Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent Review (Bought & Tested!)

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Rating and Summary

The Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent‘s most prominent feature is the screen room at the front of the tent, which gives you an additional 42.3 square feet of space (yes, I measured this myself!). This can accommodate an additional 1-2 people. Or, lots of gear.

However, its biggest weakness is the fact that there’s hardly any rainfly protection for the screen room, so be prepared to buy an extra tarp if you expect to be camping in prolonged heavy rains.

This little summary barely even skims the surface of what I’ll show you in this post, so read on to find out more! (There’s also more pros and cons below, if you’re interested.)

This is a picture of me next to my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me next to my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in my yard.
6
Ease of Use
8.5
Spaciousness
7
Comfort & Features
8.5
Ventilation
8
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
6.5
Portability
Overall Score 7.6 / 10

Pros: Generous base area, super affordable, decent ventilation
Cons: Screen room not protected from rain, large packed size

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Product Details

In this section, we’ll briefly go over the following:

  • Unboxing
  • In the Box
  • Specifications

Unboxing

I bought my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent from Amazon, and here’s what the outer packaging looked like:

This is what the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like when bought brand new.
This is what the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like when bought brand new.

And here’s what it looks like when you unbox it:

This is a picture of my brother unboxing the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of my brother unboxing the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

In the Box

Inside the package, I got the tent body, the rainfly, 14 stakes in a carry case, 4 poles in another carry case, and a foot mat.

Here's the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent when first unboxed. From top to bottom: Poles, stakes, rainfly, foot mat and tent body.
Here’s the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent when first unboxed. From top to bottom: Poles, stakes, rainfly, foot mat and tent body.

Specifications

Dome Tent Specs

Here are the measurements for the main dome tent of the Evanston Tent, not the screen room:

  • Peak height of dome tent: 68.5 inches
  • Length of dome tent: 9 feet 7 inches
  • Width of dome tent: 8 feet 9 inches
  • Base area of dome tent: 83.6 square feet

Screen Room Specs

And here are the measurements for the screen room:

  • Longest length of screen room: 9 feet 7 inches
  • Shortest length of screen room: 7 feet 4 inches
  • Width of screen room: 5 feet
  • Base area of screen room: 42.3 square feet
  • Peak height of screen room: 62 inches

More Specs

And here’s even more specs, in case you need them:

  • Total base area: 125.9 square feet
  • Floor material: Polyethylene
  • Bathtub flooring: Yes, ~7 inches
  • Tent body material: 68D Polyester
  • Rainfly material: 75D Polyester Taffeta
  • Poles material: Fiberglass
  • Number of poles: 4
  • Mesh: Regular
  • Packed size: 26 by 15 by 12 inches
  • Weight: 19.4 lbs
  • Number of guylines: 7
  • Number of stakes: 14
  • Number of doors: 1+1 (dome tent + screen room)
  • Hinged door: No
  • Number of windows: 3
  • Number of vents: 1 (mesh wall vent)
  • Number of pockets: 2
  • Number of lantern loops: 2
  • E-port: No
  • Black-out: No

I also did some testing on my own, and came up with this data:

  • Set up timing (2 people): 9 minutes
  • Set up timing (1 person): 17.5 minutes
  • Take down timing (2 people): 6 minutes
  • Take down timing (1 person): 12 minutes
  • Number of single sleeping pads: 6
  • Number of queen-sized mattresses: 2

Testing and Performance

I put my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent through these 7 tests:

  1. Ease of use: Set up, take down
  2. Spaciousness: Height, base area, mattress sizing, screen room
  3. Comfort and features: Door, windows, storage
  4. Ventilation: Hot day ventilation, rainy day ventilation
  5. Weather protection: Light rain test, moderate rain test, heavy rain test
  6. Quality: Material, mesh, seams, stitching, zippers, poles
  7. Portability: Weight and packed size

Set Up

Pole Set Up

The Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent comes with 4 poles.

From left to right: The 2 black poles on the extreme left are for the main body of the tent. The next pole (second from the right) has black tips at both ends, and is for the rainfly. The last pole (extreme right) is color-coded gray, and is for the screen room.

