The Crux X1 Assault takes the 3 pole design of the X1 Strike mountain tent but adds an external porch for storage, cooking and thus increased comfort. The tent has a relatively small footprint so that it will pitch in small spaces between boulders but the addition of the porch means that although the body of the tent is fully self-supporting the porch will need pegging out making it less friendly for use on snow.
The Crux X1 Raid is a simple, light, yet bomber 2-pole mountain tent in the tried and tested design of a Bibler style bivvy-tent. So we know the design works for serious high mountain use but what sets the Crux X1 apart from its competitors?
The Crux X1 Strike takes the design of the X1 Raid but adds an extra pole that adds slightly more rigidity to the tent but most importantly provides more space and headroom at the front of the tent and more protection from the elements when you open the door thus increasing your comfort for longer trips. This is all done without increasing the tents footprint so that it still pitches easily in small spaces between boulders and is totally self-supporting for firm pitches on snow.
The Crux's X2 Bomb is an incredible tent, with an amazingly robust 50denier flysheet, it can withstand phenomenally harsh stormy weather and for its size the X2 Bomb is relatively light. It also has a spacious porch, providing adequate storing space, whilst giving more freedom of movement and comfort.
The Hubba Hubba NX from MSR is the ultimate in lightweight tent designs. At it's heaviest, its still a featherlite 1.72kg! With the integrated and adjustable stake-out loops, set up time is minimal and faff free. The two man tent is spacious enough for both to sit up in at both ends and can hold plenty of gear both inside the tent and in each of the two vestibules (porches).
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