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Kelty Mantra 6

rated 4.0 of 5 stars

The Mantra 6 has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best three-season tents for 2021.

photo: Kelty Mantra 6 three-season tent


Price Historic Range: $259.99-$425.00
Reviewers Paid: $270.00-$349.00


4 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   0
3-star:   2
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

I love my Mantra 6 and have taken it camping for more than seven seasons now. Most impressed this last weekend when in gale force winds of 30+ mph, the mantra stood firm! Other tents were crushed, but those tent poles that can be hard to set up were a dream come true in the wind. Held like a champ!


  • Superior design
  • Great vetilation


  • Takes two people to set up

Love it! This tent is big, sturdy, and I can almost stand up in it at 5'.  Love the design with the open vestibule. It's rock solid in weather and easily sleeps 4 campers plus a lot of stuff. Love love love! 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $270

We love our tent. We have used it two seasons and it still looks new (except for the bird doo this year). No signs of wear yet. My brother-in-law broke one of the poles the first year by trying to jam the wrong (too long) pole in the wrong sleeve. The tent survived this abuse and Kelty replaced the pole with a three day turn around (we live in N.H.). The tent was in a violent/high winds rain storm this year while we were away for the day and everything inside was bone dry when we returned. This year it received the added abuse of my three children and their two friends playing in it. Still going strong. I would recommend this tent to any family.

Design: freestanding dome large vestibule
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: You need some strength to set it up. I've done it by myself and I'm 5'1 and 115.
Price Paid: don't remember

I bought this tent as we moved from a pretty serious backpacking couple to a car-camping family looking for a tent large enough to hold us, our child, family gear, and several of her friends while not forgoing some respectable weather protections.

Once it's up it's a very good tent with nice features; however, we've had serious trouble coaxing the poles into the clips and I'm beginnig to consider finding another tent. Also, I was disappointed that one of the flexible stays in the air vents that are designed to keep the vents open broke--and we're very careful with our gear. Set this baby up in the store first.

I did not give this tent 4 stars because the corner seams are failing after only two seasons of use. I want to send the tent back to Kelty to reinforce the floor material. I have two holes already. But the design is superior. If only they would make the floor out of Cordura!

Design: Star gazer ceiling mesh
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: easy, takes 1 person
Weight: 20 lbs
Price Paid: $349

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