Coleman – Instant 4 Tent

The Instant 4 is a big bugger. Packed down it is 1.25m long (4ft) and too large to go in the boot of a smaller car. It’s also extremely heavy for a 4-man tent, and because everything is attached, you can’t separate it in to more manageable packages. So, whilst I’d say that the Instant nature of the pitching would make this absolutely ideal for family camping where you don’t want to spend too long playing with the tent, there is a consideration to make that a less-strong single parent could well struggle with the bag.

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Kelty Green River 4 Tent

All in all, the Kelty Green River 4 is a superb, well made, tastefully coloured and intuitive bit of kit. I’d hesitate to use it in a wet winter due to the inner-first erecting which is why I’m scoring it as 4 Hammers, but then again, I tend not to go camping in such large scale in winter, when a cosy 2-man keeps the heat in and the weather out perfectly. And one thing I like – it has a generous carrying bag, no need for stuffing!

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