Kelty Parthenon 8 3-Season Camping Tent

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Key Features

    Body Features:
  • Freestanding
  • Color-coded clip/sleeve construction
  • ArcEdge floor
  • Taped floor seams
  • Adjustable stakeouts
  • Water Tight Walls
  • Divider wall
  • Mesh panels
  • Closeable mesh panels
  • Organizer wall
  • Gear-loft loops

  • Fly Features:
  • Dual-entry vestibule
  • Taped seams
  • Side-release buckle tent-fly connection
  • Fly vents
  • Noiseless zipper pulls
  • Guyout points


Recommended Use: Three-Season Camping
Packed Size: 10" x 28"
Sleeping Capacity: 8
Average Min Weight: 26 lb 5 oz
Average Packed Weight: 27 lb 3 oz
Interior Height: 76"
Floor Area: 143 sq ft
Floor Dimensions: 156" x 132"
Vestibule Area: 28.7 sq ft
Doors: 2
Pole Type: DAC Hybrid and DA17 Aluminum
Number of Poles: 5
Freestanding: Yes
Clips or Sleeves: Clips and Sleeves
Interior Storage: Organizer Wall and Gear Loft Loops
Material: Walls: 70D DyeFree Polyester Taffeta
Fly: 78D 190T, 1800mm PU Polyester Taffeta
Seam Sealed: Taped Seams
Seasons: 3
Other: Stuff Sack Included
Warranty: Lifetime

Product Highlights

A "mansion-style" offering for 3-season camping, the Kelty Parthenon 8 is incredibly roomy and full of organizational features. The Parthenon 8 can even be partitioned into two separate rooms, each large enough to accommodate a queen-sized airbed (sold separately).

DAC aluminum poles provide the Parthenon 8 with freestanding structure and elbow room inside the tent. Color-coded clip and sleeve construction aid in ease of set up by making it easy to identify which pole goes where. The freestanding design allows you to pitch the Parthenon 8 and then move it around your campsite to find the optimum position, eliminating an uncomfortable night's sleep over an exposed root or rock. Stakes are included to secure the tent in place.

The Parthenon 8 provides a cavernous 143 square feet of interior space. Over 6 feet of interior peak height allows even taller campers to enjoy a stoop-free shelter. A removable divider wall grants the Parthenon 8 versatility for use as a single room or as two private rooms. Closeable panels inside the Parthenon 8 add privacy and weather protection when needed and, when opened to expose mesh sidewalls, enhance cross-ventilation in warm weather. The large front vestibule offers nearly 29 square feet of external storage space. An integrated organizer wall and gear loft loops further help to maximize available floor space by providing places to stow and hang gear.

Dual doors provide access options and are especially convenient when the Parthenon 8 is being used in its two room configuration. For ease of use, the vestibule also has two independent entryways. These doors can be rolled open on warmer days to enhance cross ventilation.

Extensive mesh on the sidewalls and ceiling of the tent body provides great airflow and helps to prevent condensation build-up on the interior of the Parthenon 8. The PU-coated polyester-taffeta rainfly provides excellent weather and UV protection. Integrated fly vents and awning-style sidewall coverage improve airflow. Kelty's patented ArcEdge floor construction lifts the taped seams up off the ground, eliminating potential for leaks.

An optional footprint (sold separately) further protects the Kelty Parthenon 8 against ground water, roots and rocks.

Kelty part number: 40109808

Product Reviews

Average Customer Rating:
Kelty Parthenon 8 3-Season Camping Tent

Average customer rating:
Number of reviews: 5

Individual Customer Reviews:

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  • . Ft. Belvoir VA

    Likes: This palacial tent is very well built and worth the money. I almost bought a 'mart tent, but thought better of it. I'm glad I went with the Parthenon. I bought this for my family (myself, wife, and triplet 5 year old girls) to take on our first camping trip together (and many future trips!). I pitched it in the backyward a couple days before we went to make sure I could do it. I pulled it off by myself (6'), but help would've been useful. I pitched it for the second time at the campground at 10 pm. I had very little trouble putting it up by the light of my head lamp. EVERYBODY loved the tent and our first camping experience was very positive.

    Dislikes: The only thing I can ding this tent on is that (without the fly installed) there is no privacy. No big deal as most of the time, the fly will be installed.

  • Kurt W. Colleyville TX

    Likes: -simply set up - skip the instructions and simply look at the image of the tent on the box. Takes 5-10 minutes to set up
    -full coverage rain-fly, sturdy aluminum poles
    -very roomy with vertical walls creates more usable space.
    -great car camping tent that is well built and designed
    -I would definitely recommend purchasing the footprint to place underneath this tent

    Dislikes: -surprised at this price point that the tent doesn't come with a repair kit

  • . Frisco TX

    Likes: My family does a lot of car camping. We go out pretty much every two weeks and camp somewhere, and because of that we go through tents quickly - like every 2 years. I always buy high quality tents. This tent is no exception - it is high quality and weatherproof. Because of the size of the tent and angle of the walls, this tent definitely must be staked and guyed out as well as possible - it catches the wind from every angle. One it is well staked the wind isn't much of a problem.

    Dislikes: Building the Parthenon 8 the first time is a bit confusing. The steel poles are a bit awkward and the instructional graphics are not very good.

    The stakes that come with the tent are better than a cheap tent, but lower quality than what one should expect from Kelty. I recommend getting the MSR Groundhog stakes to go with this tent.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: the design and size of this tent is better than any tent out there for 10 people. You get the most out of your square footage with this style. It is extremely easy to set up, even by one person. It took me 10 minutes from start to finish, including the fly.

    Dislikes: The corner seams that the poles attach into stretched. You could see the stitching was being strained. Both Back Country Edge and Kelty immediately acknowledged this defect and set about replacing my tent with a new one. Customer service has been great.

  • Jeremy L. Lexington KY

    Likes: I've been looking for a family tent, a tent to accommodate 2 adults and 3 kids plus all our gear. This tent is huge, and seems to be very well made. I was able to assemble the tent by myself. Overall, I would recommend this tent to anyone looking for a good, quality family tent.

    Dislikes: Two things that could be improved, and they are minor, is the room divider and the fact that the back window and door windows have no flap – you must have the fly on for privacy.

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