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Kelty Gunnison 1.1

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Kelty Gunnison 1.1 three-season tent

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!


Source: bought it new
Price Paid: around $120

Quick/easy setup, great 1-person backpacking tent, sturdy in wind.


  • Ease of setup
  • Roomy vestibule


  • Could be lighter

I bought this tent new to replace a two-person tent and have used it several times on North Georgia sections of the Appalachian Trail. It sets up easily and fairly quickly.

Pitched camp one night with a storm moving in, tent stayed taught and in place on an inclined site (no flat spot when storm pushed in) with winds that sounded like a freight train howling up the side of the mountain. My backpacking buddy's bivy style tent went down at some point during the night for comparison. Stayed dry, no noticeable wind penetration, slight frost on the canopy next morning, no noticeable condensation issues.

Vestibule is roomy enough for my Gregory Whitney with room to move in and out of tent easily. Length and height are good for my body at 5'-9". I am a pretty restless sleeper and had no issues with width. Tent packs down easily for a quick exit the next morning. No issues with hardware yet, don't anticipate any.

Source: bought it new

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Price MSRP: $159.95
Historic Range: $83.83-$179.95
Reviewers Paid: $120.00
Seasons 3
Number of Doors 1
Number of Vestibules 1
Capacity 1
Minimum Weight 3 lb 14 oz / 1.76 kg
Packaged Weight 4 lb 5 oz / 1.96 kg
Floor Area 18 sq ft / 1.7 sq m
Vestibule Area 8 sq ft / 0.7 sq m
Width 29 in / 73.66 cm
Length 90 in / 228.6 cm
Height 39 in / 99.06 cm
Packed Diameter 5 in / 12.7 cm
Packed Length 21 in / 53.34 cm
Number of poles 2
Pole type 2 Hubbed and DAC NSL
Wall Material 70D Polyester, Dye Free
Floor Material 70D Nylon 1800 mm
Fly Material 75D Polyester 1800 mm
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