Category Archives: Tents

24May/15

Coleman Instant Tourer Review

Coleman Instant Tourer Review

Coleman Inatant Toure TentThe Coleman has specifically designed as a super fast erecting tent. In fact the Coleman Instant tourer can be put up in as quick as 1 to 3 minutes. Now to be honest, to put a tent up in 1 to 3 minutes is a bold claim by the manufacturer.  Saying that Coleman are one of the best tent producers in their field.

The Coleman instant tourer is indeed one of the quickest 4 person tent that I have ever had the pleasure to witness being erected, it’s incredible actually.

You see the Coleman Instant Tourer (Available on Amazon) has instant tent technology. The simple thing is,  that the steel poles are already connected to the tent. Coleman then utilises a clever, revolutionary spider like framework. This technology enables the tent to be pitched in literally one minute flat. You can see in the photos to the right how easy it is to do.

Now I have to point out that the instant tourer tent is only a 4 person one room tent, so if you are looking for separate compartments or sleeping quarters then this tent isn’t for you.

The Coleman Instant tourer has been designed for the more active camping community or someone that is on the go and moving from camp site to campsite quite quickly. The thing being it is quick to erect and also extremely quick to take down also. Actually I think it would be great for festivals like the famous Glastonbury festival in Somerset. Any outdoor gigs or raves would suit this tent.

amazon buttonIt’s super fast to erect & take down! Great for festivals.

Simply get to the gig with 3 of your friends, jump out of the car, get the tent out of the bag and 1 minute later your tents up and running. That’s how to make other festival goers really jealous! When the festivals over, your tent will be down, packed in bag and your off, while others are still messing about trying to pack their tents up.

Let’s have a quick look at the specs

• Steel poles
• 1 min Pitch-in-one
• Sewn-in groundsheet
• 3000 mm fabric
• Rain protection peak
• Wind and rain tested
• Pack size 103 x 20 cm
• Weight: 7.4 kg
Lets take a look at how quick the Coleman instant tourer is to erect and take down.

 

Ok let’s look at size! The Coleman Instant tourer is 243cm long and 243cm or approximately 8ft wide. It’s a nice square tent so that works out 20 Metres square. I’d say it is plenty big enough for 4 people plus your camping gear. Height it is about 5ft 4 Inches at its peak.
Before you ask, Is it waterproof? Yes it is. You may get some condensation but most single skin tents are the same unless well ventilated.

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Coleman Instant Tourer TentThe one issue I have with the Coleman Instant tent and some other tents actually, is that tent pegs supplied are always a bit flimsy. I would recommend that any tent should have heavy duty tent or bivvy pegs. It certainly is worth investing in a set of stronger pegs, especially as they are normally £5 to £10 for a set of 10 pegs.

 

04Apr/15

Coleman Coastline 3 Plus

Coleman Coastline 3 Plus Review

Coleman Coastline 3 Plus tentSimilar to the 2 Plus from Coleman, the Coleman Coastline 3 Plus is especially The Coastline 3 plus is very sturdy and stable and is intended as a three man tent. Indeed it has ample room for use as a 3 person tent and also has a spacious storage area for all your camping gear.

The Coleman Coastline 3 Plus is a superbly designed and well thought out 3 person tent. Essentially the 3 plus is extremely easy and quick to put up and saying that, take down (No rocket scientist required). Because like most of the Coleman tents the poles and ties are colour coded which makes it so much easier to erect. Even an idiot like me can do it. (well I’m not quite that bad)

Coleman are always on top of their game when it comes to easy pitch tents. All their modern tents have great well thought out features too. The last thing you need when camping is a tent that is problematic to erect and not enough space. You cant go wrong with the Coleman Coastline 3 Plus.

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The size of the 3 Plus is 4.2m square in the sleeping area, 3.78m square in the storage area. It also boasts an impressive 26m square pitching surface area.

Here’s More Dimensions of the Coleman Coastline 3 Plus

The overall length of the 3 Plus tent is 440cm in metric form or 14ft 5 inches for people who prefer feet and inches. The sleeping area width is 190cm which is 6ft 3 approximately. The sleeping area length is 200cm which is 6ft 7 inches approximately. So as you can see the sleeping area of the Coleman Coastline 3 Plus is excellent for 3 people sharing a tent.

We nearly bought the Coleman Coastline 3 Plus (Available on Amazon) last year instead of a fishing bivvy and we may still buy one yet. The reason we liked it was that it has plenty of useful storage. It has a storage area of 210cm x 200cm, that is 6ft 10 inches by 6ft 7 inches approximately which is so useful in fishing situations or of course camping. The Height of the Coleman 3 plus is a generous 140cm (approximately 4ft 7 inches.

Let’s have a look at the video of the Coleman Coastline 3 Plus Video

You can expand the video by clicking on the little square box in the bottom right hand side on the video if you want too.

Coleman Coastline 3+ TentThe Coastline 3 Plus comes with a detachable groundsheet which I like as it is easier to clean after your camping trip. The groundsheet also has a small raised edge which helps stop bugs and water getting in too. It apparently aids ventilation as well. The groundsheet is also made with a thick PE material for durability and heavy usage.

