Coleman Exponent Tent Reviews
Tyl and Avior X2 Backpacking Tents

The Coleman Exponent Tent line are the best Coleman backpacking tents.

Learn why consumers write rave reviews of Exponent Avior and Tyl X2, two man tents.

Camping Tent Reviews is always hesitant to write positive reviews of Coleman Tents. Typically, the shelters are targeted to introductory campers that don't know how to pitch a tent, much less how to buy the best one for their needs.

However, the Coleman Exponent Tent series has two standout models that can compete with the best lightweight, backpacking tents on the market.

Coleman Exponent Tent Reviews

The two best Coleman Exponent Tents are the Exponent Tyl X2 and Exponent Avior X2. Both two person tents have numerous useful features for backpackers, including:

  • Lightweight - These Exponent Tents weigh in between 4 pounds, 6 ounces and 5 pounds, 4 ounces

  • Two way compression sack - A highly compactable tent

  • Innovative fly design - Keep the inside of your tent dry when pitching in the rain

  • Aluminium tent poles - Rest easy at night knowing your tent poles are stable and secure

While nothing is innovative nor unique, the Exponent two man backpacking tents have the bare essentials for the bare price.

Few backpacking tents will be as light on your back and on your wallet.

Coleman Exponent Tyl X2 Specs

  • Area: 31.4 square feet
  • Max Height: 43 inches
  • Weight: 5 pounds, 11 oz (Packed)
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Vestibule Area: 9 square feet
  • Sleeps: 2 people
  • Seasons: 3

Coleman Exponent Avior X2 Specs

  • Area: 25 square feet
  • Max Height: 39 inches
  • Weight: 4 pounds, 6 oz (Packed)
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Vestibule Area: 8.6 square feet
  • Sleeps: 2 people
  • Seasons: 3

Coleman Exponent Tents - Advantages

The best aspects of Exponent Avior X2 and Tyl X2 tents is their price

You can typically find the Avior X2 on Amazon for around $70 and the Tyl X2 for around $150. It is impossible to find such a cheap, lightweight backpacking tent that is reliable and receives good reviews.

An innovative aspect of the Tyl X2 and Avior X2 tents is that the equipment vestibules groundsheet can be detached, which lowers the tent's weight even more.

Finally, the innovative fly design allows the tent to be pitched during rainy weather while keeping it dry.

Coleman Exponent Tents - Disadvantages

The worst part of Exponent Tents is how long they take to pitch.

By standards of previous backpacking tents, the technology is nothing new: slide the tent pole into a sleeve. However, more innovative backpacking shelters have begun using clips. This allows the best backpacking tents to be pitched within minutes--A priceless luxury.

The only other drawback to Coleman Exponent Backpacking Tents is size - these tents are tiny!

Even though these are two person backpacking shelters, 2 full-grown adults will have a difficult time fitting into Coleman Exponent X2 tents.

Coleman Exponent Tents: Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy
  • Well-designed compression sack
  • Compact
  • Cheap
Consumers don't like:
  • Small for 2 adults


A Coleman Exponent Tent offers a serious, lightweight backpacking tent for a fraction of the cost that a Marmot or North Face backpacking tent would be.

However, both the Exponent Tyl X2 and Exponent Avior X2 have significant drawbacks, the worst of which is that these 2 man tents are too tight for 2 adults.

If you can live with having no elbow room in the backcountry, than a Coleman Exponent Backpacking Tent is a steal.

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