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Tent Reviews: Coleman Avior X2

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8 Reviews of the Avior X2

By: Metarealizard  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

This is a great 1/2 man back-packing tent; it's snug though: I use it with my wife. I'd feel pretty uncomfortable camping out with another bloke in it. Then again if you are cold and tired from hiking all-day you probably are past the point of caring. It's very light, splits very evenly for two people to carry (we have actually packed it into plane hand luggage), pitches like a dream (in any conditions) and will take a serious gale. Space is really tight at the foot end and you need to ensure you pitch it well so the ventilation works effectively. If you do not I suspect you may find yourself getting some condensation issues. The entrance/Porch is a good little storage space for backpacks etc. The tunnel type design also works well with a tarp & walking stick to create a little extra living space. I wouldn't trade this in for any other 1/2 man tent and would be happy to carry and pitch this by myself almost anywhere, anytime.

If you are getting on a bit (like me) and suffer with joint stiffness etc the side entrance is a god-send. Even so there's not a lot of room to move around; sit up etc. So you may want to consider stepping up to the 3 man version or a different model.

A slight downside is the Bright green/Blue colour scheme - not the most inconspicuous of tents. If I was planning on wild camping mostly, I'd probably consider a Vango Banshee as an alternative.
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By: Jhicc  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I bought this tent for wild camping - the low weight and high hydrostatic is just a brilliant combination. Quick and easy to put up and down, survived through all weathers and now four years later I still use it and it is in just as good nick now as when I bought it. Just recently I have started taking my kids wild camping - although one at a time! There is just enough space for one adult and one child.

I can highly recommend this tent, just brilliant, lightweight, waterproof - no flaws!
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By: Hiophiop  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Excellent tent.

I ended up opting for this tent because of the high hydro head and the 2 doors.

Price was very reasonable.

Very surprised at the high build quality for the price.

Easy to put up and roomy for me on a solo camping trip.

Rucksack and boots stored in porch and can then access inner tent by side door which is great.

Stood up well to some brisk Welsh winds.

For backpackers the bag it stores in is a bit big for my liking so I purchases a small stuff sack and was chuffed to get the tent, poles and pegs in that - much better for me.

Pegs and guy lines are excellent quality too, by the way.

Very happy with this tent and would highly recommend for the price.
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By: Benmark10  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I bought my Coleman Avior X2 in 2008. I'm a motorcyclist who regularly tours in both the UK and Europe, usually for 3 days to one week at a time, moving between campsites 2-3 times on each trip. Therefore my requirements were:

-Low weight

-Small pack size

-Fast setting up and packing away time


-Porch with door (for gear storage)

I looked at a number of tents, but ultimately it was a choice between this and a Vango Cloud II.

The physical size of this tent was just right - space for 1 or 2 people, and a big enough porch (with groundsheet) for cooking equipment, motorcycle leathers, boots and helmet. However, when packed is only about 45cms long and 2.7kg.

The inner part has plenty of pockets for your phone, keys, wallet etc. There is even a hook inside, which is perfect for hanging my torch from when I'm zipped inside! It also has two doors (front and side) which is particularly handy as the end of the tent is very low, and difficult to crawl down to to retrieve things from. The ability to open up the whole side portion eliminates the need to do this.

There is a generous space between the inner and outer parts, so water penetration is not a problem. The ground sheet is also very water proof, but additionally dries in no-time if the underneath is wet, when you come to pack it up.

Once you've got the hang of it, you can put it up in 5-10 minutes. There's only 2 poles, 5 guy ropes, and 7 other points to secure.

Ultimately, I decided on the Coleman because the material and seams are reported to deal better with UV light than the Vango, and thus last longer. I've used this for a total of about 35 nights so far and it's still as good as new.

