Coleman Instant Screenhouse
- Portable shelter offers protection from sun, wind, and bugs
- Sets up easily in around 60 seconds
- Made of durable Polyguard 2X double thick fabric with UV Guard UPF 50+ sun protection
- 2 large T doors for easy access in front and at back
- Comes with carry bag for easy storage and transportation
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about 7 ft at the highest point, the shaded area (today) is 7 ft it varies a little with time of day.
the distance across the bottom 12ft I also measured at 32 inches above the ground where a chair or picnic table might be and it is 9.5 ft. All the measurements are on the flats of the hexagon not the points.
I also tried it with the poles collapsed to see how it would work as shade at the beach or for kids in the yard. With the tie downs I think it would work well. I measured that too. 3.5 ft highest point and 10 ft across the bottom.
It is very light weight material and very portable. I definitely recommend this product.
Assembly and disassembly - 5 stars:
I decided to put it up in the backyard before camping and it went up in about 5 minutes...but only because I thought the poles went on the inside. They don't. Be sure to have the poles on the OUTSIDE when you unfold it from the bag and it goes up in about 2 minutes if you're doing it by yourself. The legs are easy to extend and you just pull them until the little metal "button" pops into place in the legs. Just push that same button when you're ready to take it down, slide the pieces together, fold them up at the top, and tie them all together. The whole thing folds up nicely and fits into the bag easily without having to shoehorn it in. We previously had a screen tent that we purchased about 15 years ago that had separate pieces for the legs and they'd constantly fall off when we were trying to assemble the tent. It'd take a good half hour to put it up and it was always a test of our marriage. :) This is a phenomenal improvement over the old styles of screen tents.
Size - 4 stars:
One thing to note and the reason for 4 stars: since the top is angled in, you lose about 12" on each side for standing or sitting room. Not a deal breaker, but it's good to be aware of. We fit 2 camping chairs, a 3'x3' table, a metal stand and ice chest, a 3'x4' (approx) folding table, and a collapsable 30-gallon garbage can and still had room for the two of us to move around. My husband is 6' tall and had more than enough headroom when standing. The pictures aren't great because I had to bump up the exposure, but they'll give you an idea of what fits.
Stability - 5 stars (under conditions of little to no wind):
We didn't experience any major wind so we didn't have any issues with this thing moving around. We did use the stakes to tie it down. When we first set it up in the back yard, I didn't stake it down and we had a pretty good breeze but it didn't tip over (our new tent, however, did tip over since it wasn't staked down).
Performance - 5 stars:
There were a lot of small bugs when we were camping but they didn't make it through the mesh. I did end up staking one door flap on each side to keep the moths from walking under (one managed to walk through before I staked the doors). There are zippered doors on each side which were great since the truck was on one side and the picnic table and tent were on the other. This made it super convenient since you could go in and out on either side. The zippers have little rope ties on them so they're easy to grab. The zippers move very smoothly and never got stuck (and we gave those doors a workout). I do recommend staking one side of each door (each side of the door flaps have little loops for stakes) to make it easier to pull the zippers up. I didn't do this at first and had to step on the material while I pulled up on the zipper. This got old fast which is why I ended up staking them.
Ties for lighting - 5 stars:
There's a tie on the inside of the roof so you can strap a batter-powered lantern or headlight for lighting. I also strung two sets of Recesco battery-powered globe lights around the outside and attached them with velcro ties for some nice ambiance lighting. RECESKY Battery Operated Globe String Lights 30 LED 20.8ft Waterproof Fairy Crystal Ball Decor Lighting for Outdoor Indoor Garden Yard Lawn Party House Christmas Ornament Decorations (Warm White)
Overall we're really happy with this purchase and I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a good screen tent. I always spend hours scouring the product reviews on Amazon before purchasing things like this, so thank you to the other great reviews for pointing us in the right direction!
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The reason I am disappointed, first time I set it up there was a hole in the netting. Hadn't noticed this when inspecting so may have happened during set up at camp site. We needed the shelter so had to sew up the hole. When packing it up, I noticed that the stitching was coming apart on the fabric at one of the legs.
I would return this one for a new one but we have used it now. May still buy another larger one to use when we have a big camp site area. May have to look at other products for stronger quality.
This is so easy to put up. One person. Five minutes. Done. Two people. Two minutes. Done.
It is easiest to put up over a picnic table. Just take it out of the bag, place it over the table and start unfolding the poles from there.
It fits around a picnic table but doesn't leave much space left, so I usually put the tent up so that the narrow end of one side of the picnic table is pushed against the mesh with the long side sides parallel to the doors.
It holds up well to the wind but it gets extraordinarily windy where I love to camp the most, so I used heavy duty steel nail tent pegs to help hold it down. The bottoms of the tent can blow up in the wind, but a few well placed rocks takes care of that while keeping the pesky mosquitoes out.
A little bit of rain seeped through the seams the first time it rained. When it dried out I sprayed it down with sealant and haven't had any problems with the canopy, however, this tent doesn't have panels on the sides to keep out rain so you can't expect it to stay dry inside.
I wish it had loops inside so I could run a line across the inside of the tent for hanging up laundry.
The mesh tears fairly easily. I was able to sew up the small tear I got and one or two snags with some black thread with no difficulty.
It is great for camping but not good for longer term use.
June 13th update: I tried to set up the screen-house again and the click arm issues worked. I am baffled, so I guess if you are having issues with the connection of the pole expanding properly, close it and try it a few more times.
Old comment (My Coleman screen-house arrived today... Was so excited to unbox and check out. The product looks really nice until I tried to click the last polearm to lock into position, only to see that the clip part was defective. Not impressed, see picture attached.)
Cosas a favor:
- Es muy sencillo de armarlo y también de volver a desarmar.
- Se arma aproximadamente en unos 3 o 5 min.
- Es lo suficientemente espacioso para que en su interior quepan unas 4 o 6 personas sentados con una mesa en el centro.
- El diseño es muy bonito.
- El color del techo ayuda al momento de colgar una lámpara ya que la luz rebota hacia abajo.
- Protege correctamente del sol.
Tiene muy buen precio a comparación de otras opciones más pequeñas y menos diseñadas para la ocasión.
- Tiene suficiente soporte en cuanto a las estacas por lo cual se siente firme.
- Te despreocupas de los problemas del sol o la lluvia mientras preparas tus alimentos o incluso si vez mientras una película.
Cosas en contra:
- Cuando la lluvia es muy fuerte de repente llegas a mojarse si no estás en una ubicación correcta por su diseño pero esto es lógico ya que no esta completamente cerrado.
Take down was a breeze.