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Looking for the perfect home away from home? You just found it with the Trail Ridge 8. 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:||8 Person|
|Intended Use:||Family Camping|
|Number of Doors:||2 Doors|
|Al's Sporting Goods:||http://www.als.com/Kelty-Trail-Ridge-8-Tent-with-Footprint/10281404/Product|
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Survived a Blizzard
I have been on this particular mountain biking trip for 27 years on Orcas Island in the San Juan’s in Washington State in February. I have had the experience to know better that a tent quality matters.
Without warning, the winds and rain can be very vicious and unforgiving. I have lost 2 to 3 tents on this trip. The wind has snapped the best rated poles, fly’s ripped, and tents blown all over the place.
On this trip, a blizzard hit us without warning as we were out of pocket from any reception. The vicious winds that night where at least 40+ miles per hour. A $500 Marmot tent got shredded; a Colman cabin tent was thrown nearly into the lake with at least 100lbs of gear in it, and another Kelty got tossed across the camp ground again with tons of gear in it. (Maybe he will stake his next time).
This was my 3rd trip with my Kelty Trail Ridge 4. I have had nothing but great experience with it.
Simple to put up, fits my cot, small table and gear ok, (wish I got the 6 or 8 for more room), and stood there like a perfect child during this massive storm. Though I have learned and did stake it down with 12” spikes, it hardly moved. The well thought out ventilation in the fly removes most of the parachute effect that lifts most tents out of the ground in wind storms. The very fine snow did find its way through the ventilation and up through the bottom of the fly because of the massive winds but be reminded this is not a 4 season tent and only $300 or less for this size on sale. I did wake up to some drops of water on the interior of the fly but I expect that most of that was from frozen condensation combined with the fine snow that made its way in during the storm. As it warmed up in the morning, it melted and I got a touch wet but no big deal as it was our last day. I did reseal seams and spray fly with water sealant just for extra precaution but you should expect to do this with any tent.
If you use cots and are a glamper, I do recommend the 8 person as it offers so much more free space to move and even have a wet bar set up, why not!!!
Stake your tent according the expected winds or just over do it anyway as you never know.
The 12” spikes at home depot with washers are cheat and works.
The only improvement I have is the entry door space. The design can be improved to get the water running down the fly and easily finding its way into the opening leaving puddles on the floor. Get the water to flow away from the opening.
This tent with spikes will withstand a fierce storm!!!! Nice Job
I never use to doors save the material cost by reducing a door and vestibule epically with a glamping tent. Just my experience.
Peter L. Coulter_The Great Northwest on Feb 19th 2017
My son just joined Cub Scouts and just went on our first Campout last weekend. I did a test run in the backyard which was very the best idea I had as you will hear. Instructions are horrible but I figured it out. As soon as we arrived at the campout I immediately setup the tent and it started to rain before I even had the guylines fastened. I don't want to think what would have happened if I hadn't done a test run. That night we encountered high winds & torrential rain. The next morning some families had left, others were sleeping in their cars, others were dealing with wet gear. We were the only family that had no water period! It pays to spend the money for quality. We had a queen & a single mattress side by side and it left tons of room for gear. Great height! I'm a older & bigger guy so it's nice to stand up and get dressed. Thanks Kelty!!!! Arlan on Sep 26th 2016
I have always been a back country camper so this monster was a new experience for me. It is very spacious, fairly easy to set up and makes for a fabulous car camping tent. Unknown on Jun 20th 2016
The rain fly ripped the first time tent was pitched. Great design but poor execution and poor rain fly quality. KG on Jun 2nd 2016
This year my wife and I were looking for a car camping tent. Last year we picked up the TN2 for backpacking and absolutely loved it. When I saw that the Trail Ridge has the same type of design as the TN2 I quickly fell in love with it. We took our tent for it's first outting in Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. Setup was extremely easy. I have setup 8 person tents before and felt like I needed an engineer with me, but this tent was so easy and could have been put up with one person, even easier with two people. We were greeted with torrential rain on our first night. The rain and thunder was loud, but we were completely dry! Even the vestibules were dry. The tent held up perfectly. The second night we traded the rain for strong winds. Once again this tent held up perfectly. This tent is massive! It allows us to completely stand up and walk around, my wife even jumped around and did not hit her head on the top. The star gazing fly is amazing! You can be in a tent and have a sense of privacy, but still take in the amazing views. This tent and the TN2 have spoiled me. My wife and I can't say enough good things about this tent! Kevin Koo on Mar 21st 2016