Coleman Adds Two New Models To Family Camping Line, Upgrades Two Others

Jun. 01, 2003 By ORC STAFF
  • June 2003
WICHITA, Kan.-Designed to withstand the elements and keep even the hardest-to-please campers happy, Coleman(r) tents are setting the standard in the family tent camping market. Each model is backed by a "Keeps You Dry ... Guaranteed" promise, based on Coleman's firm belief in the ability of its tents to perform in the wind and rain and its contention that consumers should expect no less.
The Coleman Company offers the guarantee, as well as a five-year warranty on workmanship, on all 15 of its Coleman tents, including two new models and two that have been upgraded. In all, Coleman's current family tent offering includes five dome tents, seven modified domes and three cabin-style models - all engineered to keep the rain out and withstand heavy winds.

New and Upgraded Coleman Tents for 2003

Introductions to Coleman's line this year are the American Heritage(tm) Weathermaster(r) Cabin and the Montana Big Sky(tm) tents. In addition, two existing tents - the Crestline(tm) and Montana(tm) models - have received significant new features and styling. The most recent introduction to Coleman's venerable Weathermaster series is the American Heritage Weathermaster Cabin Tent, featuring the retro styling, wall-to-wall useful interior space and high ceiling of a traditional cabin tent as well as several convenience and comfort features that give the tent added appeal to today's campers.
The 12-by-9-foot tent sleeps six to seven people and can be converted quickly from a one-room to a two-room dwelling by attaching the hanging divider that comes with it. It has two large D-shaped doors, two side windows, and two enormous screened panels on the ceiling for extra ventilation and a great nighttime view when the fly is not being used. When needed, the fly can be secured in just a few minutes by throwing it over the tent and attaching the S-hooks to the poles. Placed over the tent's rounded poles, the fitted fly promotes fast water runoff.

Convenient storage options include two full-length dry-line cords, two oversized interior pockets, and two large removable mesh pouches. Useful for storing toiletries or other items, these pouches can be attached to the dry line, then unhooked and carried along to the shower facilities or elsewhere as needed. Suggested retail price for the American Heritage Weathermaster Cabin Tent is $160.

The new Montana Big Sky Tent and redesigned Crestline and Montana tents are modified domes - offering increased interior headroom over standard dome tents. All three feature a new interior dry-line cord that can be hung from the five fabric loops on the ceiling. The loops can also be used for hanging other items such as battery-powered lights.

Also new on these three models is the door design, which is ergonomically shaped to make it easier to open and close with one hand, and the door's screen and fabric panels are integrated into a convenient single-zip design so that they can be opened and shut at the same time, while still allowing them to be unzipped separately when desired.

The new one-room Montana Big Sky Tent is family-sized - large enough to fit a party of six in its roomy 14-by-7-foot interior - with a high ceiling that extends 6 feet, 3 inches at the center and 5 feet, 5 inches at the sides. The large door, three windows and two mesh ceiling panels ensure plentiful ventilation and the four large pockets provide inside storage options. Suggested retail price is $136.

The redesigned Crestline Tent has one large rear window and two view-out PVC windows on the sides. The one-room, 9'10" x 7' structure has a center height of nearly five feet and features a new, fuller fly for improved protection from the rain. It sells for a suggested retail price of $78.
The upgraded Montana Tent is a one-room, five-person, 12-by-7-foot structure with a center height of 4 feet, 10 inches. It has two side windows and sells for a suggested retail price of $110.

