Premium Basecamping Tents Debut for Coleman Exponent

Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Coleman Exponent LogoThree new basecamping tents - with design features, materials and other elements usually found in premium backpacking tents - join the Coleman® Exponent® lineup in 2008. Known as the Northstar Series, the new trio is designed to meet the needs of serious outdoor enthusiasts who want premium tents in a modern, roomy cabin style.
Coleman Exponent Logo Three new basecamping tents - with design features, materials and other elements usually found in premium backpacking tents - join the Coleman® Exponent® lineup in 2008. Known as the Northstar Series, the new trio is designed to meet the needs of serious outdoor enthusiasts who want premium tents in a modern, roomy cabin style.
Each tent features four doors with mesh panels for ventilation options. The interior roof is an expansive mesh area but zippered fabric panels in the sleeping quarters provide outstanding ventilation control. And, borrowing a page from the backpack tent-makers' design files, two vestibules for gear storage have been added to this cabin floor plan. A full coverage rainfly with taped seams ensures weather protection yet provides configuration options that let campers have door awnings, extra ventilation or auxiliary dry-entry vestibule spaces.
Three sizes are offered. The Northstar X4 tent is 12 x 7 feet with 120 square feet, a 6-foot peak roof height and four-person sleeping capacity. The Northstar X6 tent, with a six-person sleeping capacity, is 14 x 8 feet with 154 square feet and a center height of 6-foot-2 (74 inches). And the eight-person Northstar X8 model is 15 x 10 feet with 206 square feet and a roof height of 6-foot-4.
Premium 6061 T6 series aluminum poles are lightweight and convenient yet provide excellent structural strength for withstanding wind and rain storms. The poles feature variable tension with color-coding to simplify setup and are field repairable. Quick-clips that attach the tent to the frame poles add simplification to the process. The space created between tent fabric and frame structure also allows excellent ventilation between the tent and rainfly.
All three models feature a screen room at one end of the tent. A clear window in the fly matches a zippered mesh window in the tent for adding sunlight and views to the surrounding landscape. Two additional poles are included with each tent to erect a side awning above a door on either side of the tent.
Suggested retail prices range from $499 to $599. The Northstar Series tents will be available from specialty outdoor retailers nationwide. (See specification charts below for fabric and other materials information.)
Northstar Features (common to all models)
  • Four doors for increased ventilation and two dry-entry vestibules
  • Mesh roof with zip panels for ventilation control
  • Non-yellowing, non-clouding, clear TPU film windows
  • Fly Fabric: 75D 210 T polyester ripstop
  • Fly Coating: 3000 mm PU/WR/FR
  • Inner Fabric: 70D nylon ripstop (FR/WR)
  • Floor Fabric: 210D nylon oxford
  • Floor Coating: 3000 mm PU/WR/FR
  • Mesh: No-See-Um 50D polyester
  • Poles: 6061 T6 aluminum - 16mm diameter
  • NorthstarTM X4 Tent
  • Cabin style, sleeps four
  • Weight: 31 lbs
  • Floor Dimensions: 12' x 7
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  • Floor Area: 84 square feet
  • Vestibule: 18 + 18
  • Peak Height: 6'
  • Screen Room: 7' x 6'
  • MSRP: $499
  • NorthstarTM X6 Tent
  • Cabin style, sleeps six
  • Weight: 34 lbs
  • Floor Dimensions: 14' x 8'
  • Floor Area: 112 square feet
  • Vestibule: 21 + 21
  • Peak Height: 6' 2"
  • Screen Room: 8' x 7'
  • MSRP: $549
  • NorthstarTM X8 Tent
  • Cabin style, sleeps eight
  • Weight: 37 lbs
  • Floor Dimensions: 15' x 10'
  • Floor Area: 150 square feet
  • Vestibule: 28 + 28
  • Peak Height: 6' 4"
  • Screen Room: 10' x 7' 6"
  • MSRP: $599
  • Weight Reduction Most Notable Improvement in Backpacking Models
    Several improvements are being implemented to the Coleman Exponent line of seven backpacking tents, but the most notable and welcome across-the-board tweaking is to accomplish weight reduction, says Trevor Hinz, product manager. "We are doing some other things to improve consumer convenience and help retail sales staff access model information, but the biggest news is reducing packed weight and reducing the minimum trail weight of all our tents and stating those weights using standard test methods," Hinz said. "We were hurting ourselves in head-to-head comparisons of weight because of the way we were stating weights. Now we'll be consistent with most other brands, and we stack up more favorably ... and fairly." Minimum trail weight (also known as minimum weight) in the charts below, as defined by standard testing methods for a backpacking tent, is the combined weight of the tent body, fly and tent poles. The pack weight is the tent's packaged weight as it is for sale to a customer, including not only the tent body, fly and poles, but also seam sealers, guy lines, instructions, tent stakes, stuff sack and other items that may be in the package.
