Coleman Instant Tents Review

Camping with family is an experience that everyone should make at least once in their life. Fishing with your child on the banks of a lake, walking with your daughter in the woods chatting about nothing, are moments that remain forever.

Not to mention the barbecue and the scent of ‘smores. Can you feel it?


Family Camping With Coleman Instant Tent

Unfortunately there is a moment of this wonderful experience that many would willingly jump.  The moment of putting up the tent.

Cleaning the area and having to deal with stakes, hammer, pegs and all the other equipment, when your kids are asking to play, can be really annoying.

That’s why Coleman Inc., one of the first and oldest companies in the camping industry, introduced its Coleman Instant Tents, so easy to assemble to become the first choise of families.

Coleman Instant Tents are not properly pop up tents, in the sense that you can not throw them in the air to open. But their unique system of opening and fixing however, makes the tents open easily in less than a minute, and this despite the size and the weight of them.

To realize how easy is to put up one of the Coleman Instant Tents just watch one of the several videos you can find on Youtube.

Here are a couple of them:

Coleman® Instant Tent – demonstration made by Coleman Inc staff.

KOA Campers Test Coleman Instant Tent – Test made by campers of KOA Kampgrounds.

Main Features of Coleman Instant Tents

Coleman produces four versions of its cabin instant tent. Their dimensions change depending on the number of people they can accommodate.

The smaller of the family is the Coleman Instant tent 4, a single room tent which measures 8 ft. x 7 ft. and can fit up to four adults. It’s big enough for one queen airbed. The height of the tent is 4 ft. 11 inc. at the center for plenty of room and air. This tent weights 9.8 Lbs. 

The 6 person version meausures 10 ft. x 9 ft. and is 5 ft. 11 inc. tall at the center with enough space to stand up and move easily . This tent is very spacious. There is enough space for two queen air mattresses.

Coleman Instant Tent 6 person with rainfly

Coleman Instant Tent 6 Person with Rainfly

Both the Coleman 4p and 6p instant tents feature one big door and four large windows in 68D polyester mesh. The roof of the tent has two openings for ventilation, equipped with hinges and a prop to keep them opened.

The biggest version is the Coleman 14×10 Foot 8 Person Instant Tent, a 2-room cabin tent which measures 14×10 feet with a center height of 6 ft 5 inc. This means plenty of room. Campers can decide if they want to sleep in a single large room, which can fit up to 8 people, or divide the tent into two rooms by dropping down a tent divider.

Coleman Instant Tent 8 person - inside view

Coleman Instant Tent 8 person – inside view

It features two doors and seven big windows for a terrific ventilation an a great panoramic view. This tent weights 43.8 Lbs.

The Fabrics

Coleman Instant tents are made with 150D polyester taffeta, very durable and waterproofed. The floor is made of 1000D polyethylene which makes it waterproof even in heavy rain.

The supporting frame of the tent consists of steel poles with a diameter of 16mm and 20mm, preattacched directly to the tent by special hooks all interconnected with each other by joints. Once stretched, the poles are locked in place by the joints that prevent the poles to return back. The guy wires are directly connected to the tent to ensure maximum stability even in strong wind.

In this two videos you can see how a Coleman Instant Tent 6 p, withstood a 35 kmh wind storm in Tasmania.

Coleman Instant 6 man Tent – Exterior view during high winds – by Lightning Jack Productions

Coleman Instant 6 man Tent – Interior view during high winds – by Lightning Jack Productions

Coleman WeatherTec System

Another important feature of Coleman Instant Tents is the exclusive WeatherTec system that guarantees absolute waterproofing of the tent without the need of additional rainfly. This system includes:

  • Waterproof floor: the floor has welded seams and corners without needle holes in order to avoid any leaks.
  • Protected Seams: the seams are inverted in order to protect the needle holes on the inside of the tent.
  • Zipper Protection: the door zipper is protected by a flap in order to limit exposure to the elements.
  • Design of the structure: the cabin shape of the structure has been designed to provide maximum stability to the tent even in windy conditions.

Coleman assures that the WeatherTec System provides complete waterproofness for the tent. You should not need a separate rainfly. But in the case you can buy one separately.

Final thoughts.

Coleman is a great company with over one hundred years of experience. This experience is fully reflected in the design of its tents. The selection of the materials, the attention to the design and comfort, the care for details, show how Coleman’s primary intent is to let you live a great outdoors experience. Coleman Instant Tents are the pinnacle of this philosophy.

Buy a Coleman Instant Tent on Amazon.

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4 thoughts on “Coleman Instant Tents Review

  1. Kathleene

    looking at a coleman instant tent and wondering if the taffeta fabric is waterproof then how does it breathe?

    1. Paolo Sini Post author

      Hi Kathleene,
      Coleman tents are subjected to rigorous high wind conditions at their testing laboratory. They also have literally built a rain room in their factory to test their tents and provide simulated weather conditions, from a light spring drizzle to a heavy downpour.
      Coleman’s patented Weathertec System incorporates all the latest technology to protect campers against the worst weather conditions.
      Check their website at
      Hope this help.

      1. Stevana

        You didn’t answer Kathleene’s question. She was asking HOW the tent can breathe (be well ventilated), while being waterproof.
        My guess is that when the windows are closed for the rain, it will be stuffy.

        1. Paolo Sini Post author

          Hi, Stevana.
          You are right. Perhaps this is the only weak point of this tent.
          During warm days the large windows provide excellent ventilation. But with the rain and with the windows closed, the tent is not really breathable.
          The only vents are on the top of the tent and when it rains it is advisable to keep them closed.

          Overall, and considering the price, it is one of the best tents in its category.

          Thanks for commenting on my blog.


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