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Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Tent Review

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SKU: Rocky Mountain 5
Brand: Coleman

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

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.

Double doors for more weather protection

All doors featured a bug mesh, so you can keep them open for maximum ventilation and still keep the bugs out.

Bug screen mesh on all the doors

As well as a good sized front door, the Rocky Mountain 5 also has a side door.

Side door with bug mesh

 

Bedrooms

A major feature of the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 tent is its blackout bedrooms.

The bedrooms with handy mesh pockets

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.

What the blackout bedroom is like when zipped up

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.

The black-out bedroom without the divider

The black-out bedroom with the divider

 

Other Features

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.

Cable entry point for electric hook-up

The obligatory lantern hook was also present.

A lantern hook

The Rocky Mountain 5 has a good amount of ventilation, both below, above, and at the back of the tent.

Ventilation points

 

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.

Unlike some large family tents, the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 is not too big or heavy when in its bag.

Contents of tent bag

Here’s what is inside the Coleman tent bag

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.

Decent pegs, repair patch, and spare guy

Decent tent pegs, a repair patch, and spare guyline with the tent

Assembling the tent poles is the first thing you need to do when pitching this tent.

Coleman Rocky Mountain Tent Poles

The tent poles slotted together. Note the one with the red segment.

With the tent poles assembled, layout the tent on the ground.

Coleman Rocky on the ground

Layout the tent on the ground. The doors should be open.

You then slide the tent poles into the sleeves on the tent, with the red tent pole going into the sleeve marked red.

The red tent pole sleeve

Thread the red tent pole through the red sleeve

Tent poles threaded into the tent

Thread all the poles into the sleeves

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.

Securing the tent poles

Secure the ends of the tent poles to the tent

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.

Tent poles creating arches

Now your Coleman Rocky Mountain should look like this.

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 end guy line

Grab the guyline at the top end 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.

Guyline tensioner

You can adjust the length of each guy line by moving the black slider

Now, pull the end arch up of the tent, and peg out the guyline that comes from the top of the tent.

The Rocky Mountain now upright

The tent will stand up with just the end guy line holding it place

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.

Coleman Rocky Mountain with no inner tent

The large empty space without the inner tent

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.

Inner tent ready for hanging

Lay the inner tent on the floor and systematically toggle it into place

 

Using the Coleman Rocky Mountain

We took the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 to a long weekend camping in the Yorkshire Dales.

Using the Coleman Rocky Mountain in the Yorkshire Dales

Using the Coleman Rocky Mountain 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.

pitched with tarp and windbreak

The Rocky Mountain pitched with tarp and windbreak

Making breakfast with fresh eggs

Making breakfast with fresh eggs. The windbreak and tarp make a great shelter for cooking under.

 

Verdict

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.

They also use the Easy Camp Tarp and the Landmann Tripod to complete their set-up.

The Miller Family Tent

This tent set-up looks familiar 😉
Photo Credit: Tim Miller

10Expert Score
We really like the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5, it's proved to be a great tent.
Value for Money
10
Quality
10
Features
10
Family Friendly
10
PROS
  • 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.
CONS
  • None found so far.

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Bedrooms

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    Was the tarp made yourself or bought?

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