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Pros: Spacious, tall, great ventilation, lots of pockets, free standing, removable divider.
Cons: No vestibule, design is not good in wind, small tent stakes, pole joints get stuck in sleeves.
Best Uses: Camping, car camping, family camping.
The Copper Canyon 8 was tied in second place with the Kelty Parthenon 8 for best in comfort and scored very highly in our overall testing. We loved this tent's box shape that made it super comfortable. It unfortunately doesn't have a vestibule for its rain fly but that's compensated for with its huge floor space. This well-made tent is a favorite of ours but just wasn't comfy enough for an award.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This Tent has a great box shape to it, allowing you to be able to stand throughout the tent. It also allows you and your fellow tent-goers to circulate without bumping into each other. This tent has similar windows to the Coleman Instant Tent 6, which allows the tent to breathe on hot days. This is more comfortable than the Coleman because its roof is mesh and it stands up better without being staked down.
This is basically a single wall tent like the Coleman Instant Tent 6 but it has a rain fly that covers the completely mesh roof. This allows it to breathe wonderfully. This tent does not do so well in heavy winds due to its design, but will be able to handle a little rain and a little wind if need be.
This tent is the only tent we tested that ripped, and this is due to the poles getting stuck repeatedly when we were setting it up. This isn't a reason not to get this tent, the material it's made of is just as strong as the other tents' material. The material ripped when caught in a tent pole, so be gentle when sliding the poles through and be sure not to push them through too fast.
The pole bag also started to rip at the bottom, which isn't the end of the world but is something to note.
This tent is equipped with an electrical port zipper on the side so you can bring your electronics inside the tent with you. It also has a big divider that goes through the middle of the tent, as well as two doors.
Ease of Setup
It took two of our testers about 15 minutes to set up this tent the first time. It was a little confusing at first but once we understood the concept it made a lot more sense. It took us 10 minutes to take it down and put it away.
If you are looking for a tent that's easy to set up then check out our Best Buy award winning Coleman Instant Tent 6
This tent packs down pretty well; it isn't too big and still leaves enough room in the car for the rest of your camping essentials.
— Devin Chance
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Most recent review: September 19, 2012
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