Here are all four poles of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
Here are all four poles of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Set Up Instructions

First, grab the 2 black fiberglass poles for the tent body, which are the longest poles, and insert them into the black-tipped green pole sleeves at the center of the tent. This will form an X-shape across the tent.

These are the first 2 poles used to set up the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
These are the first 2 poles used to set up the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

After that, prop both poles up, by inserting the ends of both poles into one of these pins at the bottom of the tent.

This is a picture of me inserting the end of a fiberglass pole into the pin at the bottom of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me inserting the end of a fiberglass pole into the pin at the bottom of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

When you’re done propping up the black fiberglass poles, your Evanston Tent should look something like this:

This is a Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent that has been set up halfway.
This is a Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent that has been set up halfway.

Then, attach the pole clips. There are 2 pole clips on each side of each black pole (so 8 pole clips altogether to be attached for now).

Next, grab the gray pole, which is the pole for the screen room. Insert this gray pole into the pole sleeve at the front of the tent, prop the pole up, and secure each end into the pins as well.

This is a picture of me securing the gray pole of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me securing the gray pole of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

The pole sleeve is also color-coded with gray tips. Then, attach the 2 pole clips, 1 on each side of the gray pole.

This is a close up of the gray pole of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. The pole is gray in color, hence the pole sleeve also has gray tips.
This is a close up of the gray pole of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. The pole is gray in color, hence the pole sleeve also has gray tips.

Then, I like to pull the entire tent out tight, and stake it down with 7 of the provided stakes. Coleman gives you 14 stakes in total.

This is a picture of my brother and I staking down the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of my brother and I staking down the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Now, grab the last rainfly pole, which has these rounded black tips at both ends, and insert it into the rainfly.

This is what the tip of the rainfly pole of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like. I'm about to insert and secure it into the rainfly.
This is what the tip of the rainfly pole of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like. I’m about to insert and secure it into the rainfly.

To secure this rainfly pole, there’s 1 tiny pocket at each end (so 2 pockets altogether, one of the pockets is pictured above), and 2 Velcro strips.

Here’s what the rainfly pole will look like when secured into the rainfly:

This is what the rainfly and pole of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like.
This is what the rainfly and pole of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like.

Next, drape the rainfly over the tent, with the green part over the screen room, and the white part over the dome tent body.

This is a picture of my brother and I setting up the rainfly of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. The red arrow is pointing to where the rainfly pole is.
This is a picture of my brother and I setting up the rainfly of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. The red arrow is pointing to where the rainfly pole is.

To secure the rainfly, there are s-hooks on the rainfly to be attached to the rings at the bottom of the tent where the poles are attached.

This is a picture of me attaching 2 s-hooks of the rainfly to the bottom of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. Notice that the black and gray poles have already been secured in place.
This is a picture of me attaching 2 s-hooks of the rainfly to the bottom of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. Notice that the black and gray poles have already been secured in place.

There are also Velcro attachments under the rainfly, along each pole, to better align the rainfly and secure it in place.

After that, guy out the entire tent with the remaining 7 stakes, for the 7 guylines around the tent.

Set Up Timings

It took my bro and I about 9 minutes to set up the entire Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent, and I set up the entire tent on my own in about 17.5 minutes, so slightly less than double the time.

Take Down

Take Down Timings

Taking down the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent is just the opposite of the set-up, and it took my bro and I about 6 minutes for the entire take down and pack up. On my own, it took me about 12 minutes, so about double the time.

For more details on the set up, take down and pack up, I have this video on my channel that you can watch:

Height

The peak height in this Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent is about 68.5 inches, and I can stand upright here. (I’m 5’3″, by the way.)

This is a picture of me standing under the peak height of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me standing under the peak height of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

I’m also able to stand upright even on thick queen mattresses.

This is a picture of me standing on a queen mattress inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. Notice I'm standing completely upright.
This is a picture of me standing on a queen mattress inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. Notice I’m standing completely upright.

