User Review: Kelty Windfoil Ultralight
Design: three season
Ease of Setup: Very easy.
Weight: 5 lbs., 11 oz.
Price Paid: $75
I bought two of these tents at a great closeout price (normally $185) planning to use them to pack in the Adirondacks with my son and nephew. Just got back from climbing Colvin, Nippletop and Dial in some fairly miserable rainy, cool, black fly-infested weather,and here's my feedback:
* Absolutely rainproof - it rained probably 60 of the 72 hours we were there, and the out-of-the-bag Windfoil was bone dry deluge after deluge. I didn't seal any seams, but did guy out all fly lines on the non-sagging poly fly.
* Lightweight - everything included was 5 lbs., 11 oz.
* Roomy - I slept in it alone, and had all kinds of room inside for my gear; this included my 4900 cu. in. backpack and boots in the mini-vestibule, although I could have easily stored them in the tent with me. My wife and I could sleep comfortably with all our gear, but a couple of larger folks (wider) might get a little cramped.
* Condensation - none at all in the tent. The fly had some condensation, but I thought I'd be swimming after all the rain and wind - nothing. Great breathability with full-length mesh screens.
* Extras - wonderful hooded vent on the fly; super photochromatic windows which really worked (blue with the 6 hours of sun we had, clear after the clouds came back).
* Negatives - nothing outstanding. It's a 2-pole hoop tent with minimal height at the foot, but I could sit upright at the front (I'm 5'11"). The roof sagged a little, but no big deal and I understand that the newer version solves this with "Flyboy" technology.
Bottom line: a great backpacking tent for one or two people, lightweight and bombproof. You'd still be getting a good deal paying full price.