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Kelty Acadia 8 Tent: 8-Person 3-Season

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Maine's national park isn't exactly an empty place, but you can get some measure of solace by setting the kids, their friends, and their friends' friends, up in the cavernous Kelty Acadia 8 Eight-Person Three-Season Tent. At 20 pounds, it's not what you'll want to take on your next group backpacking trip, but the spacious design, easy three-pole setup, and dual-door design make it perfect for large groups that are setting up shop within walking distance of the car or back porch. The walls are made of breathable and bug-beating mesh panels, while the PU-coated and seam-sealed fly is fully waterproof and easy to put on and take off. Setting up an eight-person tent could be catastrophically difficult, but Kelty made it super easy by designing the Acadia to use just three poles--two for the body and one for some extra headroom--with a combination of sturdy and easy-to-use clips and pole sleeves. The dual-door design makes getting eight people in and out easy, while the matching vestibules keep boots safe and dry and the internal storage pockets help keep gear from scattering across the floor.

Price : $ 379.95

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Backpacking Tents Checklist

Weight Matters! For two people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably less.
Don't Forget the Bulk. Packing a bulky tent sucks. Make sure it packs down tightly, ideally packing down to about 10x20 inches (smaller is better).
Mesh Matters. As a general rule, the more mesh, the lighter the tent. For warmer three-season use, usually, the more mesh you have, the better. Not only does the mesh save weight, but also allows for better air-flow.
Vestibules & The Rain. An often forget detail about backpacking tents are the vestibule. The vestibule provides a little canopy in front of your tent. Not needed during good weather, but absolutely needed during wet weather. Try to get one that is about 5 sq. feet large, or larger.
Speaking of Rain... Make sure the entire floor of the tent is waterproof. Most are, but if the tent says the floor is just "water resistant"...don't buy it! You'll regret it the first time your sleeping in it during the rain.
Remember the Footprint! Virtually all good backpacking tents also come with "footprints," which are essentially waterproof and tough tarps cut-out in the shape of the tent. Buy It! Not only does it enhance the tent's waterproofing, it also protects the bottom of the tent. Yes, they aren't cheap. But they are a lot cheaper than replacing the tent due to a sharp stick tearing a hole in the floor of your expensive backpacking tent!

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