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Lightspeed Periapsis 4 Instant Tent Review

An instant tent very easy to set up is the Periapsis 4 tent produced by Lightspeed Outdoors. She is not properly a pop up tent because you cannot throw her in the air to open. But since she is one of the easiest tents to set up and one of the lightest backpacking tents, I wanted to include it in my a pop up tents reviews.

Features Of The LightSpeed Periapsis 4 Instant Tent

Lightspeed Periapsis 4 Instant Tent

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The Periapsis 4 Instant Tent is 4 person dome tent with a floor space of 62 square feet and a height of 55 inches. With a weight of 14 Lbs is very easy to carry in a backpack.

The tent features the patented Lightspeed pole system, with all the poles built into the tent, so that you don’t have to worry about missing any pole. A separate pole is provided to support the dual-peak rain fly that fully covers both sides of the tent.

All the poles converge to the central hub that allows user to set up the tent very quickly and easily. All you have to do is pull up the hub and press it until the tent shape is formed.

The Periapsis 4 is provided of a very large front door, two matching mesh windows on the sides and one window in the rear wall. The front door and all the windows are double, with a zipper screen and a zipper cover, that allow you to have the maximum protection against bugs and a very enjoyable ventilation.

The tent is provided of internal side pockets to store stuff and gears.

The tent and fly material is 190T PU 1500mm, taped fly seams, and the floor is a 120 g PE.

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How To Set Up a Periapsis 4 Instant Tent.

Setting up the Periapsis 4 Tent is very easy and quickly to do. You only need four steps:

  1. Lay the tent down flat with the central hub upright. Be sure that the poles are fully extended and the joints are locked;
  2. Lift the central hub to eye level and press firmly both the upper and the lower part togheter until the body of the tent has formed;
  3. Once connected thread the hook through the loop of central hub;
  4. Lay the rainfly over the tent and stake out the guy lines and the corners of the tent.

If you need more information on how to set up and take down a Periapsis 4 Instant tent you can download this instructions manual or take a look at this Youtube video:

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Small Problems And Great Customer Service

Although the rain fly covers very well all the tent, ensuring an overall good water resistance, some Amazon’s customers have experienced some leaks during heavy rain, specifically from the elastic loops which keep the windows fabric rolled in fair weather.

One of these customers reported that Lightspeed Customer Service was very prompt to solve the problem suggesting to apply seam sealer to the elastic/toggles on both the exterior and the interior of the tent.

LightSpeed Customer Service also offered the chance to trade the Periapsis 4 for a Lightspeed Vermont 4 Pro tent.

Other customers reported some damages to some other parts of the tent. In both cases LightSpeed Customer Service has contacted the customer and asked the opportunity to solve the problem.

As we all know all the products can be affected by a manufacturing defect or damage.

LightSpeed Outdoors customer service has proved to be very professional and customer oriented. Knowing that a company takes care of all the customers in a such professional way is one more reason to choose a LightSpeed’s product.


The Periapsis 4 tent by Lightspeed Outdoors is a very good tent. Very confortable, very easy to set up and take down. The tent is especially suitable for summer camping but she also works well in case of rain. The only thing you need to do is to take care of the sealing of the seams.

If you want to read what Amazon’s customer say about the Periapsis 4 tent click on the link below.

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Igloo Pop-Up II Dome Tent by Igloo Corp – New Pop Up Tent Review

The cheapest pop up tent you can find on Amazon, and maybe the cheapest pop up tent of this quality on the entire internet, is the the Pop Up Tent II By Igloo Products Corp.

Igloo Products Corp is a Texan corporation based in Katy. It’s one of the best known brands in the coolers industry, both in the U.S. and all over the world. Since 1947 when it introduced the cooler category, Igloo has been synonymous with quality and durability. Maybe, if you look carefully you will find an Igloo cooler even in your home.

The same attention to quality and durability has been applied to the construction of the Pop Up Tent II. The materials are very good and the trims are excellent. But this should not be surprising if you think that this tent is produced by the “coolest” company in the USA.

Main feautures of the Igloo Pop Up Tent II.

Igloo Pop Up Tent II Dome Tent

The Igloo Pop-Up II Dome Tent is a three season solo tent with lots of features at a very small price. The tent is very light, only 3.62 lbs, and measures 7ft 4in x 3ft 5in x 3ft 7in, with a square footage of 24.8 FT2. The max inside height is 43 inches.

The tent comes with a round carry bag and it’s quite easy to transport and store.

The frame consists of an integrated fibergrass pole.

The canopy material is 185 Polyester Taffeta 600 mm and the same material has been used for the tent floor. The mesh is made of Polyester.

The Igloo Pop Up Tent II features the MAXDry™ Weather Protection System which outfits the tent with water-resistant coatings, taped seams and tub floors to help prevent leaks and stay dry.

This technology makes the tent water resistant although not completely waterproof.

Some customers have experienced some leaks mainly during thunderstorms with heavy rains. Others report better experiences with the help of one or two tarps.

Another feature of the Igloo Pop Up II is the UV-Ban™ Weather Protection System a special coating that offers UPF 50+ protection.

But the coolest feature of this one man pop up tent is the Cool Riser™, a system of lower mesh vents that draws cool air in from the base and hot air out through the roof for easy temperature control. Many customers say that this feature only is worth the price of the tent.

The Igloo Pop Up Tent II can be used in the Great Outdoors, Hunting, Sports and Events.

