User Review: Kelty Crestone 1
Price Paid: 100$
Now here's what I have to say about it, i've used it for four years, the design of this tent is pretty neat at first, but its not free standing, it requires equal tension at all points which can be hard to achieve, and if not done correctly can effect tightness of tent walls, allow a sag in the middle of the tent, reducing interior space which is already cramped.
despite the mesh interior which is nice when there are no elements, condensation is still an issue. However its a warm tent with fly attached.
I used this tent in the Swan Range one spring and weathered a thunder storm along a lake with no real additional cover, it survived the rain, but there was so much condensation, and the limited interior space makes it almost impossible for you to not hit the walls and knock the precipetation onto your sleeping bag and gear.
In addition that same spring I used it in Western Montana over spring break, and was caught in a freak snowstorm that dropped three inches of wet heavy snow...because of the tents design there is a sag in the middle which allows the fly to make contact with the tent if any major preasure is applied, in this case three inches of snow, which i had to continually bump off so it would sluff to the sides. It did stay warm, with my zero degree bag, and sleeping pad.
This tent doesn't really pack down that small, and for the weight and size you'd be just as well off spending a little more money and buying a small two man like Marmots Limelight, or MSR's Hubba Hubba. You won't gain any weight on the buy and will increase your living space, and save some saved pack space, and can bring along a friend in addition.
Oh and also the vestibule is only really useful for your boots and thats about it, which is ok since i usually just use my pack cover and hang my pack in a tree anyway...
Overall you get what you pay for...this tent would be great for bike touring, and other single man expeditions where you wouldn't put it to the extremes...