The Coleman Cobra 2 is a side-entry two-pole tunnel with a porch on each side. It pitches flysheet-first with colour-coded poles sliding through sleeves around the outside of the flysheet. A series of guy lines and pegging points complete the pitch. This isn’t quite as easy as it could be, as you don’t get ladder lock webbing adjusters and the inner has to be pegged separately rather than simply being clipped in place and tensioned on ladder lock webbing. Once up it’s fairly stable, but it lacks the amount of venting provided by some other designs so it’s harder to manage condensation. In use the real benefit is that the Cobra 2 has two porches, one on each side, so that each camper has a place to store their own gear. Surprisingly there’s only entry to the tent from one side, so it’s still a bit of a squeeze getting in and out, and it would be much better with a door on each side. But as the porches are 55cm wide there’s quite a bit of storage space for gear. Headroom is pretty limited so it’s a bit tight for two to sit up, particularly as the height tapers rapidly to each end of the tent. But for the price and weight the Coleman Cobra 2 is a good option.
Flysheet fabric PU-coated polyester
Inner tent fabric polyester
Groundsheet fabric PU-coated polyester
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 257x125x87cm
Packed size 49x15cm
The Coleman Cobra 2 is a good price and weight for a tent with fair storage space thanks to the double porches, but it has only one side entry and features a slightly smaller inner than others.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine June 2013