Rated 3 out of
Triangle at top of rainfly pools waterThis tent is light, perfect for 4 people with the regular Nemo inflatable sleeping pads. It is nearly a perfect tent except that water pools in the triangle formed at the top of the tent during heavy rain.
Nothing leaked through the rainfly or the bottom, but having a pool of water on the top of the tent is potentially a problem.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of
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lightweight option for 4 hikersMy wife and I backpack with our two young children. As such, I needed a shelter that can fit four hikers. We rented a few other tents before deciding on the Kelty TN4. We used it recently on a trip to JTNP and plan to use it on our upcoming trip to the SHT (Minnesota)
1. Fits the four of us comfortably with a little room for maybe a medium stuff sack or boots near your feet.
2. Easy set up. Jake's foot attachment on poles are nice - they're blunt so they won't poke through your bag. Poles and fly are color coordinated with the corners on your tent.
3. She's sturdy! We got caught in a dust storm at Joshua Tree National Park. 45 mile an hour wind gusts - no problems and no bent poles. be sure to use your guylines though.
4. Star gazer fly. The fly is easy to deploy and allows me to fall asleep while looking at the constellations above me. If it gets windy or rainy, which it did at 3am one night, it was easy to batten down the fly.
5. Pack size is relatively small considering it holds 4 people. at roughly 6.5 lbs, it is less than 1.75 lbs per person.
1. vestibules are pretty small. so if all four hikers are adults with full packs, you will need to store gear outside.
2. Only came with 4 guylines but there are six attachment points. wish they would have thrown in two more lines.
Overall I would buy this tent again.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of
Roomy with a viewI have an MSR Hubba Hubba NX that I love, but I started dating a tall guy and so I needed something bigger. I don't have a lot of storage space, though, so I wanted to stick with a backpacking tent that wouldn't take up a lot of room. I picked this model because I loved the idea of the stargazer fly and the big doors, and the price was right. I just used it for the first time on a car camping trip to Kettle Moraine South in Wisconsin. It ended up being low 80s and humid at night, so it was really great having all that mesh. One night had 30mph winds, but the tent barely moved. I had the fly in stargazer mode and just used the bottom rear guy line. The rainfly has underside velcro strips to secure it to the poles, and there are 6 guy lines, so I'd feel confident spending a night in more severe weather. Set up is really quick and easy. It's very roomy inside and was long enough so my boyfriend was comfortable. A minor quibble is that the rainfly zipper isn't close to the tent. When in mosquito and daddy long leg country, I want to be able to get in and out as quickly as I can to limit the number of bugs that come in. The tent has 4 very small storage pockets; it would be nice if they were bigger. My biggest complaint is with the so-called "NoBendium II" stakes that were included. Three of them bent really badly. The ground was a little tough, but far from the worst I've been on. The rest of the tent seems built really well, so I probably wouldn't have cared about the stakes if they weren't called "NoBendium II." I'll be swapping them out for MSR Groundhogs, which have stood up to several beatings hitting slickrock in Moab. Overall, I'm really happy with the tent, and am looking forward to getting more use out of it.