Cabin Tents Reviews

Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup Review

Coleman Instant

This model is designed to sleep up to six campers and features the popular instant setup design that makes it very beginner-friendly and a breeze to set up and break down. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly model and one that can withstand serious camping out in the backcountry, then Coleman delivers with their latest and possibly best cabin tent.

Our Verdict: This model by Coleman can sleep up to six people and is categorized as a three-season tent. This means it works best for the warmer seasons such as the spring and summer. It can also handle camping out in the fall if you’re not in a particularly rainy part of the country. The interior is surprisingly tall, coming in at six feet, two inches, which is perfect for those campers who are tired of hunching down to walk around their tent. This model is pretty basic in terms of design. Storage spaces are pretty minimal, consisting of a couple of small mesh pockets sewn into one of the interior walls. While the manufacturer claims that this model can easily accommodate six campers, it’s going to be a tight fit, especially if you bring along plenty of gear. I’d recommend this model for a max of four campers, with a little room to spare for gear.

Concerning the WeatherTec waterproof design, this tent can handle light to moderate rainfall and can even manage to keep you dry if you end up caught in a heavy downpour, but after several hours the vents in the roof will start to leak. The interior is highly breathable and features several large mesh panels that will keep you nice and cool during the summer months. The dark room design also works to block out up to ninety percent of sunlight, so you can enjoy sleeping later. However, this technology also helps to keep the interior nice and cool in hotter weather. Overall, while this model lacks a lot of bells and whistles, aside from its basic design it does do a great job of providing the right amount of protection for summer and spring use.

Overview and Features

This cabin-style tent is taller than many competing models, offering a height of six feet, two inches. This is a single-layer model, complete with a built-in rainfly for ultimate protection from light to heavy downpours. It’s also a freestanding model, which means it doesn’t have to be staked into the ground during assembly. You also won’t have to be so particular concerning where you set the tent up.

Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

Coleman Instant

  • High ceiling
  • WeatherTec waterproof design
  • Stay-cool interior
  • Material blocks out 90% of sunlight
  • Sleeps six
  • Fast set up


This is a standard three-season model, which means it can be used during the fall, spring, and summer months. It can handle light to heavy rainfall but doesn’t do well in the colder months as far as retaining warmth. For the colder months, a four-season model is recommended.


Inside, you’ll find several large mesh panel windows that help to keep the bugs out while keeping the interior nice and cool. The windows are equipped with zippered flaps, which you can close if the weather becomes too cool or it begins to rain. The flaps are waterproof and do an excellent job of preventing rain or wind from entering the tent.


The floor measures in at ten feet by nine feet and can accommodate up to six people, however, it will feel a little cramped.

While the manufacturer claims that this model can fit a couple of queen-sized beds, it will be a tight fit.

As I mentioned earlier, this model has a height of six feet, two inches. This will give you more space to freely walk around the interior without needing to hunch over.


Coleman Instant

This model is waterproof and comes with Coleman’s patented WeatherTec system which consists of inverted seams and welded floors. This design creates a more durable seam that isn’t easily torn or damaged. While the tent is designed to withstand rain, since it lacks a vestibule it’s not the best model to use during the rainy season. Additionally, the built-in vents in the roof can begin to leak if you’re stuck in a heavy downpour for several hours at a time. For mild to moderate rainy weather, the integrated rainfly does a great job of keeping the interior nice and dry.


This model consists of telescopic poles and a clip system. You can easily connect the poles by extending them to the proper length. The clips will pop out once the pole is locked into place at the right length. The poles are heavy-duty and made out of sixteen-millimeter stainless steel. The poles used for the roof are made out of twelve-millimeter stainless steel.

In terms of storage space, it’s pretty basic. On one wall you’ll find a couple of small mesh pockets. The interior lacks a zippered divider, which can be a drawback for campers who are looking for a model that can provide more privacy or storage options.


The tent is made out of polyguard 2X fabric with a double-thick design that can easily handle backcountry use.

Carry Bag

Once your camping trip is at an end, simply collapse the poles and roll up the tent to pack it away securely in the free carry bag, complete with large handles for easier transport and storage.


The long, large windows are made out of mesh, so you can expect better than average airflow. This also means you won’t have to deal with a condensation problem, which is a common issue with some lower-priced models. The roof is also equipped with a couple of vents, to improve air circulation. These vents can be closed completely in the event of rain or morning dew and are fully waterproof.

Dark Room Design

dark room

The dark room design blocks out ninety percent of the sun, allowing you to sleep in just a little longer. Another benefit of this material is the fact that it helps to keep the interior much cooler than the outdoors, so you can escape the summer heat and cool down inside. The manufacturer states that the dark room design can decrease heat retention by as much as ten percent, which is pretty impressive.

Advantages and Disadvantages


  • Reasonable price
  • Better than average airflow
  • Fast setup
  • Large mesh windows
  • Tall interior
  • Freestanding design
  • Durable


  • One entryway
  • Not much storage space
  • Cannot withstand prolonged exposure in inclement weather

Coleman Versus Ozark Trail Base Camp

If you’re looking for a larger model, one that comes loaded with more bells and whistles, then this model by Ozark Trail may be a better fit. This model features several separate rooms, complete with their own entrances, for ultimate privacy when you’re camping out. Each room is separated by a zippered flap, so if you want to use the tent as one single large space, you can simply unzip all of the dividers.

The tent itself features a total interior space of four hundred feet and includes twelve large mesh windows, for ultimate airflow during those hotter months. This model also comes with an integrated rainfly that’s designed to keep the interior dry when it rains. Like the Coleman tent, it also comes with sewn-in storage pockets, which will keep your gear, food, and supplies off the floor and away from insects and wildlife.

However, it doesn’t offer the same type of fast set up that this model does. In fact, it’s not exactly beginner-friendly, so you can expect a lengthy assembly process. It’s also pretty pricey, which can make it a bad option for families on a tight budget. But if you need a model that can accommodate up to fourteen people on your next camping trip, then it’s definitely a better option than this six-sleeper tent.

Conclusion and Rating

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

Coleman InstantIf you’re new to camping and dreading setting up camp for the first time, go with a model that allows you to get the job done in as little as a minute. Well-built, durable, and reasonably priced, while it may be lacking in terms of extra features, it’s a great buy if you’re looking for a model that can help you beat the heat on your next camping adventure. It offers better than average air circulation, features a tall interior and can sleep up to six campers. It lacks storage space, doesn’t come with a vestibule, and can struggle in inclement weather since the roof vents can leak in a heavy downpour.

But for camping out in the fall, spring, and summer months, you’ll find that it does an excellent job of providing protection from the sun, as the interior remains cool and airy. The durable design, combined with the fast setup makes this model a great buy if you’re looking for a tent that can withstand camping in the backcountry. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.