As a youngster, I remember hearing about Kelty products and their reliability and ruggedness. It wasn't until recently when I bought my first Kelty tent.
I purchased from EXXEL Outdoors and the ordering process was smooth and easy. The items were shipped quickly and the shipping fees were very reasonable (actually, they were free!).
The tent arrived a few days later and I was excited to take it to my back yard and erect the tent!
OK I'll admit - I had a GUY moment and didn't bother reading the instructions...I mean, it's a tent - how hard could it be? Well, had I read the directions, I would have quickly discovered that the tent anchors/footers and the poles are color coded! Green with green and gray with gray. Would have made life MUCH easier...
Once I figured this out (yeah - read the directions) the test went up PROPERLY in a matter of minutes. I did have the help of my 11 year old daughter which made things even 'easier'... the tent comes complete with stakes, guyed wires, and rain cap.
The tent, when erected, is a great size for a family of 4 and, as advertised, 6. We just wanted the extra elbow room that the tent offered. There is ample clearance to walk upright in the tent as well as several built-in amenities to help organize. Of note, there are little hangars at the dome allowing you to clip-on tent lights or a lightweight lantern. Further, there are pockets along the lower portion of the tent to hold small items like phones, lights, keys, or other things to keep securely in the tent.
The tent is easily accessible with the 2 large "D" zippered entrances on opposing sides of the tent. The mesh top is great for sky watching, yet, with a small enough weave to keep those annoying flying critters out of the tent. There is a rain cover included which is also quick to install. The rain cover can be configured a number of ways depending on how you want to enter/exit the tent or depending on the level of protection you need.
when using this tent and there are windy conditions present or forecasted, there are several Velcro tabs along the tent poles to better secure the tent to the frame as well as several twist-on clamps/prongs to further anchor the tent to the frame. As a precaution, I attach these regardless of the forecast.
The lower portion (the 'bathtub' of the tent) is made of sturdy opaque material which seems to be up to the task of keeping water/rain out of the tent. I have not used this tent in the rain so I cannot comment on this first-hand, but me thinks this will be adequate. I did, however, as a 'belt-and-suspenders' move, purchase the Acadia 6 Footprint to add additional waterproofing/damp-proofing and stability to the tent. I guess it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.
The tent, stakes, rain cover, and guide wires all come neatly packed in a carry bag which os pretty easy to repack.
All in - this is an excellent 3-season tent. Easy to set-up, packs up into a small duffle, and is quite affordable.
May 23rd 2018