Using a tent should be an enjoyable experience. It’s not fun when you are half frozen and trying to figure out how the poles go or which pole goes where so that everything doesn’t fall apart on me.

Instant tents are where they are available.

But what exactly is an Instant Tent? Do they work for you?

What Is an Instant Tent?

Instant tents are a great way to get your camping trip started quickly. You can set them up in just seconds and they provide shelter for emergencies or when it starts raining.

Instantaneity is a bit of an exaggeration, but most models can be pitched in less than 60 seconds.

Instant tent manufacturers have made it possible for you to set up your own little home away from home. Simply unfold the poles, extend them as needed and secure with hook/loops on each side of where they meet at an angle so that no part touches ground when extended into shape.

The packing process for this type of tent is just as easy, thanks to how they fold down.

Instant tents are sometimes referred to as Fast Pitch, Easy Set Up and various other names depending on the brand.

How Is A Instant Tent Set Up?

You can have a quick pitch in just minutes with an instant tent! The poles are already attached, so all you need to do is attach the pegs and tensioners.

Each brand of instant tent operates slightly differently, they all share the same process:

  1. The tent should be removed from the bag.
  2. Set the tent up on a smooth, flat surface.
  3. Fold the tent in a way that it’s laid on its side.
  4. Expand the poles.
  5. Put the tent on its feet and connect the rainfly.

Benefits Of Using an Instant Tent?

Utilizing an Instant Tent comes with some additional benefits aren’t available the traditional camping tent, such as:

  • You’ll significantly cut down on the amount of setup and takedown time necessary to build protection for your camping journey.
  • Instant Tents are also convenient to use than conventional tents, and won’t require you to peruse instructions or look up how to put them up.
  • For those who are new to the area, an Instant Tent may be the best choice as they take a minimum of time and effort to put up.
  • Instant up is also instant down, which means you can will not have to spend time and effort packing your tent and.

In the end Instant tents aren’t just great for time-saving They also make the set-up and tear-down process as simple as it is.

Different Types of Instant Tents

Instant tents come in three different styles: dome tents and cabin tents as well as pop up tents. Let’s have a review of each.

Instant Cabin Tents

Instant Cabin Tents are a great option for camping because they can be set up in just minutes.

Cabin tents provide a shelter that feels more like home than any other type of camping tent. These often have walls and individual rooms, where campers can use them for various reasons including privacy or just wanting some extra space from their fellow camper mates.

This instant cabin tent is perfect for larger groups of friends. It can be set up within 60 seconds and features an ingenious wall divider, making it feel like you’re sleeping in two rooms.

Core 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

Core 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

Instant Dome Tents

Dome tents are perfect for people who want to feel like they’re in the wilderness. These spacious, weatherproof homes come with round tops and often allow you walk around freely inside them.

Instant Dome Tents are a great option to consider if you plan on camping during rainy or windy weather. The tent’s shape makes water roll off the top, and because there is less danger of disturbance from outside forces such as strong winds that can gust over open plains without any shelter in sight.

Dome tents provide a good balance between space and portability, making them ideal for car camping trips with friends.

The Core Equipment Core 4 Person Instant Dome Tent offers a great example for a high quality tent at a reasonable price.

Core Unisex’s Instant Cabin Tent Family

Core Unisex's Instant Cabin Tent Family

Pop Up Tents

Instant pop-up tents are a great way to have an overnight shelter when you’re out on the trail. They go up in 3 seconds or less and come down just as quickly too.

The instant you remove the tent from its bag, it pops open with a satisfying thud.
Makes for an easy experience when setting up camp or taking down your gear after camping in style.

Pop-up tents are a great option for those who want an easy and quick set up, but the lack of durability makes them less suitable in inclement weather. They’re best suited to casual use when it’s not too windy or cold out with little sun shining on you.

Coleman 4-Person Pop-Up Tent

Difference Between an Regular Tent and a Instant Tent ?

Although an Instant Tent and regular tent have the same purpose of sheltering campers during a camping trip, there are some key differences.

Instant tents are a great option for campers who want to setup and take down their tent quickly. They’re durable, easy to use but they can be more expensive than other types of shelter because you don’t need any extra materials with them.

Instant tents are a great investment for anyone who wants to save their time or live in convenience.

The tent is not only to provide shelter, but also an adventure. While many brands that sell standard tents try their best at making the setup process as easy and quick for you there’s always some building required from campers like us who want more out of life.

However, a regular tent typically costs less and you definitely have more options to choose from.

The durability of tents mostly relies on the type that a camper uses. For example, dome style or cabin models are more durable than pop up ones with no Instant protection from rain and wind at all.

Are There Any Negative’s to an Instant Tent?

Instant tents offer many benefits but there are some downsides you should consider.

Can Be Cost More

Instant tents are often more expensive than regular ones, but they offer convenience. Campers who want an easy life at camp can agree that spending a little extra for this type of shelter is worth it because you won’t have to spend time set up your own campsite or carry all those heavy equipment pieces on top of everything else.

Despite this, instant tents are still affordable, some of which cost less than $100.

Not as Easy to Store

Instant tents often take up more space than traditional ones, and the need to store them can be a pain. You either have an entire tent bag or just one piece of fabric with which you must contend in your house when it’s not being used for camping.

Instant tents are usually packaged in a storage bag, but they’re bulkier and take up more room than you may be used to with your regular tent.

Not as Durable

Instant tents can be a great option for those who want their shelter up quickly and need it in an emergency, but they are not as durable. The fast pitching speeds make them more susceptible to high winds that would otherwise slow down or stop other types of shelters from being set-up properly on site with ease.

Despite this, instant tents are getting more durable with the advancement of technology and will eventually be comparable to regular tents.

FAQs about Instant Tent’s

Many campers are curious about Instant Tents, both new and experienced. Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If you have questions not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Are Instant Tents Worth the Investment?

If you’re a casual camper and want a tent you can quickly set up, instant tents may be worth the investment.

It really all comes down to personal preference. You might prefer a tent with a traditional style if you value durability more than quick setup.

To decide if an instant tent will be worth your time, weigh the pros and cons.

Durability of instant tents?

Like any tent, the durability of instant tents depends on their brand and materials.

The higher end tents have steel poles that are durable and can be erected to rival regular tents in quality. You will usually sacrifice some durability in order to speed up and be more convenient.

Instant tents are durable enough for most casual campers.

Which Instant Tent is Best?

The Core 6-Person Instant tent is our favorite instant tent. It’s durable, high quality, and spacious, with a low price.

Core 6-Person Instant tent

Coleman tent Vail 6

By Anthony Paton

Anthony Paton, the outdoorsman who loves to report all sorts of interesting stories about camping in Great Britain. He's based out London and doesn't get much time for himself these days because work commitments keep him away on occasion but does what he can with what little free time there is.