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How to set up and tear down the Igloo Hop and Pop Tent.

Setting up the tent is very easy. All you have to do is take it out of the bag and throw it out. It takes less thant two seconds and the tent is ready to use.

Next thing you need to do is stake out the tent. This is really important. This will give the tent more body and also keep the tent for blowing away out in the wind.

Next step is to guy out the tent. All you have to do is take a tent stake and put inside the guy line, get the tent nice and tight, drive the stake into the ground and adjust the tie rod until the line is nice and tight. That will keep the tent for blowing over in case of winds.

Folding back the tent is quite easy but it takes two or three times to perform it well. You can learn how to do it by watching this video:

Five Questions Before Buying A Tent – A Guide For Beginner Campers

As the title suggests this article is intended for first time campers. If you are a professional camper you can choose to abandon the page or if you want (I would appreciate very much) you can leave a comment with your suggestions to the novices.

Okay, you’ve finally decided to give vent to your desire for freedom and take your first adventure in the outdoors, maybe together with your children or your grandchildren, and of course you are in front of the first important decision that an adventurer must take: what kind of tent should I buy?

The problem is not easy to solve. At the very least requires a bit ‘of reflection unless you want to find yourself in the middle of the rain with a beach tent or spend hundreds of dollars on a tent for extreme excursions when your intention is to set up an overnight camping for your kids in the backyard.

Of course these are exaggerations. But sometimes reality exceeds imagination.

It is for this reason that a beginner camper must ask himself these five questions before buying a tent:

  • What type of camping are you going to do?
  • What season are you going to camp?
  • How many people will be using the tent?
  • How much gear are you going to put into the tent?
  • Is the tent easy to set up?

What type of camping are you going to do?

Knowing what type of camping you are going to do is essential for choosing the right tent. If you are planning to car camping with all your family the weight of the tent may not be a determining factor. Usually a campsite is not so far from the parking area and you can carry the tent easily.

Coleman 14x10 Foot 8 Person Instant Tent

In this case you can choose a cabin tent which is best suited for established campgrounds and has a large square design with high ceilings and walls. It can be a little more difficult to set up but it gives you more room floor.

If you want more flexibility you can buy a dome tent, which can be moved around after set-up. They don’t usually have canopies and have less head room but are stable and designed to shed wind and all kind of precipitation.


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If you are going to hike or climb a mountain then the weight of the tent is major factor.

In this case you need to buy a very light tent. It can be a dome shape tent, or a pop up tent which are smaller and lighter, easy to set up and easy to carry if backpacking. They don’t usually have a lot of space inside and the height is relative. But they can provide protection in almost all weather conditions.

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What season are you going to camp?

Another important factor you need to consider when choosing a tent is how many seasons you will use the tent. There are three options:

Summer Tent – This kind of tent is designed to be used only during the good season (Hot and humid weather only). It’s lightweight and easy to set up. Usually have a lot of mesh for ventilation.

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ALPS Mountaineering Morada 4-person 3 season Tent

Three Seasons Tent – If you are going to camp between May and September you can choose a 3-Season Tent. It is designed to perform well both in wind and rain condition but not with snow. It usually has a rain fly that protects from rain and winds, a skylight window for extra light and a vestibule to store more gear.


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Four Season Tent – The Four Season Tent is the strongest of all tents. It is made to withstand the worst weather conditions: heavy snow falls, high winds, cold temperatures, intense UV exposure. This is the tent for mountain expeditions. It’s more expensive than the others but it’s worth every penny when you are on top of a mountain or in the middle of a snow storm.

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How many people will be using the tent?

The number of persons who will sleep in the tent is another factor to be considered. If you are going to camp with the family you can choose a cabin tent which is larger and more comfortable. It is heavier than a Dome Tent and needs more time to be set up.

If you are going to camp with your girlfriend or spouse than you can choose a pop up tent for two or three person. It is easy to carry in your backpack and easy to set up.

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How much gear are you going to put into the tent?

If you are planning to go car camping with your family or friends probably you will bring with you a lot of gear to rendere il vostro campeggio più comodo. Portable chairs and table, a cooler, a matrass, a camping stove. It is clear that you need a lot of space inside your tent. For this kind of camping you must choose a very roomy tent, like a cabin family tent or a dome tent.

If you are going to hike for a few days probably you will only bring with you the essential stuff. This will reduce the weight and the volume of your backpack. In this case a backpacking tent or a pop up tent is your tent. They are light and easy to set up even difficult situations.

Is the tent easy to set up?

Probably, the biggest problem a beginner camper faces is “how to set up a tent”.

On the market you can find a huge variety of tents each one with different instructions on how to set them up.

Genji Sports Pop Up Outdoor Family Tent

Some of them are very easy to set up like the pop up tents and the instant tents. After reading the instructions or viewing a set up video on Youtube you will be able to have them ready in very few minutes.

Others, like some kind of backpacking tents or big family tents, require more time to learn how to install them properly. In some cases you will need someone to help you set them up.


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In both cases I can suggest to take a look at the producer website and find the set up video for the kind of tent you intend to buy. If you cannot find it there you can find plenty of videos on Youtube.

My other suggestion is to set up your tent before going to camping, in your backyard or at home. This will save a lot of time and also a lot of hanger when you will be in the campsite and will leave you all the time to enjoy your very first night under the sky.