The Coleman Weathermaster 8XL is a large inflatable family tent that’s ideal for those family camping holidays.
New for 2020 is the Coleman Weathermaster 8XL Air tent.
We first got a good look at this tent at the Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show at the NEC.
If you are planning on a family camping holiday, this fantastic tent has some great features. Here are some of the things I liked.
This is simply the ability for the groundsheet to lay flat on the ground at the tent entrance. Some tents have this feature, but not all do. After you’ve been used to tents with this, walking around in tents that still have a lip at the door is a very annoying trip hazard. It’s nice to see this lie-flat groundsheet on the Weathermaster range.
The Weathermaster has a wet-dry zone porch area at the front of the tent. This is something we’ve always found extremely useful for family camping.
Good Size and Lots of Bedrooms
Space is something you need on family camping holidays, and although this version of the Weathermaster is a bit big for just a single night weekend camping, it comes into its own for longer stays.
Although you might not have a family of 8, the size means you can all have plenty of space on holiday, when you’ll have more clothes and things with you.
There are three bedrooms in the back. It’s worth noting that these are Coleman’s XXL bedrooms, and so are larger than regular tent bedrooms. There’s also the additional fourth bedroom. This is the ‘floating bedroom’ that you can put either on the left or right side of the tent. Or, if you don’t need the extra bedroom, remove it and have even more living space.
And if you want to remove even more bedrooms, the smaller one on the right at the back of the tent can be separated and taken out.
All of the bedrooms use Coleman’s BlackOut technology, helping ensure a better night’s sleep.
While these can be a bit ‘marmite’, either you love it or hate it, a quick poll we ran on Facebook showed that most people like them, and those with the Coleman BlackOut bedrooms, love them.
Ventilation and Condensation Relief
One thing that can sometimes be a problem in a tent is condensation. Often people mistakenly think their tent is leaking when it’s just the condensation building up on the inside of the tent material.
To avoid this, good ventilation is the key.
As well as vents above the windows, the Coleman Weathermaster 8XL has a huge vent across the back of the tent by the bedrooms. You can access this vent from inside the bedroom.
Another neat feature is a small condensation drain placed below the windows. Any condensation on the windows should drain way. It’s so subtle, you wouldn’t notice it if you didn’t know it was there.
It will be interesting to see how this works in practice.
And talking of windows, the blinds are much easier to use.
Many tents have blinds on the windows, which you tie back with toggles in the day time.
But let’s be honest, tieing those toggles can be a bit of a hassle.
The Weathermaster has a neat pocket below the window so you can just roll up the blind and stuff it into the pocket. No toggling required 🙂
Want something smaller?
For more details on this tent’s specifications, visit the Coleman website.
- Lots of space for family camping holidays.
- No messing with large tent poles as this tent is inflatable.
- Four dark bedrooms with the option to remove them if you don't need them.
- Built-in wet-dry porch area.
- Additional side-door entrance.
- Good ventilation.
- Comes with a large case with wheels.
- Good features like window drain, lie-flat groundsheet, and easy blinds and curtains.
- Unless you have a family of eight, this tent is probably a bit large for just a single-night weekend camp. However, its ideal for longer stays where the extra space will be worth it. Check out the 4 and 6 person models if you want a smaller version.
- Being a large tent with lots of features, the Coleman Weathermaster 8XL is at the upper end of the Coleman tents price range.
Price Guide: Coleman Weathermaster 8XL Air Tent
Specification: Coleman Weathermaster 8XL Air Tent
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