Ventilation is no problem with the Coleman Coastline 3 PlusThe great design of this tunnel type tent offers excellent ventilation by its built in vents. You can also open up both sides of the storage area, also the main front porch area for even more ventilation in the warmer weather. The good thing is you can soon zip up either side of the 3 Plus if the wind gets up. Ideal if the winds coming from one direction as you can just zip one side too.

Conclusion:  This tent is excellent to use as a large 2 person or good for a 3 person tent. I cannot see a downside that’s why I’m rating this a 9.5 /10 Available on Amazon

 

 

 

15Mar/15

Coleman Coastline 4

Coleman Coastline 4 review

Coleman Coastline 4 Deluxe tentI was quite amazed when I came across this Coleman Coastline 4 Deluxe tent. On seeing it for the first time I couldn’t believe the headroom and space, although I am only short it was great not needing to duck down every time you have to go in or out of a tent.

In fact the actual height it measures is 200cm which in my terms is 6ft 6 3/4 inches, me preferring old school measurements and all that.

Coleman Coastline 4 is an ideal family tent that has the added luxury of being able to remove the bedroom areas pertaining to your needs of sleeping or storage arrangements, how clever is that?

amazon buttonAnother great feature I really like is the windows, which have been designed as self rolling windows, in other words, instead of manually rolling them up they are spring based making it easy for everybody. (Personally I hate rolling doors up as well, I’m probably a bit lazy like that).

As this is designed in the tunnel tents style it just gives it that spacious appeal and look. The living space is ample and boasts an excellent 5m square, allowing for plenty of room for your needs.

To take a closer look at the living room floor space, it works out at 290cm x 205cm (9ft 6 X 6ft 7 inches approx).

The bedroom or sleeping area is a generous 5m square also. Which is 290cm x 210cm. This would equate to approximately 9ft 6 inches x 6ft 10 inches (well, as near as dam it). Lets view this video and take a look at this great tent in action

I actually like the design of these Coleman Coastline 4 (Available on Amazon) tents as tunnel tents are so quick and easy to set up. I mean some tents you buy just leave you scratching and shaking your head (Even Einstein would struggle). Not so with the tunnel design from Coleman, all poles and sleeves have been colour coded. Just match the colour coded poles with the coloured sleeves and boom the tents up. Great hey! Just stick your chairs and table in and get the wine out.. (you’re on holiday remember, enjoy yourself).

I hate mosquitoes, so a good thing is these tents come with mosquito and bug nets.  Also it has a built in highly durable groundsheet which helps deter other creepy crawly critters from getting in.

Coleman Coastline 4 comes with reflective brightly coloured guy ropes which help in the day and night time. Internal storage pockets are also a great feature along with a vent and a power cable vent.

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amazon button Overall this is a truly well thought out family tent which is sturdy, versatile and offers exceptional value for money. It’s no wonder they sell so many and have great reviews.

12Mar/15

Coleman Coastline 2 plus tent Review

Coleman Coastline 2 plus tent review

Coleman Coastline plus 2 tentDuring my years of camping I have used many different sized tents depending on the occasion. Not all tents are equal wether they are a 2 person or 10 person tent.  Tents these days have some unique and innovative features.

It’s not easy for manufacturers to please every camper however Coleman have come up trumps here with this spacious 2 person plus tent which offers good space and durability.

Taking a closer look you will see that The Coleman coastline 2 plus tent is a superlight, superfast erecting tent, this two person tent benefits from a quick and easy to erect tunnel that is cleverly designed to be pitched in no time at all, so that you can sit back and relax with a decent cup of tea or beverage of your fancy.

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Let’s look internally. The design of the Coleman coastline 2 plus tent makes optimum use of space, providing ample sleeping room. There is plenty of storage space available for all of your normal camping gear.

Please see the dimensions on the image to the left to see the full dimensions of this roomy 2 person tent.

Another great feature of the Coleman Coastline 2 plus tent is the great ventilation which is ideal for a warm day or summer evening. All you have to do to cool down is open the large side doors, also the large PVC window allows plenty of light in when needed.

There is also an addition of mosquito vents on the front sides for added skin protection from bites (see photos).

The Coleman Coastline 2 plus tent (Available on Amazon) offers good wind and waterproof protection. If it is a bit windy in one direction it is easy to just zip one side up and open the other side which saves the hassle of turning the tent around. The same applies when the sun moves around during the day so this 2 person tent has excellent benefits

The groundsheet is built with increased weather protection due to it’s upturned sides plus there are extremely handy storage pockets inside the tent and also a power cord vent hole for lighting or heating wires etc.

If you look at the picture above you can also see that the guy ropes that stabilise the tent in windy conditions are placed in the safest positions.

Coleman Coastline +2 TentPlease see below for more specs on The Coleman coastline 2 plus tent.

Capacity: 2 person

Sleeping area: 2.7 m²

Storage area: 2.28 m²

Pitching surface: 20 m²

Headroom: 110 cm

Carry bag type: Rectangular with zipper opening

Pack size: 50 x 16 x 15 cm

Weight: 4.71 Kg

Polyester 185T Flysheet

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