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 Up 8
- Verified purchase
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 te...nt 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
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.
- Instant Up 8
- Verified purchase
Good tent if there is no wind, otherwise it breaks.
I bought this tent from Kangaroo Tent City, Chatswood, on the advice of the sales rep and was told that Coleman had excellent warranty on their products.
The tent was for camping with 2 Adults and 2 young children.
Great space, tall and open area.
Instant Up is very quick to get up, and down.
After our first camping trip with it we raved about it and 3 sets of friends bought one.
However, on our second trip, there was some wind, and even though we had everything pegged out and secured, 2 of the Hub pole inserts broke and 2 poles broke at ...
Quick and easy to set up
Easy to pop up. Start with top arms and then extend legs. Up in 1 minute or less, however still need to put on fly and peg out. So allow 15 minutes. The awning is a decent size, but water pools on it. No way I could see to create a water flow. The pegs are small, but worked ok for my 1 trip so far. Best to get extra guy ropes and pegs in case of strong winds, as this model has 6, corners and middle. Need 2 on corners for high winds. We got a little condensation on ceiling from rain/cold weather, so will be getting a tarp next time. Great size f...or 2 adults. Not an 8 person tent unless you like hugging. We had a queen matress fit no problem and plenty of room for stuff. There is a divider if you want, but only one door, so not especially useful. Plenty of pockets, windows open up for air flow and there is a power cord zipper. Finally, packing up is tricky first couple of times. Just need to really squish it down. Why don't they provide bigger bags? Overall very happy at this stage.
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