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Coleman Highline II 4 Person Tent Review

I purchased this tent a few months ago as a general purpose camping tent and it has done a great job so far. The tent sleeps 4, which really means it's the perfect size for one person, a cot, and some gear. I mean sure you could fit 4 people in there but hopefully you know them very well. That's just how tents go. I camp with this tent all the time because of the size. It's perfect for just me and some gear or Anna and I whenever she decides to leave the comforts of home and bare the elements with me.

Setup

This tent is very easy to setup. It's your typical dome tent and becomes free standing once the two main poles are setup. Unlike the Ozark Trail tent I recently reviewed, this tent uses fabric tunnels to hold the tent poles, and one clamp on each of the four sides. Not ideal but typical. I'm getting spoiled by the clamp on design of the Ozark Trail tent. I'd reccommend pushing through both poles on the ground and attaching one pole completely while it's on the ground (8th photo from the left), and then stand it up and secure the second pole onto its foot pins.

The tent has one large window with its own zipper for letting in air and still keeping out bugs.

Issues

I don't really have many issues with this tent. A few small items could be better. If you look at the second photo above you'll notive there is no tiedown for the rainfly on the back. I like keeping the rainfly off the tent as much as possible, I can't really do that on the back. Not a big deal though. Also, the short pole for the rainfly overhang had too much of an arc on it and eventually broke under the pressure. You can see how much of a curve the pole is forced into on the second to last photo. The metal connectors on the pole should have 45 degree bends in them. Not sure why they were made straight.

The tent poles are open ended. This can trap dirt making them difficult to attach to the base (7th photo from the left). Most tents are like that but again, I'm getting spoiled by that Ozark Trail tent.

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Comments:

KEN WESTFALL wrote:

No expert but have been camping for 50 years and owned about 15 tents. The leak was due to the ground cloth sticking out around the sides .This tent does not require a ground cloth unless maybe you are camping on rough ground with rocks or roots which is rare. Any time a ground cloth is used then it MUST be tucked a few inches under the tent on all sides. The rain has hit the ground cloth and gone under the tent and up thru the floor. With no ground cloth or one not sticking out on the sides, the ground under the tent should be dry even after a lot of rain. Rain water will not get under your tent unless the area floods of course. Set the tent up in the backyard when storms are coming. Do not use a ground cloth. You should find that it did not leak thru the floor unless it comes in from the seams and then that means the seams and zippers need to be sealed. Always seam seal a tent before you use it. Todays tents do not need the walls and ceilings sprayed with sealant and some warrenties will be voided if this is done.

Ken wrote:

Sadly our tent developed a leak shortly after writing this review. The last three times I used the tent in the rain we woke up with a puddle of water on the floor. I couldn't find any tears, holes, or any other reason for the large amount of water in one certain area of the floor. I'm guessing there is some small defect in the floor which I can't see.

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