But this Evanston is a dome-shaped tent though, so the peak height is only at the center. When I take 2 small steps around the tent, my head would touch the top of the tent.

This is where my head touches the top of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is where my head touches the top of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Dome Tent Base Area

Dimensions

The length inside the dome tent itself (not including the screen room) measures about 9 feet and 7 inches, while the width measures about 8 feet and 9 inches, so slightly smaller than the marketed dimensions of 10 by 9 feet.

Mattress Sizing

But I could still easily fit 6 regular sleeping pads inside the tent, and here’s what having 6 pads looks like.

This is what 6 pads looks like inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is what 6 pads looks like inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. From left to right: Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Sea to Summit Camp Mat, Big Agnes sleeping bag.

You do have to sleep shoulder to shoulder, but there’s still a small space leftover to fit a little bit of camping gear.

I think it’s a little bit of a tight fit though (with 6 pads), especially if you have to sleep at the sides of the tent, because my head touches the wall of the tent when I sit up.

This is a picture of me sitting up in the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. Notice my head touches the walls of the tent.
This is a picture of me sitting up in the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. Notice my head touches the walls of the tent.

I think having 4 people on 2 queen-sized camping mattresses would be a much more comfortable fit, and here’s what the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like with these 2 mattresses.

This is what 2 queen beds looks like inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. These are the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Queen (left, blue), and the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress (right, brown).
This is what 2 queen beds looks like inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. These are the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Queen (left, blue), and the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress (right, brown).

There’s also quite a bit of leftover room for storing gear (at the head of both mattresses), which is always very nice to have.

One of my mattresses is actually slightly smaller than a Queen (80 by 56 inches), which is why it fit nicely into the tent. Otherwise, the length of the tent is actually a few inches shy of being able to fit 2 actual Queen beds.

Screen Room

The Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent also comes with a screen room.

This screen room has a width of about 5 feet, and the longest length is about 9 feet and 7 inches, which is the same as the dome tent. It tapers off a bit at the front though, so the shortest length is only about 7 feet and 4 inches.

This is a picture of me using a tape measure to measure the shortest length of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent's screen room.
This is a picture of me using a tape measure to measure the shortest length of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent’s screen room (7 feet 4 inches).

The peak height in this screen room is only about 62 inches, so even though I could kind of almost stand upright, my head is pushing up against the top of the mesh though.

This is a picture of me standing (almost) upright in the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent's screen room.
This is a picture of me standing (almost) upright in the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent’s screen room.

Windows

This Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent has 3 windows in the entire tent. There’s 1 window on each wall of the tent, and the last wall is a mesh wall.

This is a picture of me opening the windows inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me opening the windows inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

All the windows are about the same size; the window on the left measures about 46 by 23 inches, while the double window on the right measures about 51 by 21 inches, so only very slightly bigger.

Each window comes with a window latch to hold the fabric when the window’s open, 2 white zippers, and also a bug net to stop larger bugs from getting in.

Each window of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent comes with 2 white zippers.
Each window of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent comes with 2 white zippers.

Doors

Dome Tent Door

This Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent has 1 door on the front length of the dome tent. It measures about 47 inches in length, and 26 inches in width, so honestly not very big.

This is a picture of me exiting the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent through the door.
This is a picture of me exiting the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent through the door.

This door also measures about 52 inches from the ground to the top of the door, and I’m about 5’3″, so I had to duck when getting in and out of the tent through this door.

This is a picture of me ducking to get through the door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me ducking to get through the door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

This door comes with a single latch by the side to tie the door fabric up to keep it open, and it also comes with 2 black zippers to zip it open and shut.

Screen Room Door

The screen room of this Evanston 6-Person Tent comes with another 1 door. It spans almost the entire length of the screen room, measuring about 7 feet and 3 inches in length, so it’s really quite big.

This is a picture of me opening up the screen room door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me opening up the screen room door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

It’s about 55 inches in height, so a little taller than the dome tent’s door, but I still had to duck when getting into and out of the screen room.

