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Coleman Sundome 2 Review

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Bertie
Written by Bertie

The Coleman Sundome 2 flies off the shelves each summer. It's a popular and enduring design. But that doesn't necessarily mean you should buy it. This review looks at the pros and the cons and explains in what circumstances it might be a good fit for you. (And we list a couple of alternatives).

TLDR; Summary

What We Like

  • Fair price
  • Easy and quick setup
  • Good ventilation
  • Freestanding
  • Enough headroom for tall people
  • Equipped with a lantern loop, electric port and storage pockets

What We Don’t Like

  • No vestibules
  • Not entirely weather-proof
  • Not enough storage space for two people
  • Not suitable for use outside of summer
  • Heavy compared to other 2P tents

Bottom Line

As mentioned in my other article about the Coleman Sundome range, the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent is an excellent option for casual summer camping, backyard tenting, few-day festivals and kids' scouting trips.

It’s extremely well ventilation (possibly too much), has enough space for 1 person + their gear and is perfectly serviceable as a fair-weather tent. Just don’t get it if you want to go backpacking or want to camp during fall, winter or spring.

Where to Buy the Coleman Sundome 2

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Coleman Sundome 2 - Offers up around 35sq feet of space and weighs c. 7lbs. A great starter tent for summer camping!

Overview

In our Coleman Sundome 2 person tent review, we've listed some of its advantages and shortcomings. 

First of all, it doesn't fit two adults along with their gear. So, it should be either two travelers with few pieces of equipment or one traveler with a lot of gear.

Secondly, the tent is friendly for tall people. We've seen reports where 6'2" folks could easily fit in the tent with no problem.

Also, although the tent is water-resistant, it can't withstand heavy showers and might leak after a few times of use in wet weather.

Overall, although the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent might not be the best choice for pro campers or through-hikers, it works well for beginners and those who need minimal conditions of shelter.

Product Specifications

The Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent is a three-season dome-style packaging tent that’s 7x5 feet and has a height of 4 feet, providing a 48-inch maximum headspace at the center.

It also weighs 3.26 kilograms and comes with 8.5 mm fiberglass poles, with an included flysheet made of polyester taffeta 75-denier fabric.

The tent has two windows that provide airflow, plus a single D-shaped door that adds an extra window and screen. It also features a floor vent in the back of the tent, near the rear.

It's equipped with an O-shaped ring at the top of the tent, and there are also storage pockets and gear lofts inside. 

This 2-person tent contains an electrical access port but lacks any vestibule space.

Features & Benefits

Interior Size

Although the tent is big enough for two adults, it doesn't offer much space for mass storage, which means if you and your partner are going to bring piles of stuff, the tent will be a bit crowded.

But, with its two hanging pockets, the Coleman Sundome will not only fit your food, clothes and gear, but also provide enough legroom to walk in, and out.

Plus, the tent has enough space for a queen-sized airbed, but it isn't tall enough to fit a two-layered mattress. Therefore, if you're planning to buy the tent, go for a single-layer mattress or sleeping pad.

Ultimately, if you’re not comfortable with this tent’s size, take a look at the Coleman Sundome 3-person model.

Frame Strength

The tent is tested for its resistance to both heavy and light rain, and it's stable enough in harsh weather.

To aid with this, it has a sturdy frame that withstands over 35 mph winds, plus a durable flysheet that covers the roof, door and side windows to keep you dry on rainy days.

Also, the tent’s backward seams and fused corners are specially designed to prevent water from getting in. However, some customers have reported that the tent leaks at the little zipper in the corner.

"No other leaks except the zipper," says a pleased reviewer who’d spent four days of heavy rain in this tent, adding, "it passed my extreme weather test… and I consider it a great tent for the money."

Material Quality

When buying a Coleman Sundome tent, you don't need to worry about the quality. The brand produces extremely durable tents that can last for nearly 10 years if properly maintained.

In particular, the inner layer of the Coleman Sundome is made of a 75-denier polyester mesh, and its rain fly is polyester taffeta fabric—a highly durable, water-resistant material.

Also, the zippers are durable and won't wear quickly, while the fiberglass poles are also high quality. They can keep the tent firm in tough weather and will last for years. 

Thanks to the heavy-duty tarp material—polyethylene—of the floor, you won't experience any leakage issues from beneath, making the tent even more durable.