So, in conclusion, if you want something light, durable, easy to work with that doesn't take up too much space to travel with, this tent is perfect. Be aware though, although a two man, it is 'cosy', so if you like a bit more sleeping space when sharing do bear this in mind.
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By: Petemillis  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought this tent new a couple of weeks ago to use for a camping trip this week. Reason for buying is that my other tent only sleeps 4, and I needed to accommodate me and my 7 yr old son in another to make space. And I'm so glad I got the Avior X2. It took just a few minutes to put up in the rain and the wind and stayed perfectly dry inside. Very stable construction. Clear instructions (even if not needed).

The Avior X2 is spacious enough for me and my young lad, although I wouldn't have wanted to share it with a big hairy bloke! The ventilation is really good, and after a couple of nights of heavy snoring it stayed perfectly dry inside. Keeping the inner attached for putting up and taking down is a real boon. Packing away only took minutes as well. The tent pegs are excellent quality, the poles are as well, and the whole tent is nicely made with convenient features. Nice light pack. Only criticism is that the stuff suck tore very slightly at the seam around the drawcord when I was stuffing the tent back in.

I would highly recommend this tent, and am now considering Coleman for a large tent as well. Would rate 11/10 if I could!
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By: Rocktech  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Bought this tent for 69 new for use on my cycle touring. I've been very please with it, it is reasonably light, packs up well and is quick and easy to pitch. As a 2-man it would be a bit cramped, as there is no real storage space at either end. But the design is good and very stable in winds, and dry in rain - I know as this year in Devon I was struck one night by 30mph winds and horizontal driving heavy rain - and the tent stayed put and was bone dry inside - I was impressed. There are some nice little touches, like the small pouches on the inner tent for storage, and the vents to keep condensation at bay. And to echo the comments of other, the side entrance design is fantastic, a really good idea that works well. Honestly, Coleman may not be as well know as some manufacturers - but don't let that put you off - this tent performs as well as some that cost a lot more.
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By: Zorro01  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I bought this after a careful review of 3 season tents which are light enough to carry, strong enough to stand up in early Spring and late Autumn in Scotland, and cheap, (less than 100). Although not having a fashion badge name like The North Face, this Coleman is as well made as any for the price, is light and strong, and does not feel as fragile as some of the really expensive competition. Easy to erect and completely dry inside, with two usable doors and sufficient storage space, it packs down to a small roll, easy to fit inside a rucksack. However, it is too cosy for two people, unless they are particularly friendly, and could do with an extra guy point or two. That apart, this tent is amazing value, and shows what can be achieved for significantly less money than most of the competition. An excellent product from a company which, although well known for its stoves, deserves much more credit for its relatively unknown tents.
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By: Ghostwriter  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I bought this tent to use while walking the Offa's Dyke Path in 2008. Got to say I loved it. It was either this tent or the Vango Banshee, but the Avior hooked me with it's two entrances. I could store my boots and rucksack in the porch and not have to clamber in and out over it because I could go through the side entrance. Coped perfectly well with some heavy and persistent rain and wind. Stood firm and I stayed dry as a bone. Set up is fast, with the outer going up first. The inner tent can be left attached so it goes up and down as one. Exceeded my expectations. There are lighter tents to carry on your back, but the specs of this tent make it great value for money. For one person and pack it's great - I love it! However, like most two-man tents this size, accommodating to large adults would be cosy to say the least!
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Manufacturer's Description

Ultra compact, stable and lightweight, this 2 person tent will suit the most demanding backpackers. The use of two doors offers the necessary flexibility for the extremes of nature. Reflective trims along zipper cuffs and guy ropes help the user to locate their tent at night and compressions straps on the carry bag allow them to easily store the tent in a backpack. Also features an integrated groundsheet that can be zipped on and off.

Flysheet fabric: Polyester ripstop, 4 000 mm PU coated, taped seams, UV Pro
Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
Groundsheet: Nylon, PU coated 5 000 mm, taped
Poles: Aluminium 7001-T6
Carry bag type: 2 way compression with V-shape
Carry bag: 40 x 15 cm
Headroom: 100 cm

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