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Parthenon 8

Item Number: 40109808
Regular Price: $629.95
 On Sale For: $377.95 
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Built for the family this free-standing ‘mansion-style’ tent is unbelievably quick and easy to set up and take down. An interior divider provides privacy, and the large mesh side panels ensure that the tent remains ventilated on hot summer days.


Body Features:
  • Freestanding
  • DAC Hydria & DA17 poles
  • Color-coded clip-sleeve construction
  • ArcEdge™ floor
  • Taped floor seams
  • Adjustable Stakeouts
  • Water Tight Walls
  • No-See-Um Mesh wall panels
  • Closable mesh panels
  • Removable Divider Wall
  • Organizer wall, gear-loft loops
Fly Features:
  • Dual Entry Vestibule
  • Taped seams 
  • Side-release buckle tent-fly connection 
  • Fly vents
  • Noiseless zipper pulls 
  • Guyout points


  • Seasons: 3
  • Number of doors: 2
  • Number of vestibules: 1
  • Number of poles: 5
  • Capacity: 8


  • Minimum weight: 26 lb 5 oz / 11.9 kg
  • Packaged weight: 27 lb 3 oz / 12.5 kg
  • Floor area: 143 ft2 / 13.3 m2
  • Vestibule area: 28.7 ft2 / 2.7 m2
  • Length: 132 in / 335 cm
  • Width: 156 in / 396 cm
  • Height: 76 in / 193 cm
  • Packed diameter: 10 in / 25 cm
  • Packed Length: 28 in / 71 cm


Pole type:
DAC hybrid + DA17 poles

Wall material:
70D DyeFree polyester taffeta

Floor material:
1800mm PU nylon taffeta

Fly material:
75D 190T, 1800 mm PU polyester taffeta
Customer Reviews
Parthenon 8
Overall Rating:    based on 6 reviews
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Posted by Charles
August 17, 2012
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This is a solid tent. Went though a heavy thunderstorm on our first night out and stayed perfectly dry. It is large enough for my family to spread out in and I (at 6'tall)can walk around in can walk around in easily. I did have a problem with the first set up. I ended up with a broken pole. Kelty did take care of everything for me. I was able to send the pole in and get it repaired. It did take over one month to get it done. After my first contact, I sent the pole in and never heard anything about the status. I called 3 weeks later to make sure that the pole was received. I was told that they had the pole, but were still working on things that were received a week before mine. I am very happy with the tent and look forward to using it for many years to come. The service at Kelty was as quick as it states in their warranty section, up to 3 or 4 weeks, longer during peak season.
Posted by Thomas
August 12, 2011
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I'm only 5'2" and the tent is much taller than me. So I had to figure out a different way to set it up. And I sometimes need to set up by myself. I personally think that after step 4 of the instructions you should make a slight change of procedure. Once the orange poles are in, do lay the black poles along side. But don't insert the leg poles into the hubs. Instead, insert the orange poles into all hubs and form the roof line. Once you do that, insert but don't connect the center pole. If you're short or don't have help, lay the fly over top but don't clip it into the corners. If windy, I think you could connect it to the center pole or perhaps the upwind corners of the tent. I had dead calm so I'm not sure. The trick now is to insert the segments of the shock corded leg poles into the hub one segment at a time and gradually raise the tent. By doing this you don't put undo stress on the hubs or the poles. 5'2" Did it all myself! Tom P.
Posted by Jim
July 17, 2011
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June 2011: First use in the back yard for trial run. I was able to easily set it up by myself within 30 minutes, including the rain fly, stakes, and puting the tie downs together as well. A family of 5 with 3 on the ground and 2 in cots fit with room to spare. Very tight tent. Luckily we had a rain/wind storm come in and we all remained nice and dry inside. Even in the wind, the tent didn't shake around like I have seen with a lot of others. I have been looking for a family tent for about 6 months now and when I found this one, I kept coming back to it and am glad I bought this one instead one of the others I was looking at. Planning to take it out for a real camp trip and will do another review at that time. July 17, 2010: Just returned from a 3 night camp out at Wallowa Lake in Oregon. Kept the rain fly on the whole time as the weather was unpredictable. Even in mid-day it breathed very well and kept me cool for an afternoon nap. To aid with air circulation when the temps would rise, I brought 3 extra poles to use the awning. The vestibule made for great dry storage of our shoes. burst of wind didn't even phase it. during rain storms, I was able to leave the windows open and had no water leak in. We have 2 large cots and we put one on each side of tent, 2 kids in sleeping bags in the middle, and then our other kid at the foot of one of the cots. We were still able to store out duffle bags with clothes, bathroom bag, big buddy heater, battery operated lantern, and still had some room for one more person if we had to sqeeze someone else in. My wife was very comfortable with the set up and that makes for a great camping trip. I also like the head room so I didn't have to half squat while changing.
Posted by robin
August 13, 2010
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Went through heavy thunderstorms in Utah, for a 3 day trip. What can I say. It performed flawlessly. This thing is spacious, and amazingly easy to setup. (just don't try and put one of the gold poles through the middle slot, made that mistake when I was trying to set it up the first time by myself!) Initial setup due to my screwup was 45 mins. After I knew what my mistake was, it took 2 of us about 10 mins, including staking it out! Amazing... wind, rain, sun, bugs, nothing got through. Kelty, you failed w/ your other tent I returned, but this one is a WINNER!
Posted by Chad
June 27, 2010
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Probably the best tent we've ever owned. It took us 20 min the first time setting it up and then took considerably less the next few trips. We love the full screen roof and my 5'1" wife was even able to put on the rain fly without my help. She loves it and so does our kids. More than enough room for our whole family. We have use a king and also a queen size mattress in it and we still have a tone of room for our gear. Also, we use a hanging light / fan and it doesn't weigh down the pole. Very strong and sturdy. And the best part is that it a beautifully made tent. We get compliments on it. Great job!
Posted by Michael
June 23, 2010
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Does what a tent is supposed to do. I have been camping for many years. Lately some of the tent manufacturers known for quality have let their quality slip. my number 1 requirement for a tent is water tight, and this tent is just that. I really put it through the test with the hose actually trying to get water inside. It held. Kelty if you are reading this...don't let your quality slip like Eureka did. You made a great product. Keep up the good work. People will pay for quality!!

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