Monday, August 1, 2011

Coleman Instant Tent | The Name Says it All













I hadn't been camping for over 30 years, but my memories of that last outing are still all too fresh… rain, mud, the most disgusting latrines imaginable. And that damn tent. Back then it was one of those heavy canvas, army-style jobs that looked like a tent any kid would draw if you asked them to draw a tent – essentially a triangle of canvas held together by a fragile framework of metal rods. It took two people a frustrating 1/2 hour to set up, perhaps more to take down. Fast forward to last weekend, when trepidation about showing my kids how to set up camp turned to absolute confidence as Coleman's Instant Tent literally jumped out of its carry bag and into full bloom in about 60 seconds flat. And this isn't a toy – well built, with quality materials and features to rival most any tent at the campsite – the genius behind the design lies in the integration of an external collapsable frame that "pops" open via a central hub on the roof (and the reverse when its time to pack up.) There's nothing at all to assemble. Available in 4, 6 and 8 person versions, Coleman's Instant Tents make camping more accessible to everyone. $139-189

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