Have used it about 8 times but anytime there is a breeze, the elbow (or elbows) of the poles collapse.
Came back to my tent flat as a pancake on the ground last trip.
Too dangerous to risk using again.
Big Bad Bob 20
No Good in the wind
We bought a 10 man Coleman instant up a couple of years ago for a two teenage daughters to share. We've Used it 3 times, (2 weeks each) total of 36 odd days. 1st year. All good. 2nd year day 1 windy night and a thick plastic spoke on the top snapped. Coleman sent me 4 as replacements?. This year 1 windy night and roof over centre hub ripped, front roof fly ripped and seem above left zippered door of actual ten ripped. tent irreparable. They're not worth the extra $$ you pay for ease of putting them up. Not wind friendly at all.
Bought the 4 person instant up gold tent,the poles the make this tent stand are useless,come apart at the elbow in the wind,the telescopic part stops staying up,the spring ball that keeps the poles from sliding down into each other loses its place(you will know what i mean if u have one of these tents) very average quality,useless warranty
Does not like a strong wind
Very easy to put up and down. Great if you have to do this on your own. The third time we used it though a cold front came through the South West of WA and gave about a dozen hours of 40 to 70 km/h winds. It apparently is wind rated to 80 km/h but I am not sure what that means. One of the elbows manage to break the holding screw which then put extra force on one of the other legs and bent one. The Coleman guarantee does not cover wind damage. Patched it up for about $30 but I am not entirely confident in it. WA does have a lot of wind and this is not the tent for this state.
1 year old tent, used 3 times, bought in September 2017, we love camping thought we'd do ourselves a favour and get this easy to put up tent. It's great to put up and pack away for sure, and it was a reasonable price bit here's the bad news.... IT LEAKS IN THE RAIN we noticed a wet floor, on inspection noticed water leaking in all 4 floor seams, very disappointed will never recommend this product, not nice when bedding down and the bedding is wet. Certainly will NOT recommend this product.
Finally Tenting Nirvana
Its taken me a while,at last I have found a tent that doesn't give me the irits,Easy to set up,even in wind its not to bad,i like to hang the fly over frame before erection :-).has withstood strong winds and while it flaps around a bit inside when windy pegging all the tie down points alleviates this.
Have darkroom model with extra vestibule and well worth the extra 50.00 bucks,heaps of space,comfortably sleep two adults on stretchers for 4 people get the 6 man tent.The claim of reduced sunlight and reduced temperatures in tent is true.
A couple of negatives,one of which is up to user,be careful not to pinch your fingers on the frame slide when packing up.The other is the size of the included pegs of which there are 30 odd,they are like tooth picks and you will need to upgrade at least twenty of them for confident wind proofing of basic tent and fly assembly.I am not going to knock a star off for this because it is off set by a carry bag which is bigger than some and allows for a bit of grace in packing up the tent.
Good, but use the guys if windy
Great tent, super easy to put up and take down, warm, condensation not a problem, love the window options. We used it in Albany WA.
We camp a fair bit, so it probably did about 40-50 days in the 14 months we had it. It collapsed once when the wind got up and I hadn't guyed it (wasn't windy when I put it up, doh). However by the time it collapsed it was super windy so I tried to fix it up without unpegging and managed to bust one of the (rather flimsy) screws that hold the joints together. We fixed it and it lasted a few more months, but then collapsed again, this time from fully guyed, in a strong wind. This time the crown piece broke and poles poked up through the flysheet and tore it. Its a write off. I like the tent but not keen to spend $250 year on tents so we are going to try a Black Wolf. But highly recommended for occasional camping.
Purcased recently 6 man tent stays dry comfortable inside with shade just outside your door relax reading a book having quite drinks or bbq with the family easy to ensemble with minutes then your all ready to go and explore
Unhappy with RSPAC insur
The easiest tent I have ever used
We are fair weather campers only. This tent is really easy to set up and to take down, I do myself (one female adult). We opted for the gold series, I wish I had got a dark series but the budget didn't stretch. It comes with everything you need (pegs, ropes, even some entrance mats) and has 3 generous awnings. We bought an additional ground cover to go under the tent. It is very well ventilated. The real strength of this tent is ease getting it up and down. It takes longer than 3 minutes to do everything. But one person can do it with ease and the carry bag it comes in is generous. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars is I would love if it came with or you could purchace fly screens for the awnings.
