Summary: I bought this tent to be an all around tent for all sorts of Scout trips, it fits the bill perfectly. First the good: it's a solid tent with very good waterproofing, and since it rains on every Scout campout this is crucial. Easy to set up, could be easier but pretty good overall. Good quality materials and workmanship for the price, can you get better? Of course, just pay more.
Summary: Just backpacked with this tent. It went up in under 3 minutes. It is a very refined tent. For just one pound more than the Kelty 2.1, this tent gives much more floor space. So for 19% more weight you get 29% more sq. feet. Also, the 3.1 gives you 6 inches more headroom. This makes the difference between always stooping over versus sitting up. It was very difficult to find the "footprint" for this tent. I called Kelty and they said they are out until "after July 2010".
Needed a smaller tent for two and gear for a Scout…
22 January 2010
Summary: Needed a smaller tent for two and gear for a Scout outing. Tent arrived on departure day, no time to play around with it. Overall, very good tent. First pitch was in the dark, clear skies, no moon. Tent was very easy to pitch, connected aluminum pole design is very convenient, and the retainers at the tent corners make a positive connection. I highly recommend extending one pole completely and anchoring it at opposite corners, then the other pole.
Summary: I got my gunnison a few weeks ago and have mixed emotions. I ended up getting the 3.1 for a little extra room and paid $199 on amazon with free shipping. As always with kelty, quality materials. However, the fastening mechanisms are all plastic and are specialty parts. I don't know how a plastic bottle can survive 1000 years in a landfill but a plastic clip cannot survive more then a few years on a compression sac.
Summary: Very good quality for this price. I shopped all of the big box stores and was unable to find this quality or this model (once I had settled on a Kelty). Mine arrived missing one of the loops for the gear loft. Disappointing but not a deal breaker.
Summary: I was looking for the elusive middle ground of a roomy 2-3 person tent for canoe camping. It didn't need to be backpacker micro-lite but couldn't be a car camping dome style monstrosity, either. I also needed it to be freestanding, because gravel bars and sandy beaches aren't always great places for tents that require staking to remain up.
Summary: Nice tent and easy to set up. I had trouble trying to get the rainfly to line up with the seems and poles, so it would start to ride up on one side. It's a minor annoyance and I would recommend the tent to anyone else. Definitely more suited for two people than three.
Summary: We are a Boy Scout Troop that does a lot of backpacking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains of SC and NC. We have some older Kelty tents that have held up great through all of the abuse a group of teenage boys can put out, so we're very pleased with the brand. The features of the Gunnison were the best in the price range. We've had them out a couple of times and are happy with the room, weight and design of the tents.