Karrimor X-Lite X2 SG (2012)

The SG in the Karrimor X-Lite X2 SG’s name signifies that this is a semi-geodesic design, which means the poles cross one another twice for extra stability, making this tent particularly suitable for wilder conditions. It is pitched outer-first with poles slipping easily through sleeves around the outside of the fly. The inner is then attached inside and can be left in situ. You get ladder-lock adjustment around the base to help tension the tent. There are doors on both sides, so each person has their own access. Plus – as there are also two large porches for gear and a massive amount of space inside the inner for two people – the X2 gives a luxurious camping experience compared to many other tents in its price range. As well as all that stability the fly extends close to the ground, so horizontal rain is kept out of the porches; and the door zips have huge stormflaps covering them which also keep the wet at bay. There are large vents on the outer to control condensation but you can’t open the outer doors from the top to encourage airflow if needed, which is a pity. The Karrimor X-Lite X2 SG feels very stable, robust and built to take plenty of abuse, with the only drawback being the 3600g weight.

Flysheet material 68D ripstop polyester
Inner material 68D ripstop polyester
Groundsheet material 150D polyester
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 210x140x105cm
Packed size 44x21cm
Weight 3600g
Website www.karrimor.com

 

Verdict

The Karrimor X-Lite X2 SG is an extremely stable and spacious tent that is ideal for camping in wet and windy conditions. The drawback is the weight, which makes it less suitable than others for general backpacking.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine August 2012