Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Review and Buying Guide
Whether you're camping out in the woods or on a beach for an overnight fishing stay, a good tent is vital. You need something easy to put up in any kind of weather conditions, be it high wind or rain. You also need something with a good cover yet allows for plenty of airflow.
Entering and exiting should be as easy as walking through a door in your home. Finally, you need plenty of space to fit in a decent sized air mattress and all your supplies yet won't be burdensome to travel with or set-up.
All of these concerns are double with considering a multi-person tent. Luckily, Kelty has been making tents that fit most if not all of these categories and their Trail Ridge 3 Tent may be their most attractive offering yet.
Features Of The Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Tent
1. Livable Space
The main feature that makes this 3 tent so attractive is the amount of livable space it provides. Standing at just under 4 ft. tall, it covers an floor space area of 44 sq ft. You can easily fit three twin sized mattresses inside or two queen size air mattress. This leaves you with plenty of moving space with a three person capacity max.
2. Color-coded clip Construction Guide
Most tents make you have to deduce how to set them up as normally there's only the pitching posts and the frame along with the tent material itself with absolutely no guidelines whatsoever. Kelty has included a color-coded clip construction guide that walks you through the set-up process. Even better, the process is so simplified and sturdy you can pitch the Trail Ridge 3 tent in high wind and low light conditions.
3. Dual doors with 2 vestibules
Entering and exiting has been simplified with this model due to it's dual doors. Each door has their own vestibule area measuring 9 sq. ft. This allows you plenty of room to move around inside without both entryways getting blocked off by whatever you have inside this tent. This only accentuates the free standing design as the dual door increases where and in what position you can set this tent up.
4. Polyester Mesh material
Being able to shield you from the elements while letting air flow create a draft is essential for any good tent. The polyester mesh material prevents water and wind from penetrating inside the tent. But it's porous enough to allow air to pass through it and prevent your tent from becoming too stuffy.
5. Travel Accessories
Many tents this size can be cumbersome to take with your from place. They are offer only the barest amount of portability - meaning they are heavy and bulky to carry around but not impossible. Kelty's Trail Ridge 3 tent includes a more convenient stuff sack that also stores the tent stakes and is easier to stow your tent away in. This is much more preferable to having to take the time to fold your tent in a certain way just to fit it in the tote that comes with other competitors.
Pros & Cons
> Dual Doors each with matching 9 sq ft. vestibule
> Breathable material
> Easy storage and portability
> Lots of livable space
> Easy Set-up
> Not machine washable
> Weak zippers
> Not the best for cold winters
Q1. How do you wash this tent?
A2. Use a sponge, water and non-detergent soap.
Q2. Is this an all-weather tent?
A2. It lacks some in providing protections from extreme cold weather, though it does help with wind breaking.
Q3. Does it keep mosquitoes out?
A3. As long as you keep the door closed and don't rip the fabric.
Tents meant for more than one person often come with drawbacks such as difficult set-up, poor storage capability and limited entrance and exit space. The Trail Ridge 3 seems to be designed to address many of the flaw inherent in larger tents as it's easier to set-up and lightweight and flexible to place.
Add to these features the extra livable space and breathable material it uses and this makes this tent one of the best and lightest big tents currently on the market.