The Kelty Gunnison 3.3 backpacking tent offers an excellent feature set at an affordable price. With 2 doors, 2 vestibules and internal storage features, the Gunnison 3.3 is a whole lot of tent for the money you'll spend.
Kelty has had the Gunnison tents in their line for a long time, making improvements along the way. And the Gunnison series has been just a staple camping and backpacking tent with durable construction, relatively lightweight, so you can certainly use it for backpacking and the Gunnison 3.3 Tent is certainly improved and it has got a lot of great features that make it affordable, durable and very roomy and comfortable for three season camping or backpacking for three campers.
The first thing that stands out to me about this tent—we have just got the tent body here—is the clip construction and the construction of the poles. You have got aluminum poles here. They are both lightweight and durable. The actual pole sections are shorter in length so you a smaller pack size altogether. So instead of having a really long kind of tubular pack size, you can pack this down into more of a square pack size. So that makes it great for bike touring or motorcycle camping when you need to pack it down to be really small.
You do have one hubbed pole. So you have got two poles that cross over each other, but there is a hub in the middle, so it makes set up really easy. And you have clip construction here. So you have got Kelty’s hug clips, which kind of just clip around the pole and have a really secure fit. So you have got some pretty stable features there. On the tent body you have 58 Denier floor. It is bathtub style floor so it comes up a little bit there, so you have got waterproof protection. And then you have got the taffeta material here and then lots of breathability with the mesh about that.
The taffeta material does come all the way over the top of the tent, so you have got a lot of durability there. But then this mesh comes around the sides. So breathability in warmer temperatures and privacy there, as well, with that taffeta material.
You have two really big D shaped doors, so two doors, two vestibules, so plenty of room to store your gear. We don’t have the rain fly on yet, but I wanted to show all the features there. And then it actually does come with a footprint, so that makes this affordable tent even more valuable, because it comes with that footprint, so it provides some extra protection from water and extra durability on the tent. Let’s go inside and check out the features inside the tent.
I have climbed in the tent here just to show the interior space. It has got a lot of simple features, but really functional. So, again, really big door, easy in and out. And something unique about the door, there is a handy little pocket right here on the outside. So instead of having to roll back the door and use two toggle points to open it up, all you have to do is zip open the door and put it right there in that pocket. So a really cool design and I like the design of that.
The interior space gives enough room for three backpackers. Or, if you want sprawling room for two campers, it is 88 inches long, 74 inches wide and then it has got a peak height of 49 inches. So I have got plenty of head room in here. You can sit up in this tent. If you need to spend time in the tent in inclement weather, it definitely is roomy enough for that. So plenty of space in here. And, again, with the privacy of that taffeta material, but the breathability here, it is a really good mixture of materials.
You have got some pockets here on the inside, some small pockets just to get gear up off the ground. And there are loops. So there is four loops around the top to either hang gear or hang a gear loft you can buy separately. And there is one big loop right in the middle. So that is a great spot to hang a light or a lantern or something like that. But overall the construction is simple and it is just really comfortable and roomy inside.
We will put the rain fly on and talk about the features of that.
The rain fly construction is where the Gunnison 3.3 really shines. There is a bunch of different elements here that I am a really big fan of. So starting just with the front vestibule, you have got a bigger vestibule in the front than in the back. But you do have two vestibules that you can store your gear. The vestibule in the front is constructed a little bit differently. So you have got a zipper running down either side where this green strip is. This allows you to unzip both sides and use it in a couple of different ways. Number one, you can unzip it all the way and tuck it up into that pocket, so that way you have a lot of ventilation. This door is up out of the way. On a beautiful day like today, that is probably what I would do. If you have got some rain coming in and you still need a littlie bit of protection, but you want a lot of ventilation, you can even just roll this up half way if you want to and still have the ventilation underneath with all of that protection on top. Or you can zip it all the way closed. So we do have a stake right here in the front. In order to unzip that you have to remove the stake, but then two stakes over here that allow you to, you know, keep all of that vestibule area.
Another thing you can do that I think is really interesting is you can unzip it and then use trekking poles to actually stake it out. So you have kind of an awning coming out here. That is a great place for shade or something like that. So a couple of different ways to use this front vestibule. The vestibule in the back is more of a traditional one. You have got a zipper in the middle. You can roll back the door on either side and have a lot of ventilation. Other than that, you have this full coverage rain fly. You are completely protected from the elements. It is 68 denier fabric, so you have a lot of durability there. It is fully seam taped and fully waterproof. You have got two vents on the top of the rain fly for more ventilation. If you have got a lot of rain coming in you can close out those vents. And then there are guy out points. There are certainly enough guy out points that you can stake everything out if you are in windy weather. We don’t have them staked out today, just because it is such a nice day. But if you anticipate needing to use every single guy out point and all the stakes, I would suggest bringing a couple of extra stakes and a couple of extra guy lines. But over all really smart design on the vestibule. Again, it is simple, but there is a lot of really functional features.
With the front vestibule tucked away you can see how easy it is to get in and out of the tent. With all of the features here, you are getting an extremely affordable, easy to set up, three season tent for three campers or backpackers. It weighs in at a low enough weight that if you are splitting up the weight between three backpackers, it is certainly a backpackable option to take into the backcountry. The different ways you can use the rain fly add a lot of value and the included foot print adds a lot of value as well.
It is the Kelty Gunnison 3.3 Tent.