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March 2011 Boonie Box

Posted in Product Reviews on March 1, 2011
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Photographers: The Coleman Company, Inc.

Camping and wheeling go together like a Dana 60 and chrome-moly axleshafts. With that said, we figured it would be appropriate to launch our new Boonie Box column with a look at some of the newest camping products from Coleman, because before you know it, winter will be a distant memory and you'll be out camping and wheeling again.
Multi-Color LED Headlamp
It's going to get dark at night whether you like it or not. Stumbling around in the pitch-blackness of the backcountry is a bad idea, whether you're cooking, setting up your tent, or fixing your rig's stupid axleshaft U-joint again. We dig the no-handed approach to lighting, and this Multi-Color LED headlamp fits the bill. It has a Cree Xlamp XR-C LED light that spits out 78 lumens. It's powered by three AAA batteries that use a side-loading battery cartridge and are monitored via an LED battery meter. The headlamp also features three light colors (white, red, and blue) to best match lighting needs; a light-intensity adjustment dial; axis-pivoting head; and adjustable elastic/cloth headband. It's available in black or pearl and has an MSRP of $29.99.

Instant Tent 8
What's the big deal about this tent? Well, get this: Coleman says this eight-person tent sets up in only 60 seconds. Yep, you read that right. After a long day of wheeling, you can have your evening lodging ready in far less time than it takes to air down for the trail. The Instant Tent 8 has a footprint of 14 feet by 10 feet, and has a center height of 6.5 feet. It features vertical walls for increased headroom; an oversized pole structure for added strength and stability; two rooms and two doors, with a screen room that converts into a sleeping area; and heavy-duty 15D tent fabric. As a bonus, the tent is fully taped, which eliminates the need for a rain fly. The Instant Tent 8 has an MSRP of $199.99.

Fold N Go Grill
If you're like us, cold canned meat is an acceptable trail food. Nonetheless, there comes a time when one desires a hot meal. For those times, there's the propane-fired Coleman Fold N Go Grill. As its name implies, this grill folds into a convenient, easy-to-carry package that weighs only 15 pounds. It doesn't hog a bunch of space in your rig, but churns out an impressive 6,000 Btu's for quick and even cooking of your victuals. It's fed by a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder; has a porcelain-coated, stamped-steel grill grate; InstaStart electronic ignition; PerfectFlow regulator system; and a removable water/grease tray. Coleman says it has room to cook for four to six people. The Fold N Go Grill has an MSRP of $79.99.

Elite Built-in Pump Quickbed
After a long day of wheeling, you're tired and ready to rest. You could just throw your sleeping bag on the hard floor of your tent, but why would you put yourself through that when you could stretch out on a soft, comfy airbed? Coleman offers a number of airbeds that are not only comfortable but also have either battery-powered or 120-volt-powered built-in pumps. Combining the bed and pump translates to less gear you have to pack. Further, all of the beds have best-in-class puncture resistance, printed flocking, carry bag, ComfortSmart Coil System, and Double Lock Valve system. Pricing ranges from $56.99 for the battery-powered twin size to $99.99 for the 120-volt queen size.


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