The Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent comes in several configurations to sleep six or 10 people. Prices vary depending upon model but are generally in the $200 to $300 range. The WeatherMaster is reported as durable and comfortable, but it's most appropriate for recreational camping in fair weather when the focus is on comfort. It's not a tent for severe conditions.
Leaks. Most families are not going to be battling intense weather with their multiple room tent. However, those who found themselves stuck in a rainstorm report the Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent leaks at the fly seams. The leaks are minor but a nightlong storm could make for a very uncomfortable experience. Campers highly suggest purchasing an additional waterproof tarp to hang overhead. Of course, there are a few outliers who claim to have withstood thunderstorms without a single leak.
Otherwise, WeatherMaster owners are satisfied with the performance. One camper says his securely staked tent withstood winds of 50 miles per hour, although his door hinge pole broke in the process as it was facing the wind. Experts and users do not recommend this tent for poor weather camping.
The WeatherMaster features a screened porch and two sleeping rooms with one access door. The entire roof is mesh -- except where the poles cross -- for better high-low ventilation.
Realistic spacing. Family campers love the space the Coleman WeatherMaster affords, whether it's the six-person or 10-person version. Referring to the six-person model, one such fan on Campmor.com states, "I love the size, it fits our family well (five kids-two dogs)." Adults enjoy the tall ceiling height (6 feet, 10 inches), especially since it does not slope dramatically in the side rooms.
The hinged door makes access easy and convenient, especially for children. The lighting system (which is available on the Elite version along with self-rolling windows) is controlled by a wall switch and lasts from approximately 26 to 81 hours depending on mode, according to Coleman. The different light settings and interior divider were a hit with parents who wanted to stay awake without waking their children. The back door on the 10-person model means both sides of the tent have their own access when the divider is down.
The windows roll themselves when opened, and as a bonus the fly is hooded to allow campers to keep the windows open in the rain. Some campers found this feature did not work well and think a larger fly could resolve the issue.
Setup is easy but lengthy, as can be expected from such a large tent. Users highly suggest a second pair of hands. Customers find everything comes well packed, and color-coded.
Here for the battle, not the war. According to user reviews the WeatherMaster is not suited for repeated use in inclement weather. We could only find a handful of long-term reviews, all of which say it leaks -- mainly around the windows -- until a second tarp is added. It comes with a limited, one-year warranty.
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 105 customers who have used the Coleman WeatherMaster 6-person tent give it an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Users are split on the tent's waterproof ability but agree on its great value and roominess.
Review: Coleman WeatherMaster Screened 6 Tent, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Good Camping retailer Campmor.com contains about 38 customer reviews for the Coleman WeatherMaster and Elite WeatherMaster six- and 10-person configurations. Reviews are mostly positive and average 4 stars out of 5.
Review: Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent, Contributors to Campmor.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Good Online retailer Meijer.com allows space for users to post their own reviews. The 10-person WeatherMaster receives nearly 30 such reviews. The contributing campers rate the tent well, giving it 4.4 stars out of 5.
Review: Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Tent, Contributors to Meijer.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Good Forum member "Jailer" shares his experience with the 10-person WeatherMaster in a detailed review. He had issues with leaky seals but concludes, "Once I reseal the seams this tent will serve my family well for many years."
Review: Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent Review (Sorry, No Pics), "Jailer", August 2012
Review Credibility: Good Former About.com camping guide David Sweet offers some insight into the pros and cons of the Coleman WeatherMaster. The review is brief and there is no indication he tested the tent himself. He concludes the tent is a good choice for families and believes it should last a long time.
Review: Coleman WeatherMaster 3-Room Tent, David Sweet, Not Dated