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Top 10 Pop Up Tents 2017

Aaah, the outstanding outdoors. Fresh air. Excellent views. And irritating hours trying to get that refuge put together. Revel in the journey from the moment you arrive by means of taking any such pop-up tents, as a substitute. They absolutely positioned themselves up in seconds, providing dependable coverage in all of your destinations, from the outdoor to the beach to the Black Mountains.

Coleman 4-Person Instant CabinCORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent - 14' x 9'Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent Deluxe XLPop Up Tent -Automatic and Instant Setup-Water Resistent and Anti-UV for 3-4 Person for Hiking and CampingGenji Sports Instant Camping TentVW Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Kids Pop-Up Play Tent - Pink - Multiple Color Options AvailableColeman 4-Person Pop-Up TentSunba Youth Beach Tent, Pop Up Tent, Baby Beach Sun Shade, UV Protection Sun Shelter (BigBlue)Coleman 8-Person Instant TentLucky Bums Quick and Portable Camp Tent, Blue

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The pop up tent is a style of tent used primarily for recreational camping. They come in many shapes and sizes, however, most consumers expect a lightweight, easy-to-use, compact tent. They eliminate the process of setting up or pitching your tent; a pop up tent is spring-loaded, so you can assemble it in a matter of seconds. The days of nailing stakes into the ground and assembling poles are a thing of the past. This feature alone makes it an attractive option for the no frills camper.

Before you buy a pop up tent, or any tent for that matter, please take this important factor into account: the manufacturer accurately represents the number of people that can fit in a tent. If the manufacturer lists that a tent fits four people; they are assuming each person is of average height with no gear or sleeping cots. Most campers will simply buy a four-person tent for two campers, and a two-person tent for one camper, exclusively for this reason. Also, keep in mind the material used for the tent. Most tents consist of nylon, canvas, or polyester. Campers will want to ensure that regardless of the material they will stay dry in a rainproof tent.

If you are interested in a pop up tent, please make sure to clarify with the retailer that it is indeed a pop up tent and not a pop up canopy. A canopy is something seen more often at farmers markets that resembles a gazebo with open sides. While these have their uses, they are not appropriate for camping.

Pop Up Tent Pros And Cons


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The advantages of the pop up tent are numerous. The most obvious being that it simply "pops up," and the setup time for the tent has been shaved down to mere seconds. How is that possible? It sounds too good to be true, right? Well, most of the models are tightly compacted down, (think of a vinyl snake in the peanut brittle can prank). When you release that tension, spring-loaded poles allow the frame to naturally expand to its impressive shape. The lid of the peanut brittle can, as per my analogy, is replaced by a band or strap which holds the compact shape of the pop up tent.

Another advantage is that the pop-up tent is lightweight. Most pop-ups weigh only a few pounds and fit snugly into backpacks, making them perfect for the traveler who cannot lug a dome tent on his or her back. Most are specifically designed to fit into backpacks while many others simply come with their own compact bag that slings conveniently over the shoulder.

Also, the price point is attractive; most are quite affordable and a smaller investment than a tent that is harder to assemble.

There are a few trouble areas that I must address. The disassembly of the tent can be deceptive. While it may take only seconds to spring to life, putting it back into its compact shape may force you to wrestle the tent like a crocodile hunter. There is a learning curve to it, and most campers with patience will be able to disassemble much more quickly after several attempts.

Most campers, rightly so, fear the stability of the pop-up tent. High winds are the biggest enemy. The guy lines, if provided, do not offer the same stability as a dome tent and they are more likely to blow over.

Lastly, the pop up tent is rarely spacious. Models that list two people usually mean one person with supplies or a cot. If you chose to fit the suggested number of campers in a tent, you will lack private space.

A Brief History of the Tent


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The tent is a staple of life. The Bible alludes to food, water, and shelter as far back as Genesis. The uses of the tent are various: shelter, military operations, camping, and protest movements. They range from the accommodation of one person to several thousands, i.e. the circus tent. They are also used in emergency situations such as natural disasters.

The materials used in tents have progressed over time. Animal hides were once (and in some cases still) a viable option for tents, however, most squeamish campers today will opt for lightweight fabric blends of nylon and polyester. The supportive poles for tents were made of wood until the 1960's when steel poles emerged and changed the make up of tents.

