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Backpacking Tents

Kelty Gunnison 1.3 Tent w/ Footprint: 1-Person 3-Season


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The Kelty Gunnison 1. 3 Tent offers dependable protection from the elements at a price that won't completely wreck your bank account. Ideal for solo backpacking trips and car camping adventures, the Gunnison is made with burly materials while maintaining a weight that's still manageable on the trail. With a trail weight just over three pounds, the tent won't weigh your pack down too much when you're getting into those more remote camp sites, but with its 68-denier fly and floor fabric, the tent isn't going to easily tear when high winds rip through your camp.The vestibule of the tent can be propped up with the help of two trekking poles (not included) to make a small awning when you need to boil water out of the rain or get a little shade on a hot, sunny day. A large D-shaped door makes migration inside the tent after a long night around the campfire as painless as possible. Kelty threw in a free footprint to ensure you and the Gunnison have a long-lasting relationship in the mountains, and they built the tent with simplicity in mind, so that first pitching won't leave you feeling frustrated, frazzled, and just a little embarrassed.

Price : $ 169.95


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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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