Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent Review (Bought & Tested!)

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Rating and Summary

I found the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent to be great value for money. It’s really quite inexpensive, and I got lots of features, complete with a front porch and hinged D-door.

However, I wouldn’t recommend using this tent under prolonged heavy rains. The rainfly doesn’t cover enough of the tent, and ventilation in heavy rain is also limited.

This is a picture of me standing next to my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me standing next to my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent in my yard.
4.5
Ease of Use
8.5
Spaciousness
7.7
Comfort & Features
5.8
Ventilation
7
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
6
Portability
Overall Score 6.8 / 10
Pros: Inexpensive, front porch, hinged door, decent livable space
Cons: Only 1 door, not great against heavy rain, ventilation can be improved

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Product Details

Here’s what we’ll discuss here:

  • Unboxing
  • In the Box
  • Specifications

Unboxing

I bought my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent from Amazon, and here’s what the cardboard packaging from Amazon looked like:

This is the outer cardboard packaging of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is the outer cardboard packaging of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

And here’s a picture of my brother taking the tent out of the cardboard packaging:

This is a picture of my brother taking the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent out of the cardboard box.
This is a picture of my brother taking the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent out of the cardboard box.

In the Box

After unboxing the Montana, I got the following items:

  • The tent body;
  • The rainfly;
  • 21 stakes in a carry case; and
  • 7 fiberglass poles for the entire tent.

Specifications

Here’s all the data (including my personal measurements) that I gathered on this Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent:

  • Peak height: 74 inches
  • Length: 15 feet 4 inches
  • Width: 6 feet 9 inches
  • Base Area: 103.5 square feet
  • Porch dimensions: 103 by 32 inches
  • Floor material: Polyethylene
  • Bathtub flooring: Yes, ~7 inches
  • Tent body material: 68D Polyester
  • Rainfly material: 68D Polyester
  • Poles material: Fiberglass
  • Number of poles: 7
  • Mesh: Regular
  • Packed size: 26 by 15 by 12 inches
  • Weight: 23.4 lbs
  • Number of guylines: 9
  • Number of stakes: 21
  • Number of doors: 1
  • Hinged door: Yes
  • Number of windows: 3
  • Number of vents: 0
  • Number of pockets: 2
  • Number of lantern loops: 1
  • E-port: Yes, 1
  • Black-out: No

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

  • Set up timing (2 people): 11 minutes
  • Set up timing (1 person): 22 minutes
  • Take down timing (2 people): 7.5 minutes
  • Take down timing (1 person): 14.5 minutes
  • Number of single sleeping pads: 8
  • Number of queen-sized mattresses: 3

Testing and Performance

I put my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent through these 7 tests:

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

Set Up

Before I provide you with the set up instructions, here’s what all 7 fiberglass poles of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent look like:

This is a picture of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent body, and all 7 poles. From top to bottom: The tent body, 2 black fiberglass poles for the hinged door, 2 gray fiberglass poles for extending the tent body, 1 black fiberglass pole for the rainfly, and 2 black fiberglass poles for the main tent body.
This is a picture of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent body, and all 7 poles. From top to bottom: The tent body, 2 black fiberglass poles for the hinged door, 2 gray fiberglass poles for extending the tent body, 1 black fiberglass pole for the rainfly, and 2 black fiberglass poles for the main tent body.

Set Up Instructions

To set up this Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, first insert the 2 longest black fiberglass poles into the 2 green pole sleeves at the center of the tent. This will form an X shape, which looks like this:

Here are 2 of the fiberglass poles of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent (after having been inserted into the pole sleeves); these are propping up the main tent body.
Here are 2 of the fiberglass poles of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent (after having been inserted into the pole sleeves); these are propping up the main tent body.

Then, insert the ends of the black fiberglass poles into one of these pins at the bottom of the tent.

