The Coleman Phad 2 X2 is a really interesting tent: it’s a three-pole semi-geodesic design, so it’s very stable; but it also has a roomy porch with multiple entry points, so it’s incredibly liveable. Pleasingly, it came in a side entry bag with drawcords and compression straps, rather than an end entry stuffsack, which made it far easier to pack and unpack. Pitching went well too, with three poles slipping through sleeves around the outside of the fly before being located at the base where ladder-lock adjustment is provided. It was up in a flash and as stable as you’d expect from a three-pole geodesic. But then this tent becomes slightly odd, as you get a huge covered front porch with a groundsheet and two massive doors, plus a third vent. This does make the porch space really useful for living in, but it’s more than you would need for mountain camping and yet the three-pole geodesic design seems overkill for a campsite. Get inside the tent and the inner is relatively small considering the weight of 3450g (you could get a twin-porch tent at this weight). But if you want a very stable tent with a good front porch the Coleman Phad 2 X2 is great.
Flysheet fabric PU-coated polyester
Inner tent polyester
Groundsheet fabric waterproof nylon
Internal dimensions 210x140x98cm
Packed size 42x22cm
The Coleman Phad 2 X2 is a slightly odd design that’s stable enough for wild camping, but the porch and weight are better suited to camping near a car.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013