Kelty Acadia 6

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Large size and easy setup are the good things about…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

Summary

Large size and easy setup are the good things about this tent. But it does have a few issues that could be easily remedied.

Pros

  • Large size
  • Ease of setup
  • Waterproof fly
  • Not heavy for a 6-person tent

Cons

  • No support for vestibule
  • Single door
  • Zipper snags easily
  • VERY cheap stakes included

I bought this as a base camp/car camping tent for trips with my grown kids. There are generally 4 of us on these trips and the tent has plenty of room for us and gear.  

Setup is very straightforward, if you've set up a tent in the last 20 years, you'll figure this one out quickly.

The Acadia uses a standard pole through sleeve design on the top, with the side walls clipping in to the poles.  Stake down the corners (I would have appreciated a few more staking loops in the floor), pull the fly over the top and clip it in place. Lastly stake out the bottom edges of the fly and the vestibule and you're new home awaits you. 

I've only used the tent on two trips so far and have not had significant rainfall on either trip. First trip was 5 nights in the Abajo / LaSal mountain area of Utah.  We did experience some pretty significant winds and moderate rain on this trip and had no issues with the tent leaking or exploding.  Temps were quite mild, lows in the low 50's. Did not have any problems with condensation probably because the walls are almost entirely mesh, and the fly stays off the tent if it is pitched correctly.

The second trip was 3 nights in the Guadalupe Mts of west Texas, with unexpectedly cold temps and a few inches of snow.  This is where we found one of the downsides of this tent. With only 3-4 inches of dry snow (this is the desert after all) the vestibule drooped in on the front door of the tent. With the vestibule sagging there is nothing keeping snow outside the tent when you unzip the fly. 
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To be fair, this is really not supposed to be a 4-season tent, but obviously things can happen that are out of the ordinary. I will say that other than the snow which fell in through the door, we have not had issues with any other moisture inside the tent, either from condensation or melting snow. 

My other caveat with this tent is you are definitely going to need better stakes than the ones supplied by Kelty.  When I first put the tent up in the backyard, I was pushing the stakes in with the palm of my hand and they bent! That is crazy. If the stakes fold over in ground that soft, what would happen if you actually have to pound them in to the ground.  Well, you simply won't get them in at all. 

In the end I would recommend this tent, but caution people to realize what they're buying. It IS inexpensive and roomy, and will keep you out of the elements. It is not designed for winter (as in snow) camping and needs better stakes. 

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Free Shipping. Kelty Acadia 6 Person Tent FEATURES of the Kelty Acadia 6 Person Tent Freestanding design Continuous pole-sleeve construction (6 Person) Clip and pole sleeve construction Taped floor seams ArcEdge floor Mesh wall panels Internal storage pockets Taped seams Side-release tent/fly connection Fly vents Noiseless zipper pulls Guyout points SPECIFICATIONS of the Kelty Acadia 6 Person Tent Seasons: 3 Number of Doors: 2 Number of Vestibules: 2 Number of Poles: 3 Pole Type: Wrapped Fiberglass, Hybrid 4, 6 Floor: 75D Polyester, 1800 mm Wall: 68D Polyester Fly: 75D Polyester, 1800 mm Capacity: 6 Person Minimum Weight: 14 lbs 3 oz / 6.7 kg Packaged Weight: 16 lbs / 7.3 kg Floor Area: 80 square feet / 7.4 square meter Vestibule Area: 33 + 13 square feet / 3.1 + 1.2 square meter Dimension: 120 x 96 x 74in. / 305 x 244 x 188 cm Packed Dimension: 8 x 28in. / 20.3 x 71.1 cm

- Moosejaw

Kelty Acadia 6 Person Camping Tent - The Acadia 6 camping tent by Kelty is all about living comfortably at camp. The large dual-doors and 2 vestibules offer spacious convenience while the three-pole design will rival any tent at your campground, especially when it comes to set-up time.The Acadia 6 camping tent by Kelty is a snap to set up, very spacious and a great value.

- Outdoorplay

The large dual-doors and vestibules offer spacious convenience while the three-pole design will rival any tent at your campground, especially when it comes to set-up time.

- Rocky Mountain Trail

Kelty's Acadia 6 Tent features: Large dual-doors and vestibules that offer spacious convenience while the three-pole design will rival any tent at your campground, especially when it comes to set-up time.

- CampSaver.com

Kelty Acadia 6 TentThe Kelty Acadia 6 Tent is the right choice for you, when it comes to camping out. Built with a floor area of 80 sq. ft., this product has the capacity to house six people comfortably. Its ArcEdge floor lifts the seams off the ground, making sure that your tent is strong, durable, and dry at all times. This tent has a free-standing design, with a side release tent / fly connection, that makes it really easy to set up. The mesh wall panels and fly vents ensure that the tent is well-ventilated and that you have a great view when you want to gaze up at the stars. Its internal storage pockets help you get organized and store your gear out of sight! The Kelty Acadia 6 Tent is ideal for those family camping adventures, so get yours today!

- SunnySports