This is a picture of me inserting the ends of the black fiberglass poles into one of the pins at the bottom of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me inserting the ends of the black fiberglass poles into one of the pins at the bottom of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

After you’re done inserting all the ends into the respective pins, the poles and tent should be propped up, like this:

Here's what the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent will look like when the 2 main black fiberglass poles have been propped up and inserted into the pins.
Here’s what the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent will look like when the 2 main black fiberglass poles have been propped up and inserted into the pins.

Then, go ahead and attach the pole clips to the black poles.

Next, grab the 2 gray colored poles. These are for the sides of the tent, both the left and right.

This is a picture of me setting up the gray pole to the right of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me setting up the gray pole to the right of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

To do so, insert them through these green pole sleeves:

The gray poles of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent are to be inserted into these green pole sleeves at the sides of the tent.
The gray poles of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent are to be inserted into these green pole sleeves at the sides of the tent.

Secure each end of each gray pole into the pins at the bottom of the tent as well.

This is a picture of me inserting the end of a gray pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent into the pin at the bottom of the tent. Notice that the black pole is behind the gray pole.
This is a picture of me inserting the end of a gray pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent into the pin at the bottom of the tent. Notice that the black pole is behind the gray pole.
This is a picture of me setting up the gray pole to the left of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. I'm trying to insert the end of the pole through the pin at the bottom of the tent.
This is a picture of me setting up the gray pole to the left of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. I’m trying to insert the end of the pole through the pin at the bottom of the tent. The right side has already been set up.

To fix up the hinged D-door, grab the 2 thinnest and shortest fiberglass poles. The shortest pole is for the straight side of the door, like so:

This is a picture of the shortest black fiberglass pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent being inserted into the straight part of the hinged D-door.
This is a picture of the shortest black fiberglass pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent being inserted into the straight part of the hinged D-door.

The slightly longer black fiberglass pole is for the curved side of the door, like so:

This is a picture of my brother curving one of the hinged D-door fiberglass poles into place, to secure the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of my brother curving one of the hinged D-door fiberglass poles into place, to secure the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

For this pole, push it through the sleeve, curve it, secure both ends to the rubber gaskets, then zip the pole sleeve up.

Now, grab the last fiberglass pole, which is black in color with a red ring, and insert it into the red-tipped pole sleeve of the rainfly. Secure the pole with 4 of these Velcro attachments.

The last black fiberglass pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is black with a red ring, and the pole sleeve in the rainfly is similarly color-coded red.
The last black fiberglass pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is black with a red ring, and the pole sleeve in the rainfly is similarly color-coded red.

Then, put the rainfly up. The front of the rainfly is green, and the rest of it is white.

This is a picture of the rainfly being draped over the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, with the green portion at the front and the white portion at the back.
This is a picture of the rainfly being draped over the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, with the green portion at the front and the white portion at the back.

At the back of the tent, secure the S-hooks of the rainfly to the rings at the bottom of the tent.

This is a picture of my brother securing the S-hooks of the rainfly to the tent body, at the back of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of my brother securing the S-hooks of the rainfly to the tent body, at the back of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

There are 2 S-hooks for each ring, and here’s what it looks like when secured:

The S-hooks of the rainfly of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent are attached with an elastic strap.
The S-hooks of the rainfly of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent are attached with an elastic strap.

At the front of the tent, bend the fiberglass pole, like so:

The rainfly pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is to be bent into this semi-circle shape.
The rainfly pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is to be bent into this semi-circle shape.

After that, secure each end of this rainfly pole into the last pin at the bottom of the tent. Also, hook the 2 s-hooks to each ring.

This is the rainfly pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent secured to the pin at the bottom of the tent. (Notice the red band?) Also, notice the 2 S-hooks (upper left corner) that have not yet been attached, but are supposed to be hooked to the ring as well.
This is the rainfly pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent secured to the pin at the bottom of the tent. (Notice the red band?) Also, notice the 2 S-hooks (upper left corner) that have not yet been attached, but are supposed to be hooked to the ring as well.

Then, stake out the extended edges of the rainfly for your front porch, like so.

