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Thu Aug 20 00:00:00 MDT 2015John A. Rating:5.0
On my first outing with this tent, I saw the weather report and thought: Okay, this will be a test. It turned out that a major storm was headed my way on the second day of my trip. The warnings said gusts of up to 60mph. I was surrounded by trees, so I wasn't that worried. As the night and rain came, I went into the tent and started to read. The rain made that cool sound on the tent. Then it became a little louder. And a little louder. And a LITTLE LOUDER. Until it was so intense that I started to get worried. I was still dry. But I swore I heard something like a tornado siren in the distance. About that time, I opened the top of the door to take a peek. Right then, the rain started going horizontal. You know that nasty, wait-that-doesn't-look-right kind of rain? I was in it. And it was getting worse. I grabbed my most important things (camera, phone, umbrella) and opened the tent, jumped outside, and started to close it. Right about then, another gust hit. If you know what a trapezoid is... that's what the wind was doing to my tent. A microburst was trying to flatten my tent. I ran. By the time I reached the cinder block bathroom, less than a couple hundred feet away, I was soaked all the way through. My umbrella was an outbrella. I waited for 10 minutes or so for the tornado that never came. I took my time and went back, expecting to find the remnants of my tent around the campground. It was still there, had popped back up... all perfect. I went inside. It was dry, outside of the small area where I had left the tent flap zipper partially open in my haste to get out of there. In short, it passed the worst test that I could have possibly put it through. The positives: Good solid bathtub design. The seams on the rainfly are very well waterproofed. The design is very smart, and creates a small area between the rainfly and the actual tent, which allows for great ventilation. (NOTE: This is a summer tent!) There is a flap over the zipper. It sometimes makes it a little hard to close... but it also covers the part of the tent that might leak the easiest... the zipper. The instructions are pretty good, and sewed inside of the case, making it really darned hard to lose. The negatives: The tent doesn't tell you how to fold it back again. Which, despite what you would think, takes some thought. Having said that, no tent manufacturer seems to do this, despite the fact that all of them have some tendency to fold it into 3rds, or 5ths, or an even more complex scheme as this one does. Just pay really close attention the first time you unpack it. Or look at the fold lines very carefully, as I had to. Other than that? Its a fantastic tent. Coleman is always reliable.
Sat Mar 28 00:00:00 MDT 2015Catherine K. Rating:5.0
The Coleman Instant Canopy with LED Lighting System has been such a bonus feature to our camping site. It adequately covers our tent as well as our living space including our camp stove, set up tables and folding chairs. The LED lights provide beautiful illumination at night allowing for entertainment around the site....Highly recommend it for one and all who enjoy camping. As per Coleman's standard, it's made well and assembly by one person during set up is possible.
Tue May 31 00:00:00 MDT 2011vnvnrb Rating:5.0
I went Camping outside of Angel Fire New Mexico Memorial day weekend .the tent stayed on the ground during winds that were gusting above 60 mph,other dome tents took off flying.overall this is the right bang for your dollars
Fri Jul 27 00:00:00 MDT 2012eugenie4321 Rating:5.0
When looking for a tent for backpacking, I want something that is light. That is not the only thing that is important. If it is light but doesnt last than it is not worth a sense. Also if the weight of a tent was all I cared about I would just take a tarp. Some key features for me are: durability, size, and weight, weatherproof and ease of setting up. In this review I will be going over these key features. Durability: How well does the tent hold up after repeatedly be used? Does the zipper continue to work or does it get snagged easily? This can be one of the hardest things to be able to test when reviewing a tent. If you had years to test before you wrote the review then this would be easily done. But with a couple months you do your best. Luckily I have a secret weapon for checking durability. It is actually three weapons, called my kids. I have a 1, 3 and 5 year old who love tents. Their favorite thing is to go in and out of a tent and then playing inside. It about puts me over the edge as they open and close the door as well as squeeze in through a half open door. But this is one way to test the durability of a tent. The Swiftlite held up to everything my