2Coleman Instant Up

Coleman Instant Up

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2Coleman Instant Up
3.2

70 reviews

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Build Quality
2.8
Value for Money
3.0
Ease of Use
4.0
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3.9
Portability
3.8
Straightforward to put up
Allows for lots of air circulation
Not very wind-resistant
Tent flooring prone to tears

Reviews

70 reviews
Charlotte v
Charlotte vSouth East Queensland, QLD
  4

Seams peeled off after 2 uses

Owned the tent for 4-5 years. Kept in garage. Opened it up for 3rd time. Seams had totally peeled off and whole tent stank of glue. Water was pouring in through the fabric. Thought Coleman would be more customer orientated but not interested as out of warranty. Manufacturer fault in my opinion. Show details
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fred
fredSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
  3

problem with seams

inner linings covering the seams deteriorated after 4 years. not much used. Hopefully it’s still waterproof.
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Jaffa the Great
Jaffa the GreatSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
  6

Money well spent

Me and my Rotti girl have been living in this tent for 140 days and nights
I've pulled down and put up in wind and rain and attached the fly on my own. Its been drenched on the outside bashed by storms inside does not leak. Tension and correct alignment of fly over tent structure is the key to give you piece of mind
I can't fault this tent in any way and the $400 price tag makes it a good tent to have. Show details
arnaud
arnaudessendon4 posts
  8

Good Tent and easy to set up

I have used this tent about 5 times and it has been easy to set up. It is a no brainer to get it up on your own but would require at least 2 people if there is some wind. I think there are some smart features all around and I really like the side entry. It has held up against strong wind and rain with no problems.

There are plenty of storage pockets inside, and hooks to use.

The only downside to this tent is the side entry awning. The side awning, which uses 3 poles, has a middle pole that is longer than the 2 side poles, but is still too short to create any sort of tension or pathway for the water to run off. Result is water pooling constantly on that awning and I always have to lower it at night. Show details

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presidentmum
presidentmumSydney, NSW
  6

Can’t be trusted in the wind

4 days in mild weather-great. Lights, could stand up, had the dog.
10 nights in Jindabyne in winter- great except day 1 due to wind and had fo use our hiking tent.
3 days in winter-disaster. Wind gusts 40km/h. Poles buckled and knuckles snapped. Goodbye $700 and Coleman instant up as can’t be trusted Show details
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Chris w.
Chris w.
  4

Great tent for all conditions

I’ve got the gold darkroom version. Had it for over 4 years. We go camping all year round, in any weather.

It’s proven to be reliable in wind and rain, and I easily set it up and pack it up by myself.

If anything, it works too well, because it is designed to be dark, which can be annoying in the day time. Would recommend to anyone, nothing has broken or failed in that time Show details

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WaznJo
WaznJoPerth, WA
  6
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Matt
Matt2 posts
  4

Illuminated Northstar Coleman I up 4P

Had it for 3 months, no leaks in floor or walls during 7 days of heavy rain & strong winds.
2 weeks ago heavy rain was 90mm overnight.
Usually tent is set up for between 7 to 21 days.
Got the hang of putting fly on & attached then lift legs. Reverse when packing up. Does fit in bag, must use the straps & roll it up.
I use "real" 8mm x 250mm pegs on the corners with supplied pegs elsewhere. Love the lights and the dark coating, great ventilation with floor vents.
So far it's been a great investment. Show details
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Lesley A.
Lesley A.South East Queensland, QLD
  4
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Peter Holmes
Peter Holmes
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Poor quality fabric

I purchased a Coleman Instant Up 4P gold series tent from Tentworld, Tweed Heads in April 2021. I have used it 3 times and when packing it up from the last trip was surprised to see two small holes in the fabric, one in the rear wall and one in the floor. I'm a careful camper, rake the site clear of leaf litter, etc and use an OZtrail Ultramesh ground sheet. I have used various tents under all sorts of conditions over the past 50 years including a couple of lightweight hiking tents and a well used low cost cheapy. None of these tents developed holes. Very disappointing that Coleman are using a poor quality fabric that's simply not fit for purpose in an otherwise good design. Show details
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Des
Des6 posts
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Could be good but poor materials used

Pros: easy to set up and break down, lots of ventilation and handy storage pockets
flouro guy ropes, pretty good in the rain, good quality floor on gold series tents.