This is a picture of my brother and I securing the extended edges of the rainfly to form the front porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of my brother and I securing the extended edges of the rainfly to form the front porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

There are also Velcro attachments along each pole to better align the rainfly, if you want to use them.

Now, pull the rainfly over the edge of the window, and then guy it out. Do so for both sides of the Montana tent.

This is a picture of my brother guying out the sides of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of my brother guying out the sides of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

There are another 3 guylines at the back of the tent, and another 4 at the front of the tent, so 9 guylines in total. Use another 8 stakes to stake out the tent body (4 at the front, and 4 at the back).

Set Up Timing

It took my bro and I about 11 minutes to set up the entire Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, including staking and guying out the entire tent. When I put the tent up on my own, it took me about 22 minutes, so about double the time.

Take Down

Taking down the Montana 8-Person Tent is just the reverse of the set-up, and packing it up wasn’t super difficult, but I had to rip out this strip at the bottom of the bag to get everything back in.

This is a picture of me ripping the strip off the bottom of the Coleman Montana Tent's carry bag to expand it.
This is a picture of me ripping the strip off the bottom of the Coleman Montana Tent’s carry bag to expand it.

It took my bro and I about 7 and a half minutes for the entire take down and pack up. On my own, it took me about 14 and a half minutes.

For more details on the set up, take down and pack up, I have this separate video on my channel.

Height

The peak height in this Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is about 74 inches, and I can stand upright here.

This is a picture of me standing under the peak height (74 inches) of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, and I can easily touch the top of the tent by extending my arm out.
This is a picture of me standing under the peak height (74 inches) of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, and I can easily touch the top of the tent by extending my arm out.

But this peak height is actually only at the center of the tent. When I take a few steps away towards the sides of the Montana tent, notice that my head touches the mesh at the top of the tent.

This is where my head touches the mesh at the top of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is where my head touches the mesh at the top of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

This is because the mesh sort of droops downwards a bit, and the height where my head touches the mesh is only about 61 inches (pictured above). I’m about 5’3”, by the way.

Also, there’s this small triangular area at the sides of the tent, which doesn’t have much livable space, and the height before this small area is just 44 inches.

The 2 sides of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent slope down quite a bit, forming this small triangular area.
The 2 sides of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent slope down quite a bit, forming this small triangular area.

Base Area

The length of this Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is about 15 feet and 4 inches (smaller than marketed length of 16 feet), while the width is about 6 feet and 9 inches (smaller than marketed width of 7 feet).

Mattress Sizing

Single Pads

This Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent fits 8 regular sleeping pads, and here’s what it looks like.

This is what 8 pads looks like inside the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. From top to bottom: Klymit Uninsulated Double V, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Insulated Double V, Big Agnes sleeping bag, and the last pad was under my feet when I was snapping this picture.
This is what 8 pads looks like inside the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. From top to bottom: Klymit Uninsulated Double V, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Insulated Double V, Big Agnes sleeping bag, and the last pad was under my feet when I was snapping this picture.

To really fit 8 people in this tent, you do have to sleep shoulder to shoulder, and there’s no space left for camping gear inside the tent.

Queen Beds

Instead of 8 pads, you can fit 3 queen-sized camping mattresses, and here’s what the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like with these 3 mattresses.

This is what 3 almost queen-sized mattresses look like inside the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. From top to bottom: Sierra Designs Couple Camping Mattress, Lightspeed Outdoors Double Mattress, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Airbed Queen.
This is what 3 almost queen-sized mattresses look like inside the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. From top to bottom: Sierra Designs Couple Camping Mattress, Lightspeed Outdoors Double Mattress, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Airbed Queen.

Notice that there also won’t be much room leftover for gear.

Also, if you have to sleep at the corners of the tent, you might feel a little claustrophobic. This is because the corners of the tent slope off quite a bit, and my head touches the wall of the tent when I sit up. It can feel quite tight at the sides.