Simple & Excellent Quality
We bought it specifically for our cross Australia Trip due to the quickness of the set up as we were moving a lot and it was great. We ditched our 8 person tent in favour of this Coleman and we can't fault it. It's survived rain, 90km wind and many many camping trips. Highly recommend.
Good, though not *as* good as they say
There's nothing wrong with the tent, but there is no way in hell it can be set up in 3 minutes. Three minutes will get the inner frame established if you're very goid, but pegs, fly and cords will take another ten at least, and that's after you spend significant time trying to decipher the instructions, which direct you to hooks and "electrical cords" which simply don't exist. In the end, you'll need to disregard trying to follow the instructions faithfully, and simply peg it down as best you can.
Once you *do* get it up, it's a good enough tent, plenty of space, plenty of windows. When you take it down, however, be really careful with the central pole, because it's damn easy to get your finger caught in it as you fold it up, causing excruciating pain! And that's happened to two other people I know, not just me
After extensive research and shopping around I decided to purchase a Coleman Instant UP 6 Person Gold series tent. What a fantastic tent, lived up to and beyond my expectations. Took around 10 mins to erect and peg down including fitting the fly. Has a front and rear entry with plenty of ventilation options to allow for good air flow. Quality material and a heavy duty floor makes this tent well worth paying the little extra for the Gold series.
Plenty of room for 2-4 people but would struggle to fit 6 comfortably, we use it for 2 adults and have stacks of space to store our gear inside the tent. Also nice to be able to stand up while inside the tent, would totally recommend the Instant Up tents by Coleman if you're considering purchasing a tent. Purchased mine from Snowys Mile End, S.A.) they did a great deal on price and their customer service was brilliant.
Great in theory but once poles stick, it has to be binned!
Bought the Instant 4 in 2013 and have put it up once maybe twice per year since. Just tried putting it up for the first time this year and two of the roof poles that are supposed to slide out of each other have stuck. I've had a few blokes stronger than me try and extend them but to no avail. There is no obvious sign of damage on either, but without them working then the whole tent is useless.
The few times I did use it prove that the concept was good, and indeed it appeared to be a well made item.
Anyone want to buy my model for spares?
This tent is incredible! It's lightweight, inexpensive and easy to set up! I have camped using this tent for two years now. During this time I have found myself in two storms. The tent did not leak and withstood the windy conditions. Not a single drop of water got through and the rain was bucketing down during both storms.
During warmer weather if the widows are open it's not too bad and during colder weather, zero degrees and below, it does gets a little cold but that's to be expected so snug up.
The tent is just as easy to take down. I love this tent and would definitely buy it again!
Great setup time
Wow, I am impressed with the setup time, so quick and easy, I love it, but, it is not very stable when standing solo unroped compared to other tents I have owned, it twists at the top elbows... now that's a break waiting to happen. I highly recommend two ropes on each corner at right angles to aid in stability. I have big concerns about the twisting when unroped.
I had this tent pitched and the fly on, but not roped down. We had heaps of rain over a couple of days and it appears to have only leaked a little bit, about half a cup of water inside, which is excellent.
Value for Money, easy to put together and was still standing after a cyclone!
I waited to write a review on this tent until we had used it many times, over more than a year. And here is what we have to say...
Like all tents when you first buy them, put it up once or twice in the backyard to get the hang of it before erecting it for the first time when you arrive to your campground. We did two trial runs in the backyard before our first use, and it takes us about 10 minutes for it to go up, that includes fitting the additional rainguard over the top of the tent and pounding in all tent pegs and guide ropes (time taken includes two people erecting the tent and placing rain guard on top of tent and one person doing all tent pegs and guide ropes)
Put it simply, we love, love, love this tent. Value for money, light to carry and compact when in bag, saving space. One person can easily put it up and take it back down, the tent goes up in 3 minutes with the rain guard and tent pegs taking maybe an extra 5-10 minutes tops . We have now used our tent on several trips, most recently we got caught in at cyclone whilst beach camping on Bribie Island (QLD) and the tent performed better than we could have hoped for. We were in a very exposed location in the sand dunes, the wind whipping of the ocean was gail force, and the wind tore our gazebo out of the ground and 10 feet into the trees. One tip we have found with strong wind or exposed locations is to buy additional, quality pegs suitable for the soil/terrain to secure the rain gaurd down on all points, it might seem like overkill, but this will help with wind lift under the rainguard itself. As for the rain guard that came with our tent, it has never let us down, every during torrential rain, not a drop inside the tent.
