Known usually for reasonably priced, roomy tents with all the modern conveniences, Coleman seeks to appeal to the serious backpacker with its Coleman Hooligan 2 Tent. This two-person, three-season tent features an all-mesh design that extends right down to the bathtub-style floor, giving the tent excellent ventilation during hot days and supreme visibility for cool evenings of star gazing. For inclement weather, or to ensure maximum privacy, a rain fly can be attached that extends down to ground level. With the fly in place, a six-square-foot vestibule area is formed that will handily store backpacks and shoes, leaving the interior of the tent uncluttered.
Gear hooks attached to the ceiling provide opportune spots to hang a lantern, while a mesh storage pocket keeps small items visible without being underfoot. The spacious floor area, at 40 square feet, can accommodate a queen-sized air mattress or two side-by-side sleeping bags with ease. The dome design provides a peak interior height of 42 inches, leaving comfortable seated headroom even for tall campers.
As Coleman Hooligan 2 Tent is not a free-standing model, it will need to be staked out in order to maintain its shape. In addition, the fly requires taut guy lines in order for it to be seated properly. The tent features one side-facing door, as well as a large window on the opposite wall for good ventilation even with the fly partially in place. Pitching the tent is a simple matter due in part to the single center pole extending through continuous pocket sleeves. Instructions for assembly are printed on the carry bag, making them difficult to misplace.
There are, however, two issues that might impede the serious backpacker when using this tent. Weighing in at seven pounds, three ounces, this tent is slightly heavier than others in its class. With the increased weight also comes increased bulk; at 22 x 6 inches when packed, this tent will test the volume capacity of most backpacks. For hikers splitting the weight of the tent in multiple packs this will become a non-issue, but the soloist backpacker might find the weight and size prohibitive for long treks.
Another consideration is the use of fiberglass tent poles. High performance tents shy away from fiberglass, which can split or even shear under intense weather conditions. This is not a consideration for those backpacking in mild conditions, but serious backpackers scaling summits where high winds and driving rain are daily events might want to think twice. In classic Coleman fashion, these drawbacks are compensated by the price, which is significantly less than many backpacking tents on the market today.
Overall we gave the Coleman Hooligan 2 Tent 4 out of 5 stars. This tent won’t get you through a night on Everest, but if cost wins over quality, this tent will provide many of the same features sought by backpackers from more expensive models at a fraction of the price.