This is what sleeping at the very sides of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like. Even when I was barely lifting my leg, it would brush across the tent fabric.
This is what sleeping at the very sides of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like. Even when I was barely lifting my leg, it would brush across the tent fabric.

Front Porch

This Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent has a nice little porch area, which measures about 103 inches in length, and about 32 inches in width.

This is what the front porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.
This is what the front porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.

It provides quite a bit of shading from the hot sun, so you can put gear here as well. I liked that it kept my flip flops cool instead of superheating it.

This is the shading provided by the front porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent against the hot sun.
This is the shading provided by the front porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent against the hot sun.

Windows

Remember the 2 gray poles that were put up? That’s actually for the 2 windows of this Montana 8-Person Tent, 1 on each width of the tent.

This is what one of the two side windows of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.
This is what one of the two side windows of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.

Each of these windows measures about 51 by 15 inches, has 2 white zippers, and a latch to hold the fabric when the window is open.

This is what the window zippers of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.
This is what the window zippers of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.

When the windows are open, there’s a bug net to prevent larger bugs from getting in. (This is not fine no-see-um mesh.)

There’s also another 1 window at the front of the tent, which is actually part of the door. This window has the same features, but it’s a little smaller in size (about 27 by 24 inches).

This is what the window at the front of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like when open.
This is what the window at the front of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like when open.

So, altogether, 3 windows in this tent.

Door

Door Zippers

This Montana 8-Person Tent has only 1 door on the front length of the tent, which comes with 2 black zippers. I use these zippers to zip the door up at night before sleeping.

This is what the door zippers of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.
This is what the door zippers of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.

Hinged Feature

During the day, however, I absolutely love using the awesome hinged D-door feature.

This is a picture of me opening up the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me opening up the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

Coleman provides 2 fiberglass poles to insert into the door pole sleeves to form the hinged feature. Complete with a handle outside and inside the tent, it’s really like a regular door.

This is a close up of the handle of the hinged D-door feature.
This is a close up of the handle of the hinged D-door feature.

Note: I think the 6-Person Montana Tent doesn’t have this same hinged feature.

To keep the hinged door open, you can push it behind this black fiberglass pole here:

This is a picture of the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent being kept open.
This is a picture of the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent being kept open.

If you find that your hinged door doesn’t close properly, it could be because there’s too much tension, and I recommend undoing one of the pole clips connected to the black poles. It works fine after that.

Notice that the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is slightly ajar, because of the tension from the pole clips. I'm actually about to undo one of the pole clips to ease the tension.
Notice that the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is slightly ajar, because of the tension from the pole clips. I’m actually about to undo one of the pole clips to ease the tension.

Door Dimensions

This hinged door is about 46 inches in length, about 27 inches in width, and 58 inches from the floor to the top of the door. 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 hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Notice that the door opens outwards.
This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Notice that the door opens outwards.

Storage

For storage, there are only 2 pockets inside this Montana 8-Person tent, each measuring about 10 by 7 inches.

This is a picture of one of the storage pockets inside the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of one of the storage pockets inside the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

There’s also 1 loop at the top of the center of the tent, where you can hang a lantern for lighting at night. Other than that, there are no other loops for room dividers or gear lofts.

Also, there’s 1 e-port at the bottom of the tent with a zippered closure.

This is what the e-port of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like. This picture is taken from the outside of the tent.
This is what the e-port of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like. This picture is taken from the outside of the tent.

Rain Test

Light Rain

I put the Montana 8-Person Tent through 15 minutes of light rain, which looked like this:

This is a picture of my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent in light rain.
This is a picture of my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent in light rain.

After this light rain test, here are my findings. First, the sunshade over the porch area managed to protect my flip flops from getting wet.

Second, not much water dripped onto the mesh windows, so you can probably leave them open in light rain.

Notice that the window mesh of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is still completely dry in the light rain.
Notice that the window mesh of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is still completely dry in the light rain.

Third, and most importantly, all the seams and fabric were dry from the inside after the rain stopped 15 minutes later.

Conclusion? The Montana 8-Person Tent is great against light rain.

