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. But it is described as weighing 960g on the stuffsack, yet that is only achieved by removing the pole and peg stuffsacks that are supplied. There is no adjustment at the pole ends or pegging points either. It is a single-skin tent that is quite small inside, and there is no porch.
Design 2-pole tunnel
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner none; flysheet PU-coated ripstop polyester, 3000mm hydrostatic head; groundsheet nylon, 5000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 230cm; width 135cm; height 70cm
Packed size 53x20x5cm
Made in China
Stores in the UK 200
Stockists – tel. (01275) 845024; www.coleman.eu
This is better than a bivvy and certainly lightweight, but it is a small tent for two people and the single-skin, porchless design has drawbacks.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008