For those of you that are thinking of buying a tent you can take on a backpacking adventure, the Coleman Cobra Unisex Outdoor tent could be the ideal candidate for you.
It is a lightweight tent that sleeps three people or offers a roomier sleeping environment for two people. It has a single internal room, with a built-in groundsheet that is thick and resistant to random rips.
Over time, the manufacturing company – Coleman – consistently deliver well-made, resilient and weatherproof tents that are guaranteed to keep you dry and last a lifetime.
This Coleman lightweight Cobra unisex outdoor backpacking tent review helps you identify the main key features, what the tent excels at, as well as what the Coleman Cobra tent is not all that good at.
At the end of the day, if it’s just you and a camping partner going on an outdoors trip, then you need to check out the Coleman Cobra tent!
Main Features – Coleman Lightweight Cobra Tent
- Can take up to 2 people
- Made from polyester
- PU Coated with taped seams
- Aluminium poles
- 2 porches on either side
- Flysheet has a 3000mm Hydrostatic Head
- Groundsheet has a 5000mm Hydrostatic Head
- Weighs 2.9kgs
The thing about the Coleman Cobra tent is that it actually comes in 2 and 3 person variations so if there are 3 of you camping – great, but even if it is just the two of you camping, you have additional space to store any of your camping equipment.
Its weight makes it the perfect backpacking tent as it’s t just 2.9kgs.
While in a pack, it compacts right down to 48 x 18 x 15cm – a great size that can be clipped onto your backpack. You’ll find that it also has two compression straps that allow you to make it even more compact.
Setting up the Coleman Cobra Tent
Getting this tent set up and ready is a very straightforward process for even the most rookie camper. The Coleman Cobra comes with a standard pole bag, peg bag and rolled up a tent inside the tent bag, so take these out and lay them all flat on a flat even surface.
Also within the bag you will find the tent’s instructions on how to set it up, this is actually sewn into the bag which I find is great as you’ll never lose it.
As we said before, the Coleman Cobra tent has just 2 poles – one long and one short.
The good thing about the difference in size, is that it will be very hard to get them mixed up but just to be sure Coleman has actually colour-coded them for quicker setup. Usually, you’ll find the smaller pole is coloured red and matches the red section where it is fitted at the back of the tent.
The Coleman Cobra is a flysheet-first pitch tent so you actually set up the flysheet on the outside and then attach the ‘pod-style’ bedroom area.
When you have set up the poles in their respective slots, you will see clips that can be attached to the poles to pull the flysheet tight.
Most people like the guy lines as they have a great little feature where the plastic fasteners have toothed grooves instead of the standard figure-eight loop that you get with other tents – this creates a greater hold of the guy lines to maintain their tightness.
Also, the tent’s pegs are made from lightweight aluminium but are very strong so they shouldn’t bend when placing into the ground.
Inside the Coleman Cobra tent
The interior of the Coleman Cobra tent is spacious enough that it can comfortably sleep 2 people (or 3 people if you choose the 3 person variation). The dimensions are 257cm in length x 125cm in width x 87cm in height towards the top of the tent.
This tent model features a ‘pod-style’ bedroom area which is completely independent of the flysheet so it allows maximum ventilation and minimises any condensation buildup.
The groundsheet has a bathtub style which curves up around the corners keeping water and bugs out.
This particular tent has a wedged tunnel design that has been shaped in such a way that wind will literally just flow over it and so, no more flapping around!
The design of the Coleman Cobra tent gives it a lower centre of gravity so it is a great tent to have during windy conditions.
The Coleman Cobra has hydrostatic head ratings of 3000mm on the flysheet and 5000mm on the groundsheet, with this, it is guaranteed that you and your camping gear will stay dry even on the wettest of nights.
The Cobra 3 was created and designed for the backpacker and one of the main necessities a backpacker needs is for items to be lightweight. The manufacturing company understood this and created this incredibly lightweight tent at just 2.9kgs so this is a tent that definitely will not weigh you down.
As a plus, condensation is not a problem on the tent’s interior, even though the tent is small in size, the breathable mesh and vents allow any build-up of warm, moist air to escape whilst letting fresh air in.
Coleman created large ventilation panel at the top of the tent where you’ll be facing whilst you sleep, as this will draw out any warm air effectively when you breathe at night so you’re not waking up with that dampness against the walls.
This large ventilation panel is also covered with by a large flap so it stops any rain coming in on you.
- The Coleman Cobra tent is lightweight to be easily carried from one location to another.
- Waterproof materials mean that all the occupants will remain dry, irrespective of any changes to the weather.
- Most products delivered by Coleman are very durable, the same is to be said for the Coleman Cobra tent as it is a sturdy, practical tent.
- This Coleman tent has excellent ventilation, so there are no condensation issues to worry about when the occupants are indoors.
- The main downside I found that the Coleman Cobra tent is that it narrows down towards where your feet would be when lying down. Not an issue, but it can be claustrophobic for some people.
The Coleman Cobra Unisex Outdoor tent is a great all-round backpacking tent that will guarantee to outperform itself come wind, rain, hail or shine.
When it comes to making tents, Coleman is one of the most renowned in the industry and their name surpasses itself. With this in mind, you know that if a tent is made by Coleman — you are getting value for money!
I would highly recommend the Coleman Cobra tent to camping partners, couples or even solo camping enthusiasts; this tent will do exactly what it says on the pack and more.
The Coleman Cobra tent is guaranteed to last you years worth of camping.