Broadstone Easy-Upâ„¢ Tent, 5-Person
Easy to put up but poor quality overall
I already had a large 8 person tent but wanted one that was easier to put up for weekend trips. I am a single mom that likes to go camping with my young daughter and didn't want to waste a lot of time setting my site up. This tent certainly fit the bill as it goes up in a matter of minutes. I really liked the tent at first but not so much now. I have used it about 5-6 times over the last 2 summers. As mentioned before 3 sides of it are almost all mesh. I find the mesh not to be the best quality as mine has gotten 2 holes in it and I am always very careful when putting it up and taking it down. The mesh makes it very cold at night in the tent when camping in May or September. I cannot fit my Coleman double high queen air mattress in this tent as it bulges out at the sides once the mattress is inflated. Instead I have to use a smaller double air mattress. I do not see more than 2 people could sleep comfortably in this tent. To be picky I don't like how the door has two zippers, one vertical and one horizontal. I prefer the design of my other tent with just one zipper that bends around. One night while camping we experienced a thunderstorm with some pretty heavy rain and strong wind. I put a tarp over the tent for extra protection but still ended up with a lot of water coming in by the bottom of the door causing the end of my air mattress and sleeping bag to be soaked. One of the poles also buckled in on it's joint during the wind but easily pushed back into place. This tent is not great in the rain as it allows water to come in at the door and the floor seams, even with my having applied waterproofing to all the seams. The tent is not very high making it difficult to get changed and move around inside. I do find the tent just as easy to take down as put up and have enough room in the bag for the tent, pegs, ground sheet and mallet which is nice. Overall I would not recommend this tent and will not be using it this season. I bought a new Coleman instant tent instead.
May 11, 2013
Poor for Fall season camping
Because this tent have 3 side screen window, no zip cover, only rain fly cover, during the fall season night, cold air easy go into tent cause tent very freeze inside.
September 17, 2012
I bought one of these about six weeks ago and initially was quite impressed with it.
However it turned out to be junk. What happens is that the poles are integral to the tent, you don't have to insert them in pole channels at the top. They run down like a spider from a plastic circle plate at the top. Halfway down the pole is a knuckle that allows you to fold the tent inwards when it is flat simply by bending the poles at the knuckle inwards to the dome while the tent is laid out. Works great. Easy peasy.
Where it all falls apart is in the requirement that the knuckles remain in their factory position. This means that they remain fixed in the plastic plate. They don't. They begin to rotate so the knuckle is not upwards, but off to the side, or even upside down. It all becomes a nightmare and the tent goes lopsided.
Had to try and fix it this weekend by twisting the pole after taking it out of the peg base. Snapped like a twig. No tent. $100 motel bill, salmon fishing trip ruined at Babine Lake.
Now to see what CT does and what "special warranty" means.
It all seems good for the first few setups, but eventually this pole and knuckle thing will cause you problems. Stick with the poles you insert into pole channels. Takes 3 or 4 minutes longer, but nothing breaks.
August 20, 2012
easy up tent
I like the tent it is easy to setup and take down. I'm not a world traveler but for the weekend campouts its great. the mesh could be a bit finer. as for sand flys sometimes we get some bites. so we try not to set it near sand/gravel. I would tell a friend
April 13, 2012
The tent is very easy to setup. Also, it lasts long.
August 12, 2011