Heavy Rain

To test for heavy rain, I had to use a water hose, and I also used a stopwatch to time how long I conducted this heavy rain test for.

This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

I concentrated the rainfall on this spot at the left width of the tent.

Water droplets beading up and flowing down the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
Water droplets beading up and flowing down the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

At about 20 minutes of heavy rain, I stopped the rain test because I found that a little bit of water had started leaking into the tent. (I think it probably started leaking at about 15 minutes in.)

Notice the small puddles of water on the flooring of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. The seam where my finger is was leaking water into the tent.
Notice the small puddles of water on the flooring of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. The seam where my finger is was leaking water into the tent.

The main leak was through the above seam connecting the tent body to the bathtub flooring. This seam was not covered by the rainfly, so it was the most vulnerable.

This is what the bathtub flooring seam looks like from the outside of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. It doesn't have rainfly coverage at all.
This is what the bathtub flooring seam looks like from the outside of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. It doesn’t have rainfly coverage at all.

I also found that the green fabric at the bottom of the tent was damp after 15 minutes of heavy rain as well.

This is a picture of me touching the green (damp) fabric of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me touching the green (damp) fabric of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

Actually, even the rainfly is very slightly damp. It doesn’t look damp, but you can see a few droplets of water on this pole, which is underneath the rainfly. It’s not super damp, but it is slightly damp.

Notice the small droplets of water on the pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, which is under the rainfly.
Notice the small droplets of water on the pole of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, which is under the rainfly.

Also, you’d have to zip the windows up, because quite a bit of water will get in through the window in heavy rain.

The side windows of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent were pretty soaked from the heavy rain.
The side windows of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent were pretty soaked from the heavy rain.

Under the sunshade at the front of the tent, I found that the door mesh panel was slightly wet at the bottom.

The front door's window is also pretty soaked towards the bottom, because the porch doesn't provide a lot of rain protection.
The front door’s window is also pretty soaked towards the bottom, because the porch doesn’t provide a lot of rain protection.

Also, my flip flops were getting wet, especially when there’s wind blowing the rain into the porch.

I created a video on this rain test, if you’d like to watch it. (It’s much better visually than just looking at pictures, I promise.)

Ventilation

Hot Day Ventilation

For hot day ventilation, this Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent has a lot of mesh on the roof of the tent. The rainfly is removable from the outside, and you can stargaze when it’s not raining.

This is what the ceiling mesh panels of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent look like with the rainfly taken off.
This is what the ceiling mesh panels of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent look like with the rainfly taken off.

Apart from the ceiling mesh though, the 3 windows inside the tent aren’t very big, and there are no vents in this Montana Tent.

It would be great if Coleman made the existing 3 windows bigger, and also put another window on this wall here (below) for more ventilation on hot days.

This is what the back wall of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like from the inside of the tent.
This is what the back wall of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like from the inside of the tent.

Right now, the back wall is just made of fabric, with no mesh at all. This definitely limits ventilation inside the tent.

Rainy Day Ventilation

When there’s heavy rain, you do have to close most of the windows, which really limits rainy day ventilation as well.

Quality

To test for quality, I looked at a few factors, such as the:

  1. Flooring
  2. Tent body
  3. Rainfly
  4. Seams
  5. Stitching
  6. Mesh
  7. Zippers
  8. Poles

Flooring

The flooring of this Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is made of polyethylene, and the bathtub feature extends up to about 7 inches, which is useful when there’s light flooding.

This is a picture of me using a tape measure to measure the height of the bathtub flooring inside the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me using a tape measure to measure the height of the bathtub flooring inside the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

After 20 minutes of heavy rain, no water seeped through the bathtub flooring itself, and kept the tent dry.

Tent Body

The main tent body is made of polyester, I think it’s 68D Polyester like most other Coleman tents, and the rainfly as well.

This is a picture of me touching the tent body of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. The fabric isn't super thick, you can actually sort of make out my fingers behind the fabric.
This is a picture of me touching the tent body of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. The fabric isn’t super thick, you can actually sort of make out my fingers behind the fabric.

