Reviews

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I purchased this test after reading some lit. on KELTY.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 3 SEASON
Sleeps: 3-4
Ease of Setup: 3 MINUTES BY MYSELF
Weight: 10LBS
Price Paid: $260

I purchased this test after reading some lit. on KELTY. Let me tell you, This tent has been up to its eyes in water and has some bad wind... I still havent gotten wet or thrown out of this thing yet. I purchased the vest. on clearance for $29, what a buy... The vest has a partial floor for some gear to keep dry. It's a great tent if you're not worried about the extra weight. I strongly recommend this bomb shell.

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Best and only tent you need for two people. Absolutely…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200+

Summary

Best and only tent you need for two people. Absolutely love this tent! Great for any weather including snow, side of mountain, or just camping with a buddy. Light, easy to set up, hasn't ripped yet.

Had it for a very long time 20+ years, maybe more. Perfect for stargazing. It's cool in the heat and the accessory cover snaps in at the corners. Airy and roomy for two with a lot of stuff.

Kelty should bring this one back for sure!

Pros

  • Strong n durable
  • Airy with great solid construction
  • Light nuff for backpacking
  • Has that perfect tent feel!
  • Just the right amount of windows and pockets
  • Love, Love, Love it!
  • Zippers haven't failed in over 20 years

Cons

  • They don't make it anymore

Can't say enough about this tent!

It's really worth every penny and more.

I use this every year for all kinds of camping and it hasn't failed me yet.

Nor has it ever developed a hole...however I am very careful with it.

You basically feel like you have a perfect balance of windows-to-solid-panels, so you feel like you are sleeping outside with a fair bit of privacy. Obviously it was designed by a well-seasoned camper.

Just Love this tent!

LoL, as a matter of fact I am out on a hike and writing this review from inside of it.

Happy camping! "Feel the Bliss"

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Thom! Thanks for the review of your 20-year-old Kelty tent. It's always great to hear about gear that has held up for so long. Do you have any pictures of it you could show off in your review?


9 days ago
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No longer made; good room for two guys and lots of…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200?

Summary

No longer made; good room for two guys and lots of stuff. Kind of heavy with the f'glas poles; alum poles make it much better. OEM was all f'glas poles. Not so good in rain over many hours without attention to guy lines.

Pros

  • Tough tent
  • Good room for two guys and stuff

Cons

  • Waterproofness without seam sealer not good

I owned this tent for over 10 years and it has mostly serviced well. The fly split when taking down and Kelty won't replace because it cannot be repaired. They gave me a half off coupon against a new one. They no longer make this tent.

Three problems:

  1. If you have an extended rainstorm you MUST tighten the guy lines or the fly sags and leaks when it contacts the tent.
  2. It MUST be seam sealed to cover the needle holes since seams are not tape sealed.
  3. Hard to set up alone and REALLY hard to do so in a wind if you are alone. Reason: Hard to pop up one of the 3 spreader poles, hold in place while the other two are being raised. Otherwise, with two people not bad to setup.

This tent held up but sagged into my face after a 4" snowfall overnight in the BWCA, May. It popped back up after shaking the snow off! Holds up to strong winds.

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Good, 3-season tent with lots of room. This is an…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $40+ shipping

Summary

Good, 3-season tent with lots of room.

Pros

  • Roomy
  • Headroom
  • Ventilation
  • 2-Doors

Cons

  • Fiberglass poles
  • Pole supports: sleeves, not clips


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This is an older-model tent.

The mesh sides/ceiling are great for star gazing and ventilation.

It has a very sturdy construction with the 3-pole design.

The rainfly is only three-quarter, but good enough to weather a storm.

Set up is not too difficult, but the large size of this tent means a couple extra minutes walking around it.

Packability is not advisable for lengthy trips.  It's heavy.

It's very roomy and easily allows for 2 people + a lot of gear comfortably.  Three adults will fit just fine but will limit the amount of gear. Headroom is more than adequate.

The (2) doors are a nice option, particularly with them having the mesh/privacy zipper options.

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Excellent tent in all weather, real easy setup, great…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a personal gift

Summary

Excellent tent in all weather, real easy setup, great ventilation.

Pros

  • Excellent in all types of weather

Cons

  • Can't remember how to set up vestibule

Excellent tent in all weather, easy setup,ventilation is superb, very roomy, haven't used vestibule but one time and need help in remembering how to do it.

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We've owned this tent for over ten years now and use…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Design: three season free standing tent
Sleeps: 4
Ease of Setup: average - pole sleeves take a little extra work
Weight: about 12 pounds with two optional vestibules and footprint
Price Paid: around $300

We've owned this tent for over ten years now and use it mostly for canoe camping. It's been through some tough weather with no problems.

I have the optional vestibules for both sides which gives it lots of storage. Weather protection from the fly isn't too good without the vestibules attached if you're in windy raining conditions. The pole sleeves may not be as handy as some clip tents but they're reliable and don't bulk up when rolling up for storage.

We've backpacked it on some shorter trips. When you average out the 12 pounds (with both vestibules) over 4 hikers that's only 3 lbs per person which is pretty average. You can't go wrong with a Kelty - certainly durable.

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