Reviewers Paid: $1.70
The Coleman brand has been redeemed... I am happy to say after giving the Coleman 5 in 1 Emergency Whistle a 2 1/2 stars rating that I am literally doubling that rating for this next product, the Coleman folding Windscreen.
This windscreen is very well made, durable, and tall.
- Well built
- Multiple uses
- Can accommodate different stoves
- Weight too heavy for long distance
- Height may be a problem for small backpacks
The Coleman Folding Windscreen
A majority of my camping gear is not from EMS or REI, not even from Dicks Sporting Goods (although I own gear from all three of the listed companies above), but from the Coleman company. I have an original 2 burner Coleman camp stove that is older then I am, and two of the newer models as well. What I love about these 2 burner stoves is that they have a built-in windscreen in the hood of the units.
When I go backpacking on short trips carrying a 2 burner Coleman stove is out of the question as they are just too !@#$ heavy so I use their Coleman single burner duel fuel stoves. Sadly, these smaller stoves' main problem for cooking is the wind. That is where the Coleman Folding Windscreen takes my breath away and leaves me speechless. (can you only imagine me speechless, I surely can't.)
The Coleman Folding Windscreen is high enough and wide enough to totally enclose your stove or small lantern and prevent wind from blowing out the flame. On a windy day it could take double if not triple the time to boil water as the flames are blowing in all directions and not straight up. With this contraption you can take the wind and blow it a kiss goodbye.
This windscreen is not only very well built, but folds upon itself to allow for more compact storage. Although some of you that do very long hikes to get to your camping destination may find this to be too heavy compared to your aluminum foil jury rigged windscreen, those of you that either do truck or campsite camping or short distance hikes may deem this product as their go-to solution to cooking in the wind.
Long distance hikers are most likely not going to buy this product considering it weighs nearly 1/2 a pound. This windscreen is perfect though for campsite campers, RVs, or those that camp out of their car or truck. Using a wind screen on a windy day is a no brainer. Long distance hikers try to pack light as every thing you bring with you adds weight to your backpack. We as long distance hikers take pride in how little our pack weighs and have spent a god forsaken amount of money to buy lighter gear to reduce the overall weight we carry.
Campsite campers on the other hand have the ability to have luxury items with us. This windscreen is one of these luxuries and necessities. For these individuals I strongly suggest getting this Coleman Folding Windscreen.
- Height: 10 inches
- Width: 19 1/4 inches
- Weight: 246 grams
Up until several years ago I was lucky to have a Camp Coleman outlet nearby in Riverhead, N.Y. They had wall to wall camping gear all made from Coleman. I was like a boy child in a toy store whenever I visited the Coleman Outlet.
Several years back I was cooking food during a hurricane (ok, so I like to live on the dangerous side) and I couldn't get the camp stove to light, let alone stay lit. Luckily in my SUV I had this Coleman Folding Windscreen. I kicked myself in the butt for wasting so much time trying to light this Coleman stove cause less then 30 seconds after putting this windscreen in place and clicking the lighter the stove was lit and began cooking my food.
This was my first actual purchase of a windscreen. Previous years I simply used a heavy gauge aluminum foil for a windscreen, but what a difference this Coleman was. I have since used this in rainy weather and during brutal winds and have yet been unable to start my stove or lantern ever since buying it.
I give this a 2 thumbs up.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $1.70