The Kelty Gunnison 3.2 tent has a simple 2-pole design that makes it easy to set up in any weather, at any time. Its roomy interior and 2 door/2 vestibule design provides all the comfort you need.
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Rated5out of5byJoriefromThis tent is a SNAP!I purchased this tent last minute for a car camping trip across the country. I was nervous because the tent we had available to us was a cheap-o Coleman tent about the size of my first bedroom. It was HUGE, and I was worried some of the tent pads we would visit on the way would not fit such a big tent, and we were just two people so it just wouldn't do. I've been wanting a nice, lightweight tent for some time for my kayaking and backpacking trips and if ever there was a time to buy, this was my opportunity/excuse.
We first assembled the tent in our yard (as you always should before a trip!) and it went up no problem. I was immediately impressed with the poles. They are super light weight but not in a cheap or flimsy way. Plus they're green! How fun! The two poles are connected in the center by a plastic clip that hooks to the apex of the tent. You simply snap the center piece on, then snap the ends of the poles in the corners of the tent and BAM! structure! There are hooks for each pole that connect to give the walls their structure. NO MORE THREADING POLES INTO YOUR TENT! Seriously genius. This is my favorite part of the tent, and my fiancee can vouch for the inappropriate noises I made while assembling it. It's just so slick! You can put it up in the dark or drunk no problem. The rainfly has two huge vestibules for your packs, or shoes, or what have you. It also snaps to the corners, and has extra velcro straps underneath to hold onto the poles for extra windy nights.
We also purchased the ground cloth, which also snaps to the corners of the tent. It helped keep condensation out of the tent, but you are still going to have condensation if say you're leaning up against a tent wall or shove your pillow up against one all night, which my fiancee tends to do. The two of us had a lot of extra room, this is a 3 person tent after all. I think it would be pretty snug with 3 people, we bought a size up because we often have 2 huskies and a chihuahua with us and they take up quite a bit of tent space, but I think we'll have room for all dogs and us humans on our next trip.
We used this tent 7 nights in a row on a road trip from MN to Seattle, so we experienced mostly fair weather during our trip. In seattle we experienced light rain and a cool-ish (<50 degrees F) night. I didn't even know it had rained until we got outside the next morning and everything was wet, and the interior of the tent stayed warm all night.
We arrived at one of our campsites in Glacier National Park after dark, and I was able to easily set up the tent and vestibules in less than 5 minutes with only the light from my headlamp. It's seriously that easy.
I love this tent. It has quickly become my favorite new piece of camping gear. It's light enough that I would even consider taking it on my solo trip with the dogs next year.
Two gripes: The stuff sack is large. Maybe it's large because I'm so awesome at burrito rolling the tent, or they expect people to be crummy at folding it back up... but it could be probably 4-5 inches shorter. Second, the rain fly is kind of an awkward shape and since it has two vestibules is rather huge to fold by yourself. But one would hope if you're using a 3 person tent you have a friend to help you.
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated5out of5byCoconut PetefromGreat TentThe tent was extremely easy to set up even in the dark. It is lightweight, compact, and sturdy.
While camping in WV mountains it rained on us for 4 days straight. Everything from heavy rain to a light drizzle and the tent didn't leak at all. The other tent that was set up next to ours started leaking after the third day.
The tent had two openings in the front and back which made getting to gear stored under the fly in the back of the tent easy to access without getting out of the tent and walking around. There was also a ton of room under the fly to store things out of the elements.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated3out of5by62dragonfromwould be good for backpackingI am partially disabled and it was not tall enough for me. It would have been a great tent before my injury. With the rain guard on it has no ventilation and without it it lacks privacy.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated5out of5byKaltasticfromGreat 3-person tent for backpackingBought this tent for the first backpacking trip where both my young children (11 and 9) were coming. It was a very raining weekend at times however the tent stayed dry and comfortable the entire time. More than enough room for everyone and the dual access door were very handy.
With stakes and ground cloth it was heavier than my usual 2 person Kelty but with 3 people we split the load and the kids carried poles and cloth. Worked well.
Nothing negative to say about this tent.
Date published: 2013-07-18
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