Finally, this Coleman Sundome has a one-year limited warranty, starting from the date of the original retail purchase.

Ventilation and Light

With its two-sided zipped windows, the tent seems to offer excellent ventilation for most customers.

You can unzip the windows to let both light and fresh air in, keep bad smells out, and at the same time, enjoy the beautiful view in front of you. You can also zip up the windows to block winds and storms, or, have some privacy.

What's more, the tent comes with an extra vent near the bottom that enhances airflow and circulates the air when the windows are closed.

Weight

Before investing in a tent, you should first consider how heavy it is and how far you're going to take it. So, weight is quite an essential matter.

A little heavier than other models, this tent isn’t a favorable option for long trekking. It has a total weight of 3.26 kilograms and is best for those who camp in places with car access.

But, for solo backpackers or those who want to walk several miles away from their car, this tent might be a little cumbersome to carry.

However, the manufacturer has come up with a smart solution for its heaviness—offering individual bags for each component. For this, there’s separate packaging for the poles, fabric and stakes. So, if you're traveling with a friend or a partner, you can split the load, so you don't feel any pressure while carrying them.

Set-Up Convenience 

If you're looking for an easy-to-set-up tent, the 2-person Coleman Sundome might be your best choice because you can install it in less than 10 minutes!

It also has a very simple instruction notebook that makes the setup process even easier. So, even if you're traveling alone, you can set it up with no problem. All you need is to take it out of the bag and follow the guidelines. 

Taking the tent down is just as easy. You just have to fold it three times—twice into half, and once into thirds—and then you're good to go.

Seasons 

Although the product description introduces the tent as a tent for three seasons, our Coleman Sundome 2 person tent review concludes that it's best for camping in warm weather.

Despite the tent's high resistance to rainy, snowy and breezy weather, it probably won't keep you warm during the winter or even in the fall. If you're going to camp in cold climates, the Sundome 2-Person Tent isn't your safest bet.

Scenarios Where the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent Shines

Music Festivals

According to customer feedback, someone who bought the tent for a Bluegrass Festival was particularly pleased with what he got. He said he would "definitely give five stars for this little gem!"

He’d decided to go camping for the first time in over 30 years when he bought the tent, and still, he was pleased by the comfort.

Although there was no rain in his first venture, he approves the waterproof feature after five years of use in a review update. He’s also used the tent nine times since the date of purchase, and—except for the first festival —it rained each time he took the tent camping.

He said the tent remained completely dry on those trips but had a tiny bit of leakage on the last one. Therefore, he suggests using waterproofing spray before setting up the tent.

As for the storage, he says, "It was just me, my guitar and a duffel bag in the tent." So, it provided enough space for him, but if they were two people, they’d have to put the gear outside the tent.

Backyard Camping

One particular happy customer bought the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent as a Christmas gift for his son.

The boy was just 11 years old, and he put the tent together all by himself. He brought his dog and some playing stuff, and camped in the backyard almost every day—and even nights!

According to the customer, the tent turned out to be both bug-proof and waterproof, making it an excellent option for backyard or car camping.

Scouts

A reviewer bought two of these Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tents—one for his 10-year-old son and the other for his 13-year-old son—and gave it top marks for its easy setup, enough storage and compact size.

The boys used the tent when they joined the Boy Scouts, and they were able to set up with zero assistance. And, according to the buyer's Coleman Sundome 2 person tent review, there was enough space for an adult, two kids, plus other equipment. 

He also added that the tent rolled up really small so that they could easily carry it in a backpack or on a motorcycle. 

Alternatives to the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent

Although the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent is an excellent choice for many novice campers, if you're looking for an alternative in the same price range, you should consider these options: 

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1

With its freestanding design, easy-attach poles and weather-protection features, the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 is a great alternative.

Although it might cost you a few more dollars, it's about 1 kilogram lighter than the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent, comes with a big vestibule and is a little wider.

Kelty Grand Mesa 2

If you don't mind the price and are looking for a durable, light, two-sleeper tent, the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 is definitely worth your attention.

About the author

Bertie

Bertie

I’m Bertie and I’ve been enjoying the wilderness for as long as I can remember. I get out camping, hiking and backpacking whenever I can. And when I can’t, I enjoy writing about outdoor-related stuff!

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