It’s the innovative configuration of the pre-assembled flexible pole set that gives the Karrimor X Lite X1 the edge. The poles are shock-corded together and to pitch the tent all that is needed is to locate the colour-coded pole ends into their matching eyelets on the webbing at the corners of the inner tent, with a final red pole clipping to an eyelet on top of the inner. The fly goes over the top and is fastened with quick-release buckles while ladder-lock webbing allows it to be tensioned. This gives a stable dome with a front porch. The outer door has double zips so it can be opened from the top for ventilation and to peek outside, or from the bottom to fully open it. Once opened you get a spacious porch with room to enter the tent easily as well as to cook in and store a rucksack. The inner tent also has decent headroom that extends a decent distance from the centre giving space to move around, making this a very comfortable option. There is no ventilation, apart from airflow that comes up from the base of the flysheet and by opening the top of the door, so condensation may be an issue, while the weight of 1956g is relatively heavy. But at this price the Karrimor X Lite X1 is a bargain.
Flysheet fabric ripstop polyester
Inner fabric polyester
Groundsheet fabric polyester Oxford
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 220x93x90cm
Packed size 50x14cm
The Karrimor X Lite X1 is a very well-priced tent that is also spacious and stable; but there are lighter options, and other tents have mesh inners or vents to improve condensation control.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013