We test out the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 and are very impressed with what we see.
Coleman sent us over their Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 family tent for us to test and review, and we’ve been quite impressed with this family tent.
Let’s have a look at some of its features.
Doors are an important aspect of a tent. You need them good enough to keep the elements out when the weather is wet but provide good airflow when the weather is warm.
We found that the Rocky Mountain 5 had some well-designed doors.
The doors were doubled up to provide additional weather protection.
All doors featured a bug mesh, so you can keep them open for maximum ventilation and still keep the bugs out.
As well as a good sized front door, the Rocky Mountain 5 also has a side door.
A major feature of the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 tent is its blackout bedrooms.
These are really black, and might not be to everyone’s taste, but they certainly do help block out the light. However, it’s not completely pitch black, as a little bit of light comes in through the ventilation panels.
The bedrooms in the Rocky Mountain 5 have a clip-in divider that separates the space into a 3+2 arrangement. However, when we went camping with the tent, we took the divider out, which gave us a little more space.
There are lots of other features too. Here are a few of them.
If you use electric hook-up there’s a cable entry point.
I would have preferred to see this on the side opposite the door, as that is most likely where you would have a table with the power supply on. Having it here could block the use of the door. However, it’s nice to see that this feature is included on the tent.
The obligatory lantern hook was also present.
The Rocky Mountain 5 has a good amount of ventilation, both below, above, and at the back of the tent.
Pitching the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5
Like all good campers, we tested pitching the Coleman Rocky Mountain in our garden rather than waiting for any surprises it might give us at the campsite 😉
This is a really straightforward tent to pitch.
For years, many tents came with very thin cheap tent pegs. It was good to see that Coleman has provided much thicker tent pegs, as well as spare guyline and a tent repair patch.
Assembling the tent poles is the first thing you need to do when pitching this tent.
With the tent poles assembled, layout the tent on the ground.
You then slide the tent poles into the sleeves on the tent, with the red tent pole going into the sleeve marked red.
With the tent poles in their sleeves, secure each pole by inserting the ‘spike’ at the bottom of the tent. Do this just on the one side first.
Go around to the tent poles on the other side of the tent and secure those. Now to do this, you might need to slide the pole in its sleeve to make sure its length is equal both side and nothing is snagging, as it get can a little stiff as the tent poles start to bend.
Finally, it’s time to get the tent up. This is quite straightforward, but you’ll want to get your guylines ready, especially the ones at the top of both the front and back of the tent.
The guy lines on your new tent will need adjusting. See the picture below for the correct loop you put your tent peg through.
Now, pull the end arch up of the tent, and peg out the guyline that comes from the top of the tent.
Pull the sides of the tent out, and the back of the tent back so that the tent is fully stretched. Peg out the top line at the back of the tent soon.
Now zip up the doors and peg out the sides and remaining guylines. It’s important that you have the doors zipped up for this as if you have them open it is easy to peg out the tent too stretched for the doors to zip up properly.
Putting up the Inner Tent on the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5
When you get your tent the inner tent won’t be connected. This is easy to do and for the most part, you can keep this attached to your tent so you won’t need to do this again. The only time I would take out the inner tent is if the tent was damp, and so storing the inner tents in a separate bag would be one less thing to dry out when you get home.
The inner tent is easy to pitch and simply toggles into place.
Lay it out on the floor of your tent, and then systematically work up through the toggles.
Using the Coleman Rocky Mountain
We took the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 to a long weekend camping in the Yorkshire Dales.
We had rain, wind, and sun, and the Rocky Mountain performed really well.
To make cooking easier, we put at tarp over the front of the tent and used our Coleman windbreak to create a shelter.
We really liked the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 tent.
It’s the sort of tent that’s not too big and bulky that’s quick and easy to pitch for a weekend camp, and if you have a small family, it could still give you enough space for much longer stays.
It doesn’t have an extension but if you use a tarp and windbreak you can create yourself a lot more outdoor living space.
Also check out the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Plus, which has a slightly different front to the tent.
This tent gets the thumbs up from us.
The Miller Family Tent
The Miller family bought the Rocky Mountain 5 tent. For them, the black out bedrooms are a big selling point as it helps their kids settle down while it is still light.
When researching the tents, Tim found that the Rocky Mountain 5 Plus has narrower bedrooms.
- A great tent perfect for long weekend camping and really good value for money with quite a few features normally found on more expensive tents. Easy to pitch too.
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