|Coleman Rigel X2 Tent Review- Trail Magazine 2008|
Trail Magazine - 2008
User Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A very lightweight tent that saves a few grams by incorporating the stuffsack into the groundsheet. Also the pegs are very short, but mainly it is the single-skin design that reduces weight.
Pitching is very fast as there are just two poles, which slip through mesh sleeves on the outer. There is a mesh vent in the roof that can be exposed from the outside to provide more airflow.
Two can just about sleep in this tent, although it does narrow to 60cm at the foot. It would be very comfortable and light enough for one to carry, while two could just about use it in a race situation to save weight. The biggest attraction is probably the price, however, as the Rigel X2 offers excellent value.
I bought this as a second tent, for lightweight expeditions in reasonable weather (the plan was to try some vol-bivouac expeditions with my paraglider). I've use it for much of the summer and I really rate this tent.
It's quick to put up, it's light, it has stood up to some very blustery conditions when the weather forecast wasn't entirely accurate and it's withstood torrential downpours without leaking. Yes, it's small and you have to be pretty organised inside and no, there's no porch, so cooking is a bit trickier than in my Lightwave but for an overnight ot two night trip it's fine.
I often take my dog with me and there's enough room for he and I (and he's a particularly big Lab.). If you were sharing with someone else you would have to be on very good terms with them because, with the amount of space inside, you have to get close up.
For the money, I think it's a bargain, much more comfortable than a bivi, much lighter than a lot of other two man tents and robust enough to give you a fair amount of protection in bad conditions. Being a single skin design you get some condensation but, so far, I've not found it to be problem.
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Coleman Rigel X2 Backpacking Tent