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Kelty Gunnison 2.3 Tent w/ Footprint: 2-Person 3-Season

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After a week of being stuck in fiendish traffic to and from work and being tied to swivel chairs and spreadsheets for eight hours a day, the first thing you're going to want to do when Friday rolls around is throw your Kelty Gunnison 2. 3 Tent w/ Footprint in the back of your rig and get away from it all. Made with burly materials, the Gunnison is built to last whether you're car camping during your trip down to Moab or backpacking into the high country to escape the summer heat. With a trail weight a few cashews over four pounds, the Gunnison isn't the lightest 2-person tent out there, but its hard-wearing fabrics and sturdy aluminum poles won't let you down when high winds catch you camped far from any trees.Kelty built the Gunnison with simplicity in mind, giving them a simple two hub pole design that won't leave you frazzled and frustrated the first time you go to set it up. The unique awning vestibule can be propped up with the help of two trekking poles (not included) when you need a place to relax out in the shade. Behind the vestibule is a large D-shaped door that makes rolling out in the middle of the night not as bad as it might seem when you're all tucked away in your sleeping bag. Inside the tent are multiple pockets to keep headlamps, maps, and a deck of cards handy. Kelty went ahead and threw in a footprint to ensure the floor of the tent doesn't wear out before its time.

Price : $ 199.95

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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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