At last I’ve had a chance to try out the Coleman Cobra 2 tent (it’s the dark blue one in the photo) that I bought last year from Amazon for a measly £40. So what do you get?
It’s a two man tent supported by a couple of aluminium poles with a single entrance on the left hand side. The inner has two zipped opening so that gear stowed under both sides of the flysheet can be accessed without leaving the tent. Pitching is all-in-one, although the inner can be removed from the flysheet if required. The tent is supplied with a duffel-style drawstring carrying bag. The design of the bag means it isn’t waterproof but it does make it easy to pack – hurray! At 2kg, the packed tent is light enough for cycle camping. It’s too big for a pannier but it does sit nicely on top of a rear rack.
Getting two people into the tent would be a squeeze, but there’s plenty of room for one, with space to spare for panniers and the like. Overall, it was a far more comfortable than my Gelert Solo.
After a five nights in the tent, I am more than pleased with my purchase. The only negatives are the crappy tent pegs (replaced with Alpit Y Beams for £8) and a door zip that snags too easily on the flysheet. Otherwise, based on previous experience with a Coleman Cobra 3, this little tent should be good for several years of occasional use. I’m not sure I’d recommend it at the current Amazon price of £100, there’s too much competition. But wait for the price to drop and you might just get a bargain.