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Tent Reviews: Coleman Kraz X1

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1.65 KG
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4.75/10 from 4 reviews

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4 Reviews of the Kraz X1

By: Bigjim1  Reason: Other  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

On a weeks camping holiday in France my companion had this tent. He's about 16 stone and 6'2'. We had a mixture of weather from torrential rain to blazing sun.

He was quite comfy and had no problems with the tent. I was so impressed that when I saw one on offer at Marshalls for 39 I snapped it up. It will be trialled this year.
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By: Wull  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Even the so-called experts got this wrong. A reputedly good forum (outdoor magic) recommended this tent. I like many others rely on these forums to provide reliable buying advice. I had already bought and used this tent - bivvy - a couple of times so I was very annoyed at the forum recommending this effort. It is more like a bivvy - very tiny and very flimsy. The draughts really made me wonder why bother erecting it as a cover over my sleeping bag would probably be a better option. I did add a couple of extra peg points to no avail. Absolutely no room to move either and I am a small - 5 foot nothing size. Dreadful piece of kit.
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By: Maurice8601  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I have had two Coleman Kraz tents

The first one I had, one of the toggle clips ripped the first time I put it up, swapped it for another one and exactly the same thing happened on its third erection.

Also it never really looked right when it was up and I'd say you're probably better off sleeping under a black bag.

Have just purchased a Vango Tempest 200.
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By: Eh123  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I'd recommend the Coleman Kraz X1 as a budget one-man lightweight tent. I bought the tent for under 70 versus the 150 to 250 I would have paid for some of the more expensive brands. I used the tent for a three-week cycling trip. Without its stuff sack, which I dispensed with, the tent weighs 1.5kg.

Together with the price, the length of the inner tent (around 235cm) is a factor that persuaded me to buy the tent. I'm over 6ft and for me, anything much shorter will result in wet feet assuming the inner gets pushed against the flysheet. (Wide clearance between inner/outer, eg, as is the case with the more expensive Lightwave obviously gets over this problem.)

The Kraz X1 isn't freestanding, which I think is only a minor disadvantage. Width and height-wise the inner tent is adequate, though hardly palacious. Some care is required to avoid condensation falling from the flysheet into the inner, which will happen if the flysheet is wet and you brush up against it. Quite a bit of moisture can accumulate on the inside of the flysheet when the ground is sodden, but I doubt whether more expensive fabrics would fare very much better in similar conditions.

A combination of the porch and the inner was enough to accommodate kit carried in two bike panniers and a stuff sack. I wonder how I'd fare if I was carrying more bulk, say an 80 litre rucksack. Space is at a premium in the porch area.

One of the most important things with pitching the Kraz X1 is to fix the single guy rope in a line directly in front of the tent. Fixing it in a line to either side creates slackness/ contact between the flysheet and inner.

I do think the tent would require precise pitching in the rain as flysheet and inner are relatively close, particularly at the head of the tent where clearance between inner/outer is a centimetre or less.

Overall this is a good one-man tent provided you aren't carrying a huge amount of gear and are looking for something that is attractively priced but which doesn't compromise in any essential way on quality.
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Manufacturer's Description

Perfect 1 person tent for lightweight backpackers or cycling campers thanks to its light weight and compact pack size. It is quick and easy to erect after an energetic day and is constructed using UV Pro protected, polyester ripstop fabric and pre-bent aluminium poles to stand up to the extremes.

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: 44 x 15 cm
Headroom: 95 cm

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