Product review

10 Jun, 2020

OEX Phoxx 2

Tested by: Russ

Cost:

GBP

Weight:

g

Nights used:

Nights

Times replaced:

Replacements

Review

Few tents out there under £100 will have such good performance. The OEX Phoxx 2 two-person backpacking tent is one of them. Packed with features found in more expensive tents in its class, the Phoxx 2 will keep you well-sheltered in the British weather with room for 2 plus gear.

 

Why the OEX Phoxx 2?

I’d been using the OEX Phoxx 1 for a couple of years and was very pleased with the stability in high winds and driving rain on my wild camps. So when it came to wanting to share the experience I instantly went for the Phoxx 2 as a cheap solution for my next budget shelter. I was used to the setup which is exactly the same as the Phoxx 1, so it was a clear choice without offending the wallet.

 

Where have you taken it?

Multiple trips in Dartmoor and Snowdonia National Park which are known for their windiness, as well as the South West Coast Path and the odd garden camp during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Build and quality

For £80 in Go Outdoors, you’re getting a solid tent which has been well-machined and well-considered. The PE groundsheet is seriously tough. It’s not as beautifully crafted as my Stratospire 2, but for a budget tent I was pleasantly surprised at the quality.

 

Packability

The only major setback with the OEX Phoxx 2 is that it’s very heavy at 2.1kg and when it’s packed, don’t expect to be able to fit this snugly inside your pack along with the rest of your gear unless you’re sporting a 60+ litre pack. You’ll definitely want to share some weight with it on an extended trip. One person carrying the tent and the other carrying the poles and pegs will reduce the load. If you’ve got a pack which is able to carry the tent on the outside, even better. I’m also very happy with a trekking pole tent which has the dual purpose of using your trekking poles instead of adding extra weight to your pack by using its own aluminium poles.

 

Value for money

The OEX Phoxx 2 is incredibly cheap for what you’re getting and for those starting out with long-distance backpacking, its durability and stability make it more forgiving in windy conditions, meaning you can pitch it in some fairly exposed areas should you find yourself struggling to find a more suitable campsite. Pegs, poles and stuff sack included make it a good deal as well.

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Overview

  • Durability 80% 80%
  • Stability 90% 90%
  • Packability 10% 10%
  • Headroom 50% 50%
  • Value for money 80% 80%

BPros

  • Stable in high winds
  • Good value for money
  • Two doors and porches
  • 3/4 season
  • Durable
  • Available in stock

CCons

  • Not seam-sealed as standard
  • Long pitch time
  • Heavy
  • Not very packable

Specs

Price:

From £80 at gooutdoors.com

Weight:

2.1kg (74.07oz)

Sleeps:

2 people

Pitch time:

5 – 15 minutes

Seasons:

3/4

Design:

Collapsible pole

Fly sheet:

Coated polyester

Inner:

Bug mesh

Ground sheet:

PE

Poles:

2x aluminium poles

Pegs:

6 with inner only – 16 max

Vestibules:

2

Inner dimensions (h, w, l):

95cm x 130cm x 240cm

Fly Hydrostatic Head:

2,000mm

Features

  • 2 doors
  • 2 vestibules
  • Door tie outs
  • Elastic fly tie outs
  • 4 guylines
  • Integrated lantern hanging points
  • Can use inner only
  • D-shaped zips
  • Front and rear ventilation
  • Double-walled
  • Integrated guyline adjusters
  • Guylines, stakes and dry bag included

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