Superior Weather Performance and Attention to Detail Set Coleman Tents Apart from Competition

Since introducing its first tents in 1965, Coleman has monitored consumer feedback and stayed abreast of new technologies and materials. In addition, the company uses scientific monitoring of simulated wind and rain, as well as long-term natural testing, to identify and eliminate potential problem areas. Armed with this information, the company frequently incorporates new features and design improvements, resulting in tents engineered to be drier and more weather-resistant than ever.
Over time, the company has developed an exclusive set of features that ensures a tent's superior performance in the wind and rain. Dubbed the WeatherTec(tm) System, it is standard on all Coleman tents and includes these elements:

- Leak-free seams - Needle holes are the most likely places on a tent to leak, so Coleman covers all of the tent's critical seams, including all rainfly seams, with heat-sealed seam tape to keep out the water. In addition, the fly extends over all doors and windows to provide further protection from rainfall.
- Protected seams - An inverted seam where the floor and wall meet dramatically increases weather resistance by hiding needle holes inside the tent, away from the elements.
- Waterproof floor - All tent floor seams are welded, making them considerably stronger, smoother and more waterproof than sewn floor seams.
- Zipper protection - Zipper cuffs are placed over critical portions of all door zippers, which have been identified through testing as potential entry points for water.
- Weather-resistant fabric - Coated nylon fabric and anti-wicking thread, webbing and zippers are designed to keep the inside of the tent dry.
- Wind-strong frame - Wind machine testing and real world observation are used to determine proper design and placement of poles, ferrules and guy-out triangles on a case-by-case basis, resulting in a strong structure for each Coleman tent.
In addition, Coleman has introduced these recent modifications as a result of its testing:
- Strengthening of the ferrules - the short metal tubes that cover the pole joints - to enable the poles to withstand greater wind speeds.
- New locations for guy-out triangles to provide added strength to the tent structure.
- Customized length, geometry and placement of pole sections for optimal performance.
- Strategic positioning of hook and loop closures and frame ties to lessen strain on these sensitive areas.

"When people use our tents, we want them to know they can count on Coleman quality," said Gail Matheus, senior product manager. "We go to great lengths to make sure all Coleman tents are able to withstand nearly anything Mother Nature has in store. The bottom line is - we want consumers to be completely satisfied."

Coleman also pays attention to all the little details that keep tent campers happy such as these user-friendly conveniences:

- Two or more inside pockets for easy storage and access to personal items.
- Separate storage bags for tent, poles and stakes.
- Weatherproof, easy-to-follow setup instructions sewn to the outside of the carry bag, making them easy to save and to locate when needed.
- Coleman Tent Owner's Manual with helpful camping information; tent care and maintenance instructions; and troubleshooting guide.
Modified Dome Tents

Available in seven different single- and multi-room designs, including the aforementioned Montana Big Sky, Montana and Crestline models, Coleman's modified domes provide an exceptionally sturdy alternative to the classic tent styles. The key feature of all the modified domes is the addition of a ridgepole to the frame construction. Engineered by Coleman and tested extensively at the company's Wichita, Kan., wind facility, the tents have proven extra worthy in strong winds. The use of a ridgepole also increases head and shoulder room at the entrance.
All of the Coleman modified dome tents feature fiberglass shock-corded poles for easy setup and mesh panels in the ceiling for plenty of ventilation. All of the modified domes - except for the Sasquatch and Three-Room Family Dome models - have tub floors for increased water resistance.

The one-room, 10-by-8-foot Outdoorsman(tm) Tent has an A-frame design that creates 6-foot-high standing room the entire length of the tent, rather than just in the middle as in traditional dome tents. A unique feature of the Outdoorsman Tent is its pole structure - all four upright poles and one ridgepole are shock-corded together for a completely integrated pole system that makes setup extremely fast and easy without sacrificing structural stability. Campers need only straighten the pole segments, set the frame, attach the tent at the corners and secure the tent to the frame with clips. Throw on the fly, and the tent is ready.

Campers will enjoy the excellent ventilation provided by the Outdoorsman Tent's large "U"- style door, big back window and large mesh roof panels. The Outdoorsman Tent sleeps four people and retails for $110.

The Galileo(tm) Tent, which sleeps five in its spacious 14-by-10-foot interior, has a 6-foot-high center height and a removable hanging divider that separates the tent into two rooms. Each room has its own window and large "D"-shaped door, plus large mesh roof panels. The Galileo Tent retails for a suggested $160.

