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Coleman InstaClip Screen Shelter Review: Absolutely Terrible!

by Brenda
(Nova Scotia, Canada)

I purchased the Coleman InstaClip Screen Shelter a while back.

Let me say: It has terrible directions. Absolutely impossible to follow. I've never purchased a tent with such terrible instructions.

First of all, it said there were BLUE dots to connect the main poles to the hub. But there were two poles with YELLOW dots on them and no matching dots of ANY color on the hub. How incompetent! Really! Color should be an easy one to get. I just don't get it.

As a result, the assembled shelter does not lay properly on the ground and looks off kilter.

Frankly, the only reason I've kept it because it is too much trouble to take it down and return it since it was for my 79 year old mother for her patio set.

I must say I was disappointed because I've always thought of Coleman products as the best.

I guess Coleman camping equipment was the best--but that was a few decades ago. I will NEVER buy another Coleman product again. Absolute garbage!

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Coleman Instant 6-Man Tent: My Experience & Suggestion

by Kent
(Montana)

I have spent most of the past three weeks spring camping with a Coleman 6-man Instant tent. The 'Instant' refers to the tent poles being premanently attached to the tent, being slid up and down with a lock mechanism to replace most tents pole system of segments being strung together.

Also, the Coleman Instant tents have no separate fly. The tent is truly a one piece tent, with only stakes being separate.

While advertised as needing two people to set up, I managed well enough on my own.

Take with a grain of salt the claim from Coleman that their Instant tents only take a single minute to set up or take down.

That definitely isn't including time to deal with staking out the tent, or pulling the stakes up. Still, the set up time is much less than for most tents of a similiar size.

In thirteen nights of camping with the Coleman tent the last three weeks, it dealt well enough with a few mild episodes of rain and snow. Wind is something to consider though.

A day of strong wind collapsed my tent while I was away, but with the double jointed aspect to the pole system, no permanent harm done, and no broken poles to replace.

Don't leave anything in the tent to rue being knocked over, and be sure to make your guy lines out from the corners as taut as possible.

I also left a flashlight dangling from the center ring for some weight to help the ceiling 'stay down'.

The Coleman Instant tents aren't for backpackers. There is a penalty to pay in the size of the carry bag for these tents, as the poles only collapse in length so far.

As with any tent I have ever bought, the stakes included are basically a joke.

Get yourself some sturdy 10-12" stakes that will take mallet strokes and really bite into the ground and hold the tent in place.

I work on the road much of the year and try to camp out to save expenses as often as I can. I recommend the Coleman Instant tents for anyone car camping like I do who wants to shave some time off of the set up and take down time, and appreciates the extra room a cabin style tent gives them.

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