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Looking for the perfect home away from home? You just found it with the Trail Ridge 6. A spacious interior and two easy entry D-style doors make for easy access with plenty of living space. It's easy to set up with continous pole sleeves and color coded clip and fly connection. The Trail Ridge really shines when the sun goes down, with night light pockets and a Stargazing Fly so you can enjoy the night sky in comfort. Footprint and gear loft included.
|Sleeping Capacity:||6 Person|
|Intended Use:||Family Camping|
|Number of Doors:||2 Doors|
|Al's Sporting Goods:||http://www.als.com/Kelty-Trail-Ridge-6-Tent-with-Footprint/10281408/Product|
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My wife and I have retired and head to Florida every winter but RV life doesn't suit us so we spend the month of January paddling Everglades National Park. Camping sites are few and far between and involve beaches, ground sites and "chickees", which are roofed 10x12 wooden platforms.
The advantage of the rain fly design became apparent on our very first day. The bugs were too thick near the trees so we were forced to camp on the beach. We set up the tent with the back toward the hot sun and used the rain fly as shade. At 4am the skies opened up and it poured. It took only seconds to unclip the rain fly and pull the front of it down. A few hours later it rained again, accompanied with 20-30 mph winds. Even though the sand didn't allow us to properly stake out the tent it still held up well.
A month of hard use and daily setup and takedown in less then ideal conditions allowed us a good chance to find out the tents strengths and weaknesses. In general, we really like the tent, especially the rain fly design, but had two problems. The rubber "handles" on the rain fly where it attaches to the corner clips came off two of the four corners, but it doesn't affect the performance. Another problem we had were with the end of the poles ripping holes through the sleeves when threading the poles. Perhaps the sleeve material could be heavier since it happened twice.
I also made a canvas bag to hold the tent. Bulk isn't a problem for our canoes, but stuffing a tent into a small bag while being attacked by thousands of bugs is a problem when paddling the Everglades, so I made the bag with a 13 1/2 inch diameter rather than the 11 1/2 inch diameter of the original bag. Terry Q on Jan 29th 2017
I went camping with a group who had the Kelty Trail ridge 6 model tent for us to use. My adult granddaughter is in a wheelchair and just does a pivot transfer. We put a cot in one doorway and ran her power-chair up and pivot transferred her onto the cot. Zipped the tent up and used second access for myself and others. Only complaint is we had no fly that would keep the rain out as we were transferring her. Could fix this up with an overhead tarp. Not sure how safe it would be to run the chair inside of the tent but may try it one day.
As my granddaughter is an outdoor person we plan on purchasing this tent for our own personal use and do more camping, now we know she can do it again. Easy tent to put up and take down even for me in my 70's. Best tent I have used. We did lots of tent camping using 2 & 3 person tents prior to her injury, so this space was a new experience for us. Pat Chapman on Nov 25th 2016