Coleman Phad X3 Review

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  1. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I have a NF tent that I have used for a couple years now but I have been hankering after a bigger tent - and in particular one with a vestibule that I can sit in, in a Kermit, if the weather gets bad. I also wanted more room to be able to cook in inclement weather and for storage of bags and stuff.

    I have looked and looked and being 'frugal' the MSR Velo (IIRC) was out for price reasons if nothing else but that was the kind of style I was looking for. Weight and size weren't a big deal since I could use the NF tent if these were an issue.

    I eventually came across the Coleman Phad X3 which looked promising.

    http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colemancom/detail.asp?product_id=9830-392&categoryid=11070

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    I figured I would give it a try.

    The tent arrived on Monday (I ordered it from the Coleman site on Thursday of last week) and I set it up this morning for a look-see.
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  2. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    It comes in a nice bag which is suprising short, complete with carrying handle and compressions straps

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  3. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I open the bag. What's this I say to myself

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    It's a nice little bag that attaches to the main bag and contains a little repair kit

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    That's a nice touch. One of many I found.
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  4. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I pull out the tent

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    The bag also contains instructions on plastic type 'paper' in both English and French

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    Again, a nice touch
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    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Pegs were unusual - I've not see any like this before. They seem as if they would be sturdier than the normal pegs you see

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    The peg bag had an elastic loop instead of the more normal ties to secure the top.

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    Poles are aluminium (or....aluminum if you must :D) and were color coded.
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  6. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I laide the tent out and pegged out one end

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    Poles had 2 different ends. Don't put this end into the pocket. Like I did :D The poles slide in OK and fit into a pocket in one end (so there's nothing to do) and the end above fits into a strap on the front of the tent.

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    The tent with all 3 poles fitted prior to 'erecting'
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  7. Mercury264

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    Tent erected. This was a little tricky. I think with practice it will become easier.

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    There were several of these vents on the side of the tent. They fold flat for storage - the 'thing' holding it up is fixed with velcro. I thing this is a really nice feature to prevent condensation.

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    Guy lines. Apparantly they glow in the dark.

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    More guy lines at the back

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    Front of the tent. These straps keep the shape of the front of the tent - the vestibule.

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    Front of the tent with the flap zipped open

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    Zipped shut - you can see another of the vent opening also
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    Front of the tent, corner of the vestibule

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    Vestibule

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    From the other side

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    The inner portion of the tent is attached via color-coded connectors. The tent came like this. You can also see the vent at the top of the inner tent door

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    Another pic of the vent

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    Vestibule groundsheet removed

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    Another pic of how the inner if fixed to the fly sheet

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    Corner of the inner - another vent.

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    Looking through the vestibule

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    Elastic tie downs for the vestibule doors. This will make it easier to open the door me thinks

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    Another pic of the straps keeping the shape of the vestibule

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    One door closed
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  9. Mercury264

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    Size of the vestibule
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  10. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    So, the tent was up, now came the $64,000 question....would a Kermit fit ?

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    It was tight like this - unless you opened up the door.

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    But it works like this :clap

    We have....a WINNER.

    Overall impressions are very good (esp for a Coleman as I never held them in any high regard prior to this). Lots of nice touches and it is plenty big enough for me and all my gear.

    I think this will work pretty well.

    Any questions, let me know

    Cheers...
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  11. Hi_Fi_Guy

    Hi_Fi_Guy Teutonic Terror

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    Nice report. I never gave Coleman any serious thought. Looks like a useful piece of kit.
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    xdbx Motorcycle Connoisseur

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    thanks for the report. I've been waiting for this and i'm glad you pulled through! :clap
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  13. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Me neither but this looks like a nice piece of kit with some nice features. Not sure I would want to take this to Everest but I would say the same about my NF tent also (and 99% of most other tents).
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    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    nice tent

    go rake your leaves :lol3
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  16. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman Back in Black!

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    Me too.

    What did you wind up spending on it?
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  17. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Screw that. SHIT load more leaves will need to fall before I start raking :D
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  18. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    The list price - plus about $8 shipping IIRC. Oh I had to pay tax as well since there is a Coleman outlet store in MA.
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  19. JayHawk

    JayHawk Grandpa to 3, Great Grandpa to 2

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    Nice report, all the pics help a lot but I have a question.

    Since the published specs seem to have some errors, could you comfirm that the length of the sleeping area is only 83". My current tent is 89" and is barely long enough for me in a tall sized sleeping bag. 83" would be a deal breaker. Thanks.
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  20. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Jay - just measured the inner tent portion and it is approx 80" by 70"

    HTH.
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