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Coleman Weathermaster 8XL Air Tent

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SKU: Weathermaster 8XL Tent
Brand: Coleman

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.

Looking at the tent from the side

Looking at the tent from the side you can see how the windows sweep down. Notice the ventilation above the windows.

 

If you are planning on a family camping holiday, this fantastic tent has some great features. Here are some of the things I liked.

Coleman Weathermaster 8XL Tent Info

Lie-Flat Groundsheet

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.

Groundsheet at entrance is flat and accessible

The groundsheet folds flat so it doesn’t become a tripping hazard at the entrance. It’s shown here with an additional mat to stop people tripping. At the campsite, you can peg this down. Coleman include special flat-head tent pegs for this. See the pitching video below.

Porch Area

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.

Looking inside the tent

As you look into the tent, notice the wet-dry porch area at the front of the tent. A great place for leaving muddy boots and wet coats, and also a good place to store chairs overnight or if it rains.

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.

Attaching the floating bedroom

The fourth bedroom in the tent can be removed, or attached on either the left or right side of the Weathermaster 8XL tent.

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.

BlackOut Bedrooms

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.

Bedrooms in the Weathermaster 8XL tent

The bedrooms are dark and XXL in size.

 

The Floating Bedroom

Even the floating bedroom has BlackOut technology.

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.

The large rear vent on the Coleman Weathermaster 8XL

The Weathermaster 8XL has a huge vent at the back of the tent to help keep condensation away from the bedrooms.

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.

Condensation drain below the window

The Coleman Weathermaster 8XL has this hidden condensation drain below the windows.

Easy Blinds

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 🙂

Rolled up blind in the Coleman Weathermaster 8XL tent

The blinds simply roll up and stuff into a pocket. No toggling required. Simply zip up to close.

Want something smaller?

Do you like this tent but want something smaller? Coleman also makes the Weathermaster 6XL Air and the Weathermaster 4XL Air.

Camping and Caravanning Club Membership Included
At the time of writing, when you buy a Coleman Weathermaster Air or Vadles Deluxe Air, you can get free membership to the Camping and Caravanning Club, providing savings on lots of campsites.

Find out about Coleman’s free Camping & Caravanning Club Membership


For more details on this tent’s specifications, visit the Coleman website.

8.8Expert Score
The Coleman Weathermaster 8XL is a large inflatable family tent that's ideal for those family camping holidays.
Family Friendly
9
Features
9
Quality
8.5
Value for Money
8.5
PROS
  • 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.
CONS
  • 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.

Specification: Coleman Weathermaster 8XL Air Tent

Tent Details
Sleeps
Bedrooms
Frame Type
Hydrostatic Head 4500
Recommended Tent Use
Specification
Year Introduced 2020
Pack Size 78 x 58 x 63 cm
Dimensions
Weight 44.4 kg
Dimensions 750 × 450 × 215 cm

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