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An epic tent,
This review is from: Coleman Cobra 3 Three Person Backpacking Tent (Sports)
I picked up this tent at a motorcycle show after some inconsiderate person decided to fall on the one I had brought from home, and I must say I am very impressed. As a fairly keen camper in bygone years I had a good idea what I wanted, something with a large sleeping area and relatively good storage outside of the inner tent. Most importantly though I wanted something motorcycle friendly, a tent which packed small and weighed as little as possible. This tent ticks all the boxes. It easily fits into my topbox or waterproof rollbags and takes up much less space than tents I have used in previous years.
Pitching is a doodle, although if you leave the inner and outer attached (as I do) be careful when it is raining outside as water will affect the inner tent when erecting. I have used this tent three times now and I can put it up in around five minutes - not bad at all! The pegs provided are super lightweight jobbies, amazingly light in fact. One of my pegs has however met a premature end after an encounter with an underground stone in a Lake District campsite, so I advise taking a few extra pegs just in case.
Space inside the tent once erected is superb, more than enough for two people plus gear, and very comfortable for one person plus gear as I use it! Space outside the inner tent is good, I always sacrifice one door area for storage and keep the other clear. This provides me with enough space for keeping kit which doesn't need to be protected from the elements.
The Cobra 3 seems sturdy enough for most uses, I have never needed to use the guy lines however I would not want to use it up a mountain in gale force winds. But this is what you expect at this price point so I wouldn't necessarily see it as a major drawback.
The only complaint I can think of is due to the use of double zips on the outer tent entrances. At night you can accidentally pull the top zip downwards, effectively opening the entrance entirely, which causes awful drafts in the night. Try to avoid making this mistake like I did on a few occasions!
Overall this tent represents excellent value for money and it has helped rekindle my love for camping. Hurray for Coleman!