As for things that could be better, the quality of the tent pegs and absence of suitable pegs for the rain guard itself. We primarily camp in sandy, beach side locations in SE QLD, so we invested in additional good quality sand pegs for both the tent, all guide ropes and the rain guard. The tent bag is still kicking, but we can see in the future that it will need replacing. As for the tent floor, it could be better quality, but hasn't torn or leaked but could be better under foot. \
We got out tent and rain for less than $300 during a sale from Tent City in Browns Plains QLD, so for what we paid, we couldn't be happier.
Instant tent ....just a marketing hype
I had been camping for years, and have a couple of coleman tents. I found the old one to very very strong and reliable hence I thought its a good idea to invest in the new model, an Instant up tent.
I have seen the youtube videos on how to set it up beforehand and it was the main reason for buying this tent. One my first camping trip there it was raining and slow winds of 10kph. The tent was good as it kept us warm and dry for most part. But the side where there you have the walls have ventilation, the water have dripped in and inside the tent through the fly on the zipper connection. Although the water was minimal (200ml), we thought we can let it pass, as this is the first time we setup a tent for 30 minutes that was the best part.
On our second trip to Mallacoota, We setup the tent as usual and pegged everything as we were expecting strong winds of 40kph sustained. The setup tooks us 15 minutes this time.....claim of 3 mins setup is just marketing lie...
We were shocked that the tent is actually that strong and it didn't move with the strong wind. With the past tents we owned, You can feel the wind blowing and the tent would actually sway or dance with the wind but his one is quite sturdy but this is a disaster waiting to happen. The not so flexible fibreglass frame would cause it to eventually snapped. This tent is weathertec rated 100kph, I'm not sure how they do their tests. I'm sending it back to coleman and back to my old but reliable coleman tent.
Update: Jan 2017
Got the findings from Coleman, the frames are not part of the warranty. The worst past, its hard to fix them. My tent is sitting with seller for more than 2 months now. No parts.... this thing is basically disposable when it breaks.
Update: Feb 2017 - Been contacting seller for repair details. No word, My guess - still no parts. They are trying to avoid my calls and emails.
Good for overnighters
Very easily set up and take down. Stayed dry during wet weather. Needs a fly for heat and light transfer. Very hot during the day and very bright during the night under camp ground lighting. Great for long journeys where you want a minimum of set up time for overnight stays. Would like to obtain a fly that also extended into an awning for longer stays.
Good Value 3 Season Family Tent
I own both the 4 and 8 man versions of this tent, with both having been used extensively over the last 3 years, in all sorts of weather conditions. It goes up fast and even if I do it myself it takes no longer than 5 minutes including staking and fully guying out the fly. Taking it down can be a little painful - it's a lot of tent to fold and whilst I've always gotten it back into the bag, there's usually a fair bit of the old "sit on the suitcase" action to accomplish this.
Aside from that, my only real gripe is the easily caught zips, but the convenience of arriving at camp and being set up within minutes far outweighs the inconvenience of having to take a little extra care going in and out.
You do need to bear in mind that this is a 3 season tent - it isn't built for extreme conditions. As with any tent, you need to consider your site selection and prevailing wind direction when locating it. And make sure you guy it out if the wind does start to get up. Ours have withstood 30-40kmh winds which I would consider very good for this sort of tent.
OK except for poles.
This tent is ok except for the poles...used it twice, on the second occasion the poles wouldn't lock into place or they kept collapsing. Made some mods with a hammer. If it wasn't for the rubbish poles I'd recommend it.
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