Tips for Buying An Instant Tent
What things you need to know before you buy an Instant Tent…
When you are planning on buying an Instant Tent, you will want to have some research under your belt before you purchase. Of course you can go out and buy the first tent you see and like… and you might just be lucky, but it is much better to have a good idea of what you are looking for and the pros and cons of different types of tents, and hopefully not end up with something you wish you had not bought!
When you are thinking of an instant tent, then often it is about smaller pop-up type tents which are great for what they are made for, however, with some of the advancements in manufacturing, you can now take advantage of easy-up tents that are very large, catering for a full on camping adventure.
What do you need to look for?
So, if you are looking for a tent then I am thinking you already know how many people you want to accommodate and what weather conditions you are going to want to cater for.
One thing I will say, and if you have ever gone camping in a tent, then you might already agree with me, if you want to house 3 people you will likely need a tent bigger than one advertised as a 3-person tent. This is because when they calculate the size of the tent like this, they are using side-by-side snug fit, people lined up like in a sardine can…
So unless snug is your preference, then you might want to say go a 4-person for 3 or even bigger, depending on the sort of camping trip you are taking.
With and ‘Instant’ tent then you can get a large tent like the Coleman instant Tent 8 which is a very roomy tent, and while officially it is an 8 person, I would still think it is way more comfortable for 4 or 5 depending on whether you are catering for adults and children and the numbers of each.
These larger tents, even though they are quick to set up, are still quite heavy and so you would only use them if you transporting your camping gear with a vehicle. For people who want to go on a cycling or motor bike camping trip then you will want to look at the Wind Ridge Instant Tent range.
They have a 3 and 4 person instant tent, which have been very well designed and although smaller than the Coleman with no standing room, they are still very roomy and very well designed. These tents are perfect if you only have a small distance to carry your camping gear to set up camp, or if you traveling by bicycle or a motor bike.
Instant tents are perfect for anyone on a road trip where they want to save money on accommodation and don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up a camping site just to sleep for the night, and depending on your preferences and again, how many people you are catering for, then either the Coleman or the Wind Ridge range should suit the purpose well.
When it comes to catering for weather conditions you will need to give this some thought. The classification of tents is spoken of in the number of seasons.
Generally an all-round seasonal tent (there are some exceptions), are not made for severe weather of any kind; in windy, stormy and severe cold and snow, these tents will not do very well. These are more for the temperate climate and quick camp out where you know weather will not be an issue.
3 season tents are just that much better where they are made to stand up to more severe weather conditions, however, if you know that snow is a possibility where you are camping, or you can foresee going camping in snowy conditions then this will not be your best choice.
A 4 season tent is the highest rating and is the toughest tent you can get, because they are made to withstand extreme weather conditions. If there is any possibility or likelihood of freezing winds, snow and rain then this is the best tent choice for you.
Really if you are a serious camper, backpacker or hiker then getting a 4 season tent is probably your best option. The one thing about these tents, though, is sometimes the ventilation is not as good, so you want to choose the design carefully and make sure you have a way to improve airflow through the tent in warmer weather conditions.
Sometimes with Instant Tents there have been issues with water leakage, in particular with the Coleman range, however, they seem to be addressing this more with the newer models.
You can always adapt the tent by adding your own fly using a tart set up and many people have done this. There are also many people who have used their tents in bad weather without a fly, and not had any water leaking issues. For me, I would certainly make sure any seams are sealed with a waterproof seam sealer, and I would have a fly or two at hand just to be sure. If you are looking at the Wind Ridge instant tents then you will find they come with a fly already, so there shouldn’t be any issues.
One of the best tips for buying an instant tent, is check out different reviews and think of ways you might be able to counteract any potential negatives as well as aiming to cater for the type of tent that will suit your needs.