Kelty Villa 4
Price Paid: $129
I got this tent mainly for car camping. I was first attracted by the unique design and full coverage rain fly with spacious vestibules.
The tent has plenty of interior storage pockets, a mesh ceiling loft, and an outside storage shelf in the vestibule. The tent is tall enough to stand in stooped over, and floor space is roomy enough for about 3 and a half people, maybe more if you get creative.
The tent seems to be of good quality as with most Kelty tents. However, the tent body and rain fly are taut in some areas and loose in others. The entrance areas (especially the fly) are very taut and I half expected the zippers to bust, but I'm always careful when opening and closing them and they haven't failed yet.
The fly is a little loose on the sides, and in the center at the top front. This hasn't been a big problem so far and the tent appears storm worthy, but it hasen't been through any bad storms yet.
The tent can be erected by one person, but it can be difficult. Two is better.
I got a great deal on this tent for $129 online. It's a good tent at that price, but not worth the full retail price some stores were asking when the tent first came out, which was around $300.
Overall a good tent if you want a roomy tent without going too big, and providing you can get it at a reduced price.
Design: 3.5 season dome
Ease of Setup: Not great but I've put up worse
Price Paid: $149.99 w/ free shipping
I purchased this tent at a killer deal on closeout. I read some bad reviews about the fly but purchased anyway. Conclusion? No problems with the fly as long as you used all the guy strings and stakes - and pull it TIGHT!
Enough room for 2 adults and 2 kids without being too big. Could be used as a backcounty tent if you split it up and each carry a section. However it's not for tight spots.
It's not the easiest tent to put together (I would hate to have to raise it quickly in a wind or rain storm) but it's not too bad. Quality is very good and it even came with a small gear loft. Excellent aluminum poles are included.
Purchase price gets this 4 stars and at $149.99 it's a steal. At full price or slightly on sale there are better tents out there.
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The Kelty Villa 4 is a new addition to the Basecamp fleet, and it features a radical reconfiguration of the traditional dome tent. 4 People can fit comfortably inside with plenty of room for gear and accessories. The Villa features a built in shelf to maximize organization. Two doors means no crawling over sleepers when nature calls. The Villa 4 Tent is a great basecamp tent for families and campers.
CLOSEOUTS . Enjoy the company of the great outdoors with up to three of your nearest and dearest in Kelty's Villa tent -- a roomy, high-ceiling design with internal mesh pockets, watertight walls and a mesh ceiling. Watertight walls with sidewall vents Mesh ceiling Gear loft loops Fly features taped seams, guyout points, side-release buckle tent-fly connection, and noiseless zipper pulls 4-person, 3-season Floor: 102x102", 67.9 sq.ft. Vestibule: 14 sq.ft. Height: 64" Stuff size: 29x9" Weight: 15 lb. 5 oz. Material: Polyester taffeta with DAC aluminum poles Made in China Visit our Tent Guide Cannot ship to Japan Available Colors: NAVY/GREY.
- Sierra Trading Post
The Kelty Villa 4 is a 4 person family tent. It has 2 large front vestibules for storage of gear and things you don't want or need in the tent. It includes 2 doors for convenience, lots of mesh for venting and an incredibly sturdy and stable shockcorded aluminum frame. An easy clip and sleeve set up is fast and reliable. Standard features include aluminum poles, for rugged durability and lighter weight, factory taped seams for out of the box worry free weather protection and and a full coverage non-stretch, UV resistant polyester fly.Sleeps 4.Main fly and floor seams are factory taped for extreme weather protection.Arc Edge floor seams - perimeter floor seams are off the ground and inverted for superior water protection.Freestanding design is easy and fast to set up.2 vestibules for excess or wet gear.2 doors.DAC PressFit aluminum poles for superb strength to weight ratio and reliability.Lots of mesh helps keep condensation to a minimum.Easy,fast clip and sleeve construction is fast and reliable.Post and grommet type assembly with locking pole tips for convenience.Includes Organizer wall for interior organization.Has a built in gear shelf.Side release buckles attach fly to body for fast easy set up.2 mesh interior pockets for organization and gear storage.Closable fly vents help maintain comfort.External guy points for stability in bad weather.Flashlight loop.Full coverage fly for total weather protection.Noiseless zipper pulls.Tent, pole and stake bags included.Fire retardant.Import.
Thanks to its four-person capacity and spacious interior, the Kelty Villa Tent makes an ideal choice for a base camp on grass or a weekend of car camping with the family. Internal mesh pockets help you say organized, and the large vestibule provides a place to keep your packs out of the rain. Thanks to a huge 64in interior height, the Kelty Villa Tent has plenty of headroom for those storm-day card games. Dual doors allow easy entrance and exit for you and your three companions.