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Historic Range: $119.95-$239.95
Reviewers Paid: $149.99-$200.00
Great tent. We spent 7 days on a float in Montana and it rained or snowed for 6 days straight. Out of 11 people, my wife and I had the only dry tent of the group (we kept our rainfly in a separate stuff sack too).
The set up is real easy and quick and the two vestibules are an excellent feature. A bit on the heavy side for backpacking, but split between two people (5 lbs. each) might be worth the extra weight if you run into any weather. I also have the footprint which you can set up with just the rainfly and poles, which clip into the footprint, kinda cool for summer if there are no bugs and this setup is something like 3.5 lbs.
I've had this tent 3 years now, with very frequent use, and it is still as waterproof and durable as the day I bought it. Kelty makes great tents, I would highly recommend this tent to anyone.
Design: 3-4 season
Ease of Setup: Incredibly easy
Weight: 10 lbs
Great tent for camping and short range backpacking trips, just too heavy for extended trips the double doors are great.
Design: four-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: fairly easy to set up
Price Paid: $200
My husband and I absolutely love our Kelty Quartz 2! We are avid backpackers and kayakers and find the Quartz to be suitable for all our needs. Whether we are embarking on a weeklong backpacking trip or headed to the river for a float, the tent packs well and is ventilated enough for use during Texas summers, where temps can reach 115 in the heat of the day.
We were caught in a terrible storm in southern Oklahoma a couple of months ago and sustained 75 mph winds, flash flooding rains, and nickel size hail with no damage at all to our tent. We had a safe and dry night but woke up to an empty campground. We were one of five groups that were left in the park, with over 17 other groups leaving in the night or retreating to their vehicles. I can't tell you how happy we are with our purchase.
Design: four-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: very easy, we can do it alone or together, no real difference
Weight: 6 lbs, 14 oz, without the stuff sack
Price Paid: $149.99
OK, I'm not a "Backpacker", but I've wanted a quick escape tent for several seasons and finally bought the Quartz 2 because it was affordable and seemed like a clever design. I was not disappointed, as the setup was almost glitch free, and the "flyboy" slide-grip fasteners held the fly firmly to the poles with a minimum of fuss. Once the roomy vestibules were staked out and corners all adjusted, the appearance was that of a minimalist structure, very futuristic, and much stronger than the sum of its parts. For those who might look at Biblers with repressed envy, this is the reasonable solution, and it's a neat little gem for the price.
Design: 4 season freestanding dome.
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 6.4 pounds
Price Paid: 178 DOLLARS
This tent is comparable to those costing twice as much. The inside makes good use of the compact space with steep walls. There is good ventilation and the tent is usable in the summer. During a thunderstorm it stayed completely dry. The dual doors and dual vestibules almost double the size of rain protected area. Setup is a no-brainer since there are only two places to put two, identical poles.
My only complaint is the weight and packed size, something that would be improved upon with a more expensive tent. If you are splitting it between two people, it should only be four pounds each, but it takes up plenty of room in my backpack.
Also, the zippers are not silent, as they claim.
Design: four-season convertible freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 8 lbs.
Price Paid: $170
The tent is cool looking and we like it but I broke a pole on my last trip putting it up and it cost $50 to replace. NOT cool.
I have used it 15+ times. I have had it in a snow storm and we had a foot of snow on top and it held up. Does good in wind also.
Design: four season
Price Paid: $200