This is a picture of me ducking to get into the screen room of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me ducking to get into the screen room of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

The door of the screen room comes with 2 door latches, 1 on either side of the door, to hold the fabric when it’s open. It also comes with 3 black zippers.

If the front length of your screen room isn’t taut, I highly recommend re-staking it, so that zipping it open and shut is much easier.

This is what the screen room door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like when closed. I'm re-staking the base of the screen room to make it more taut.
This is what the screen room door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like when closed. I’m re-staking the base of the screen room to make it more taut.

Storage

Pockets

For storage, there are 2 pockets inside this Evanston 6-Person Tent, each measuring about 9 by 7 inches.

This is a picture of me pointing to one of the pockets inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me pointing to one of the pockets inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Lantern Loops

There’s also 1 loop at the top of the center of the tent, where you can hang a lantern for lighting at night.

This is a picture of my brother hanging up a lantern in the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent at night.
This is a picture of my brother hanging up a lantern in the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent at night.

There’s also one more loop here over one of the windows, so 2 loops in total.

This is 1 of 2 lantern loops inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is 1 of 2 lantern loops inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Miscellaneous Features

The Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent doesn’t come with any other features, like e-ports or a blackout feature.

Rain Test

I put my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent through 3 separate rain tests:

  1. Light rain;
  2. Moderate rain; and
  3. Heavy rain.

Light Rain Test

It rained very lightly while I was using this Evanston 6-Person Tent. It was just a passing shower, and after the rain stopped about 15 minutes later, I found that there were no leaks inside the Evanston Tent, and the tent was still dry.

I was even able to leave not just the windows open, but also the door as well.

However, the flooring of the screen room got wet, because there’s isn’t enough rainfly to cover the entire screen room.

Here's how much the rainfly of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent protects the screen room. The red arrow is pointing to the rainfly. Notice that the screen room juts out quite a bit, and is exposed to the elements.
Here’s how much the rainfly of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent protects the screen room. The red arrow is pointing to the rainfly. Notice that the screen room juts out quite a bit, and is exposed to the elements.

Moderate Rain Test

I also put this Evanston 6-Person Tent through a moderate rain test lasting about 2 hours. Here’s what I found.

First, because of the screen room, I could leave the front door and the window beside it completely opened, and no water got into the tent.

The red arrow in the picture is pointing to the open door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
The red arrow in the picture is pointing to the open door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Both the green and white tent fabric were still dry, and even the seam connecting the bathtub flooring to the green fabric was dry as well.

This is a picture of me checking for any leaks in the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent after 2 hours of rain.
This is a picture of me checking for any leaks in the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent after 2 hours of rain.

Second, on this wall here, the window mesh was still dry, even after 2 hours of moderate rain.

This is a picture of me opening the windows of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in the rain.
This is a picture of me opening the windows of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in the rain.

Also, the tent fabric was all completely dry, but I found quite a bit of leaking from the corner.

The corner seams are usually quite vulnerable because they're not protected by the rain, so I found a fair amount of leaking.
The corner seams are usually quite vulnerable because they’re not protected by the rain, so I found a fair amount of leaking.

The seam connecting the bathtub flooring to the green fabric was also leaking slightly, but it’s just a few drops of water.

You can see the few drops of water on the floor near my head. Also, notice that you can see water inside the seam, which is what led to the leaking.
You can see the few drops of water on the floor near my hand. Also, notice that you can see water inside the seam, which is what led to the leaking.

Third, on this wall here, the green fabric was dry, the mesh wall was also dry, but the seam of the bathtub flooring was very slightly damp.

This is a picture of me checking the back wall of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me checking the back wall of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

And fourth, the screen room got completely wet, because there’s hardly any rainfly here.

The screen room of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent is completely drenched.
The screen room of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent is completely drenched.

Also, there’s quite a big gap at the edge of the screen room (1 at each end), which let in quite a big puddle of water. It was a little bit of a pain to clean out after, honestly.

A big puddle of water on the flooring of the screen room. The gap in the screen room is at the top of the picture.
A big puddle of water on the flooring of the screen room. The gap in the screen room is at the top of the picture.

