In this review, we focus the spotlight on one of the best-selling, budget tents from Coleman, their 2 and 4-person pop-up tent. On the EU market, this is known as the Fast Pitch Galiano, in the US and UK, it’s simply known as their only 4-person pop-up tent (or 2 depending on size).
This model, in particular, has gained a lot of popularity over the years, primarily due to the price and we thought it would be fitting to weigh in on the discussion as well.
Today, we intend to tell you everything you need to know about this product – features, price, size, etc. – and give you an insight into why it is popular around hikers, campers, and hunters alike.
If you would like to check out 9 other tents that we think are on par with this one, check out our pop up tent list to find some other alternatives with more details, such as the Nightcat pop up or the Toogh tent.
The Coleman Galiano Pop Up Tent Review
What We Think
We have no doubt that the Coleman 4-Person pop-up tent is an instant choice when it comes to fastpitch tents, all you have to do is type Coleman and Pop Up in any search engine and this is the first thing that will hit the screen. It boasts a setup time that won’t be easily rivaled, and you get decent quality at the cheapest price possible.
So, what’s there not to love? Well, a few things to be wary of, certainly doesn’t have the premium features of the Quechua Fresh and Black Tent for example, but all in all a solid choice for first-timers and festival-goers alike. This 4-person tent has a size of 9.2 x 6.6 ft and comes with pre-assembled poles, which eliminates the requirement for manual assembly in setting up this tent. Let’s dig into more specifics.
If you’re after something larger, or more sturdy, check out our T4 Gazelle Review which is also 4 person, but in a Cabin design as opposed to a Dome.
What You Think
“I would suggest buying the 4 person. Goes up as easier than expected and suuuuper light. But find a YouTube video to work out how to fold it back up!” “Love the principle, love the simple set up (poof, voila, tent up! It’s Magic)” “Can be a little tricky to fold down but really fast once you’ve done it a few times.” “Can’t really stand up inside but tons of room to sit up with 2 people and an air mattress inside.” As you can see the consensus seems to be a simple/easy set up but with slight difficulty when packing away, however viewing a few videos or practicing at home should remedy this.
“I would suggest buying the 4 person. Goes up as easier than expected and suuuuper light. But find a YouTube video to work out how to fold it back up!”
“Love the principle, love the simple set up (poof, voila, tent up! It’s Magic)”
“Can be a little tricky to fold down but really fast once you’ve done it a few times.”
“Can’t really stand up inside but tons of room to sit up with 2 people and an air mattress inside.”
As you can see the consensus seems to be a simple/easy set up but with slight difficulty when packing away, however viewing a few videos or practicing at home should remedy this.
- Weights: 7.07 pounds
- Dimension: 9ft. 2in × 6ft. 6in
- Center Height: 3ft 4in
- Set Up: Pop Up
- Capacity: 2 Person and 4 Person Models
- Price: $70 and $99 (usually discounted up to 20% online)
- Floor size: 109.99 × 78 inches (L × W)
- Pre-Assembled Poles
- Multi-Position Polyester Rain Fly
- 60 Second Set-Up
- 60 square feet area
- Durable High-Quality Polyester
- Taped Floor
- Well Ventilated
Video Overview of the Galiano
Here’s a 2 minute video just giving a visual of the Coleman Fast Pitch Tent’s main features, and showing how simple it is to pitch out on the field.
Our Favorite Features
Gold Feature – Quick and Easy Set up
You’ll be glad to know it takes just a few seconds to set up. It is pre-assembled – or at least 75% – so you just need to take it out of the pack and do the remaining 75%, which is to let it go, and attach the rain fly of course. As a result, you have your tent set up in a matter of seconds. This ease in its set up makes the Coleman 4-Person pop-up tent a reliable choice when choosing a fast pitched tent. It also has some competition in this area such as the Zomake Pop Up Tent and the newer Ayamaya Pop up tent, which both have an equally fast pitch option.
Silver Feature – Water Resistance
One of the better features is its water-resistant feature. Pop-ups aren’t renowned for their waterproof properties, as they primarily focus on fast setups. However, this tent comes with taped floor-seams, which keeps you dry while inside and prevents moisture from penetrating through it, making it one the few fully waterproof pop up tents that exist. Within the scope of this tent’s water resistance is its rainfly. A multi-position rainfly, which provides the perfect balance of rain protection and ventilation.
Bronze Feature – Available Space
Although named as a 4 person, it should really be for a duo, using the extra space for gear and a mattress. When used in this way we think this is one of the more spacious tents on the market for 2 adults. This is made possible because of its dimension of 9 feet and 2 inches by 6 feet and 6 inches, and its 3 feet and 4 inches in center height.
With overall dimensions of 9 by 6 feet and a center height of just over 3 feet, it makes it impossible for an adult to stand up straight inside of the tent; however, it is comfortable laying on a pad, due to the overall size. For something with a similar design but taller head height, check out the Hui Lingyang pop up tent. For easy transportation and storage, this tent comes with a storage bag, which is about 3 feet in diameter.
Ease of Use
As with all pop-up tents, they go up on their own very fast as soon, exploding out of their storage bags. It’s extremely easy to set up and even a child can do it, although, on a serious note, children and adults alike should be careful when throwing into the air, it does spring out pretty quickly.
It holds up pretty well in light rain due to the Polyester coating and the taped floor prevents moisture and damp from creeping up in the mornings. Obviously we should already know not to test $80 pop ups in torrential rain, but for quick camps and festivals, this is ideal.
Most Asked Questions
How do I fold it?
Before folding up your tent, it is important that you clean it, after which you fold the top two poles together before folding the bottom two poles together. After these have been done, you stand the tent up on its side then you slide the two halves of the tent together and put into the storage bag.
How should I clean it?
As stated earlier, cleaning the tent is of utmost importance. Hence, it is imperative that you know the proper way to clean it. What you need to do is to wash your tent, while it is set up, with water and a soft piece of cloth. Detergents are not necessary in cleaning your tent as they could easily reduce the life span of your tent. In the same vein, there is absolutely no need to wash your tent in a machine.
How long will it last?
The lifespan of a tent varies for quite a number of reasons. One of which is the material used in building the tent. However, a tent can last as long as you take good care of it.
Overall, this model offers a number of impressive features, at a very cheap price. The protection and ventilation that the rainfly offers is very respectable when you consider the price. The storage pockets also allow for good organization out on the trail.
There are cons to take into account, obviously, it’s not meant for strong weather, and you should probably coat the material with a waterproof tent coating before testing it in rough conditions. All in all a sound choice on a budget.