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Coleman Instant Tent 8 Review

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Price:   $310 List | Sale $209.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Fastest to set up, tall, inexpensive, lightweight, durable floor.
Cons:  No rainfly, door opens to ground, hard to keep doors taut, only one door, vents on top don't seal very well in rain, bad in wind, small stakes.
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Manufacturer:   Coleman


The Coleman Instant Tent 8 is a big brother to the Instant Tent 6, the tent that won the Best Buy award in our extensive review of camping tents. The two strongest features of both tents is that their setup is amazingly easy and they are quite inexpensive.

Setting up a tent the first time can be a bit of a struggle – and for many people the long time between camping trips means they forget the drill and each time is a "first time." With the Instant Tents the poles are already attached to the fabric. All that's needed is to extend the poles and click them into place.

The smaller Instant Tent 6 claims to fit six persons, but that's a stretch. Four or maybe five persons is more like it. The Instant Tent 8's claim to fit eight people is suspect as well because it offers 14 square feet per person vs. 15 in the Instant Tent 6.

Two two differ in floor size (14 by 8 feet vs.10 by 9 feet), ceiling height (6 feet 4 inches. Vs. 6 feet), and price. Also the bigger tent can be divided into two "rooms."

To get a complete sense of the Coleman Instant family, go to our review of Coleman Instant Tent 6 and the overview of nine of the best camping tents at the site listed below.

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Review by:
Steve McNamara
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Last Updated:
March 23, 2015
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   Mar 20, 2014 - 12:24am
Camper · Camper · LA
I have used this tent 3 times once at Point Mague , strong winds did ok , and in lake arrowhead CA , pouring rain, it does really good , nice windows , the things I did not like is it does not breath very well a lot of moisture , no where to put anything as far as shoes before you enter , Coleman say it does not need a fly , but it does you need the fly to open the windows If it rains at least a bit to get ventilation , so since it has material that does not breath well it does not have very well ventilation , but other than that it is a good tent , I have had this tent for about 4 yrs but since then I invested in better camping equipment , I purchased a expensive tent , but still have my instant tent in my garage well taken care of , I would recommend it but people should know the good and bad née fore you buy something , Thank You , Happy camping

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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