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Old 02-16-10, 10:59 AM
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Anyone familiar with Kelty Gunnison Tents?

I'm having a hard time choosing a tent for my wife and I to start touring with. We sort of like the sound of of the Kelty gunnison 3.1.Like the idea of the extra room for gear inside the tent and it seems to be priced fairly reasonable.Would this be an OK choice for a first time tent for touring?Does anyone have any experience with either the 2.1 or the 3.1? Thanks in advance for any input!
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I'm not that familiar with these tents. I've seen them in my local backpacking store, and I know that Adventure Cycling sells them in their "store". They look pretty good to me and I would have considered one except I'm tall and needed something longer.

I can comment on what size tent to buy. While lightness is REALLY good, comfort is also important. I like a tent in which I can stretch out without rubbing the ends of the tent, and in which I can sleep without rubbing the sides. It's nice to have a little room beside me for miscellaneous small items. My first touring tent had enough room to put my panniers in at night. That was nice, but that tent was heavy; my current tent doesn't have quite as much room but is much lighter.

With two of you sharing the load you can consider a little larger space. I'd definitely recommend a 3-person tent for two people - maybe 4. Manufacturers always overstate the number of people a tent is designed for. My current tent is a 2-person tent I sleep in alone. I had a 1 person tent for awhile, and it was like sleeping in a coffin.
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Originally Posted by BigBlueToe

With two of you sharing the load you can consider a little larger space. I'd definitely recommend a 3-person tent for two people - maybe 4. Manufacturers always overstate the number of people a tent is designed for.
+1, especially if you want to keep any of your gear inside. Should, god forbid, you wake up to heavy rain which continues off and on all day, you'll congratulate yourselves for being so smart. Of course, that's very unlikely.
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I bought the Kelty 2 man last year when I had to replace an older model and found it to be a very good value. If you go to some of the backpacking equipment sites, you will find it gets very decent reviews. And I agree with the others, my 2 man tent would be a little tight for two individuals, the three man would be more ideal if you want a little more room for odds and ends.
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I don't know that Kelty tent,but have use Kelty tents for backpacking in my early days.I had no complaints with mine.

I think for a first go around,it should be fine.By the time it wears out,you will have a better idea of what you want from a tent and can make a more informed choice,depending on your needs.
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+1 on the three person tent for two people. We have extra room for our clothes bags and stuff next to our sleeping bags.

We have an older REI Taj 3 tent that we really like. We like it so much that we have 2 of them! (Bought them both used at REI garage sales for $30-40 each.)

Also, for two people it's really nice to have two doors on the tent, one for each person.

I don't know about the Kelty Gunnison tent, but Kelty has pretty good stuff. Sometimes I wonder if the REI tents are made by the same folks that make Kelty tents. Some of the tents look a lot alike.
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