User Review: Kelty Screenhouse (medium)
Price Paid: $239
I purchased the Kelty Screenhouse two years ago and have used it about 2 dozen times.
Set-up of this unit is a little tricky, but, once mastered it is no big deal. I can set up the tent solo in about 10 minutes, a little faster when I have help. Once set up the tent is taut and can be easily transported to the site of your choosing.
The medium Screenhouse is able to fit over a large campground picnic table, but space to the sides is limited. We have had eight people dining at one time in the screen house, entry and exit is handled by using both doors on each side of the screen house. So everyone enters on the side of the table that they are going to sit at. This is definitely a sit down shelter as headroom falls quickly to the center and to the sides. It does provide a bug free place to eat and gather around the table.
On one trip we experienced absolutely nasty weather, 35-40 degrees, with constant showers, I mean it rained non-stop for three days. During this time the condensation inside the tent was almost as bad as the rain. Some sort of rainfly would have probably eliminated this condition, but, it is a single wall tent. A tarp over the tent would probably rectify the situation if one left breathing room between the tent and the tarp. Other than that one experience I have been very happy with my purchase.
For those that wanted more room and headroom then the large unit would be worth the difference in purchase price. Quality has been first rate, and the figure nine adjusters are a nice touch. When it is staked down well the unit handles wind very well, and the shades allow for closing up the unit and warming up a bit on a nice night. This unit does not have a floor and I personally would not want one for its intended purpose.