    AviorTM X1 tent
    With its wedge-tunnel design, this tent features a spacious sleeping room and separate storage area. Pre-bent aluminum poles with slip-track mesh pole sleeves make setup simple the first time. This tent is ideal for solo travelers, distance hikers and touring cyclists.
  • Pack weight*: 4 lbs, 6 oz
  • Trail weight*: 3 lbs, 8 oz
  • Dimensions: 92.5 x 31.5 inches, with a peak height of 33.1 inches
  • Vestibule: 4.1 square feet
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • AviorTM X2 tent
    Two doors offer the necessary flexibility for the extremes of nature. This tent works well for couples, distance hikers, touring cyclists or a solo traveler with a dog.
  • Pack weight*: 4 lbs, 15 oz
  • Trail weight*: 4 lbs, 6 oz
  • Dimensions: 90.6 x 49.2 inches, with a peak height of 39.4 inches
  • Vestibule: 8.6 square feet
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • PhadTM X2 tent
    The semi-geodesic structure consists of a living area with large storage space, making it ideal for campers, backpackers and touring cyclists.
  • Pack weight*: 7 lbs, 11 oz
  • Trail weight*: 6 lbs, 13 oz
  • Dimensions: 82.7 x 55.1 inches, with a peak height of 38.6 inches
  • Vestibule: 14 square feet
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • PhadTM X3 tent
    The semi-geodesic tent consists of a living area with large storage space. It works well for campers, backpackers, touring cyclists or three good friends.
  • Pack weight*: 8 lbs, 10 oz
  • Trail weight*: 7 lbs, 11 oz
  • Dimensions: 83 x 67 inches, with a peak height of 41.3 inches
  • Vestibule: 15 square feet
  • MSRP: $229.99
  • KrazTM X1 tent
    Ultralight and well ventilated, this solo tent is perfect for backpacking enthusiasts.
  • Pack weight*: 3 lbs, 7 oz
  • Trail weight*: 3 lbs, .6 oz
  • Dimensions: 93.75 x 39.75 inches, with a peak height of 37.25 inches
  • Vestibule: 6.1 square feet
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • TylTM X2 tent
    Offers all the comfort and convenience desired by backpackers.
  • Pack weight*: 5 lbs, 11 oz
  • Trail weight*: 5 lbs, .5 oz
  • Dimensions: 86.6 x 59.1 inches, with a peak height of 43.3 inches
  • Vestibule: 8.9 square feet
  • MSRP: $169.99
  • HekaTM X2 tent
    Perfect for those who crave extreme adventures without the sacrifice of space and comfort.
  • Pack weight*: 7 lbs, 5 oz
  • Trail weight*: 6 lbs, .10 oz
  • Dimensions: 87.4 x 61 inches, with a peak height of 45.3 inches
  • Vestibule: 9.6 square feet
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • About Coleman Exponent Products:
    The Coleman® Exponent® product line is available exclusively through sporting goods and outdoor retailers throughout the United States, and select Exponent products are available in Canada, Australia and Latin America.
    The Coleman Company, Inc. is an international leader in the innovation and marketing of outdoor products, including its legendary lanterns, as well as stoves, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, coolers, furniture and grills. Its products are sold and used all over the world. Coleman embraces its leadership role as an advocate for the outdoors, contributing to outdoor causes and inspiring people to get outside. Founded in 1900 and based in Wichita, Kan., Coleman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation, and can be found online at Consumers can contact Coleman by phone at 800-835-3278 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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    AviorTM, HekaTM, KrazTM, PhadTM and TylTM are trademarks and Coleman® and Exponent® are registered trademarks The Coleman Company, Inc.
    * Pack weight is the total weight of the tent and all items packed with it, such as guylines, stakes and carry bag. Trail weight is the just the tent body, fly and tent poles.
    Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of niche consumer products used in and around the home. Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well recognized brands, including: Branded Consumables: Ball®, Bee®, Bicycle®, Crawford®, Diamond®, First Alert®, Forster®, Hoyle®, JavaLog®, Kerr®, Lehigh®, Leslie-Locke®, Loew- Cornell® and Pine Mountain®; Consumer Solutions: Bionaire®, Crock- Pot®, FoodSaver®, Harmony®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, Patton®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, Sunbeam®, VillaWare® and White MountainTM; and Outdoor Solutions: Abu Garcia®, Berkley®, Campingaz®, Coleman®, Fenwick®, Gulp®, Mitchell®, Stren® and Trilene®. Headquartered in Rye, N.Y., Jarden has over 20,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit
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