kids could throw at it. Size: Is the tent roomy when set up? Does it pack down small? I dont know about you but there have been many times that I climbed into a two person tent with another adult and thought this is a big one person tent not a two person. Well the Swiftlite is truly a two person tent. One night my kids wanted to go camping, but I had a commitment the next day so that wasnt going to work so we slept in the backyard in the Swiftlite. So I slept in the middle and had a kid on both sides of me. There was plenty of room for us all. I was surprised at how roomy the tent is. This is nice as there is not a vestibule so all your gear has to go inside with you. Packing small is also a great feature of this tent. It easily packs down to about 16 long and 5 inches thick. I am sure if you need it a little smaller you could compress it even more than 5. I feel that this would be a great tent to use while bike touring. Weight: This might not be all that important if you are just car camping, but other than that weight matters. The Swiftlite is light. At about 2 lbs. 14 oz. you will love the weight to size ratio of this tent. I have sleeping bags lighter than this tent but I have bags that weigh a lot more too. Also you will be hard pressed to find a tent this light at this price. Weatherproof: Does it keep the rain out and hold up during windy weather? This can be one of the hardest features to test as I cannot make the wind blow or rain to start falling. This can also be one of the most miserable nights sleep when testing a tent and finding out in the middle of a storm that the tent doesnt keep the water out. As luck goes sometimes, the one night I was sleeping in the tent it did rain and the water did stay out. It also was blowing that night and the tent held up. I wasnt able to ever test this tent in a crazy storm but it did hold up in anything that I was in. Ease of Setting it up: How quick can you set the tent up? Are the instructions complete or do you need them at all? Can one person set it up or does it take a small army? It helps when setting up a tent to read the instructions beforehand but to be honest most of the time I just try to set it up without them the first time. Sometimes I succeed and other time half way through I start scrambling for the instructions. In either case I always set up a tent at home before taking it out. One reason for this is to familiarize myself with the tent so if I have to set it up in the dark or in bad weather it is a lot easier. But another reason is to make sure you have all parts needed. It would really make a bad trip if you got to your destination and the tent poles are missing. How easy was the Swiftlite to set up? Easy. It has three poles, one at the back and two up front. The tent does have to be staked down and is not free-standing but it stakes quickly and is very easy to do with one person. When setting it up the first time I did feel a little uneasy about putting the front poles in as it was a tight fit. But after that it was easy and worry-free. I didnt want to rip anything the first time up. The guy lines are easy to adjust and keep the tent tight all night long. I have been impressed by this tent. It was been a quick set up and has worked well the few times I have used it. With two vents that run the length of the sides of the tent and a mesh screen at both the front and back, the tent breathes well in hot conditions. Also with the single wall construction you dont have to worry about the rain fly while setting it up. One of the downsides of this tent is that it is not free-standing. If this is not a big issue for you then it will work well. But if you camp a lot on real sandy ground or the snow you might want to find a free-standing tent. Overall I have really enjoyed reviewing this tent. It has kept me dry and comfortable and makes getting into the outdoors easy and quick. If you are looking for a lightweight tent that doesnt break the bank this is a great choice. Below are the specs and info right off of High Peaks website. Following the ultralite trend, the Swiftlite is a roomy, two person shelter that weighs just 2 lbs. 14 oz. This single wall tent can be fully enclosed to keep out the elements and features a durable seam-sealed Ripstop nylon construction. Two 7.9 mm 7000 series aluminum poles support the structure. Ventilization is acheived through two, built-in side vents, a zippered door and open foot area with No-see-um, seam-taped bug netting. http://www.highpeakusa.com/swiftlite/
Fri Apr 24 00:00:00 MDT 2015lockerbie1 Rating:4.0
Excited about the ease of raising this tent. Perfect for our weekend adventures. The sun porch is a welcomed feature for our dog as he loves to go camping with us. This affords us piece of mind at night while sleeping and still lets him be nosy.
