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Endurance is a good thing when you’re backpacking. That’s what sets the rugged and long-lasting Outfitter Pro 3-person tent apart. It’s constructed with heavy-duty fabric and designed to be used a lot. Featuring oversized poles for sturdiness and field reparable zippers, even the fiercest rains, winds and elements don’t pose a threat. Prepare to laugh in the face of challenge and laugh with your friends for a very long time.
|Sleeping Capacity:||3 Person|
|Intended Use:||Lightweight Backpacking|
|Number of Doors:||2 Doors|
I bought this tent a few weeks ago and have spent one week in it so far. We had two adult men in it at 20 deg F with zero condensation. The highest wind gusts we had were about 20 mph which didn't seem to phase the tent at all.
I know this isn't the lightest 3 person tent on the market. But it seems like the best balance of size, ruggedness, and weight. I wanted something that will last and something that won't let me down. The fabrics and coatings on this tent plus heavier than usual DAC press fit poles make it worth the extra 2lbs or so for me.
Aside from the ruggedness, I wanted a tent that is easy to set up and take down. This is a classic dome tent with 2 identical poles and Kelty provides color coded connection points for the footprint (optional), tent, and rain fly. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes for one person just taking their time. The tent body connects with twist clips and two snaps at the top. It's easy to set up even in low light or rain.
The features are well thought out and executed like the self storage pockets sewn into the fly for the guy lines and two pockets inside the tent for small stuff.
I like the colors Kelty chose as well. With the rain fly on, the tent is highly visible in early morning or evening light.
Cons.....it really comes down to bundling products and weight. For some reason, Kelty sells this tent without a footprint or gear loft. But both are available and I bought both. In my opinion it would make sense to sell a complete tent with the footprint and gear loft. A footprint is easier to clean and cheaper to replace than a tent floor. And the gear loft while not necessary sure makes life a loft easier. And yes, you can find a tent closer to 6lbs than the 8 lbs of this tent but for me the weight was not a huge consideration.
So what about the price? I think at the price this tent is a great value and a reliable shelter that will last for years while being easy to live with. So I bought one. Russ on Apr 11th 2016
I've often found that buying a tent has a lot more to do with the purpose of its use. I bought this tent a few months ago with the intention of having a durable, seriously waterproof 3-person shelter for car camping on climbing trips. I found it to be very well made. The poles are more reinforced than any other tend I've owned. The tent fabric is think and tear resistant. Unlike so many other tents, it just feels solid. Regarding waterproofness, we were caught in an all night downpour and not a drop got inside the tent. In fact, we hadn't even set the tent up correctly and the rainfly was in contact with the tent and still nothing got wet. Pretty impressive. I highly recommend this. I selected this tent over the Gunnison but I suspect both are good tents. Erik on Jun 22nd 2014
I have six 5 day camping trips for work with this tent. This tent is exactly what it claims. Strong, durable, and built to last. I have not had to hike with the tent in my pack on any of the trips, so i can not say if the weight is worth the durability, the tent is heavy and bulky, because kelty use stronger and thicker material for the floor and other items, the tent does not compress down much, and would take up a larger space in my backpack then a lightweight 3 man tent, but i did not get this tent for weight of size i bought it to last, and i need it for heavy use year round, and i am so happy i made that decision. The first thing i noticed was how think the tent poles are, the zipper all the way through the floor is heavy duty, as for me at this moment the weight and size is worth every penny if not more. 12 years in hawaii conservation restoration. robert on Jul 28th 2013