Coghlans Tube Tent

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Coghlan's Tube Tent sets up in just minutes, providing an emergency shelter for two people.



  • No tent poles needed—just string the provided cord between two trees
  • Includes cord and instructions
  • Durable 2.5mm polyethylene Tube Tent can also be used as a ground sheet or tarp
  • Wt. 18oz 510 g
  • Rope included
  • Blaze orange color makes the tent visible from a distance
Tent can roll up and fit in your pocket. Sets up in a minute. Weatherproof poly, 8 ft. long. Rope included. Poles not included. Flame Retardant. Import. .
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Dimensions:12 x 8 feet
Size:8' x 5' x 2.5' (2.4 M x 1.5 M x .76 M)
Weight:17 ounces
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Coghlans Tube Tent Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Does a good job

I used the tube tent on Jan 22nd, 2011 on our Boy Scout troop winter survival campout at Stoneman Lake, AZ. The temperature was below freezing and the wind was howling in the trees. I strung a cord between two pine trees with a timber hitch on one end and a trucker's hitch on the other. I used a prussic knot with a cow hitch with a piece of wood to pull and hold the top tight. I used cord on each corner of the bottom using a sheet bend on the tent and a bowline to use on the stakes. I faced one side of the tent into the wind. I placed an AMK space blanket inside the tent. During the night I did not notice the wind coming into the tent. The tent material held up to the wind. The wind was strong enough to push the side of the tent. I was using a Thermarest and a sleeping bag. The cord is no good. It broke when I was tying a trucker's hitch. I replaced it with some nylon cord. The other problem was the material tore on the top when I backed out of the tent. However, it did not keep ripping even in the strong wind. Some duct tape would have fixed it.
Craig_PHX at REI on 01/01/2011

Great for Summer Backpacking

I have used Tube Tents for CA Summer camping since I was a Kid. Especially when I am minimalist camping. It's lite weight and easy to put up between two trees or using two hiking poles. They are easy to repair with a little Scotch tape. As an adult, I would not sleep two because I like a lot of headroom. When it rains, I put a trash bag over the bottom of my sleeping bag just in case my feet stick out during the night. I have also used a tube over a hammock, both as a tarp and as a sock. I have never closed the ends, so I have never experienced moisture problems. And I have never used a tube for cold weather camping. Stick to Summer camping and you will be happy with a tube as light weight alternative to carrying a bulky heavy tent.
RFSamford at REI on 07/07/2010

Worked for me

I used one of these back in the day hiking to Tualume Meadows during the late summer. Most nights I slept under the stars, but a couple nights we had some light rain. It was easy to set up with the rope and some rocks at the corners to spread it out. I clipped the foot end shut and left the head end open (to avoid condensation) with my rain poncho draped to keep rain from blowing in. No problemo!

I'm sorry but trying to use one of these in a cold weather situation with an inadequate bag is *not* an equipment failure.
JudyGW at REI on 10/10/2009

mountain biking in the monsoons

I have been an avid mountain biker in arizona for 15 years. Having been caught in a monsoon in the past I knew that I wanted something that I could use in a pinch if this ever happened to me again.
Through my own failings and quick moving storms, this shelter has helped me to pull through 2 heavy rains. Creativity is a must with this shelter. It does not stop all of the rain but in comparison to complete exposure there is no doubt that this lightweight, easily packed little gem is essential in my mountain bike gear all summer.
josh-n-tiff-hikeaz at REI on 07/07/2011

Ermergencies Only!

I decided to try this tube tent as i would use a normal tent. After two nights I am better off with a REAL tent. The tube tent should be used for Emergencies Only! Condensation builds up quick if both ends are closed and the smallest wind will knock the drops on you. I also would not recommend spending an entire night in the rain as it is difficult to keep water out of it. As I said above use for Emergencies Only! Other than that it is great keeping you dry in a small rain shower.
HikingBuck at REI on 12/12/2008

Wow! Great product!

Wow! Really, I'm impressed. Last summer, we were camping and got hit by a hard storm. Our main tent was soaked, and this guy was a life saver! It did a good job keeping us dry, especially on the ground. The only thing I could say against it is to check the wind direction and make sure you're "tent" won't turn into a wind tunnel. Nice product as a back-up tent, definitely not a main tent. Pretty flimsy, but as I said a great survival shelter. 5/5
Delta at REI on 01/01/2014

GREAT product

when you have been in freezing rain, cold, and have had no more than 3 hours of sleep in the past 48 hours (dont ask) this is a godsend its very light in its case and dosent take valuable space in my gear, its easly spotted for emergencies. keeps the wind away from you and its GIANT there is tons of room. the string that comes with it i would take out and replace with a stronger one because it comes unraveled quite easily.
professional search and rescuer at REI on 10/10/2010

Good for emergencies

Although extremely limited in their utility, tube tents are valuable additions to emergency kits. They set up quickly and easily when you're cold and wet. They allow you to get out of the weather, providing just enough shelter to help you through an awful night, especially when combined with a space blanket and chemical hand warmer. They're cheap and small enough to fit in most emergency kits.
kayak fool at Campmor on 02/02/2012

The Standard for Emergency Shelter

Standard issue in the Search and Rescue Community. Keep in mind, this is an "emergency" shelter. Many creative ways to pitch, even without trees to tie off to. Think of it as a bivy tent. Combined with an emergency biv bag 2.0 and a space blanket and you will make through the night. Use natural materials to insulate underneath and to create wind blocks.
Fresno at REI on 12/12/2009

It was just what I needed.

If your only going to be out a night or two its great for that , for longer outdoor use I might not use but great for a small camping trip.
mystified at Campmor on 02/02/2013

Negative Reviews:


we were very stupid and went camping up in the tetons with two of these and some cheap sleeping bags, not knowing the amount of snow awaiting us at the top. it got to about 15 degrees that night and we frose our butts off. these things were cheap, a wind tunnel, and just plain bad. it was our own dang fault, but these things didnt give much help
survivorguy2 at REI on 12/12/2008

tube tent

Completely useless. It is so thin that even the mildest breeze causes problems. Don't waste your money.
trailhiker 23 at Campmor on 04/04/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Works for Improvised SAR Shelter

This orange plastic tube tent doesn't look like much, in fact, it can appear quite cheap, but it can come in quite handy as an improvised shelter for Search & Rescue work. I own a couple of these and sometimes include them in my presentations. I used one of mine again just a couple weeks ago in mid winter in the Ozarks and was quite comfortable. Compared to a silnyl tarp it is heavier and bulkier and because part of it becomes the floor it is vulnerable to punctures and cuts. Because of this the part used for the floor should probably be pitched that way each time or you could invite leaks when it precipitates. I am in the process of transitioning back to a silnyl tarp but will still include these in my presentations as a cost-effective alternative and great for beginners. This hi-vis color is a plus too for SAR.
Wade Baker at Campmor on 02/02/2012

Emergency preparation

As other reviewers have noted, a tube tent provides a miserable night at best. It's a worthwhile addition to an emergency kit because a miserable night is better than a deadly one.

Use drip strings to keep rain from running down the guy line. Take advantage of terrain and vegetation to provide additional shelter. Carry clothespins or gator clips to partially seal the upwind end. Be creative in pitching; use it as a giant poncho. Use your poncho as a door. Try it out in your backyard to learn its foibles before you have to use it in an emergency on the mountain. This product can be a useful addition to a bug out bag or emergency kit if one plans ahead.
Mogollon at REI on 04/04/2009

Tube Tent

For light backbacking and for 72 hr emergency kit.
Dave at Campmor on 05/05/2011