In this video we are going to take a look at the Kelty Gunnison tents. We have the Kelty Gunnison 2.1 that weighs in at 5 lbs and 9 ounces. To my right in the 3.1 weighing in at 6 lbs 8 ounces and behind me is the Gunnison 4.1 weighing in at 8 lbs. There is also a 1.1 weighing in a 4 lbs and 5 ounce that was not available for this video. Each of these tens is suitable for backpacking, even the 4.1 if you’re splitting the weight of the tent, the fly, the stakes and the poles with another backpacker. These are great value piece and are a excellent balance of price, durability, weight and features. The Kelty Gunnison 4.1 also works well as a simple family camping tent. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you might find on more of a luxury model camping tent but it is going to keep you dry, have plenty of ventilation and definitely has room for four. The body of the Gunnison tents are made up of a combination of mesh and nylon. You get a good balance of the two here so you get privacy as well as good air flow and ventilation especially in hot weather or if you’re using it in cold weather where condensation build up is a possibility. The body of the Gunnison tents have a bathtub style floor; that means the floor material kind of wraps up around the side of the tent here and gives it good protection across the base here, especially when it is raining. The floor is completely factory sealed so it’s water tight from the get-go. No need to do anything to it. You can take it out and use it in wet conditions and it will keep you dry. The shorter side of the Gunnison tents has a mesh, nylon and mesh band at the bottom which offers excellent ventilation and air flow, especially in hot weather, and you will find this design of mesh and nylon on all three models. The pole geometry of the Gunnison tents is based off of two cross poles with a permanent connection hub in the center. This makes it very user friendly and easy to set up. The top of the tent has a snap that fits into the hub making it easy to attach, The tent body is attached to the poles through a series of clips and the base of the poles snap into a Jake’s Foot design which works like a ball joint and is easy to snap in and out and is very secure. The Kelty Gunnison 2.1, 3.1 and 4.1 all come with two doors and two vestibules. You can see there are full coverage flys, and these come with each tent, a nice vent that’s built out here as well as a zippered piece inside that allows you to increase ventilation or close it down if you need to. You’ve got a nice size vestibule on the front side of this, this panel rolls down as well and there’s enough space to fit a fairly decent sized backpack, boots and trekking poles in here. Don’t forget that you have the same size door and same size vestibule on the other side of the tent as well. So, I’m sitting inside the Gunnison 2.1 and you can see that the door is a pretty good size that allows me to get in and out pretty easily. You’ve got 40 inches of head room in the Gunnison 2.1, which for me at 5’ 9” is quite comfortable, I can sit up in here with lots of head room and you do have a full 92” in length which is going to get great for anybody who’s a tall camper and is looking for that tent that’s long enough that they can fit in it. Obviously, the 3.1 and the 4.1 are going to have increased headroom and increased length as well. For internal storage the Gunnison tents have mesh storage pockets which are great for stowing small items like a headlamp or chap stick. Kelty also includes a gear loft which attaches to the interior of the tent above the head and you can stow a little bit larger items there or things you need to get at quickly. Kelty includes plenty of cordage and tensioners for guying the tent out in bad weather as well as a multitude of aluminum stakes for staking the tent out.
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