5 Tents with Hinged Doors Reviewed: Easy Access Guaranteed

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A camping trip is only as good as the tent you enjoy it from. The wrong selection could see your sides sagging, and your night-time toilet forays becoming more like a fight to the death. That’s why it’s always worth considering offerings which aim to make your life easier, such as hinged door tents.

As you can guess from the title, these are tents with at least two poles along the door perimeter. They stop those notorious sagging sides, ensuring your tent remains spacious and in shape your whole trip long. Most importantly, they make toilet trips easier by ensuring you can open your door in seconds.

Of course, not all tents with hinged doors are created equal. That’s why we’re going to take a look at five options which could (or could not) bring the calm you need on your next camping trip.

 

1. Coleman Yarborough Pass 6 Tent

 

Sleeps 4 comfortably
Center height 5.8ft
Base size 12 x 7 ft
Shelter material Polyguard fabric
Setup Time 8 minutes
Price Reasonable

 

Let’s kick things off with the Coleman Yarborough Pass 6 dome tent. This supposedly fast pitch product comes complete with a WeatherTec system, angled windows, and an Eport for easy electrical use. These all sound like amazing benefits, but does the Coleman Yarborough Pass 6 live up to its hype?

Fast setup?

If Coleman’s claims are anything to go by, this tent is an impressive 45% faster to set up than their standard offerings. That may well be, but if it is, we don’t hold out much hope for their other offerings. Honestly; setup on this tent is fine. Still, despite a Fast Pitch system with pre-attached, color-coded poles, it isn’t noticeably faster than most other tents. In large part, this isn’t helped by the fact that the instructions provided are, quite honestly, a bit useless.

Even once the tent is all ready to go, the door design on this tent isn’t fantastic, with the joins struggling to meet and the zip set-up confusing. Given that this is a hinged door tent, that’s a pretty significant problem.

Snug as a bug in a rug

Coleman has certainly ensured that you won’t get wet thanks to their WeatherTec system, complete with welded floors and inverted seams. Angled windows also ensure you can air out on even the rainiest camping mornings and still keep dry.

As for space, this tent offers a roomy vibe, but the jury’s out on whether the 6-person claims apply. This would be a spacious option for two or even a family of four, but you might want to leave it at that.

Pros

  • Fantastic waterproofing
  • Setup is easy if you know how
  • Compact storage for easy transport

Cons

  • Poor setup instructions
  • Would struggle to fit 6 as advertised
  • Some issues with awkward door zip design

Product verdict

The Coleman Yarborough Pass 6 Tent does have a lot to offer, especially if you’re planning to camp in the rainforest. That said, fantastic rain proofing does mean that you may encounter ventilation problems in hotter weather.

This tent is certainly spacious even though the advertised six people may be a stretch. Still, this is a pretty affordable 4-person tent for those looking into family camping. Is this the best tent in the world? Probably not, but it isn’t too bad a bet when you pair it with an affordable price point.

Coleman Yarborough Pass 6 Tent
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2. CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent

 

Sleeps 9
Center height 6ft
Base size 16ft x 9ft
Shelter material Durable 68D Polyester
Setup time 5 minutes
Price Incredibly reasonable

 

Next, we’ve got the CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent. This offering comes complete with H2O block fabric and taped seams, as well as adjustable ventilation. Campers can also enjoy a secure and waterproof electrical port and a comfortable 6ft center height.

How much space can one tent hold?

The best thing about this tent is the space it offers. CORE wasn’t lying when they claimed this tent sleeps nine. Inside, there’s ample space for an amazing three mattresses and still room to spare. The sheer height of the tent also adds to that spacious feel, making this a pretty sure bet for group camping sessions.

Set up is pretty easy considering size, especially if you have some prior knowledge. That said, you may want to set aside a little extra time for taking this tent down. Struggling to fit their used tent back into storage is the last thing any camper wants, but that is a slight gripe here thanks to the tiny storage bag which comes as standard.

Who said anything about waterproof?

One downside worth mentioning is the poor waterproofing. Despite the H20 block fabric, leaks are especially prevalent from the sides. Preparation with these waterproofing tips would help. For the most part, this is due to the rainfly, which has an annoying habit of, well… flying away. Sunny days won’t be a problem, but maybe check the forecast before heading off.

