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Kelty Tailgater IPA Shelter


    Kelty Tailgater IPA Shelter

    Gather your friends and get on the road! The Kelty Tailgater IPA shelter is designed to provide quick and easy shelter off the back of your full- or mid-size SUV or wagon.

    • $149.95

    Item # 847659

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    • Tailgater IPA shelter sets up in a snap for portable sun and rain protection at the campsite or tailgate party; it's the perfect road trip companion
    • Closable mesh side windows add some privacy while an open back allows easy access; noiseless zipper pulls offer peace of mind
    • Color-coded clip construction makes setup simple
    • Main poles are wrapped fiberglass and ridge pole is DAC® Hybrid steel (steel tube with aluminum ferrule), offering a good mix of flexibility and rigidity
    • Taped seams ensure excellent weather protection
    • Internal storage pockets keeps small stuff organized
    • Guyout points help secure the Kelty Tailgater IPA shelter in windy weather; guylines have their own storage pocket so they don't get lost
    • Envelope-style carry bag holds canopy on 1 side and poles/stakes on the other; stakes and guylines are included
    • Please note: Tailgater IPA works with vehicles with a factory or aftermarket roof rack and with back doors that open either up (hatchback) or up/down (tailgate)
    • Please note: if using the Tailgater IPA shelter in a parking lot, you will need sandbags, not included


    Item 847659

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    Kelty Tailgater IPA Shelter Specs
    Best use
    Family & car camping
    7 lbs. 14 oz.
    3.57 kilograms
    8 lbs. 10 oz.
    8 x 26 inches
    6 ft. 10 in. x 6 ft. 8 in.
    210 x 203 centimeters
    46 square feet
    1 door
    (Main) fiberglass / (ridge pole) DAC hybrid steel
    14 millimeters
    68D polyester
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    Kelty Tailgater IPA Shelter

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    Rated 4.5/5 based on 2 reviews
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromRoomy and sturdy One field test so far with great success. I drive a Subaru Forester with roof racks, and the shelter seemed to be the perfect dimensions for sufficient height and room underneath. The poles are super heavy, but that didn't bug me, as the weight added to the sturdy feel of the structure. I would totally keep this up even in a decent wind as long as it was secured properly. At night, I closed the back hatch on my car and kept the shelter up - there was no inclement weather or significant wind (not sure I would have kept it up otherwise, the "car" end would turn into a scoop kite without the hatch up) - and the shelter stayed upright. The elastic pulls for around the tire are genius. I was able to put it together by myself, and I am a 5'4", not especially strong female. The height of thing was difficult to gauge online, so here's my take. With my Forester, the highest point was about 6'8." The shelter is fairly flat across the top thanks to a horizontal bar, then slopes sharply to the opening, about 6 feet from the car. This is a great design, in my estimation, because it gives max head space underneath. The opening was probably just under 5' off the ground. Underneath, plenty of room for 2 chairs, 1 large cooler, and a small camp kitchen, or with nothing under there, room for 2 people to easily mill around/cook, etc. Overall, I love it. My only beefs are: 1) It takes an enormous amount of space to put this thing up. Laid flat, the shelter is LONG and with the poles fully extended they are at least 11-12 feet in length, and have to be laid on the ground diagonally before hoisting the whole thing up. That said, you need about a 14' x 10' area to spread the thing out for assembly. No big wup for a beach, but complicated when in some denser woods or tighter areas. 2) This would be a 5-star if it had an option of a flap to cover the opening. If I were camping solo, I would sleep in the back of my vehicle, and use the shelter for my stuff, rather than putting up a separate sleeping tent. Having the option to change clothes in private or protect from driving rain would be awesome. For daytime tailgating, a flap would not be necessary, but for car camping, having a permanently open area is a minus for me.
    Date published: 2014-05-30
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromAwesome Tailgate Shelter I bought this shelter to use on the back of my Subaru Outback when camping at music festivals. Just did a test setup in my driveway and the fit is great. The instructions didn’t explain how to attach the poles, but after laying it out on the ground and staring at it for a few minutes, it was pretty intuitive to figure out. Fit was good, lots of space underneath, and overall a very nice solid design. Pretty sure this is going to work out great. I am planning to use the IPA shelter in combination with another manufacturer’s SUV tent, which closes off the tailgate area of the vehicle while the back hatch is open, but doesn't provide shelter outside the vehicle. The IPA shelter extends out past the tailgate tent and serves as a nice place to set up some chairs for a few people to sit and get out of the sun or rain. Tried them both together today all worked just as I'd hoped. Hopefully a perfect setup!
    Date published: 2014-06-15

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