As early as the 1970's, the first models of backpack-portable tents, the ancestors of the modern day pop up tent, appeared on the market.

Recreational camping with the tent dates back to the mid 19th century. The emergence and protection of national parks in America helped encourage campers to travel, alongside promises of gold rushes out west that enticed settlers to set up temporary, portable homes.

Keep in mind that a tent is shelter, which is essential to life. When you chose your tent consider the durability, cost, and efficiency.


#10.Lucky Bums Quick and Portable Camp Tent, Blue


The Lucky Bums Kid’s Tent is perfect for any occasion. Weighing only 3.15 pounds and being fully collapsible make this tent lightweight, compact, and portable since it only takes seconds to set up and take down into a flat disc. Set it up anywhere and don’t be afraid to take it with you to music festivals and sporting events so you have a nice spot to sit in the shade. Kids will love having their own foldable tent to play in or even camp out in the back yard. Comes in three fun colors.


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#9.Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent


After a few practice setups and more importantly, takedowns, I tested this tent (2P) camping this past weekend. IT does indeed go up very quickly and one could argue that goes down just about as fast. However, because I was camping with others that made me show them how easy it was a few times it may have lost its speed advantage over other tents. People find it amazing and want to see it.


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#8.Sunba Youth Beach Tent, Pop Up Tent, Baby Beach Sun Shade, UV Protection Sun Shelter (BigBlue)


This tent is perfect for a bit of shade on the go. Here's a quick disclaimer: I would not recommend this tent to be used as a primary camping tent, and I bought it with the idea in mind of using it as a portable shade shelter. The metal that allows it to be a popup tent makes it not work well for bad weather, and that's why I don't think it would be a good camping tent.


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#7.Coleman 4-Person Pop-Up Tent


After a few practice setups and more importantly, takedowns, I tested this tent (2P) camping this past weekend. IT does indeed go up very quickly and one could argue that goes down just about as fast. However, because I was camping with others that made me show them how easy it was a few times it may have lost its speed advantage over other tents. People find it amazing and want to see it.


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#6.VW Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Kids Pop-Up Play Tent - Pink - Multiple Color Options Available


I wanted to order this for my daughters 5th birthday but was uncertain because she is quite tall for her age. But it was such a hit!!! She loves this tent and wants to bring it to the beach (as a picture on the box shows)! I have crawled in it with her too! I am very happy I purchased this for her; she loves her bus.


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#5.Genji Sports Instant Camping Tent


I first purchased a tent from Gander Mountain in the same price range and size. It was junk. I returned it the following day. I then ordered this tent. For a one or two person tent, you can't go wrong with this. I intend it to use this as a playhouse for my grandson. It sets up very quickly and is sturdy. Plus I think it looks great. When my Grandson gets older he can use it for real camping. For the price, it's a very nice tent.


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#4.Pop Up Tent -Automatic and Instant Setup-Water Resistent and Anti-UV for 3-4 Person for Hiking and Camping


Two windows and Two Large D Door with mesh layer allow good ventilation and prevent insect and UV. One top window can easily cover and take off cover: for sun and rain protection, take off: view and ventilate. Specifically to use the beach.


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#3.Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent Deluxe XL


This tent exceeded my expectations! This tent shielded my entire family of 5! That's 3 children and 2 adults! My husband is 6 feet tall and he was able to sit comfortably inside. The shade from the tent also extended about another 3 feet out so it still covered the kids while playing in the sand! The setup and takedown were very easy. The tent came with stakes to secure it from blowing away but you can also fill the side flaps attached to the tent with sand and have the same effect!


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#2.CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent - 14' x 9'


Explore the outdoors with the latest in tent technology from CORE Equipment! This nine-person instant cabin tent features stress-free setup in 60 seconds! The poles are pre-attached to the tent- just unpack, unfold, and extend. Core H20 Block Technology combines water repellent fabrics with active bead technology for faster water runoff paired with sealed seams and rain-resistant door/window seals. Additionally, the fully-taped rain fly is removable in warmer weather to expose panoramic mesh windows and ceiling.


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#1.Coleman 4-Person Instant Cabin


This cabin is great. Use it a lot of times in the heavy wind and rain and it holds just fine. It doesn't come with a cover for the top but you can buy one for cheap and it will keep you cool/warm. Its also not rated for 4 people. Overall its sturdy and gets the job done.


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