Coleman Event Shelter Pro – 15×15

In all, taking in to account that I am a man and therefore incapable of reading or following instructions, it took us about 25 minutes to set up the Coleman Event Shelter Pro for the first time. But what that gave us was a truly enormous sheltered area that photographs don’t do justice to. I can imagine this being perfect on a car camping trip for a small family or for a bunch of mates on a fishing weekend

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Coleman – Instant 5 tent

Size wise, it’s a 5-man tent – which is to say that 5 men could lay shoulder to shoulder inside. In practical terms we had a double airbed in there, and there was loads of space around the edges for bags, a dog bed, socks, empty bottle of tonic water and grass that we’d trodden in from the field outside. It would be suitable for a 1-child family comfortably, or 2 young ones at a push.

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Coleman – Biker sleeping bag

The sales point of the Biker sleeping bag is its drybag pouch. This is a nice little bonus and it’s easy to get the bag in to. With a couple of rolls this seals out any rain (and seals in any smells!) and then a purge valve allows you to sit on the bag, squeeze out any air and minimize the size of the pouch for packing on the bike – brilliant.

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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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