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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Crux X2 Storm Tent

"This tent is built like a brick house."

by: Casey Lyons

Crux X2 Storm Tent
Crux X2 Storm Tent

Crux x2 Storm
“This thing is built like a brick house,” said one tester after subjecting the Storm to weeks of above-treeline testing in Alaska. We came to a similar conclusion in our wind-tunnel testing, where the X2 Storm was literally unflappable at the tunnel’s maximum output of 42 mph. And it’s not just a 50-denier ripstop nylon bomb shelter. The asymmetrical, elongated geodesic design puts more headroom up front (39 inches), making it easy to sit up. The 12.4-square-foot front vestibule is adequate, though testers felt its wind-splitting, steep-angle slope hampered its utility—and most dug deep snow benches inside it before attempting to cook. A pair of closeable scoops on the front bring in fresh air and minimize condensation, and two small foam spacers snap in place to form a physical barrier between canopy and fly so moisture stays off the tent body. However, when a storm dumped 2 feet of fresh snow on Denali’s Kahiltna Glacier, the partial mesh door and lack of snow flaps on the vestibule let in spindrift. And it’s not cheap. $799; 6 lbs. 5 oz.; crux.us.com


 


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