After 20 minutes of heavy rain, I noticed that the lower part of the tent body (the green portion) was slightly damp, and the rainfly was starting to let a little bit of water through as well.

Seams and Stitching

All the seams in this Montana 8-Person Tent are inverted and not taped.

This is a picture of me touching one of the seams from the inside of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Notice that the seam is inverted and has not been seam taped.
This is a picture of me touching one of the seams from the inside of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Notice that the seam is inverted and has not been seam taped.

The double stitching was consistent and pretty good quality, with only the occasional loose thread and excess mesh.

Mesh

Speaking of mesh, I found quite a bit of this inconsistent mesh around the ceiling of this tent. The holes of the mesh are too big to be no-see-um, so it’s just regular mesh.

The ceiling mesh of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent was a little unsatisfactory; check out these inconsistent mesh patches throughout the entire tent.
The ceiling mesh of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent was a little unsatisfactory; check out these inconsistent mesh patches throughout the entire tent.

Zippers

The zippers are decent quality, with no leaking issues, and all of them are catch-free.

Poles

All 7 poles of this Montana 8-Person Tent are made of fiberglass, which is not the sturdiest, and I did struggle a bit to put the 2 longest black poles up on my own. It collapsed on me a couple times before I got the hang of it.

Portability

Packed Size

This Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent has a packed size of 26 by 15 by 12 inches. For a size comparison, here’s what it looks like beside a Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent, as well as a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.

From left to right: Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent, 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.
From left to right: Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent, Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent, 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.

Ease of Carry

The strap here isn’t long enough to be slung over my shoulder.

The red strap at the top of the carry bag of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent isn't very practical at all. I couldn't even sling it across my shoulder.
The red strap at the top of the carry bag of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent isn’t very practical at all. I couldn’t even sling it across my shoulder.

Weight

The Montana 8-Person Tent weighs about 23.4 lbs for everything (including all stakes, guylines, etc.)

Pros and Cons

Pros

For pros, I found this Montana 8-Person Tent very reasonably priced, for the number of features that you get.

My favorite feature has got to be the hinged D-door feature, which makes going in and out of the tent super easy. Not many Coleman tents actually have this feature.

This is a picture of me pushing the hinged door outward from the inside of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me pushing the hinged door outward from the inside of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

I also really liked the porch area on hot summer days, most Coleman tents don’t have this feature as well.

This is a close up shot of the top of the porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a close up shot of the top of the porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

The 4 fiberglass poles around the Montana tent keeps the tent body up as much as possible for a decent amount of livable space inside the tent.

Cons

As for cons, I was surprised that there was only 1 door in this 8-person tent. I expected at least 2 doors for an 8-person tent. There are also only 2 small pockets for the entire tent, so not enough storage options.

This Montana 8-Person Tent is also not great against heavy rain. It lasts at most 15-20 minutes before water starts leaking in through the seam connecting the green fabric to the bathtub flooring.

I highly recommend using waterproofing spray at least on the rainfly as well as the green fabric at the bottom of the tent, and also seam sealant for the bathtub flooring seam.

The seam that I'm touching in this picture is that one that absolutely needs to be sealed if you're expecting heavy rains.
The seam that I’m touching in this picture is that one that absolutely needs to be sealed if you’re expecting heavy rains.

There’s minimal ventilation when it’s raining heavily, because all the windows do have to be closed.

I also found it a bit difficult to put this tent up on my own, and I really struggled with these 2 black fiberglass poles. It’s pretty easy with 2 people though.

Recommendation

Overall, I think this Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent offers superb value for money. It’s pretty feature-rich for the price that you pay, and the quality of the entire tent is pretty good as well. It’s not a top of the line kind of tent, but I definitely got more than what I paid for.

If you’re looking for an 8-person family camping tent on a budget, this Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is a great pick for sure.

Bonus: Must Read!

How does this Coleman Montana 8-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.

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