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The perfect combination of shelter and tent brings about unmatched versatility and functionality. A tent structure is designed to fit inside of the Mirada tarp, so you can have added protection from the elements. The tent can be easily removed to enjoy the functionality of a tarp. This is the perfect structure for festival goers, car campers, sports fanatics; you get the picture. Backpack carry bag and poles included!
I'm mostly a car camper, and pretty general outdoorsman. I plan on using this at the beach for family shade, as a tent and in hunting/fishing situations where we need to get out of the weather. I wanted the tarp first, and for a few extra bucks, the internal tent seemed like a good deal.
My first impression is that this is a very solid design and product. I set it up in the backyard to test it out and camp for the first night. Setup was easy, and needed no instructions. The center pole design gives a lot of internal volume and it's nice to see a tent with this much head room. I expected this to be a light use tent, but it has outperformed expectations so far.
The first night, the wind blew 25mph and it rained 2.5" and I didn't get a drop of water in the tent. The outer tarp is of good, durable material, and (if oriented correctly), it will hold up well to wind. There are screen areas and vents that I think help contribute to how well it holds up to a breeze. I wouldn't expect any water in a brand new tent, (especially from Kelty) but I was impressed with how well it took that much wind and water.
When set up as a sunshade, it can get warm if there is direct sunlight and limited breeze. It's a perfect design for getting out of the rain but still enjoying the outdoors. The backpack bag design makes it easy to transport. I keep this in the back of my truck ready for any opportunity to use it.
For improvements, the poles are a bit heavy, but I guess that's okay for car camping. The guy lines (optional) seem to be lower quality cotton but work just fine.
I don't believe it's designed to set up the internal tent without the shelter tarp, but I will do some experimenting to see if that can be done (it would be nice to have a netted area with more breeze on a nice night). I would think with minimal design tweaks, this could be accommodated from the factory.
All in all, yet another great Kelty product that spans the needs of real campers, festival goers and anyone looking to get out of the rain or light snow. Mike K on Jul 7th 2017