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Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent (14’x10′)

The Basics

Hey! Thanks for checking out our review of the Coleman 8­-Person Instant Tent. Overall, this seems like a great tent, keep reading to get more information.

This Coleman Insta Tent is a two room tent that sleeps eight people. This tent is intended to be easy and quick to assemble.  It is waterproof thanks to a Weather Tec system exclusive to Coleman tents. It has two doors and seven windows to provide proper ventilation to both rooms.  The top of the tent has a height of six feet, five inches, tall enough for most people to stand in easily. It comes with a bag to allow for easier carrying of the admittedly large tent.

Quick and Easy to Set Up Waterproof Tent

coleman-insta-tentOne of the most useful things about this tent is that it is an insta tent that can be set up in mere moments. While your first set up with this tent might take longer, the process is intended to be quick and easy. Users of the tent have found the tent easy to erect as well. Not only is the tent easy to set up, it was easy to take back down as well. Most users, after their first try, can do it in 8 minutes or less by themselves, sometimes less than 5, especially with assistance.

Another useful feature is that the tent is completely waterproof, even over time, using Coleman’s Weather Tec system. There are extra pieces that you can buy to be completely sure that the tent won’t leak, but reviewers haven’t had much trouble with the tent by itself leaking, even in really nasty storms.

Spacious, Open Design

Coleman-8-Person Instant-TentThis tent is very tall, at 6 feet 5 inches, allowing all but the tallest people to stand up in it easily. This can be useful since bad weather can confine you to a potentially claustrophobically small tent for long periods of time. It also has plenty of space for standing up to your full height. It is spacious in width as well as height, allowing for plenty of space for a family of four to five, mattresses or sleeping bags, and belongings with room to spare. 8 people can squeeze into it in total, even with the room divider.

The Coleman tent also has lots of windows that can be opened up to make a large tent seem even larger. It airs the tent out well too, providing moving air to keep you cooler. On the other hand, the windows can be sealed during a storm. However, not all of the windows have ties that come with them. If you find string or twine, you can tie them to hold them open.

Another useful feature of this tent is its ability to turn into a two room tent. The tent comes with a removable canvas divider to separate the tent into two ‘rooms’ in the front and back of the tent. Since this is a large, eight person tent, this feature makes the tent an excellent family tent, allowing a different room for parents and children.

Well Made Tent

Coleman-eight-Person-Instant-TentOverall, the basic construction on this tent is excellent. Many people have used it over a period of years, and it has held up well. The tent holds on to its waterproofing and it’s ability to be assembled quickly. The material doesn’t rip or tear easily, and the stitching holds up well over time and more rugged adventures. It even comes with a handy carrying bag that can provide more safety and years of life to the tent when not in use or while traveling.

Insider Tips

Tip #1­ – The pegs that come with the tent are said to be moderately flimsy. They do not seem like very good quality even under mild­ normal use. Most users have recommended purchasing sturdier ones to keep the tent from coming out of the ground and blowing away with even the gentlest of breezes.


  • Quick and easy setup
  • Waterproof even during heavy rain
  • Plenty of windows and ventilation
  • Can be divided into a front and back
  • Well made, overall good construction


  • Too heavy and bulky for backpacking or similar ventures
  • The tent pegs do not hold up well during heavy winds

Final Score: One of the Best Family Tents on the Market

The Coleman 8 Person Instant Tent is one of the best tents out on the market right now. The setup on this well made tent is as quick and easy as advertised, and it stays waterproof through most rain. But the waterproofing doesn’t detract from the fact that this tent can be opened up to seem even more spacious than it already is. And considering it’s a 6+ foot tall 8 person tent, that’s a feat! It has a divider, providing you with the option to create two rooms within the tent.

However, this tent is not one that you want to take backpacking, it is extremely large, heavy, and bulky, even when packed tightly into its bag. It is a tent best served in a place where you can drive directly onto your campsite, and is optimal for a family, especially one who has never put up a tent before. Overall, this well made tent is an excellent family tent with it’s multitude of useful features, including the quick setup that campers of any age and skill can take advantage of.

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