The unique geometric shape of the two-room Sasquatch(tm) Tent gives it visual appeal and provides a useful gear storage area for each room. The main part of the tent is a rectangle, with triangular protrusions on opposite corners creating the two storage areas. The generously proportioned Sasquatch Tent has a 7-foot ceiling height and sleeps eight in its 17-by-12-foot interior. It retails for $230.

The Three-Room Family Dome Tent has a large primary room and two separate smaller rooms, perfect for sleeping or stowing all the camping gear. Two entry doors, two side windows and two mesh ceiling vents provide easy access and plenty of ventilation options. Despite its multiple rooms and large 13-by-13-foot size, this tent is simple to set up, thanks to shock-corded, color-coded poles. It has a 6-foot center height and sleeps six to eight. Suggested retail price is $170.

Weathermaster Tents
Coleman's popular Weathermaster series features a unique curved roof design that funnels water off the tent, rugged steel-pole frames that help the large tents withstand gusty winds and an upright profile for optimum headroom. In addition to the new American Heritage Weathermaster Cabin, the series includes the three-room Weathermaster Tent with large awning and the Screened Weathermaster Tent, which features two rooms plus a screen room.

"The Weathermaster tent line revolutionized the style of cabin tents, which were typically awkward to set up," Matheus said. "We took the best features of the cabin tent, like the sturdy steel poles and upright walls, combined them with the dome tent's curvilinear shape and easy assembly, and applied those advantages to the Weathermaster line." Each Weathermaster tent also has these standard features:

- Durable powder-coated steel frame for strength and shock-corded, color-coded poles for easy setup.
- Poles are adjustable to three different heights to accommodate uneven ground, and are held securely in place by "squeeze pins" that are attached to the tent body and fit snugly into the bottom of the poles.
- Fitted fly for extra protection from the elements.
- Heavy-duty polyethylene carry bag and pole bag.

The three-room Weathermaster tent is 17 by 9 feet, has a 6-foot, 4-inch center ceiling height and sleeps six to eight people. Two zippered room dividers create additional privacy or storage space. Four windows keep the interior bright and airy. The attached awning provides additional shade when extended, or it can be tied down to cover the door if the weather turns foul. Suggested retail price is $200.

The 17-by-9-foot Weathermaster with Screen Room tent features a floorless screen room as a great space to enjoy a relaxing, bug-free evening of dinner, games and conversation. Both the screen room and the inner tent have their own outside entrances as well as a door separating the two. The inner tent, which sleeps four to six people, is sized 11 by 9 feet and has a center height of 6 feet, 4 inches. For extra privacy, the hanging divider can be used to separate the inner tent into two rooms, each of which has its own window. The rainfly provides coverage for the entire tent and screen room structure. Suggested retail price is $150.

Sundome Tents
The popular and reliable Sundome tents are classics in the Coleman tent line. These traditional square and rectangular-shaped dome tents are widely appreciated for their simple setup and sturdy design. Sundome tents are easy to set up because of the efficient two-pole construction. All Sundome tents can be set up with or without stakes. A standard feature of the Sundome line is the tub floor, which wraps partially up the outer wall for increased water resistance. Other features standard in the Sundome tent models are three mesh roof vents for optimum ventilation, oversized dual layer "D"-shaped doors, a large rear window, fiberglass shock-corded poles, and three-quarter length rainflies. The largest Sundome tent - the two-room 12-by-10-foot model - is bright and airy with four windows.

Five Sundome styles are widely available at regional mass retailers and sporting goods stores. Sizes and prices are as follows: 7-by-7-foot one-room dome with 4-foot, 4-inch center ceiling height ($60); 9-by-7-foot one-room dome with 4-foot, 5-inch ceiling ($70); 10-by-8-foot one-room dome with 5-foot, 10-inch ceiling ($100); 10-by-10-foot one-room dome with 6-foot ceiling ($120); and 12-by-10-foot two-room dome with 6-foot ceiling ($150).

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