Worst product ive ever wasted my money on.
Thought being Coleman it would be a quality product.WRONG! Used for a total of about 4 weeks and it literally fell apart. Cheap ,cheap chinese junk. Last Coleman product I will ever buy.
We liked it so much we bought two for our Car Club
We have now purchased 3 Coleman Event 14 Deluxe, first time setting up took around 30 mins following their instructions, after that I can now do it on my own in around 10 to 15 minutes, and dismantle it just as quick, love how compact it is when packed away, and when set up so much more shade that other square type gazebos and yes we still have two of these too, we liked it so much we convinced our local car club to buy a couple of them, last event we have 40 people under the two, was terrific, many great comments from the members, even cooler than the other square type Gazebos too. For the $269.00 we paid they are cheap enough, after a couple of years of use if ours finally breaks, we would buy another.
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I wish we had read these 'bad' reviews before 'investing' in what turned out to be a completely dud product.
We initially only saw the 'glowing' reviews and unfortunately were duped to spending $$$$$ (RRP is over $400 for the Event 14 Deluxe!).
We were led to believe this was going to be a superior gazebo that would last. Especially with their trademarked "Steel Windstrong™" shockproof frame. We had a similar issue as others have mentioned. In our case an unexpected rush of wind in otherwise normal weather conditions managed to pull the ...gazebo out of its pegs (we were using the pegs provided with the product on both the foot pads and guy ropes). The structure still managed to take off like a parachute (wind opening shade material should have stopped this) and tumbled on its side, with the poles becoming damaged. Windstrong? Shockproof? Hardly. A number of pole sections snapped, others became twisted, and a few others were jammed. Not very shockproof or windproof at all. Only after its third use in only 9 months. The worse part has been dealing with Coleman's warranty department, having the audacity to accuse us of "swinging off the poles" to cause such damage. Really Coleman?? Is this what you think of your once-loyal customers?
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Excellent Product, Easy to use.
Contrary to some reviews, we have used ours several times, we have found this product to be excellent.
My wife can assemble and dismantle in around 15 minutes.
BUT do yourself a favour, read the instructions. It is most important secure the feet correctly, which is very easy with tapes supplied. This ensures the feet will not spread out and rip the cover or joints. Easy !!
Excellent Product, Easy to use.
Event 14 deluxe
I have the deluxe and cant fault it, it has survived big winds, raging storms and even hail. This is not a cheap instant fold out gazebo you must take your time to set it up correctly, or as others have mentioned it will flap around and tear itself apart.
Never had a problem
We have had 2 event 14s. I don't expect them to last forever. When I say "had" I mean still have but the first one was used so many times, for so long that the fabric had stretched too much to be usable in all conditions - no tears, just stretch. I've had them up in some fairly strong winds and no problems WHEN PROPERLY SECURED. This thing really is a tension structure - you need the frame located correctly as others have said, and the guys secured, the pull down straps in each corner done up etc. for it to be robust.
Only criticism I have is ...
Similar to other bad reviews
Only used our one 4 times for a few days each time, the cover has gone very brittle in the sun and it has ripped in several places. Very unhappy about it as it was expensive.
Dont waste your hard earned money
Have had the shelter for 1 month and it has disintegrated at the seams and is torn with touch from fingers. It has been up permanantly for that time. When coleman was contacted they stated it isnt meant as a permanant fixture. Do they not realise people camp for that period of time.
Always thought coleman where a reputable camping name!!!!!!!.
I think the people complaining about it tearing at the seams are not erecting it properly. YOU MUST use the cloth measuring tape that comes with it to line up the shelter feet so the actual shelter is correctly mounted and supported equally. Otherwise it will be out of shape and undue stress is places on certain points. We have had ours for 5 years now. Used as a camping shelter over approximately 35 - 40 nights during that time. Most of this was camping next to the beach in salty air. We have had to put it up when returning home to hose the ...salt off after each trip and it is still going strong. We have had it in some fairly brisk winds and some torrential downpours as well (where admittedly it did start to leak along the seams but this was serious non stop rain over 3 days). i would certainly recommend this to anyone not wanting to bother with tarps on camping trips. For the price it is fantastic as you often see it for around AUD $200 on sale.
