Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent

Last updated date: January 22, 2020

DWYM Score
8.7

Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent

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Overall Take

The hinged door on the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is a refreshing break from the traditional setup, which requires you to unzip the door to enter and exit. This opton also comes with an electrical plug inside for keeping your technology charged. High ceilings mean you can walk around inside without stooping down. We liked that the instructions were sewn into the case for easy assembly. We also liked the high bottom liner, as well as the zipper storage pouches inside. In our analysis of 158 expert reviews, the Coleman Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent placed 4th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Family Tent for a detailed review of all the top family tents.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
25 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
2,551 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It has a hinged door making it simple and easy to use
- Dotbeasts
July 23, 2019 | Full review
There’s an electrical access port that lets you bring your technology with you inside the tent.
- Heavy
June 14, 2017 | Full review
It has hinged doors that make it easy for you to get in and out without any complications.
- 5 Product Reviews
Durable and waterproof. Easy to set up. Lightweight.
- BestReviews
July 1, 2019 | Full review
The rainfly is rather generous and extends out over the front of the tent,This creates a waterproof entryway where you can take off your raincoat and shoes before going into the tent. You’ll love this feature if you regularly camp in rainy areas.
- Outside Pursuits
The packed size of this tent is really impressive, 27.5 x 9.25 x 9 inches (70 x 23.5 x 23 cm). So you can transport it even on a motorbike, and I see it as a nice tent for motorbike groups.
- Family Camp Tents
February 25, 2019 | Full review
The construction quality of this tent is high having inverted seams with multiple lines of stitching, and welded joins in vulnerable areas.The tent is made from strong lightweight materials.
- Camping Annie
E-port for electrical power inside the tent so that you don’t lose network.
- Outdoor Spider
This door is a hinged door, that swings open and closed for easier entrance and exits and less stress on the zipper. It has a foot print of 16 feet 7 inches and a center height of 74″ making this one large roomy tent.
- Smart Camping Tent Reviews
The Montana stands out as being the only tent with a hinged door and sizeable front porch. Hinged door for easy entrances and exits
- My Family Tent
It has huge room space. So you and your family can easily inhabit in it for few weeks to few months without feeling of out of space and comfort.
- Family Tent Info
The Montana 8 is also lightweight and is probably among the most affordable big family tent options currently available in the marketplace.
- Family Tent Center
May 25, 2019 | Full review
The set up of the Montana 8 is pretty easy. Most people will have no problem setting it up as the instructions are straight forward and there are several features that help make sure you are putting the right piece in the right place.
- Family Tent Review
Vertical walls provide more center height and standing space so no stooping required.
- All Camping Stuff
February 27, 2019 | Full review
Coleman Elite Montana tent offers roomy space for a family of say 8 people with extra space to play around with.
- Sports Huge
This tent is extremely spacious. With a peak height of 6.2 feet, there is enough space inside to stand, as well as plenty of room for three queen sized air beds.
- Travel With Little One
September 17, 2019 | Full review
The Coleman 8 Tent has waterproof floors and a strong frame to protect against the wind. The seams are leak free and the fabric is water-resistant.
- Good Camping Tent
For a waterproof camping experience this tent is the perfect buy.
- Tents to Buy Online
The windows are specially shaped so that they keep the rain out even when they are open, so you can have fresh air in the tent even when it rains.
- Camping Reviewed
The most recommended tent is the one which is made of polyester because this is a material which provides maximum heat and water resistance just like this Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent has. It also has a polyethylene floor which is also very comfortable, impenetrable, and good to rest on.
- Camping Tent Lab
August 27, 2017 | Full review
The ventilation system is superior, guaranteeing that fresh air is always circulating throughout the tent.
- Outdoors and Nature
A lot of tents have trouble with the zipper due to excessive use, I find that this tent has a Velcro to hold the door in place during the day and zip it up at night, thus making the zipper last longer
- Camping Mastery
September 23, 2016 | Full review
It’s great ventilation mechanism allows fresh air intake inside the tent.
- Outdoor Gears
The tent folds compactly after use for easy transport and storage. It is a quality tent with reverse angle windows for excellent ventilation.
- Salient Themes
What experts didn't like
Some have complained that it is not well ventilated.
- BestReviews
July 1, 2019 | Full review
Only 2 very small storage pockets.
- Family Camp Tents
February 25, 2019 | Full review
The door is quite narrow at the bottom because of the curve so there is just one thing to think about if anyone in your party has some difficulty walking, and that is the need to step over the threshold.
- Camping Annie
There is no vent close to the floor.
- Outdoor Spider
The tent sagged when beach camping.
- Smart Camping Tent Reviews
The floor plan does not work well with large camping cots
- My Family Tent
When rain cover is on, air doesn`t enter that much.
- Family Tent Info
Requires at least two people to set up – instructions are not entirely clear.
- All Camping Stuff
February 27, 2019 | Full review
However, as big as the tent is, the windows are smaller.
- Sports Huge
There are 2 small wall pockets inside which can store things like phones but it seems a little thin on storage for a large occupancy tent.
- Tents to Buy Online
The fact that it can sleep 8 people is far more important. It has good ventilation but if there are 8 people in the tent and it is very hot and humid outside, don’t expect fresh and cool breeze in the tent because that is impossible.
- Camping Reviewed
A price of $200+ may bother some buyers.
- Camping Tent Lab
August 27, 2017 | Full review
The open mesh ceiling has been known to let cold air in when the tent is located in a chilly environment. However, this ceiling is perfect for star gazing and has been designed so as to not allow the entry of water.
- Outdoors and Nature
As with most tents, this is almost impossible to get it back in its carry bag
- Camping Mastery
September 23, 2016 | Full review
Some users complained that it’s floor material is a bit thin, which creates trouble while camping on rough terrain. You can carry a thick mattress or airbed to overcome this issue.
- Outdoor Gears

From The Manufacturer

Set up a home base with some extra sleeping space with the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. An extended door awning creates a dry space to store gear and enter the tent. If it rains, the included rainfly and the WeatherTec system with its patented welded floors and inverted seams will help you stay dry. Additionally, angled windows, which you can keep open in the rain, help keep the water out while allowing for extra air circulation. Setup is simple with snag-free, continuous pole sleeves and the patented pin-and-ring system. A hinged door makes for easy comings and goings. Inside, there's enough room to stretch out on three queen-sized airbeds, and storage pockets help to keep small items organized. When it's time to head home, the tent easily packs up into an expandable carry bag with a rip strip until you're off on your next adventure.

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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.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

“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.

DWYM 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.