Heavy Rain Test

I wanted to also test for heavy rain, so I used this water hose on the Evanston tent.

This is a picture of me using a water hose to simulate heavy rain on the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me using a water hose to simulate heavy rain on the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

I noticed that water started seeping in through the seam between the green tent fabric and the bathtub flooring at around 30 minutes in. It’s just a few drops of water, but the seam is pretty much soaked. The fabric around the tent was still dry though.

The red arrow is pointing to the slight leakage in the tent, from the seam.
The red arrow is pointing to the slight leakage in the tent, from the seam.

If you prefer to watch a video on the Evanston Tent’s rain test, here it is:

Ventilation

I found this Evanston 6-Person Tent quite well ventilated.

Hot Day Ventilation

On a hot day without the rainfly, which is removable from the outside, the 3 windows, and especially the mesh wall is pretty big.

When the rainfly is off, this is the view you will see when lying down inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
When the rainfly is off, this is the view you will see when lying down inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

And of course, the screen room has even more ventilation with the rainfly off.

And this is the view you will get from the screen room, without the rainfly.
And this is the view you will get from the screen room, without the rainfly.

Rainy Day Ventilation

On a rainy day with the rainfly in place though, the mesh wall forms a vent, which looks like this.

This is what the single vent of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like from the inside of the tent. This is just the mesh wall at the back of the tent.
This is what the single vent of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like from the inside of the tent. This is just the mesh wall at the back of the tent.

It spans almost the entire length of the tent, which is nice. I was able to stake down the rainfly and leave this vent open in not just light rain, moderate rain, but heavy rain as well, and no water got into the tent.

This is the vent from the outside of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is the vent from the outside of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. You have to guy out the rainfly to get this vent.

I was also able to leave all my windows and door completely opened in light to moderate rain, and no water got into the tent at all.

In heavy rain though, even though the rainfly did quite a good job of protecting the window mesh from the heavy rain with these window awnings, the bottom of the mesh still got wet. The top was still fine though, so I could actually leave it slightly open.

This is the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in heavy rain. The red arrow is pointing to the slight dampness at the bottom of the window mesh.
This is the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in heavy rain. The red arrow is pointing to the slight dampness at the bottom of the window mesh.

Quality

For quality, I looked at the materials used in the construction of the Evanston tent, as well as the quality of other factors.

Flooring Material

The flooring of this Evanston 6-Person Tent is made of polyethylene, and the bathtub feature extends up to about 7 inches.

This is a tape measure measuring the height of the bathtub flooring of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a tape measure measuring the height of the bathtub flooring of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Even after 30 minutes of pouring rain, no water seeped through the flooring itself.

Heavy rain pouring over the bottom of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
Heavy rain pouring over the bottom of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Tent Body Material

The rainfly is made of 75D polyester taffeta, and looks like this:

This is the rainfly of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is the rainfly of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

The rest of the Evanston tent is made of 68D polyester:

This is the tent body fabric of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is the tent body fabric of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Both the rainfly as well as the rest of the tent body stayed completely dry after 30 minutes of pouring rain.

Seam Quality

All the seams inside the tent have not been seam taped, and only some of them are inverted, like this green tent fabric to bathtub flooring seam:

This is the bathtub flooring seam inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is the bathtub flooring seam inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

The seams protected by the screen room or rainfly were not inverted (like the window and door seams).

This is a picture of me touching the window seam inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. This seam has not been inverted.
This is a picture of me touching the window seam inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. This seam has not been inverted.

The only seams that were taped were the seams on the rainfly.

The seams of the Evanston Tent are generally good quality, double-stitched, and consistent, with maybe a few small exceptions of extra overlapping fabric, but these weren’t big issues to me, and didn’t really affect the usage of the tent.

One of the seams seemed to be made with pieces of fabric put together.
One of the seams seemed to be made with pieces of fabric put together.

Mesh Quality

The mesh is just regular mesh, not no-see-um mesh, and it’s decent quality.

