Kelty Grand Mesa 4
I bought this tent for both car camping and occasional…
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: As easy as it gets
Weight: not sure
Price Paid: $160 Shipped
I bought this tent for both car camping and occasional backpacking. I typically sleep alone or with my girlfriend.
I'm a bigger guy, 6 feet 270 lbs. Unless we're dealing with kids, I'd prefer not to have more than three people in this tent, and that's pushin it in my opinion.
I used this tent for the first time this past weekend and I must say I was delighted to use it. I put a queen size air mattress in and still had room for equipment between the remaining space and the vestibule.
Setting up the tent is extremely easy since you're just putting the poles in the ends then clipping the tent to the poles. I'd say within 4 minutes not including the rainfly.
The quality of the aluminum poles is the best I've seen. They're light, snap together with confidence and seem durable.
The rainfly/ vestibule looks bigger in the pictures but it does provide enough space for a couple of duffle bags.
The floor of the tent isn't as durable as a tarp but it does look like it will hold up better than a Cabelas tent I had. I used an 8*10 tarp underneath the tent to protect it, I'd highly recommend either a tarp or footprint.
What I like:
4 pockets, 1 in each corner
What I don't like:
No privacy without the rainfly. The windows and door are only screens. You need to have the rainfly on and the vestbule closed in order to have privacy for changing or...what have you.
The stakes are weak and bend quite easily.
Floor could be a little thicker, but again not bad.
Overall it's a good tent that should last years, I've got no regrets.
I love this tent for car camping or kayak camping.
Design: 3 season dome
Ease of Setup: simple
Price Paid: $150 or so
I love this tent for car camping or kayak camping. It is just too heavy to backpack. I was warm on a surprise 20 degree night in a 35 degree bag. You can stand hunched over and move around without knocking it over. Simple set-up even in the dark, the corner pockets are nice for keys, lights, bear spray in case of an overly amorous tent mate. If you get lazy and don't guy out the fly you will get some condensation but it isn't that bad.
My 6'5" friend fits in it! I've never had more than two people in the tent and it was always roomy. The vestibule keeps your boots dry while I bring all the other crap inside.
I will never figure out how they call this a 4-person tent? It sleeps two comfortably and you could squeeze in a third. If you needed to get 4 people in this thing it would have to be four romantically involved people.
I went on a backpacking trip with 3 people, what a…
Price Paid: $159.99
I went on a backpacking trip with 3 people, what a great tent. When I came back bought one for my son. There was three of us in this tent for 1 week in the middle of October and this tent worked great for size and weight. I am 6'2", 235 lbs, plus another 6'1", 220 lbs and 5'9" 160 lbs, worked great for three people and gear. I am not easliy impressed but this tent from Kelty worked flawless.