Great design! Unfortunately, let down by a singular flaw. The fibreglass pole breaks!:(
The tents design and enclosed floored vestibule area is perfectly executed and a wonderful design idea. 'Hat's off' to the designer! This tent was designed prior to the above head storage era and this is really all it lacks. All corner peg outs are adequate in number and of solid thick material... no issues here!
As others have commented this is a high quality designed (preferably one person) tent that you might squeeze two into. The design is honestly superb, the material and sewing of the seams of the tent upper, floor and conjoined fly ar...e perfect and strong. The waterproofing is almost flawless. The vestibule can leak through the bottom seam after some time but is easily fixed by wax or clear silicone seam sealer. And the water doesn't get into the tent. I hosed it with very strong force but it was only the water trickling down to the bottom vestibule seams that slowly leaked. The zips function faultlessly. When outside a quick release strong stretch loop allows the zips to be tentioned and then pulled single-handedly without a problem. Awesome! A couple of Velcro tabs, as used on most tents, whilst a bit annoying - as this is on every tent when unzipping- hold the fly cover water tight over the zips. Four structural tie downs attached two either side, front and back, use thick strong cordage. I was honestly surprised to see just how good these are. Puts wimpy string thread on other tents to shame. They are attached to reinforced lugs firmly on the tent but can be untied. Plastic adjusters are very strong and have not broken. This tent from Caribee was so very close to being perfect! Aside from the lack of overhead storage and a slightly leaking vestibule is the fibreglass pole strength. And herein lays the serious problem. Once the fibreglass continous pole breaks ( there is one continuous length joined by a metal sleeve which is weak) there is no easy solution to fix it. When in the field not even duck tape will hold the cheap sleeve and pole tension. Note: Maybe reinforced silver aluminium flashing 'duct' tape might hold it. This could work but I've never attempted this because nobody carries this with them on a camping trip as a usual preferential emergency fix method. With this tent you would be advised to get some. Im sorry but this issue really needs some serious attention to repair if a break occurs. I'll discuss how I'm attempting to fix this for those who may still have this tent laying about. Read on if you desire to know a 'relatively successful' way to fix it. But seriously nobody wants a quick set-up tent that simply fails is unusable and cannot be relied on even after being tent-atively fixed. Pun only included after realising the potential to include one in the moment.
Purchased in January 2010 at Commonwealth Awards for $250.
Great material, well insulation & kept water out. We had a replacement after a couple of use & the new one just broke again after 2 use despite being very cautious in folding back. Looks like a design fault.
Broke after 5 uses
Nice design tent, but useless if the pole snaps, and it did after 5 uses. No come back because I didn't use it for a year so it sat in its package while my Coleman pop up tent finally broke after 4 years. Going off pop up tents I think!
Two now broke in same spot never got to sleep in one, never will
Same issue we have the get up 3 had two now never got to sleep in it yet as both times tested it on arrival, packed per instructions, went to use and snapped, both tents in same location, despite folding up no problem, had snapped while sitting flat with nothing in or near it. Will never again purchase a pop up tent
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I only got to use the tent twice before i had the same issue with the metal supports for the folding frame which snapped and rendered the tent useless. Its way too big to take hiking but for a drive in set up its not a problem. You probably could carry it on your back but it would be rather impractical. If this problem was somehow sorted this tent would be great. The built in fly is also a fantastic idea and it works well. I have not subjected this tent to heavy rain so I cannot provide any comment regarding this. The fly does keep the moisture from condensation out no problem.
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I have just opened up my Carabee 3 person instant pop up tent and found that the fibreglass frame rod has snapped rendering the tent useless. Is there any comeback on the supplier? Can the fibreglass rod be replaced and how would I tackle that? The pop up tent concept is great but a downer when it fails structurally. Answers please, Alan
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