Cons: tends to collapse in moderate winds breaking knuckle joints, heavy, fly screens so flimsy they stretch out of shape and hole easy even with the gold series.

If you decide to purchase an instant up tent make sure you take spare knuckles and tools to fit them. Show details

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Adam
AdamMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
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Perfect if no wind, can’t stand up in wind

Great tent if there is no wind. We’re been camping in winds above 30km/h and the tent just collapsed. Had to book accomodation as we couldn’t stay in the tent. It also doesn’t matter how many ropes you put down, the elbows just fold in. Very poor design in my opinion Show details
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unhappy
unhappyElanora heights3 posts
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Great tent if the quality were there

great tent, really great design but so far 3 different points have snapped after a few uses. We've had replacement parts so can't complain but would have rather it held together. Shame.
Tentworld have been fantastic to help us, just the tent that's poor quality. Show details
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EmJay
EmJaySouth East Queensland, QLD3 posts
  4

All round great tent

I bought this tent for a 4 month camping trip this year. As advertised, the tent truely takes no more than 2 minutes to set up with only one person.

With three windows and a large door, the tent allows for great circulation of air, which is a must whilst up in Far North Queensland.

The tents size and height is a massive plus as it has allowed me to have a small wardrobe, single bed and shoe rack that fit with ease.

A moderate downfall of this tent is the quality of the flooring which loses its integrity and is prone to tears if any rocks are underneath or a bag is pulled over it.

After 3 months the tent is still holding strong and I have had no issues, even in stone winds.  Show details

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Tanvir hussain
Tanvir hussainPerth, WA7 posts
  6

Big price for cheap materials

I bought a 6 person instant up a year ago. Did 3 camping so far. One of the pole clip not working anymore. Had trouble setting up in my last camping site. Its actually not as easy to set up as advertised. Fabric not of good quality, floor wearing out after only 3 uses i can see small holes against sunlight.  Show details
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Questions & Answers

Clifton H.
Clifton H. · Instant Up 8

Hello,
I need to replace one of the poles for my tent, could you send me a parts list for the poles so I can order a replacement pole.
Thankyou.

fred
fred · Instant Up 3

is the problem with the black lining deteriorating common to all those popup tents or just mine ?

Hana P.
Hana P. · Instant Up

Can the top waterproof part of the tent be replaced? Thank you

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Details

Features:

  • The Coleman Instant Up Tent comes in different sizes, sleeping 3, 4, 6, or 8 people.
  • The manufacturer claims that the tent can be set up in less than 2 minutes and be taken down in the same amount of time, so you can get comfortable as soon as you arrive at your camping spot.
  • Fully taped seams and fabric twice as thick as standard tent material make this tent less likely to rip, while welded floors and inverted seams keep water out of the tent.
  • It has a WeatherTec™ System rated at 80km/hr, so you can stress less about tent parts flapping around or coming undone in high winds.
  • This tent has a front awning, so you can kick back and relax with some sun protection.

Points of praise:

  • Reviewers said that this tent was really easy to set up and take down, making it handy to have for overnight stops.
  • They also appreciated how well-ventilated the tent was, saying that the doors and windows provided a lot of air circulation throughout the interior.

Pain points:

  • Some reviewers said that the tent wasn’t as resistant to wind as it claimed, saying that it didn’t hold up in the wind. One reviewer said that it didn’t matter how many ropes were put down to combat this, the elbows of the tent still folded in.
  • A few reviewers also said that the flooring of the tent was prone to tears if there were rocks underneath it. Some of these reviewers said that even when they were extra careful to clear away stones and debris and if they put another ground sheet on the earth, the floor still developed small holes.
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Coleman Instant Up 3
  • Discontinued
Coleman Instant Up 33.5 
CategoryTentsTentsTentsTents
Room TypeSingle RoomSingle RoomSingle RoomSingle Room
Width2.4m3.3m2.4m2.1m
Depth2.4m1.9m4.2m2.1m
Weight12.7kg13.5kg19.4kg11kg
Price (RRP)$369$469$599
Sleeping Capacity4683
Height1.9m2.7m1.9m1.5m
Release date
Replaced byColeman Instant Traveller 4PColeman Instant Traveller 6P

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