Torn shade within 6 months
Looks great, set up is simple enough. But the canopy tore apart within the first 6 months when a little bit of wind got to it. Bitterly disappointed as I really liked the look of his.
I am still amazed with the resilience of this tent.
We purchased this tent specifically for the purpose of covering part of our 30m2 deck for a BBQ party when the weather forecasts turned grim for that event. I put cleats into the deck and then tied off the shock cords to them as well as screwed the bases down. (I would assume you can similarly secure it with the supplied tent stakes, but I didn't use those.) It comes with one side for a sun shade, but we bought two more to create an enclosure if needed. We put the tent up a week before the party to get a feel on how it would fair and was con...fident of it accommodating our outdoor guests in comfort. On the day the winds kicked up to 50-60km gusts and blowing rain and we put the other two sides on. The dome did the Watusi the whole evening, but it stayed in place, no one got wet and it was unbelievably comfortable on the inside. We have a small patio heater and it was cozy for 20 guests for the overflow from inside the house. It was my spot personally as the host I wanted to ensure that my guests were happy. It far exceeded my expectations (I was stunned actually) and I feel has been tested successfully in extreme gonzo conditions. The only effect on the structure was that the shock cords were stretched on the windward side of the dome. With the sides off it makes a nice shelter from the harsh New Zealand sun in the summertime. This tent is definitely worth every cent I paid for it and more.
Shade Tore After 3 Days Use
Bought the event 14 at Easter 2015 never used till last week for kids party in backyard to come home to find still pegged to the ground but shade torn to crap. No trees or anything near it. Rang Colemans got told not their problem something must of happened to it. Hmm wind is all and they state on bag good in wind. Yet my China made 6 man tent not a mark and still standing.
Colemans products are expensive so I expected them to be good.
I'll never buy a Colemans product again. Thanks for backing your product Coleman!
Canopy doesn't last and Coleman know it
Like the other reviews the canopy is just not up to it and they ( Coleman) know it and they give you the cold shoulder and have quiet obviously told there suppliers to sell the same story My unit was less than a year old and the canopy started to look like an orange peel left in the sun and started to tear. My enquires to both BCF and Coleman direct were word for word identical ?? And claimed the unit had excessive use!!!, and said it was never ment to be a permanent structure , which it never was 6 to 7 weeks in Western Australia use ??? On...enquiring about replacement Canopies I was informed that they will become available soon BUT guess what ,they are exactly the same !! Are they taking the mickey or what?? I've been camping for more than 30 years and have had many Coleman products but I now think that if this is how they act I can't see myself purchasing any of their products in the future
I think an unreasonably short usable life
Model Number 2000001476.
Bought it in January 2014. At first, it actually was pretty good. Assembly was pretty much as expected (if you follow the instructions), and the shade area is really quite large across the day, particularly if you orientate the corners to the sun's path.
HOWEVER: After about 14 days of actual use over the year (which would be about 6 assembled occasions) the material ripped in several places where the velcro ties it to the frame. At first the rips were quite mild, but they deteriorated quite quickly. This was in w...ind but not an *unusual* amount of wind. The kind you'd expect at some point across any average day which is mostly a breeze with occasional gusts. It was also in a quite well protected backyard (i.e. not on a ocean cliff!!). To me this signals either a design failure or a choice of material faliure - the "wear and tear" was not of the kind that any reasonable person would expect during normal use under typical conditions. Coleman: Feel free to contact me about this - I feel it has fallen short of its expected practical life due to the cover. You can even send me a new cover (or two) if you like because I have found it quite good apart from this. Better still - make a cover that's got a bit more strength to it, i.e. change the material and/or add velcro attachment points and send me one of those!
