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Kelty Quattro 2

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best tent ever...


I will always by Kelty tents, they are first class. I had a pole break in a wind storm and Kelty overnighted a pole to the nearest post office. Sadly, I have just been informed they they have not made the Quattro-2M since 1991, and therefore I can not get a replacement pole. Ketly has offered to try and fix the pole or to give me 45% off on a new tent. Thank you Kelty! -Customer for life

Albany, OR


best tent ever


I don't think they make these anymore...but if you're coming across this, best tent ever. Just great. I've slept in my Kelty Quattro2M tent probably ~250 nights over about 15 years. No word of a lie. I can't even remember when my dad purchased it... I came across this review because I'm looking for a new tent to replace it. After a decade and a half of canoeing, hiking, car camping (motorcycle touring a few times), and random use (set up outside a full cottage rather than sleep on the floor a few times, and lived at an airfield for a while)...it FINALLY gave in, on a week-long backpacking trip through the adirondacks. The rainfly got a big tear in it during set-up, due to UV damage. Not much point to repair it, the material of the fly is just done. This tent was wasted on that other guy who wrote a review, his still looks new! Mine looks it's been through the wars...grass, deserts, forests, snow, riverbanks, mountain rock, sand...now it's yellowed-grey instead of blue, that's how much I've used it. Compare the colors between mine and his in the photos. And also...the environment its in. Camping in the Rockies. Booya. But the tent part is still good,  not a rip or tear anywhere. The floor isn't waterproof anymore, but a thermarest takes care of that. I've never had or used a footprint. It's got tons of patches where campfire embers have punched through over the years. No big deal. All zippers are intact. The poles are all a little bell-mouthed, ie visible WEAR of the metal, some are bent, or have been bent back...but they're just as good as when new. Actually they snap together easier....I just throw them on the ground in a random pile, grab the 4 ball-ends, pull out, and the poles mostly assemble themselves. It takes like 20 seconds. I clean out the tent after every use by opening the door, picking it up over my head, and shaking it out. In yosemite, they reassigned our campground because everything was booked up... and rather than de-rig etc, my cousin just carried it over his head for half a kilometer with the sleeping bags and mattresses still inside. Just laziness. If that's not a tough tent, what is?? Not including stakes/guy wires, i can get it up in around 2-3 minutes, and de-rig in less than 5. I don't usually stake it unless the weather's really crazy, just the guy wires if its gonna rain. This was the perfect 3-season tent. I used it in winter too, but the wind goes through it, and I was sometimes cold (ie in sub-freezing temperatures and winds). I would buy that other guys' if I could, to replace mine. If you own one, don't leave it rigged during the day (sunlight damages the material), and it will last forever. PS My dad also bought a kelty knapsack with the tent at the same time (some kind of deal with the store) which I used all through high school and university, plus day hiking, and still use it! They make SOLID stuff.

Plattsburgh, NY


A geat tent for short hauls.


This was the first tent I ever bought, and the first dome tent I ever used. This is a very roomy two person tent. It's listed as a three person tent, but I'm 6'6" tall and weigh well over 200#.  When I go tent shopping I just look at the floor dimensions and decide with how many people I want to share it. I, personally, couldn't imagine two other people in there. Setting up the tent is easy. It's also quick once you do it a couple of times. My girlfriend and I set it up in less than ten minutes in a 25mph wind. The places to stick the flexible poles in are 'flagged' with a red triangle, and all the poles are the same length. There is a theoretical optimum order, but as long as you put 1 pole per hole it is gonna go up. The fly goes on over the dome, and it just clips to tabs that the poles are seated in. The front of the fly isn't clearly marked. When I'm out alone, I don't even use the fly unless it's cold. This leaves me with a nice view of the stars since the sides are mostly mesh. The Quattro 2 is not super light. I generally use it in instances where I'm just hiking to the camping spot, and back out in the morning.  (Aside- Isn't it great that I can complain about hauling a ten pound tent. We used to carry a forty pound tent that took up eight times the packing space.) One complaint- Wind performance. The front of the fly is raised on two short poles that come off the tent. They don't work so good in that aforementioned 25mph wind. The 'porch roof' came down to partially cover the mesh of the door, and the fly on the upwind side was pushed up against the mesh side. This resulted in very little ventilation, especially given the wind speed. I should have been chilly, and instead I was sweating. My new favorite camping spot is Johnston Beach on Perdido Key, FL, which is 'always' windy, so look for a review of my Quattro's replacement in the future.

Marietta, GA


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