A simple, strong and great value tent.
We have used this tent on 7 occasions and found it to be excellent. On a recent outing we encountered a severe windstorm at Goondawindi which brought down several large trees and roadsigns across the town.
Our instant up tent could not withstand the high winds estimated at well over 80kph. All guy ropes were well secured and the tent was simply blown flat onto the ground.
The good news is that no permanent damage was done. The only problem was that 2 of the knuckle joints had broken, the fabric, fly, groundsheet were all fine.
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Purchased in December 2019 for A$435.00.
Really good value for money.
I purchased an Coleman Instant-Up 4 Silver because our expensive bigger tent takes too long to assemble and put up. We have used this tent extensively. In 2017 we've done the big lap - around Australia. Over 20,000km we slept in this tent nearly every night. We have not experienced a lot of rain in it, but from cold to hot nights, no worries.
Since then, we have made several other trips taking only the Instant-Up, and not our big 3-room tent. Why? It takes less space and goes up much quicker. We have done the NSW Outback, the Victorian Alps, ...the Vic Coastal Road, Kosciusko, etc. My experience with strong winds is different from that of the person below. Camping at Jindabyne in Autumn, we had winds of over 100km/h. I woke up in the middle of the night, put in a few extra pegs, and tied the ropes to our trailer. Next morning, our tent and fly-sheet were still standing - undamaged - while a lot of other campers around us had their tents and awnings blown into the lake. Not bad for a $200 tent. (The tent was sheltered behind the trailer, so pick your spot before pitching). On hot nights, we often don't cover the tent with the fly-sheet, but sleep under just one layer. Quicker to pitch and take down. Talking about which, my then 10 year old son had no trouble putting the tent up by himself within 5 minutes. Or taking it down. The 4 person tent is bit cosy for 3 people over several months, but quite liveable. You have to leave your shoes and luggage outside though. But bugs stay out as well. The only criticism I have for this tent is that it is quite snug to fit into the bag after take down. Tent pegs are quite flimsy (ie bend easy). So far nothing has broken or ripped. I am writing the review now to help me decide if I should upgrade this tent, as my wife now insists on taking the dog camping with us. And I reckon I may go for the Coleman Instant Up Dark 6P. Slightly larger, slightly better materials, same design.
ive had the instant up darkroom 4p set up in gale force winds and driving rain and it never moved an inch or leaked at all .. ive had sun shelters a zempire aero3 an oz trail and they have bent and blown over(the oztrail snapped) my tent stayed up i love my tent. ive now upgraded to the gold 6pv tent cant wait to test it out. im guessing if a tent is not properly set up and guyed out any tent will fail in even the mildest of rain and wind i wont own any other tent 10 stars i owned the 4p silver before i upgraded to the 4p darkroom and it was awesome as well
Used 4p instant uo for the first times. Had 5 days if constant rain and thunderstorms most nights. Stayed dry as a bug. Loved the ease if setup and dismantle.
7 nights and fly ripped in lots of places, Warrenty worthless
Hello Happy Campers,
Last tent Oztent lasted 5 years, the Colman Gold lasted 7 nights. The wind blew in Port Fairy in a crowded camp ground and from that direction lots a little rips appeared in the fly near where it was pegged .No other tent around me got ripped, just my new Colman Gold Easy Up 4.
Snowy's, the on line retailer has a very good warrenty claim system and got back to me very quickly, "computor says NO".
Now I have the enter the world of assumption. I assume that if these ripps were a one off the Colman company would have repla...ced the fly without argument as it can't be worth much. However if this is a common warrenty claim then knocking back my claim makes lots of business sence. I will see how I go with Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and a claim through Fair Trading NSW. Bet I get a new fly, it is faulty and not fit for purpose. So buy at own risk and be warned not suitable for normal winds that other tents survived unharmed, well to be accurate mine is a dud.
Purchased in February 2019 for A$299.00.
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
- Instant Up 4
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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.
- Instant Up 4
- Verified purchase
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 c...ouple 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. Enjoy
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.
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 enou...gh 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
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!
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.
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.
Great quality tent!
Made from quality materials, this tent is very easy to set up and to take down when finished. Either way, it only takes minutes. It packs away neatly without the need of an origami expert. Attractive price, very good value for money.
Brilliant tent, does the job just fine.
Bought this tent because we were sick of the effort putting a supposed four man tent (that barely had floor space for two) which had the flexible dome poles and was a PITA to erect and even worse to un-erect.
This truly does go up in about one minute, about another five to get fly over and straight. Putting the pegs in is extra but depends on ground hardness of course. Packing it up is a challenge, takes a little longer to actually dismantle but it takes some time to compress it enough to get it in the carry bag.
I'd give this 4.5 stars...if that was an option. It's not perfect enough to rate as 5, we have two gripes: - guy rope "tension lockers" are flimsy, hard to tighten and sometimes come lose. - one of the tent peg spots is missing (from new, built that way) the plastic lug on it, making it hard to clip the fly and peg it all down on that corner. Of course the first time we used it was 1200km from home so we couldn't prove it for warranty purposes when we got home 6 weeks later. Get the full fly version, it gives the sides much better rain protection.
Replacement for Macpac Olympus
Senior citizen dedicated to camping needed headroom. Good tent easy to put up. Put cable ties through zippers for quick grip. Recommend extra ground sheet. Bit of a battle to get all back into carry bag
Good for a short time
Good for the short stay we had however the zip was so taunt it broke a few times. Very disappointing and left a red mark on my hand from how hard it was to zip.
Questions & Answers
This only the third time I have used this tent. Experienced showers for 22 hours on and off and the fly is leaking onto outside wall of tent.
I would expect that the fly would stop water from striking through to tent. How can I fix this problem. I’m worried if heavy rain the tent may leak.
We bought the 4 person version with Dark-Room - in NZ. Easy to set up - no doubt about that. But the ventilation isn’t great and noticed a lot of condensation buildup on the inside of the fly - which makes the inner damp. Guessing that opening the inside windows would improve ventilation - but there’s nowhere to roll them up. Anyone else had this issue?
Had my tent 2yrs, last weekend camped, and it leaked for 1st time? A few months ago I washed the fly, as it smelt a little funky. Could this have affected the rain repellent? Any advice pls TIA
Depending on how it was washed. Usually leaving them out in the weather sorts out smells. But if you washed it with anything abrasive it could have affected the waterproofing. You can re-waterproof tents. Go to a camping store and ask. Particular attention needs to be paid to seams. Good luck.
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