FR - Coleman Cloudview 2 - Josh Cormier
- Well, I made it back from my backpacking trip feeling good.
I took to much food, but got some better testing of the tent.
Thanks for the extention, below is my FR.
The HTML version has been uploaded to the web.
Coleman Exponent Cloudview 2 Tent Field Report
Personal biographical information:
Name: Josh Cormier
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Email address: swifteagle1 at hotmail dot com
City: Los Gatos, California
I started backpacking with the Boy Scouts when was 11 and have been
camping and backpacking ever since. I'm now geared more toward
challenging trips ranging from week-long to weekend in mountainous
areas covering from 7-14 miles a day. I would classify my gear as mid
weight although now I am trying to move more toward lightweight. I
now go backpacking at least once a year in the Sierra Nevada
Mountains as well as monthly car camping trips with the Scouts.
Product Information: (information taken from Coleman website)
- Item Description: Coleman Exponent Cloudview 2 Tent
- Listed pack weight: 5.0 lb (2.27 kg)
- Measured pack weight: 6.0 lb (2.72 kg)
- Interior mesh pockets: 4
- Seasons for use: 3
- Floor space: 32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
- Vestibule space: 9 sq ft (0.84 sq m)
- Tent length: 86.5 in (2.20 m)
- Tent width: 59 in (1.50 m)
- Center height: 43.2 in (1.10 m)
- Poles: Aluminum
- Manufactures web site: http://www.coleman.com
- Year of Manufacture: 2006
- MSRP: $139.99
- Item Received: 18-May-06
Due to my busy schedule my first night of camping in the Cloudview 2
tent was in my front yard. Keep in mind that my front yard is located
in the Santa Cruz Mountains, elevation 800ft (244m). The terrain
surrounding my house and yard is grassy hills spotted with oak trees
and brush. The temperature during this test was a warm 62 - 86 F (17
30 C) and there was never more than a slight breeze.
Setting up the tent went smoothly since I had set it up twice before.
All the poles snapped together smoothly and were easy to place into
their grommet holes. The loop and toggle on the top of the tent
fastened over the crossed poles but was so loose I had to hold it in
place while I set the poles. If I did not hold the loop and toggle in
place they would come apart and the tent would fall away from the
poles. It had been a hot day and looked like it was going to be a
warm night. As soon as I set up the tent (took less than 5 minutes) I
opened the top vent, side vents, door vent, and rolled the rain-fly
door up. This allowed whatever breeze there was to enter the tent and
cool it off.
I placed two Therm-a-Rest Guide Light's on the floor followed by two
sleeping bags. My little sister joined me in the tent for a two
person test. There was enough room in the tent for us some gear. We
took along a bottle of water, a book, a couple of flashlights, and
two pillows. There was enough room in the tent for us to sleep
comfortably without being cramped for space. I did notice that my
feet touched the back of the tent when I made room to sleep with my
hands lying above my head. There was no condensation inside the tent
when I woke up, however we slept with the front door and all the
vents open. The pocket on the lower vent was handy for keeping my
flashlight in and was easy to access.
I also took this tent on a backpacking trip to Emigrant Wilderness in
the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The elevations ranged from 6000 to 9000
ft (1829 to 2743 m). The terrain was granite mountains spotted with
trees with some meadows and sandy spots for camping. The temperature
fluctuated between 52 F (11 C) at night to 89 F (32 C) in the
daytime. There was usually a nice breeze blowing and the sky was
clear and cloudless the entire trip. The tent was divided between my
and my hiking partner, I carried the poles and rail fly, and he
carried the tent and stakes.
The first night I set up the tent after hiking all night, it was 2:00
in the morning. We were located on a sandy flat piece of ground on
the side of a granite mountain. Between the tent and the ground I
placed a plastic painter's throw to provide some protection. The
tent was easy to setup by myself using my headlamp as illumination.
There was no way the stakes were going to go into that rock so I
pitched the tent free standing. I left the rain fly off because it
was a clear night and hoped to see some meteors streaking across the
sky. Once in the tent I was able to see the stars through the mesh
top of the tent. The side vents were the perfect height to see
through while lying down and provided some great ventilation with the
rain fly off.
The last night of the trip I pitched the tent by a lake and staked
down all four corners. Then I put the rain fly on, opened the rear
vent, and staked out the vestibule. Although the sky was once again
clear and the stars were bright, the stars were blurry and hard to
see through the rain fly window. Inside the tent felt I could almost
feel the moisture in the air as we prepared for bed. In the morning
there was no sign of condensation inside the rain fly. All the vents
were open so I was pleased that the venting system seemed to work.
Throughout the trip we were plagued by mosquitoes, the tent provided
a comfortable place to escape even with two people inside. The
vestibule did not provide enough room to place our packs under but
did have enough room for our boots and a few other choice items.
Things I like:
The tent does not have to be staked down
With the rain fly off I can look through the side vents while lying
Things I don't like:
The stars are hard to see (blurry) through the rain fly window
The rain fly doesn't extend al the way to the ground
In my next report I will answer the following questions:
Does the tent hold up well to use?
Does the tent stay waterproof in constant rain?
Do all the tent seams stay sealed?
Are the poles prone to breakage?
Does the tent floor develop worn spots or holes from use?
Do the walls keep the rain and moisture out even if they are touched?
Does the tent stand up well to wind?
Are the provided stakes durable and up to the task of anchoring the
tent in all kinds of terrain?
Are the poles well designed as well as being light weight and strong?
Is there enough room for 2 people to sleep comfortably in the tent?
Are the benefits provided by the tent sufficient to balance its
Does the rain fly vent keep the tent from sweating?
Does the rain fly vent keep water out in the rain?
Is the tent long enough to fit a 5' 11" (1.80 m) person?
Is the tent long enough that the sleeping bag is not in constant
contact with the wall?
Can two mats be placed in the tent without overlapping?
Does the ventilation help keep the tent bearable in any weather?
Are the provided guy ropes sufficient for their purpose?
Ease of Use:
Is the setup of the tent easy and quick?
Can it be setup in the dark easily?
Can it be setup in the wind easily?
Is it easy for one person to take down the tent and pack it away?
Does the flexibility in design help the tent to be evenly distributed
for shared gear?
Is the gear loft conveniently placed?
Are the vestibules large enough to stow my pack in?
Do the vestibules protect my gear from the weather?
Thank you, to Coleman and BackpackGearTest for allowing me to test