The Connect system is designed to make the Coleman Tauri Connect X2 easy to pitch, and this is achieved by the having the poles pre-fitted to the tent. To pitch it you drag the tent from the stuffsack, straighten the poles and then tug on a pair of handles before locating the pole ends into eyelets around the base. This is pretty easy although it is not that much easier than conventional designs. Also, when striking (taking down) the tent it was a little harder to get to the tent neatly packed away as everything was joined together. Plus if a pole breaks (which they can do in any tent if the weather is bad enough) it would be really hard to fit a repair sleeve or replace the pole due to how they are preassembled. So for me, the fast-pitch Connect system is not great. However the tent itself is ideal for two people, it is stable and spacious, and that large front porch and entrance are ideal for general camping. Use the Coleman Tauri Connect X2 near a car on sheltered pitches and it would be ideal, but if taken backpacking the weight of 3100g is a drawback and so is that pole system as it also restricts how you distribute and pack the tent into your rucksacks, especially if sharing who carries the tent.
Flysheet material PU-coated ripstop polyester
Inner material polyester
Groundsheet material PU-coated nylon
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 215x155x110cm
Packed size 48x23cm
The Coleman Tauri Connect X2 is a great tent for use near a car on sheltered sites, but backpackers may find the weight and the fast-pitch Connect system more of a hindrance than a benefit.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2012