At the start of the year we agreed that we wanted to camp more this Summer. We have fond memories of camping together ever since we met, and introduced M to camping just after he turned 2. This Summer were were sent the Coleman Cortes Octagon 8 tent (RRP £330) and have definitely found our favourite tent we’ve camped in.
The Coleman Cortes Octagon 8 tent went with us on Beaver camp, Camp Bestival and has been a play tent in the garden during the mini heatwave (the one day of Summer weather we had back in May). It’s seen sunshine, rain storms and even stood up in gale force winds. But the best thing about the Coleman Cortes Octagon 8 is that it can be put up in no time at all with the help of a 5 year old!
Our tent was certainly the talk of the field at Beaver camp due to the way it stood out from all the standard shaped tents (unless the name didn’t give you a clue, it’s shaped like an Octagon) and was very popular at Camp Bestival, with us being camped near 4 different families with the same tent.
The Coleman Octagon comes in a handy wheeled bag that weighs just over 20kg. It’s a little on the heavy side but is manageable due to the wheels, it even coped on muddy hills at Camp Bestival. The tent once unpacked has very few pieces to put together. The tent poles are all colour coded and once installed create one large open spaced dome that can be used on it’s own as a bug proof play room in the garden in Summer. If you’re camping you just put the flysheet over the top of the dome and pop the poles in the patented hinged door. The tent comes with two doors for access and a partition you can use if you want to divide the space within the tent. Six of the sides have zips which allow you to fold back each section giving you a 360 degree view of the countryside.
The hinged door is genius and was easy for M to use, this is certainly a feature we would want on all our tents. The tent stayed warm at night and was nice and cool during the day, as we were able to open the sides to let air circulate. When the winds started howling at Camp Bestival there was now bowing or flapping and the guy ropes stayed strong.
There was plenty of space inside the tent for the three of us as the tent is designed for 8. But with 3 were were able to set up a nice seating area whilst having space for suitcases and a changing area.
If you’re looking for a tent that’s easy to pitch, keeps you comfortable, dry and offers plenty of space then I would highly recommend the Coleman Cortes Octagon 8 Tent
We were sent this tent for the purposes of review.