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Easy to set up and quite a steal.
- Coded clip construction makes setting up your tent a cinch
- Taped floor and fly seams, and water tight walls keep you dry during a rainstorm
- Mesh wall panels allow for cool air to pass through on warm nights
- Internal storage pockets help keep your sleeping area organized
- Noiseless zipper pulls won’t wake your partner, friends, or family when you need to use the restroom in the middle of the night
- Guyout points help secure your tent to the ground
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Excellent Tent - Survives the Wind/Rain
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have used this tent for two Summers now. It seams every time I camp in Colorado and Utah, I get 2 nights of extensive wind. On our latest trip to Utah, we had a freak windstorm that lasted all night. official gust reports were between 75-80 mph. With a large/tall profle tent, I was extremely worried about lasting the night.
After properly guying out the tent, I must say it held up incredibly well. Do make sure your rain fly is securely clipped in to where it snaps. I learned the hardway that there was send preventing the clip from catching on one end, and the rain fly came flying off. Even with the poles guyed out during the storm, the side facing the went nearly bent all the way against the other wall during the large gusts, but no poles snapped and the tent didn't fly away.
This tent is 100% sturdy, and as others have said, should not break or leak in windy thunderstorms. With that said, take the extra time to guy out all of your corners/polls/rainfly as soon as you set it up. The rainfly is easy to take off and put on, even with one person.
There is a ton of space in here, perfect for 4 people to sleep with their gear. My wife and I use this on longer car camping trips to keep all of our stuff inside. The pegs are cheap, and since this is a car camping tent, I purchased a ton of heavy duty spikes from Coleman, and this baby stays completely secure.
The tent does trap tremendous amounts of heat when in direct sun, as do most tents. With the high profile, the heat kind of lingers in the tent until the rainfly is off.
I only have one tear in the pole sleave where I jammed the pole through while setting it up at night after a 8 hour drive. Be careful when setting it up to feed the poles through completely.
NOTE: This tent is very noisey in the wind. If you are a light sleeper, prepare for a sleepless night if there is wind.
Last Tent Standing
When we checked into our campsite in Rocky Mountain National Park, we were advised of a windstorm that would be hitting during the evening and throughout the night. We set up the Kelty Yelowstone 6, adding rocks on top of all the stakes and waited for the storm. When it came, the wind blew our tent quite vigorously for about 10 hours. At dawn, I woke and went out into the wind. The first thing I noticed was that there were very few of the tents I saw the day before still erect. As I walked through the campground, I found tents that were flattened, campers who had abandoned their tents, and some who had entirely packed up and left. There were two tents standing in our section: An old canvas cabana-style tent and our Kelty Yelowstone 6. I highly recommend this tent for car camping. The cheap screenhouse lasted only until the first big gust.
Moose Inspecting Tent
In Grand Teton National Park, a moose came by our campsite to check out our Kelty Yellowstone 6.
I'd like to get a couple plastic replacement...
I'd like to get a couple plastic replacement clips for where the tent poles attach to the tent floor. They look a little cheesy and bound to break sooner or later. The whole system including rain fly seem to rely on these clips. Can you tell me how I can get some extras?
Call Kelty customer service at 800-535-3589 and ask if they will send you a couple.
Had this tent for 3 seasons now. Easy to setup (even for 1 person, but 2 preferred). Plenty of room for the whole family (queen mattress + cots(s)). Survived several Colorado summer storms without a drop or leak. Would be nice to have a vestibule, but for the price/value - can't complain!
A lot of tent for the money
I ended up returning this tent to get a 3 person tent for backpacking. But, this was pretty easy to set up and a simple design. This easily fit 2 adults and 2 kids aged 6 and 8, plus a lot of gear. There is no vestibule, but there is plenty of room for gear and bags inside. We had a queen air mattress for the adults, and 2 thermarests for the kids, with room to spare. We slept in this for two nights of car camping. We had 30mph winds off a lake one night and then rain showers the next. We stayed dry, and the tent stayed upright without problems. The tent did move a bit in the wind (it's pretty tall). SInce we had another two person tent to put the kids in, we thought we'd get a smaller and lighter tent for us adults (mountain hardwear 3 person). Of course the kids tent got ruined when one of them snuck a few too many marshmellows and threw up all over the inside--in a massive rain storm. So, 4 people in the 3 person Mt Hardwear tent--very cramped but man, what an element proof tent). The kids tent ended up getting totally soaked with rain, as well as puke, while the Mt Hardwear was totally dry). Now I'm once again looking for a 6 person family tent for car camping/easy backpacking. Only reason I'm not getting this tent again is because of the lack of a vestibule, which I think could be better in more extreme conditions. But, the Yellowstone 6 was an impressive contender, especially for the price, and a relatively light packed weight for a 6 person tent (no vestibule, less weight). Hmmm, maybe I will get it again...
Does Kelty sell a footprint for this??
Does Kelty sell a footprint for this??