everyone who will be in it,” says outdoor and camping expert Shawna Newman, editor-in-chief of Active Weekender. “Luckily, tents are rated by how many people should fit inside, i.e. a 3-person tent. However, I suggest that you get a tent that’s supposed to fit 1-2 more people than you’re camping with so that everyone is comfortable.”

Also consider how many doors you will need, which will depend on the makeup of your party.

“Camping with small children? Then you probably only want one door so they can’t easily leave the tent without a parent,” Newman suggests. “Camping with teens or other adults? Look for a two-door tent so you don’t have to step over too many people to exit the tent.”

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Your tent won’t be air conditioned, and things can get stuffy once you pack it full of people. Newer tents build in vents and roofs that you can open up to promote airflow, along with the mesh windows that will let in air when you choose. Some tents are also built to keep out the sun’s rays, making them great for those who like midday naps on vacation.

The heat isn’t the only thing that can make camping challenging. You’ll need to be prepared for stormy weather, including rain and strong winds. Many tents are built using material that resists water, but you’ll also need to pay close attention to how sturdy the tent is. Your tent poles should be able to remain standing in reasonably strong winds. You’ll also find air vents become especially important when it’s raining outside.

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“It’s also important to have a tent that is appropriate for the type of weather you’ll be camping in with the family,” Newman says. “I recommend a three-season tent because it is the most versatile option on the market.”

She points out that, when shopping for tents, you will absolutely get what you pay for. Higher-quality tents will have seams already sealed to protect from rain. They will also have a rainfly, which helps when you experience unexpected bouts of rain. She also suggests looking for a family tent that offers good internal storage, like pockets and ceiling loops for water bottles, lanterns and the like.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

“Getting a quality tent for taking the family camping means that you’ll have something that should last you for many years to come,” Newman says. “And if you buy a good three-season tent with plenty of room for everyone, then you should be able to take it almost anywhere during most of the year and be able to enjoy a cheap family vacation.”

Just remember to do a trial run for setting the tent up at home first: “The last thing you want is to be struggling with it at the campsite,” Newman says.

DYWM Fun Fact

Tent camping may be recreational today, but there was a time when it was a matter of survival. The earliest known tents date back to 40,000 B.C., when they were made from mammoth hides. But over the years, it became increasingly important to come up with a more portable solution. By 450 B.C., early yurts and teepees were used to allow travelers to carry shelter along with them wherever they went. Tents were later adopted by various military forces as a way to keep soldiers on the move during wartime. The waterproofing materials used on tents today are a much better alternative to the smelly animal oils and fats used to keep occupants of early tents dry.

The Family Tent Buying Guide

  • At one time, setting up a campsite was a chore. Tent setup required multiple people following a confusing instruction manual. But today’s tents are far easier, with poles attached to keep you from having to deal with fitting multiple parts together. The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent can be in place in as little as 60 seconds, while the CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent takes a little longer, at a minimum of two minutes. The Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup just requires unfolding the nylon and interlinked poles, then guiding it to its natural shape. It’s important to note that these instant tents are convenient, but you still have the somewhat arduous task of taking them down and folding them up to transport home once your camping trip is over.
  • For larger tents, it’s important to give occupants a way to find some privacy. The CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent excels in this area, providing two wall separators that give you three separate rooms, allowing you to set up one area for living space and two for bedrooms, or however else you’d prefer to configure things. The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent and Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup have one room divider that gives you a separate walled-off area.
  • Whether you’re camping in the dead of summer or taking advantage of perfect weather in the fall or spring, ventilation is extremely important in any tent. You’ll need one that not only has windows built in, but also vents to promote airflow and take advantage of any breezes. The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent has both ground and ceiling vents in addition to multiple windows. The CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent has two large doors and windows that all have mesh, as well as an all-mesh ceiling and adjustable vents on both sides. The Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup has roof vents, but it also uses darkroom technology to keep 90% of the sunlight out to give you a dark, cool place to nap or just relax during the day.