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Tent Reviews: Coleman Phad X3

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3.95 KG
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8.94/10 from 18 reviews

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18 Reviews of the Phad X3         Showing 11 to 18          Page:   1   2  

By: Againpeter  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I had one of these as well.

It has a very good feel to it: Feels very sturdy, and due to the three crossing poles, it really is tight and well trimmed. Very easy to erect, you just stay on one side of the tent, push the two long poles through their sleeves, and they will not come out on the other side, but stay in the 'pockets' and the other end. Brilliant, simple and you wonder why other manufactures do not have this system.

The only thing I thought was really disappointing is the length of the inner tent. (I measure 1mtr80,( less than 6ft)) It is 2.10 mtr, but the back of the tent is sloping, so you loose some space there. Very very pity. That is the reason I sold my tent, the idea of waking up with my feet against the inner and flysheet, soaking wet, is just too unpleasant.

If only they had made the tent 20 cm longer.They would have had a winner.
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By: BobCat70  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I purchased the Phad X3 with the concept of using it to tour on my motorbike, it's small pack size and weight making it an ideal choice. Unfortunately this has yet to be confirmed. But I'll keep you informed.

As a total novice to camping, (other than my formative years ridge tenting on the back garden) I found this a very easy unit to erect. The sewn in instructions were pretty much self explanatory and I dont doubt I could have sussed it without. Three poles with colour coded sleeves.Simple.

Even my solo 'test pitch' times were reduced considerably once I'd developed my technique.

The Phad has great ventilation thanks to the well positioned outer vents, plus there's the option of Colemans 'Variflow System' and partial mesh door on the inner. As has already been mentioned, the tents colour aids in drying out any condensation you may experience quickly.

Though I have yet to test out the tent in extreme weather, the wind and rain I have encountered has proven no match for the Phad. Very sturdy and totally watertight.

On warmer days the 2 doors and zip open window, together with the vents, make this an 'airy' tent.

That's the positives, however I do have a few issues:

Tho never personally used, the OE pegs dont look substantial, yes it's about saving weight, bit in my opinion, could be questionable in adverse weather. I actually always use glow rock pegs, which accompany the excellent reflective guys and trim on the Phad (I guess I should have mentioned those in the positive aspects?)

No matter how I've pitched the tent, the porch ground sheet, if attached, always seems to protrude the outer. This can cause any run off to track back and puddle inside. It could be that the straps simply aren't long enough on my tent, but it has been an issue.

The only other item has been one of bed choice. Due to the tents sloping rear, I've found that if you're on a camp bed or inflatable your feet or head can force the inner against the outer, causing water to bridge. Not fun waking up with cold feet in a wet sleeping bag, and I'm only 5'7'. This, however would not be a problem with roll mats, thermarest's etc.Which let's face it, being a 'mountain'/backpackers tent, would probably be the item of choice. This isn't really a complaint, just what I've encountered.

All in all a great little tent (I think it's still my daughters favourite) only let down by the slightest of points
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By: Markcaldi  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

What a corking little mountain tent. We took it to Wales in a windy May 2009 and it was blasted by a easterly all night and didn't budge or bend. I agree with previous posts re the tent pegs, get some better ones! The tent is easy to pitch and the whole thing can be up in minutes. Colour coded poles adding to the simplicity. Just remember to push the blunt end through not the stud end!

Inside the tent is well made and brilliantly ventilated, having been used to waking up with a damp inner tent due to condensation, I was surprised to find the little Coleman was dry as a bone. I too bought the Phad X3 as a two person tent. It would be tight with three, but you could do it if everyone was slim! Love the dual sided porch and the zip off ground sheet in the porch is a fab idea. The 5000 groundsheet feels insufficient but it works a treat. I always tend to put down a twin under ground sheet to protect the tent anyway.

Love the tent - best buy in ages.
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By: Joolsp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought for its light weight (for motorbike use) this is now our preferred tent for all use - we are going to get rid of our bigger Sunncamp and smaller Quechua.

Very easy to put up and get down(in fact easier with one person than two) - I agree with other reviewer that the 3-man is good size for 2, especially when using double airbed.
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By: Yorkie123  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

What an excellent tent, practical and easy to put up and take down(even after a few beers). It only has 3 colour coded poles that match the sleeves to put them in.

I would only use it as a 2 man as 3 would be very cosy, I always use the rule of thumb, decide how many people are to sleep in it then add 1 or 2 to it and that's the size of tent you need.

The tent has been used in some bad weather, last year we only had the 4 corner guide ropes in, when we had heavy rain and gale winds and the tent took it very well. I would recommend to use different pegs to the ones you get unless your a fair weather camper.

If your looking for a sturdy tent for 2 people that rolls up to the size of a sleeping bag and doesn't weigh much more than, then this is the one for you.
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By: Smillie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I got the Phad X3 because I wanted a sturdy tent for the winter, so I could extend the camping season (my other tent is huge!). I wanted one with a good sized porch so that if wet and windy there was a sheltered spot for cooking.

I have erected this tent on my own on many occasions and have had no trouble what so ever. It goes up as one and the poles are colour coded so it is pretty self explanatory when it comes to putting it up. I would recommend replacing the pegs however, I never used mine but they didn't seem very durable.

It easily holds a double airbed which it my opinion is essential! There is room left for a bag or two when sleeping two rather than three people. It is very cosy but has plenty of vents to help prevent condensation.

Over all this is a very easy tent to erect and due to it's design makes for a sturdy tent in all weathers. I can always get it packed neatly back in the bag and it doesn't take long to dry in the sunshine because of the colour. I love it!
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By: Shartley  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We were looking for a new small tent for short weekends away and saw this tent on a campsite in strong winds in Derbyshire. It wasn't moving when others were flapping and lifting around it.

This tempted us to buy one and we have never looked back. I have previously always had vango tents but would highly recommend the coleman now. My only slight negative comment is the groundsheet in the porch never seems to reach the floor at the zip end, but detached its great and the inner can become damp if not ventilated.

The doors on both sides provide great access and the small opening on the front is great for being sociable while sitting in the shelter of the tent.

All in all a great buy and feels much safer in the winds than some I have owned.
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By: Pansy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

This is a very easy tent to pitch. You just thread through the poles, of which there are 3. It has a fully sewn in groundsheet and the bedroom area is attached via toggles. You then peg it down. It has a fairly large porch area for storing your gear. It sleeps 2 people comfortably, but I think 3 would be a bit cramped. The sides fully unzip and the front partially unzips for ventilation and there are also 3 vents on the roof area with fly screens. We used it in France for a few days but there was no rain so I can't say how it wll be when wet. All in all a comfortable easy to pitch tent which I could definitely recommend.
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Manufacturer's Description

Lightweight with large dimensions, the Phad™ X3 is a 3 person tent that responds to the conditions. Its semi-geodesic design provides strength reflective trims on the zippercuff make it easy to find at night. Includes a large sleeping area and storage space. Features a window with full zip for extra ventilation and access outdoors when you need it. Also features an integrated groundsheet that can be zipped on and off.

• Flysheet fabric: Polyester ripstop, 4 000 mm PU coated, taped seams, UV Pro
• Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
• Groundsheet: Nylon, 5 000 mm PU coated, taped seams
• Poles: Aluminium 7001-T6
• Carry bag type: 2 way compression with V-shape
• Carry bag dimensions: 44 x 18 cm Ø
• Headroom: 105 cm

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