Rated 5 out of
Exactly what I needed
I'm an adult leader for a scout troop and my previous tent was crushed (literally) in a recent storm from downed trees (obviously I was not in it!). While I know this replacement tent won't sustain falling trees it does withstand decent wind and is the kind of tent you expect coming from Kelty. I've only used it twice but if my small 2 person backpacking tent that I have from Kelty is any indication... than this one will last me years (fallen trees notwithstanding).
Date published: 2019-08-16
Rated 4 out of
Great tent for the money
First let me say I’m generally a solo backpacker not a car camper so bigger tents are not really my thing ....however... I wanted a tent with more room and more comfort for my guy and I to use when we travel on a budget and on the road.
KELTY generally makes a good product so after some research I went with this.
Pros: it is roomy and the “bathtub” bottom is a bonus. It’s tall in the middle over 6’ (both a pro and con see below) so if you’re tall you won’t be knocking your head. It’s got a GREAT rain fly and appropriately spaced guy lines. It holds up to wind IF you stake it and its guy lines appropriately... I used it in sustained 15mph winds 4 days and a thunderstorm with gusts >30 mph and it held up well... just a bit of leaning. Stargazing option?! It’s just a mesh top like most other tents that secures the rain fly up. It’s easy to set up- took me 7 min with rain fly on my own - less than 5 with a partner.
Cons: it needs more ventilation, at least 1/2 way down, because of its height, would have been great with the mesh, especially with such a great rain fly! With the rain fly on there is minimal air movement (I recommend a small battery operated fan to help with ventilation with the rain fly on) I mean you’re car camping not backpacking so.... bring the fan. Even with the rain fly off the ventilation is just okay, not great.
It’s TALL- and if only has 2 very long tent poles and s stabilizing bar... I’m 5’9” and I struggled with getting the rainfly top clips and stabilizer bar on myself. So.... tall tent and only 2 tent poles... that means it also gets pushed around when it’s windy... it’s not necessary to have a tent this tall... but it held up as I stated above just some leaning with the gusts.
It’s roomy! It fits a queen sized air mattress and plenty of gear. Doors on both sides bonus!
Overall: it was inexpensive, easy to set up with a little help (I’m guessing you’ll have help if you’re buying a 6 person tent) rain fly is perfect and will keep you dry even in thunderstorms. It’s relatively light to be carrying around a campground and it’s roomy for sure. Little storage pockets on the inside store your incidentals. For the price I think it’s a strong 4 stars. Bring the fan or keep the rainfly off and the ventilation problem is fixed. Happy Camping!
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 4 out of
Good family tent for car camping
Very pleased with the quality and features of this tent. Also got the footprint to protect the bottom, which comes in handy on gravel tent pads and not putting away a wet tent. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-06-03