Niggles aside, the price on this one is nothing to sniff at. It’s less than $150 for this nine-person tent which, for the most part, offers fantastic quality to boot. Even if you had to keep it for sunny trips, you can bag yourself a bargain with this one.

Pros

  • Ample room for sleeping and standing
  • Fantastic price point
  • Straightforward setup

Cons

  • Some waterproofing issues
  • Poor tent stakes
  • Small storage bag

Product overview

The CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent is a pretty impressive offering all around. Even large groups can fit comfortably in this one. Setup is as straightforward as you could hope and is easy enough for one person. And, of course, then there’s a fantastic price point to mention.

That said, it is worth noting that the waterproofing issues may well mean that this one’s off the cards for anything but camping trips with guaranteed sunshine. You may be able to survive a little drizzle without major issues, but a downpour could soon bring this tent’s capabilities down a little.

 

3. Coleman Elite Sundome 6 Person Tent

Sleeps 4 people (comfortably)
Center height 6 ft
Base size 12 x 10 ft
Shelter material Polyguard fabric
Setup time 10 minutes
Price Expensive

 

Next, we have another offering by Coleman with the Elite Sundome 6 Person tent. The CPX™ 6 LED lights and CPX™ 6-powered energy pack are the most notable features of this tent and are sure to appeal to any camper who wants to stay connected. Presumably because of these additions, this is one of the most expensive offerings on our list despite being one of the smallest. But, is it worth the price?

The benefits of a tent with lights

The benefits of a tent with lighting are plain to see. Fumbling with the flashlight isn’t exactly one of those fun camping experiences, and the quality CPX™ 6 LED lights can make it a thing of your past. If you fancy nights in reading or playing games with the kids, then, this tent has something of a wow-factor. That said, setup with lights already in place can be a little problematic, as messing around with the wires too much could do some damage to this primary feature.

Potentially problematic poles

Poles are also a problem. An integral aspect of any tent, the poles in the Elite Sundome have an irritating habit of breaking after two or three uses. The good news is that this tent does come with a 1-year warranty, so this might not set you back much if you go camping often. That said, outside of that warranty, Coleman has something of a problematic policy. Rather than offering replacement poles, they provide repair kits or give 25% off a future purchase. Neither of which is much help for the tent has already cost well over $150…

Waterproofing is another potential problem area with this tent despite the same WeatherTec systems and inverted seams which are so efficient in Coleman’s Yarborough Pass tent. Major leaks shouldn’t be a problem, but some spraying is evident during rainfall, and belongings can get a little damp in the process.

Pros

  • Inbuilt lighting system
  • CPX™ 6-powered energy pack
  • Insta-Clip pole attachments

Cons

  • Tent poles prone to break (no replacements offered)
  • Prone to leaking
  • High price point

Product overview

While the inbuilt lighting and charger do account for the high price point on this tent, performance is slightly disappointing for that amount. Lighting is, undeniably, a fantastic feature, but it’s the only real unique bonus with this tent.

As with our other Coleman offering, six people would struggle to fit, especially due to an unnecessary split which takes up space. Breaking poles are also a real problem. Sadly, Coleman offers no replacements, making this an expense which may not even last many trips.

 

4. Tenaya Lake Lighted Fast Pitch Cabin Tent

 

Sleeps Easily 6, with 8 at a push
Center height 6 ft. 8 in
Base size 13 x 9 feet
Shelter material Polyguard fabric
Setup time 9 minutes
Price Reasonable

 

While we’re on the subject of Coleman lighted tents, it seems apt to mention the Tenaya Lake Lighted Fast Pitch Cabin Tent. And guess what; we got along with this one a whole lot better. Benefits include a built-in LED lighting system complete with a dimming switch and two power options. The four storage pockets are also a significant selling point, providing even more room in this spacious cabin design.

Set-up which does what it says on the tin

Coleman makes the crazy claim that this will be 55% faster to put up. Thanks to their classic color-coded pole design and instructions which actually do the job, that’s a much more accurate representation than made with their Yarborough Pass tent. While it might not be exactly 55% faster to set up, this should be ready to go in no more than 8-9 minutes. Do note, though, that there are still missing instructions regarding specific poles, so again, prior knowledge is useful.

