User Review: Kelty Gunnison 1.1
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: around $120
Bought this to replace an old Coleman single person tent I've had since the mid-90s. This is last year's model that I bought from the Kelty "On Sale" website at about $120 I think. Not the lightest, but reasonable. Setup is very fast.
- Fast setup (couple of minutes)
- Long enough for my 6'3" frame
- Stand alone design makes it easy to move around
- Vestibule is a good size for backpack and boots
- Not the lightest at about 4.5 - 5 lbs (w/footprint)
- A bit narrow
I've yet to put this to the test in the field. I bought this tent a couple of months ago as a replacement for an old bivey style Coleman I've had since the mid-90s. I've set it up in my yard along with the new Kelty 2.5i Recluse sleeping pad and "rested" in it for a while. It is a bit narrow but is long enough to handle my 6'3" body so I expect it to work out nicely.
Compared to the bivey style of the Coleman this one is spacious and I can actually sit up in it (with my head lightly touching the top). For this reason, I'll not use the cargo net that comes with it or I'll figure out a way to configure it for easy attach/detach. Update: I installed four of those little Nite Ize clips to each tie strap so I can quickly hook it up at night so stow my glasses, my book, etc. while sleeping.
For the price, I cannot complain about the extra pound of weight vs the 3 lbs but twice the price options. I will replace the cheap stakes with the MSR shorties which may be slightly lighter but definitely stronger. I look forward to putting this tent to the test over the summer and I'll come back and update this once I've used it some.
Update Oct '13: I used the tent several times this summer and really enjoy it. The weather was never really bad so I didn't have to spend much time in it other than to sleep but if I had to weather a long storm in it, I think I'd get a bit stir crazy. I brought along a small tarp to extend the vestibule and so I'd have some extra elbow room if I needed cover but didn't want to be in the tent.
The vestibule itself is a nice size. My 88L backpack easily fit under one side which left the other side available for my boots, a light, etc. Now that I've used it, I added half a star. Nice little tent!