So I got myself a new tent on Thursday of last week for camping, as my old one was unusable.
I decided to get the Coleman Avior X2
. My god, this is an awesome tent.
From first glance it's pretty amazing. Not only is it 2.5kg packed but it's not much bigger than my sleeping bag is in it's compression sack. When I got to the campsite later that day and unpacked it I was again surprised; Coleman really went out of their way to make sure you can raise the tent as quickly as possible (18 minutes, the booklet said. I raised it in 15), the inner tent was already attached to the outer when I opened it up!
So I spread it out on the ground and took out the tent poles and pegs (which were awesomely stored in sleeves with sewn elastic bands instead of ties!). The poles looked tiny but are made of aluminium and went into the designated points quite easily. The pegs weighed almost nothing despite being quite sturdy and went into the earth quickly and without bending (I use my boots instead of a mallet). All that was left after that was to tighten the straps and open her up!
Now I'm the sort of person who likes to have space, so I normally clash any tent as one person less than advertised (unless you like spooning), so this 2 man tent is a 1 man tent to me. There was more than enough space inside for all my bits and pieces and once I had my rollmat (self-inflating) and sleeping bag inside it was pretty cosy.
This is possibly the most awesome part of this tent. The whole top of the inside of the tent is insect netting, allowing for much more air circulation. There were also an unexpected number of ventilation "windows" inside the tent. This is a crucial thing for me as I hate waking up in a hot and sticky tent.
The only downer to this is that during the night it can get a little chilly, but that's why you need to pack a poncho liner
(aka ranger blanket) or a sleeping bag liner as well as your sleeping bag, because if you're like me you'll feel better if you wake up warm rather than sweating.
And that's enough of my rambles! c.c