Coleman Instant Tent Review and Buying Guide — 4, 6, 8 Person Reviews

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The Coleman Company has always aimed to capture its love of and devotion to the great outdoors in every product that it manufactures. Driven by this passion and the innovation inspired by the incredible diversity that the wilderness has to offer, Coleman is committed to likewise inspiring people and encouraging them to explore the world around them.

The company began with the creation of a lantern; today, Coleman offers an incredibly diverse range of outdoor gear that they truly believe best allows people to explore the natural world.

In this tradition, Coleman today has become dedicated to designing the perfect tent for fellow outdoors enthusiasts. Each feature is carefully conceived, designed, and tested to allow your experience in the wilderness be the best that it can possibly be.

Coleman Instant Tent Buying Guide

Coleman instant tents use pre-assembled poles to allow for simple set-up and take-down. Set-up and take-down in total takes less than three minutes each.

Coleman Instant Tents employ the WeatherTec system, a series of inverted seams and welded floors which ensures that no water or dampness will get inside the tent.

Illuminated lining increases night-time visibility.

Velcro attachments are used in Coleman instant tents. This setup ensures that the body of the tent remains in place without any added wear on the overall set-up.

Coleman Instant Tents come in sizes that are available to suit every need, whether you are camping with two people or with eight.

Best Coleman  Instant Tent Review

1. Coleman 8 Person Instant Tent review

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent

We purchased the Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent for a three week camping trip at a campground in British Columbia this past summer on a recommendation from friends that we have made through our past camping experiences. Measuring at fourteen feet by ten feet, we felt that this tent was exactly what we expected, wanted, and needed for this summer's excursion.

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From start to finish, the Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent was a dream. Our family often squabbles at the very beginning of our trips because setting up a tent can often be a ridiculously complicated and tedious task. In comparison with what we have used in the past, the set-up for this tent was an absolute dream. It is extremely easy to set up, and is almost exactly what the name claims - "instant" being less than a five-minute set-up.

We were all absolutely amazed at the simplicity of the process. The frame and the tent do not come apart, so it is next to impossible to lose anything (which we really appreciated, as our family has a terrible history of losing important pieces for our tent set ups). We particularly enjoyed the fact that the tent could be divided into two rooms (front and back of the tent).

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent room

We used the back room as a bedroom, and the front room for storing clothes and gear. My husband, two kids, and I slept comfortably in the back room, and I can see that eight adults would sleep quite easily in the space (if it were left as one open room).

Additionally, the rooms are roomy enough that you can actually reach a full standing position in them so we didn't feel quite as cramped as we normally do.

My husband is tall - over six feet - and even he didn't complain about feeling cramped in this tent. The space was exceptionally roomy, and although we had a solid week of rain on the trip, the tent kept us dry with no issues whatsoever.

The tent also offers several features,

  • To offering a nice amount of windows to let the fresh air flow through when needed.
  • The tent is also extremely sturdy, and although we didn't have much wind on our trip (although we had a lot of rain),
  • The tent gave us the overall impression that it could withstand some pretty powerful winds.
  • 14 x 10 base and 6'5 ft. ceiling provides ample walk-around space.
  • Removable divider between rooms.

Breaking camp with this tent was as simple as the set-up (although we spent a couple extra minutes with the classic struggle of fitting the tent back into the bag). All in all, we are extremely pleased with the Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent.

It surpassed all of our expectations, and we cannot wait to use it again next summer. This is a great product from Coleman, and it is by far one of the best buys we have ever made for camping.

2. Coleman 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent Review

Coleman Instant Cabin Tent

I did a lot of research before deciding on the Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent. I had a list of top three features that I wanted my tent of choice to provide: perfectly weatherproof, simple set-up, and spacious.

I'm so happy that I decided on the Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin - I was able to check off every feature on my list, and the tent additionally gave me so much more than I ever expected out of a tent- by which I mean, the Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent has features that I didn't even think of when I was researching tents.

Camping is something that I have only recently started becoming interested in. I have only gone on a handful of trips over the past few years, and on each of those excursions, my husband and I used tents and gear borrowed from friends and family.

This past season was the first year that I decided it was time that we invest in our own tent and equipment. I spent last winter pouring over websites, checking statistics, watching videos, and consulting friends. Finally, I decided on the Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent after watching a few videos advertising the product.

Our summer in this tent was unbelievable. We wanted a bigger space for just the two of us, our big dog, and our gear, and this was perfect. A queen-sized mattress fit comfortably with loads of extra space - I think another would fit in this tent and there would still be extra space.

I am sure that more seasoned campers than us could make do with much less space than this tent provides, but for us newbies, the space felt almost luxurious, and we were really happy with it.

My husband is just over six feet tall, and he could stand upright in the center of the tent. The seams were taped and the tent has a WeatherTec patented floor (welded floor and inverted seems), and we had absolutely no issues with rain or damp getting into the tent.

Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent setup

Finally, the set up and take down were incredibly simple, which I think is really saying something as my husband and I are pretty much amateurs.

The entire process took us a total of five minutes for set up (will be less in the future now that we know how it works) and another five for take down (the most difficult part was fitting the tent back into the bag).

An additional feature:
  • Built-in rainfly gives you additional rain protection.
  • ​Pre-assembled poles that snap into position instantly
  • ​Easy Setup.
  • Foldable down to a small bundle that fits into an SUV or car trunk easily

It was indescribably lovely to open that window in the mornings and let the cool, refreshing outside air flow into the tent.

The Coleman 6 Person Instant Tent is everything that we wanted and more. We made some great memories during our first excursion in this tent, and we look forward to many more. We will be recommending this product to anyone who will listen.

3. Coleman 4 Person Instant Cabin Tent Review

Coleman 4 Person Instant Cabin Tent

We bought the Coleman 4-Person Instant Cabin with the expectation that we would use it pretty much exclusively for our kids to entertain themselves with in the backyard during the summer.

We did not actually intend to ever take it on our family camping trips every year - we have another, larger tent which fits our entire family plus our gear and it makes practical sense to take just that one - but we ended up loving the 4-Person Instant Cabin a lot more than we expected to, and now upon using it for this past summer in the backyard, we think that we may actually bring this tent along in addition to our larger tent on our family camping trip next summer.

Our boys, who are eight and ten, really enjoy camping, and they spent more time sleeping in this tent this past summer than they did in their own beds. We like that they are learning to set up their own campsite, and this tent has been a great introduction for them - set-up and take down are extremely simple, each taking about two minutes.

It would be perfect for our boys to have their own space - especially as they are growing up and getting bigger. The 4-Person Cabin travels extremely well in every regard - it is compact, weighing just over thirty pounds, and it is simple to set up, with new pole technology allowing for set-up in about two minutes.

Take down of the tent is likewise as simple and straightforward. The tent perfectly fits a queen-sized air mattress, which is exactly what we need for the boys, as well as their clothes, hiking gear, etc. There are also two storage flaps inside, which helps keep them organized.

The tent's features -
  • The exclusive WeatherTec system.
  • ​Vented rainfly.
  • ​Regardless of the amount of rain that fall during our camping trip.
  • Easy setup.
  • center height is 8 x 7 ft. 4 ft. 11 inc.

the exclusive WeatherTec system, vented rainfly, and Polyguard 2x fabric keep the kids and everything inside the tent dry, regardless of the amount of rain that fall during our camping trip.

Coleman 4-Person Instant Cabin Tent setup

The tent comes fully taped, which completely eliminated the need for an additional rainfly Although the tent is small, my husband and I could stay comfortably in there as well if we were to go on a trip with just the two of us, although it stands at just under five feet tall in the centre, so standing fully inside would not be an option.

Finally, the price of this tent cannot be beat! We purchased it for just ninety dollars on Amazon, and we cannot believe what great value we received for such a low price.

Product Highlight Features

- 150D/150D Polyester/taped seams and WeatherTec's patented welded floors and inverted seams ensures that no water will make its way into your tent.

-Includes and built-in vented rainfly for additional weather-proofing.

- Spacious interior (10ft x 9ft, 6ft height in the centre) allows for maximum movement.

- The unique pre-assembled poles allow for a quick set-up of less than one minute.

- Size of each tent easily fits every need.

- Illuminated lines increase night-time visibility.

- Available in brown or black colors.

Pros & Cons

Pros

- Simple set-up and take-down (less than three minutes)

- Could easily be used for solo travel as the set-up procedure is simple for one person to complete.

- Excellent at keeping rain and damp out of the tent.

- Large windows allow for good airflow and ventilation.

- Extremely spacious with lots of room for people and gear.

Cons

- These are not backpacking tents, as they are quite heavy to carry.

- Difficult to squash back into the bag after take down.

- Rainfly is not included and must be purchased separately.

Final Verdict

Coleman Instant Tents are the best options for instant tents available on the market today. The pre-assembled pole system is the simplest option of the market for a quick and easy set up and take down, meaning even a solo traveler can set up these tents in less than five minutes, allowing you to maximize your time in the great outdoors. With the rain-fly, this tents are guaranteed to keep you dry, no matter the weather.

Finally, these instant tents offer spacious accommodation no matter the number of campers in your party. For top overall customer satisfaction, there is no better choice than Coleman Instant Tents.

Coleman's passion for the great outdoors inspires them to design top-quality outdoor products so that their customers are able to enjoy their time in nature to the fullest without having to worry about the little things.

Coleman Instant Tents are specially designed to give you the stress-free journey back to the natural world, far away from the hectic mayhem of everyday life.

E.M. Paul
 

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