WARNING !!! Coleman event shelter material is like paper after using twice for a week camping the third time went to put up starting tearing at seams Wind sprung up and it ripped to shreads rang Coleman they replied 12 month warranty bad luck it was 24 months old so nothing they could do same thing happened to my sister one which she bought 6 months later
Don't buy a Coleman Event
Yes the Coleman Event sounds great but just like the reviever above it died as soon as the wind picked up (ignore the wind strong frame marketing) and the poles broke. Coleman wouldn't accept the warranty claim and there are no replacement poles available. An order came in late 2014 to Coleman and they all sold out in a flash - a good sign that pole breakage is a regular occurence. Save your money and stick to an old fashioned tarp.
Wonderful shelter but no replacement poles in Australia
This shelter is solid, large, well designed and nearly resilient to our Australian coastal winds. I bought the deluxe version with stronger poles and fabric. I really loved it .... But...One of the main poles broke in the wind after two weeks up over the summer but the deluxe cover remained intact. I thought it would be no difficulty replacing the pole but Australian Coleman informed me there were no replacement poles available! I emailed US Coleman - same response - they will provide replacement poles to people in the US but not Australia! I was advised I would need to buy an entire new shelter - certainly not good customer service. How bad is that?
Concept - brilliant. Execution/contruction - average.
Only used mine only once so far. I bought the green/silver deluxe version - heavier poles and fabric. Massive coverage (very roomy for a tribe of 20 underneath) and low sides / corners so not needing to shift chairs as much to follow the shade as the sun moves - a side shade came with it but I bought a extra one, to cover from midday and late afternoon sun on the beach. The 4 long legged gazebo style offer a lot less shade. Putting it up is a 20 minute affair after a little practice. I bought extra long pegs (for sand and soft soil) and heavier...guy ropes, done that for every tent/shade I have ever had and arranged it to tie it down from the arches and only use the loops on the cover to give the fabric the right tension over the frame. When packed away it is heavy but fits perfectly in the Falcons boot up against the back seats between the rear wheel arches. The Deluxe is about 24kg packed, about 7 kg heavier than the standard model - but most of the extra weight is from the heavier gage frame tubing and a little extra for the double weight polyester cover. This is an all day shade - not something to use for only a couple of hours - but great to have up for days for kids parties and of course weekend special events, fishing trip or casual camping - hence the name Event 14. (14 foot square base) It has it's limitations but still very practical and versatile. Massive coverage and lots of shade Go easy on the fabric tie down tension on the loops.
Forget the gazebos - this thing is better in every way.
I mainly bought the Event14 as a common area when we go camping. It is perfect for this as the number of openings (4) can be decreased if needed. Having the arched leg design gives it heaps more latteral strength in windy conditions that usually kill the traditional 4 upright leg gazebos. The Event14 also has a vented ceiling panel that allows air pressure to go in, up and out - also stabilizing the unit against 'lift-off' in high winds.
Not difficult to erect or take down once you have done it a couple of times. Make sure you get the Gree...
Questions & Answers
Can anyone tell me where I get an event 14 insert so that I can join two gazebos together? Thanks Donna
Hi did you get answer on this?
I have an event 14 and I love it. Not had any problems until last weekend camping under trees and I think a sharp twig or branch from above pierced the canopy. Not happy Jan, I can tell you. Does anyone know if you can patch them and if so what is the best thing to use.? Or how much does a replacement canopy cost? Cheers Robyn
Nor Coleman or BCF would confirm a replacement cost you can purchase a sail amount of Sail Tape from either yacht supplies or wind surfing kite surfing repair businesses But Robyn it sounds to me your cover is on its way out so don't spend to much and you are up against the same problem as all of us , the replacement cover is exactly the same , you would think Coleman would cop it on the chin and admit they era and supply proper uv protected covers but no they continue to deceive the public
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