Ideal for cost-conscious backpackers, the Kelty Trail Ridge 3 tent delivers reliable 3-season performance at a budget-friendly price. It offers easy set-up, room for three, and provides excellent ventilation in hot and humid conditions. An included footprint delivers bolstered protection and adds value.
Hubbed aluminum poles give the tent a sturdy frame and color-coded clip construction makes it easy to identify which pole goes where. The freestanding design allows you to pitch the Trail Ridge 3 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 Trail Ridge 3 provides 46 square feet of interior space and a 45” overhead peak height. Internal storage pockets and an included gear loft stow gear and maximize available floor space. Two integrated vestibules offer a total of 20 square feet of additional exterior storage space for wet or muddy shoes and gear. A light-diffusing design on one of the interior pockets lets you transform a headlamp (not included) into an interior light.
A full mesh canopy combines with venting in the rainfly to provide great airflow and prevent condensation build-up on the interior of the Trail Ridge 3. The PU-coated polyester rainfly offers full coverage and keeps the interior of the tent dry during wet weather. Unique roll-back connection points allow you to stargaze from the interior of the tent on clear nights. Strategic construction lifts the taped floor seams up off the ground, eliminating potential for leaks. The included footprint further protects the Kelty Trail Ridge 3 against ground water, roots and rocks.
- Stargazing fly
- Compact folding pole
- Tent cube carrying bag
- Night light pocket
- Fly vent
- Coli pole connection system
- Freestanding design
- Color coded clip construction
- Gear-loft included
Best Use Backpacking, Camping Other Footprint, Gear Loft, and Tent Cube included Warranty Limited Lifetime Packed Size 16" x 10" x 4" Average Min Weight 5 lbs 15 oz Average Packed Weight 7 lbs 4 oz Interior Height 45" Floor Area 46 sq ft Floor Dimension 90" x 73" Vestibule Area 10 sq ft + 10 sq ft (2 vestibules) Doors 2 Pole Type Aluminum Number of Poles 3 Freestanding Yes Clips or Sleeves Clips Interior Storage Internal Storage Pockets Material Wall: 68D Polyester and No-See-Um-Mesh
Floor: 68D Poly, 1800mm
Fly: 68D Poly, 1800mm
Seam Sealed Taped Seams
Real Customer Reviews
- Easy to assemble
Likes: The tent is large, easy to assemble, and relatively light given how big it is. It took less than 10 minutes to set up without looking at instructions. I like that the footprint is included in the tent and that the poles are attached to one another. The color coding is very helpful for ease of assembly.
Dislikes: It's a large tent so is still really big even when packed down. It will take up quite a bit of space in a backpack if only one person is carrying the tent. Plan to split the weight between those who will be using the tent to save space in your backpack!
- Solid Car Camping Tent
Likes: Easy to assemble once you figure it out. Not all of the instructions are clear but once you get it, easy to do a again. Kept the rain out. Side vents are well done. Nice head room. Overall a good car camping tent. I wouldn't take it backpacking (too big and too heavy). Perfect for two. Three would be crowded.
Dislikes: Floor is a little sloppy (doesn't pull tight). There are seams where you wouldn't think that they should be (on floor for instance). Pole end clips are a bit funky to work with.
- Great Product...
Likes: This tent is easy to setup and comfortable to use with many great features for the backcountry and pack down small enough for backpacking.
Dislikes: Weight of tent needs to be split between two people otherwise takes up plenty of space in one persons pack.
- Nice tent
Likes: Good size and like the ability to fold back the rain fly for stargazing. Poles fold up smaller than normal tents. We have only set it up in the cellar so far since we still have snow on the ground.
Dislikes: None so far.
- Perfect for 3 seasons
Likes: I'm very pleased with the Kelty Trail Ridge 3. I did a lot of research, and it won out over many other good tents due to the materials (polyester versus nylon), compact pole size, and the stargazing panel - which is pretty spectacular.
A friend and I spent a few nights above 10K, fell asleep to the milky way, and stayed warm in low temps around 40. When it's colder, I'll drop the fly before going to sleep.
Other pluses are the pre-connected poles and the color coding (brown and green) that make setup very easy. We also loved the spaciousness - especially the height. Having two doors and good-sized vestibules are also great. And it's fully free-standing. So, unless there's a strong wind, you can be setup even more quickly.
Dislikes: The mesh gets some wrinkles, but you don't see them when you're looking into the distance.
The doors are a bit slack, but to be fair, I also didn't guy out the tent.
- Trail Ridge 3 is the best tent I've ever owned
Likes: I'm a big guy and needed a light weight quality tent to use for backpacking with my young son. I also wanted a tent that would stay cool in the summer and would be good for night time viewing. Set up the first time was a bit confusing. Admittedly, I only looked at the pictures and didn't read them, because "real men don't need instructions" (sarcasm abounds). Once I learned the color coded system it was great. The two doors makes it easy not to disturb the other person when you have to pee at 3:00 in the morning and the way the tent is designed, as you lay on your back you have a nearly unimpeded view of the head side of the tent. I also love how the included foot print clips to the poles, making sure there's no shifting. It comes in a small bag, but I love how the poles fold up to only 16 inches long when others backpacking tents have 20 inches or longer folded up. These other poles make it a little harder to get into a back pack. That's experience talking. My son and I spent the first night in the tent in pouring rain and not one leak. That's a first for me. I have over 10 tents and all but 2 leaked at least a little while brand new. Surprisingly this ten also produced very little condensation, I can only conclude this is due to the good ventilation it has. It also could have just been an odd humidity level. I'll only know with more experience with the tent. It was also a little hot with the fly on. Although, I have yet to be in a tent with the fly on that wasn't muggy. I also liked the nobendium stakes. They were tough. Though I'm not sure if they were any tougher than any other anodized aluminum stakes, they worked very well either way.
Dislikes: As I mentioned before the first time you set it up it will be a little confusing. That's about it.
- Great tent
Likes: Easy to set-up and relatively light tent. I usually backpack with my two boys so we split the tent between the three of us. None of us are that big so it fits us great. Love the stargazing design. Great tent for the money.
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