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Tent Reviews: Coleman Phact X3

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Bedroom inners:
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3  (more 3 berth tents)
4.80 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Inner first
Average User Rating:
5.67/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Phact X3

By: PhactX3Owner  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

This tent has lasted nearly 14 years without tears.

This year it unfortunately suffered it's first damage, but it has made such a good impression we will stick with Coleman Tents.

Unfortunately it seems to be near-impossible to find the dimensions of the tent when it's put-up. So for anyone looking to find the dimensions of the Coleman Phact X3 Exponent Tent when put up: 383x183x115 cm (LxWxH)

The one downside of this tent is that it was marketed as a three person tent, when in reality it's more of a 2 person tent (especially since you'll be storing your gear mostly inside, unless waterproof).

Coleman Phact X3 Dimensions: 383x183x115 cm
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By: Wildernesscamp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I've read the other review that complains about the inner design and I know what he means, and at first had the same feelings, but with time I've learned the nack of pitching this tent well and it is a FANTASTIC tent for my needs. Your needs may differ of course, so lets clarify mine:

- Must sleep 2 adults and one child

- must be waterproof in sustained heavy rain and strong wind. We camp everywhere from the Arctic to Patagonia for extended periods in summer, and year round in Scotland, England and Wales

- must be pitchable in less than 10 mins with 2 people, and must also be pitchable by 1 at a push

- must be small and light enough to in flight check-in luggage allowance along with other camping gear

- shouldn't be too claustrophobic

- ideally should be practical for occasional

- must have adequate ventillation whilst not allowing in midges

- must be capable of pitching well, with no flappy slack areas

The Phact meets all the above, and is probably the cheapest practical solution for us. I'm like it enough to be looking for a cheap one second hand for when it eventually wears out (though 3 years of typically 6 weeks a year of camping its still as good as new).

First thing first, its a tent you need to learn to pitch RIGHT and the instructions don't tell you all the tricks. Assemble the poles and fit them to the inner. Fittting the red ones first seems to work best for me, with each pushed from the opposite side of the tent. Now pop on the fly and clip it in place all round. Peg the corners of the inner, pulling them out as far as you can. Do the same for the sides, but pull these loops out further than you think (important for a good pitch). Finally peg the porches. If you struggle to get them flat and not saggy then you check you pulled the side pegs out enough and failing that adjust the corner pegs. Once you do it right once it becomes easy, but it took me 3 pitches to get it perfected when I forst bought the tent, Next peg out the porch guys which need extending nearly all the way and should be pegged straight out in line with the tent. NOT at 45 degrees out to the sides. Likewise all other guys go straight out to the side. Don't be tempted to angle them.

Ok, so now you know how to pitch it, what stops this tent being perfect? (no tent ever is by the way. This is the closest I've yet found, and I have similar size tents that cost four times as much).

The weakest points are the zips (quality could be better, but they are fine if you are gentle and ensure you keep the loose material from catching in the zip), and the groundsheet. In common with just about every tent I've used on waterlogged ground this either leaks very slightly or collects condensation under your ground mat. Nothing problematic, but you may notice some when packing it away. It doesn't mean you get wet, as its under your bed roll anyway, so its mot a big deal.

The final design is that this style of tent design with lifting angled doors tends to dump condensation down your neck as you get out from the fly sheet in the morning, and it always wants to fall back closed. A clothes peg on one of the porch guys works around this quite well, and is also handy when you wash clothes in camp :-).

Ventillation is good, and I tend to open all of it all the time.

The zip off porch ground sheets are great, and clean easilly.

Cooking in the tent is not recommended for safety reasons, but if yiu camp in wild weather sometimes you have to. I occasionally cook in the porch during heavy rain and high wind, but it is low so you should be VERY careful if you do this (if in doubt don't do it). I tend to keep the backdoor open if I do this so I can beat a hasty retreat if I set fire to the porch! This is not a tent I'd cook in regularly though. Strictly when there is no other option!

In short, for the money I gave (99 on Amazon) its an awesome tent, which I've used for prolonged camps in wet conditions and very strong winds. I've camped in it every month of the year in the UK, in deserts in the USA, in snow, and pretty much everything between. I love it, and when it eventually wears out I hope I have another to replace it. I often find myself grinning as I lay there, looking up at the dome listeming to the wind and rain, marvelling at how something so tiny can keep 3 people warm, dry, and comfortable.

The other reviewer's 1/10 rating is no doubt sincere and matches how I felt when I first pitched mine, but if you persevere and learn to pitch it well its a cracking tent.
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By: Scotpacker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I bought one of these tents for my son from Tentastic in November 2008. My son only used it once and was not too happy with its performance. I checked it out May 2010 and it is obvious that the inner tent is far too small and the groundsheet is so stretched that it does not lie on the ground. Unfortunately after more than a year they are not even willing to hear my complaint. The tent is useless and fit only for throwing in the bin. Any sustained use will put so much stress on the inner tent that it will burst. My advice is if you buy a Coleman tent check it out thoroughly and if it is not right send it back right away.
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Manufacturer's Description

A striking design, semi-geodesic structure and significant storage space define this 3 person backpacking tent. It is strong and resilient under windy conditions thanks to its structure and use of aluminium poles. Two well-defined storage areas offer plenty of space for boots and gear. 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: 54 x 20 cm
Headroom: 115 cm

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