This is a close up shot of the mesh inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
This is a close up shot of the mesh inside the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Zipper Quality

The zippers are also decent quality, and all of them are catch-free. I didn’t have snagging issues on the windows, and also no snagging issues on both the tent door and also the screen room door.

Here are the black zippers of the door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
Here are the black zippers of the door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.

Pole Quality

All the poles of this Evanston Tent are made of fiberglass and are color-coded for a pretty easy set up.

Portability

Packed Size

This Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent has a packed size of 26 by 15 by 12 inches, and here’s what it looks like beside a Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent and a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle for a size comparison.

From left to right: Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent, Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent, 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.
From left to right: Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent, Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent, 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.

Weight

It weighs about 19.4 lbs for everything, including all the stakes, guylines, poles, etc.

The red handle at the top of the carry bag is pretty short though, check it out:

This is what the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like when I pick it up.
This is what the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent looks like when I pick it up.

Pros and Cons

Pros

For pros, I found the base area super generous in size. The dome tent has a base area of 83.6 square feet, and the screen room has a base area of 42.3 square feet, for a total base area of a whopping 125.9 square feet.

This is a picture of me lying down in the screen room of the Evanston 6-Person Tent. There's actually space for even 2 of me!
This is a picture of me lying down in the screen room of the Evanston 6-Person Tent. There’s actually space for even 2 of me!

This is actually about 20 square feet bigger than my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, which has a base area of 103.5 square feet.

This is a picture of my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in my yard.

Another humongous advantage of this Evanston Tent is that it’s super affordable. Even though it’s bigger than some 8-person tents out there, I actually paid less for my Evanston Tent than I did for my Montana 8-Person Tent and my Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent.

I also really liked that I had quite a bit of ventilation on not just hot days, but rainy days as well, because of these window awnings. Even in heavy rain, ventilation is not too bad.

The Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent has decent rainfly awnings the protect the windows in the tent from rain.
The Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent has decent rainfly awnings the protect the windows in the tent from rain.

The rain protection is also decent. Obviously not the best, but better than I expected. I still highly recommend at least sealing the bathtub flooring seam, and also the corners (after 1-2 hours of non-stop rain) if you’re expecting many hours of heavy rain.

This is a picture of me touching the bathtub flooring seam that needs to be sealed all around the Evanston tent for better rain protection.
This is a picture of me touching the bathtub flooring seam that needs to be sealed all around the Evanston tent for better rain protection.

I also liked that I was able to stand upright at the peak height.

Cons

As for cons, I think the biggest one is that there’s hardly any rainfly protection for the screen room, so even in light rain, water gets into the screen room, not to mention in heavy rain. If you want this to be protected, you’d need to buy an extra tarp or canopy or something.

Without additional fixes/protection, this is what the screen room will look like in the rain.
Without additional fixes/protection, this is what the screen room will look like in the rain.

Also, it was annoying to have to drain the water out of the screen room after the rain. I tried to use the mesh area as drainage, but it wasn’t very good, and I just had to sweep all the water off myself. This mesh area also traps a bit of dirt and grass when trying to pack up.

This is what the mesh drainage area of the screen room looks like.
This is what the mesh drainage area of the screen room looks like.

A smaller con is that the packed size of this Evanston 6-Person Tent is as big as my Montana 8-Person Tent, and here’s what they both look like together.

Here are my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent (top) and my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent (bottom). Both are exactly the same size.
Here are my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent (top) and my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent (bottom). Both are exactly the same size.

Recommendation

But overall, I feel that the cons are pretty insignificant actually, especially compared to the advantages that you get in terms of a humongous base area and how low the price of this tent is.

I think it’s great value for money, and I would definitely recommend this tent.

Bonus: Must Read!

How does this Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent compare to other Coleman tents though? Well, don’t worry, because I’ve already done the comparison for you, in this blog post: I Tested the 14 Best Coleman Tents!

This is the thumbnail I used for my 14 Best Coleman Tents video. From left to right: Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent, Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, and Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.
This is the thumbnail I used for my 14 Best Coleman Tents video. From left to right: Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent, Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, and Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.

Or, check out the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent:

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