Thu Aug 11 00:00:00 MDT 2011lm4peace Rating:5.0
We love this tent. Its very roomy, ventilated and waterproof. 6 people slept comfortably in it, but 8 would be tight unless some where children. The "porch" is a really nice feature as well as the hinged door.
Tue Jul 31 00:00:00 MDT 2012coyotetree Rating:5.0
We got the tri-awning to take to outdoor swim meets to keep us out of the sun for long days by the pool. The tri-wing shape allows a breeze through, but easily makes enough shade for the entire family. Setup with two people is under five minutes (even if one of the people is a kid). By myself I can set it up in under ten minutes. It's easy to move, and it fits in awkward or non-level spaces that a square easy-up tent can't. The fabric construction seems great. The poles are not as beefy as they might be - but even trusting the bag to the kids I expect they'll last a few years. Then we'll just replace them. We discovered this weekend that it's also completely waterproof - got stuck in a rain storm and ended up with a dry spot in the very middle where the rain didn't blow in from the sides. It's easy to roll back into the bag, and the bag is small and light. Overall we've been thrilled with the tri-awning.
Wed Sep 02 00:00:00 MDT 2015catuers Rating:5.0
Very happy with this tent. Perfect size for 2 people and super easy to set up and take down.
Tue Nov 27 00:00:00 MST 2012bigbob446 Rating:5.0
We purchased the Promontory XD after quite a bit of research. I look for quality, a good warranty (this tent has a lifetime warranty) and if possible, great customer service. PahaQue measures up in all cases. When researching, I checked out several sites, read e-pinions, talked to people (boy scout trainers at a camping training I attended note: this is definitely a family camping tent, not a tent for backpacking with the scouts) and then called manufacturers to ask them to compare their product to this one. When I called Paha Que I was very pleased with their customer service down-to-earth, completely comfortable with my comparative questions about quality and very helpful with what product would best suit our family. They were able to give me specifics about the qualities and features of their tents so that I could make comparisons with other well-known companies and know that I was purchasing the better quality tent. My non-camping-oriented sister and I put the tent up together in less than 15 minutes (probably closer to 10 minutes) including the rain fly and staking it out. I suspect it would take even less time now. Paha Que recommends two people to put it up, and I would agree. Everything about the tent is well thought out and makes sense, but the size of the tent, and therefore the poles, is unwieldy with one only person putting it up. I watched the video of putting the tent up on PahaQues home website. It really is that easy. As far as the parts to the tent there are very few. They have kept this very simple! There are two long poles that go across the top and four side poles that hook the top poles into the grommet on the base of the tent. Other than two more poles to hold up the optional rain fly-canopy, that is it! The poles are lightweight aluminum and corded. There is no figuring out what goes where or with what part of the reason it takes so little time to erect. Bonus, the tent actually fits back into the bag with out folding gymnastics to try to make it fit. It did rain while we were camping, albeit a gentle rain. No moisture inside. We liked the HUGE window-doors for ventilation. There are three doors so that if you install the room separator the occupants have their own doors. We kept it as one room, however, and were able to fit two queen-size air mattresses inside and a dog bed (we thought it would keep her in one spot and her toe nails out of the floor). We could probably fit another single air mattress inside. As far as gear, we travel with one duffel for each of the 5 family members and then a couple of others for extra stuff. I used the back of the mini-van as a duffel closet but there is some room for duffels in the tent I just did not want the clutter in the tent. Without the air mattresses there is loads of room for gear. All in all, we are very satisfied.
Setting up a tent can seem a complex task for any first-time camper. Tents are an essential and useful piece of camping gear, for sure, but many frustrated campers have cursed their camping tent as they've tried to set it up in the dark without proper preparation. However, once you've set up a tent several times, it becomes a familiar routine that can easily be repeated even in the most difficult hiking and camping conditions, and once you've mastered setting up one kind of tent, it will then be easier to set up other kinds of tents, be they dome tents or family tents. Camping and hiking should Read More
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