The Coleman Mackenzie 6L is at the top of Coleman’s family tent range. Providing plenty of space for Mum, Dad, and the kids with lots of good design making it an ideal family tent.
This is the new Coleman Mackenzie Cabin 6L family tent.
The Coleman Mackenzie Cabin replaces the popular Coleman Fremont as their top of the range tent.
The Mackenzie Cabin 6L is a 6 berth tent, shown above with the optional zip-on front porch extension.
Construction and Design
It comes with steel poles and a guy-line stabilising system, so it should stay rigid in a strong breeze.
Another good design feature is the side entrance (the interior of the porch is shown in the picture on the left). This provides a good storm entrance if the weather is bad, providing a great place to leave wet clothes and wellies without getting the inside of your tent wet. It’s also useful for additional storage, and as it has an interior door too, it would make a good place for your own in-tent [product_category_link product_category_id=”156″ text=”toilet”].
You might have noticed that the roof of the tent is darker than the sides. This is to help screen out any early morning light in the summer, helping you sleep better.
Notice how the bedroom dividing wall can be unzipped. This is great if you have young children as it makes it easy to tend to them in the night without having to exit your sleeping area (and you can even stay in your warm sleeping bag!).
The venting at the top of the sleeping compartment should also keep condensation down, preventing that damp feeling that can happen in some tents.
Missing Extra Bedroom The layout of the Mackenzie Cabin 6L has two bedrooms side by side, however, the model I reviewed also had an optional 3rd bedroom (which is also the layout shown on Coleman’s website). This useful additional bedroom doesn’t appear to be available with the version currently for sale, which we think is a shame.
Update: I spoke with Coleman and can confirm that the Cabin 6L does indeed have three bedrooms, but where confusion has come, is that the larger MacKenzie Cabin 6XL only has two bedrooms.
I’m not sure why they didn’t put an extra bedroom in the larger tent, and the Coleman representative said that they have had a number of enquiries on the subject. Their advice is that if you want the larger XL but need an extra sleeping pod, then put a child’s pop-up tent inside.
Having seen the larger Cabin 6XL, I can confirm it’s big enough to take a small pop-up tent without loosing much living area.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, Coleman themselves had made a mistake and put the 6XL layout on their 6L product page. This same mistake has been sent out to tent retailers, so I suspect there will be confusion around the 6L for a few weeks. I have notified Coleman of this, so hopefully there will be a correct layout image soon. In the meantime I’ve scanned the correct 6L layout from the Coleman Catalogue, and will update with a better image once it becomes available.
Update 2: Coleman have corrected the mistake and the correct layout is now on their website and shown below.
Coleman Mackenzie Cabin 6L Extras
You can get a front extension for the Cabin 6L (This also fits the Mackenzie Cabin 4), which will almost double the living area, and is great for additional storage (bikes, table and chairs, etc), and worth considering if you plan to take the Mackenzie Cabin for family camping holidays.
There is also a carpet available. This is something we recommend as it will make the tent a lot warmer and more comfortable.
Whilst not as thick as carpets at home, the quality was OK for a tent carpet and coordinated well with the tent.