Great design. Poor quality materials.
We've used this tent 7 times this year ranging from 3 night stays to 7 night stays. At first we loved the tent. Very easy to set up and easy pack away.
We do a lot of beach camping so it can get gusty. We use all tie down points and appropriate pegs. The tent has never let us down in adverse weather conditions.
My big issue with it is durability of the materials used to make the tent. Two zips have broken in the last two trips.
The elastic tabs used for pegging down have serious wear with some now unusable- weve replaced with this rope.
Purchased in January 2019 at Snowies for A$429.00.
Left us without shelter
Easy to set up and take down however have only used for approximately 3 camping trips. Experienced some gusty winds last camping trip and tent collapsed. 2 corner joins broke. No-one else's tent collapsed. Only had one more night for the holiday - had to sleep in the car.
It collapses in any wind
The tent is very easy to put up and down, its roomy, there’s enough ventilation but I would NEVER use it again because it simply collapses in wind. You can check the weather all you like but its not safe to take a tent camping which will not withstand an unexpected windy night. I had to drag 3 small children into a friends tent at 1am in the morning as the tent collapsed multiple times- I checked the entire campsite the next day and EVERY OTHER tent that survived the mild wind, I think the tent should be recalled. I’m submitting this review as I really don’t wish this predicament on any other campers. All other types of Coleman tents in the campsite were fine.
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.
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
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.
- Instant Up 6
- Verified purchase
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 ha...
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.
Brilliant value for money and easy set up!
Easy set up and for under 300 dollars a bargain. Used this tent 6 times now for upto a week no issues. Easy set up and take down and always remain dry in torrential rain. Ive seen countless instant up tents not pegged down at all or incorrectly and literally falling apart and breaking on windy nights. People blame the tent when its their own stupidity. This is a consequence when ppl who cant setup a tent properly and think an instant up tent will solve their problems. This tent is up and down in 5 minutes. Brilliant value for money and would recommend to anyone. Invest in better pegs thats it. Thanks Coleman for making a tent accessible to the everyday Australian.
read instructions first
the first night using this tent we had big winds in goodiwindi and an hour after putting it up, a tent pole snapped and ripped a massive hole down the side of the tent, the whole tent fell down. In the instructions it says not to use this tent in windy conditions
We have camped Moreton Island, North Stradbroke, Teewah and other beach camp sites where we have had driving rain and gale force winds. As long as the tent is pegged down properly we have had no issues. We do use long sand pegs. We erect the tent over shade cloth which extends out the front and helps to keep sand out. The only issue is the awning which fills with water in heavy rain. Solution was to put a brass cringle in the middle and the water runs out. We don't sit out there in the rain anyway.
We looked at the more expensive tents and...canvas in particular. Hard to put away when wet and leaks, grows mould and rots. Take up a huge amount of space in the 4WD too. The 30/40 kg versions that have to go on a roof and get wet and covered in dust are just a pain. Takes longer to get them on and off the roof than to put up and take the tent down and you get a hernia to boot. We don't buy tents to keep forever and the synthetic tents suit us fine. Overall the Instant Up 6 has been a great investment. And when it wears out we will just buy another. Maybe after our planned Cape York trip! One issue though is the bag. We put the main tent into the original bag and the fly and pegs into another bag. The bag is too small and too much of a hassle to try and squeeze everything into when packing up. As usual the metal pegs that come with tents are useless and proper pegs are essential. For pegging out the tent we use green plastic covered gardening pegs bought cheaply from Bunnings. Dirt cheap and longer than most metal tent pegs. Also use them to peg out the shade cloth both under the tent and under our pop up canopy.
It's ok, but not robust and still takes time to fully set up.
We used one of these tents for an outback trip to western Qld. Was a bit concerned when the wind blew up a bit.Didn't experience any structural failure on the framework, but a tie down flap did tear and had to make some running repairs. Takes more than 2 minutes to completely set it up. (Allow 20 to 25 minutes ...) Found it difficult to pack up, but after some friendly debate from my partner, her suggestion ended up been correct and was ok after that. There are some youtube videos also. I agree the floor is very thin, and we used a tarp underne...ath as well as 'gigsaw' foam mats inside. Reasonable tent for it's price, but I'd keep looking if you intend using it in windy areas, or a demanding road trip. I was dissapointed learning from other reviews that wind damage is not covered by warranty.On some good notes, it would make an excellent ocasional weekender tent. We also chose it because you can stand up in it and has nice almost vertical walls. This makes it very spacious inside.
Adequate for ease of use and basic sites
Have owned the 6UP model for four years. Has been used from Cairns to Adelaide and everywhere in between including trips to the Flinders Ranges. It certainly is very easy to setup and we have had no trouble with setting up in good conditions over the years. It has always packed away easy and never had trouble getting it back in the bag. I've seen reviews here and elsewhere that people have trouble packing it away and have seen another Coleman user in a campground struggle. There is a technique with packing it that involves pulling up and out th...e ground sheet like petals once all poles are collapsed around the central coloumn that seems to work for me. Another reviewer noted problems with the awning collecting rain, we have the same issue and it is more than a pain in the tropics. The door zipper getting stuck is another problem we have encountered and is really just a careless design issue. This tent is certainly not a warm one and the open mesh roof below the fly will lose all your heat, so good in moist tropics, not so good in the Snowys. As another reviewer notes, this tent is truly a monster in the wind. We haven't managed to break it as yet but have certainly come close. A windy comical evening at Merimbula later and I now know how to add my own extra support and Guy ropes to keep it secure-ish. 30+ days camping in this model. It's time is nearly up and despite serving us well, it has some basic design issues that won't have us repurchasing.
Easy to setup and tear down - a well designed tent
So easy to setup - that my son says that its cheating. We tested it at a Warburton camping site. It was raining and we were tired - so, very happy to be able to put it up in 2 minutes. Even with the rain, we were kept dry in the tent. For a 6 person tent, we recommend to sleep up to 4 comfortably with enough room for your bags. If its a windy place, make sure that you peg all the guy ropes just to be safe.
Broke on first use.
Found all the reviews fantastic for the six person and got a great deal on it so we bought it. Took it down for it's first use on the weekend to great ocean road and we were amazed how quickly it did set up. We had no idea the night was going to be windy until 2am in the morning when all the poles collapsed on top of us!!! We kept clicking the poles back into place and they kept falling down, eventually one pole gave in and broke in half so the tent was useless and we slept in the car the rest of the night. Not happy.
Questions & Answers
last year my waterproof instant tent leaked all over and I had to spend the night in a hotel and go home. I would like to try another waterproof instant tent but could I have a separate rainfly for security?
Could a 5"2 woman put up and take down one of these tents on her own? Do you need to be able to reach the top of it to put it up or to take it down. I would be camping with a 6 year old, so it will be awhile before he can help out!
I think you could lay the fly over , secure it and then extend the legs up. So yes, I think someone your height could erect this tent alone. I did but im 5'6". Super easy to put up.
I bought the 4 man easy up as I was camping alone and have arthritis. I’m a bit taller than you and the only problem might be hooking the tent onto the poles at the very top. A crate to stand on could help with that. I can put the tent up and take it down - alone - (I’m 60) in under 3 minutes. Good luck.
Will a 6 person coleman tent fit a queen size mattress bed and a portacot?
We have an 8 man which is pretty tight with a Queen size mattress and my son's blow up which is only marginally bigger than a Portacot. You'd probably squeeze in, but it wouldn't leave much room for moving around the tent.
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