The lights in this tent, too, offer a better experience all around with a dimmer switch, two power options, and a run time of either 14 or 200 hours. Most importantly, despite the addition of lights, this tent is at a far more reasonable price point than the Elite Sundome.

What about that waterproofing?

Sadly, Coleman may have addressed many issues with this release, but waterproofing doesn’t seem to be one of them. This tent has the same WeatherTec system, which, in this case, claims guaranteed dryness. Yet, small leaks seem to come in from some of the seams during heavy downpours. That said, the windows and rainfly do their jobs pretty well, meaning that you won’t get totally drenched.

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Inbuilt lights with easy controls
  • Handy storage compartments

Cons

  • Some issues with waterproofing
  • May struggle to fit 8 as advertised

Product overview

All around, this tent is a good option. The spacious design with inbuilt storage makes for ideal camping during a family summer trip. The lighting is also a fantastic feature and doesn’t boost price to the high levels of some similar tent offerings. That said, the waterproof seams still leave a lot to be desired, so it may again be better to steer clear if you’re expecting rain, that, or treat prior with seam sealer which is an easy enough job.

 

5. CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

Sleeps 5-7
Center height 6.5ft
Base size 14’ X 9’
Shelter material 68D Polyester
Setup time 60 seconds
Price Pretty steep

 

Last up we have the CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent. One of the largest offerings on our list, this also has the most substantial price point at over $200. For that price, campers can enjoy features like an instant setup, H20 Block Technology combined with water repellent fabrics, and an advanced venting system. But, does this tent really deserve your dollars?

Instant setup

As you can expect from a tent which boasts of an ‘instant setup,’ getting this tent ready is pretty darn easy. As the only instant tent on our list, that’s a definite plus point for campers who don’t have much set up know-how and want an easy life. The pre-attached poles mean that there’s no need to fumble around or work out what goes where. It’ll all be there for you and ready to go. One person could undoubtedly manage it with ease.

Size-wise this isn’t a bad bet, though it is worth noting that the nine-person estimate doesn’t take luggage into account. Nine people may fit if you all travel light, then, but a comfortable trip would probably involve no more than five to seven people.

Expensive canvas with a tendency to rip

It is worth noting that the material on this tent, especially around the window seams, seems particularly prone to ripping, especially during repeat trips. As such, care should be taken around windows and also when taking the tent down. While rips can be avoided with extra precaution, then, it’s not unreasonable to expect a tent of this price range to include slightly better quality materials.

Temperature control, too, could be a problem with this offering. In part due to the large size, sleeping bags and extra layers are necessary to keep cool as the tent itself offers little in the way of insulation.

Pros

  • Instant setup
  • Reasonable size

Cons

  • High price point
  • Tendency to rip
  • Lack of temperature control

Product overview

This tent has definite plus points, especially in the form of its instant setup, but considering its price, it’s a pretty disappointing option. Setup aside, there are few special features which can justify the cost, and even size isn’t necessarily a strong point, with the recommended nine people only applying if you bring nothing else with you.

Material quality is also a problem, with the sheer size weight of this tent (inbuilt tubes included) seeming simply too much for the 68D Polyester. That wouldn’t be a problem with a $100 tent, perhaps, but it’s definitely an issue when you’re paying double that.

 

And the winning tent is…

Drum rolls please because it’s not time to announce our winner. The results have been counted and verified, and we can now reveal that the best tent with hinged doors is…

The Tenaya Lake Lighted Fast Pitch Cabin Tent

That’s right; we couldn’t resist those inbuilt lights and handy storage compartments. If you’re embarking on a luggage-heavy trip, it doesn’t get better than this for keeping everything clean and manageable during your stay. The lights, too, ensure that you can spend camping evenings inside when the rain starts to fall. In short; this tent has a whole lot going for it at a frankly fantastic price. In fact, this tent is cheaper than other offerings on this list that don’t have half the unique benefits which can be found here.

Our runner up is definitely the CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent, which has space capabilities akin to the tardis, and another fantastic value price point. Sadly, the lack of lights and waterproofing issues just about made up our minds for us in the end. Well done Tenaya Lake tent; your place is truly deserved.

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