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High use calls for high performance. The highly durable Outfitter Pro-4 is Kelty Built with heavy-duty floor fabric to withstand lots of traffic. With oversized DAC Pressfit poles for sturdiness and burly #10 field repairable zippers, it’s designed to outlast the toughest beatings from humans and nature. So get comfortable in the roomy 12 X 12 foot vestibule, because this tent isn’t retiring from the trail until you do.
|Sleeping Capacity:||4 Person|
|Intended Use:||Lightweight Backpacking|
|Number of Doors:||2 Doors|
I use this tent for canoe-camping in Ontario but would hump it for me and a buddy or three of us to sleep in on backpacking trips. It's 8lbs when all is said and done, but that's reasonable weight for shelter for two or three guys who carry a combined 100 or 150lbs of gear. This is a very solidly constructed tent. Sets up in a snap. It's tall enough to step into and sit up in, has good-sized vestibules, and is well-ventilated. This is my first Kelty tent but a buddy of mine had one that lasted through years of hard and heavy use. This looks to be cut from the same cloth.
Wish there were more Canadian distributors and more competition on the pricing, but that's not the tent's fault. Unknown on Jul 27th 2018
I am currently doing inventory at the summer camp i work at, and I'm finding a similar problem with the tent bag as a few other reviewers. I have found that SOME of our tent bags are way too small to fit into, while others in like a glove. I don't know if maybe the bag size changed at some point during production of this tent, and the newer ones have smaller bags than the original line. Besides that, we love them! Great tent that is literally childproof in every way.
PS, Kelty, if you're reading this, please set up a 'replacement parts' section on your site. We are down a pole set, and would like to buy one of those instead of a brand-new tent. Unknown on May 5th 2018
I agree with the earlier review that the bag is way too small. I actually wrote Kelty and asked for a bigger bag (perhaps from a bigger tent of the same model), but no go. Instead I was sent a tutorial on how to pack a tent. I've been camping for 30 years. I know how to pack a tent. Send me a bigger bag and this review will be a 5 star... hint, hint. I actually need to purchase a couple more tents, but hesitant to do so since kids will be responsible for pack up. Help me over the hump. Laura on May 17th 2017
Been using this 4p tent now for 3 years. I bought it because I figured my kids would have a harder time destroying it. Overall it has held up great with no durability issues. Fits easily into the storage bag- not sure why a previous reviewer was having issues with that- not even a problem with the footprint packed too. Have not tested the tent in any severe weather- just light rain and minimal wind. One thing I wish was incorporated into the design would be larger/longer storage pockets. There are 4 storage pockets sewn into the tent but each one is so small that it can hold something about the size of a smart phone and that is it. Kelty should get rid of the guy-out storage sleeves on the fly (just sew an attachment ring in its place) and design bigger storage pockets (with mesh so you can see what's in the pocket). Then you would have the perfect 4p tent. I car camp with 2 adults and 2 children and there is plenty of room. Would not hesitate to take backpacking or canoe camping. Josh on Apr 3rd 2017
Adults and youth have used this model for the last two years with very satisfactory results. However there is one major flaw and and two lesser ones. The tent bag should be considerably larger as it is way too small for the tent body, the fly and the poles. The components of the tent cannot be returned to the tent bag while camping. The result is that the fly is left outside the tent bag to be carried separately for the remainder of the outing. That is a very unsatisfactory solution. Once home,the tent and fly have to be tighten together with several straps so that with considerable effort the tent can be slid back into the bag. It is incredibly poor of Kelty to make a premium tent and then provide a tent bag that is not usable.
Lesser complaints are that the tent bag does not have a strap at the far end. The absence of this strap makes it very difficult to pull the very tight tent out of the bag. The other complaint is that the straps of webbing on the rain fly holding the grommets slip through the slots on the plastic holder and disappear. The result is a rain fly without a grommet to stake out.
Kelty has a fine product but it has problems since in actual use, the storage of the tent components become a major concern on an outing. A tent camper ought to be able to easy return all the components of the tent to the tent bag without resorting to straps and steel grip hands. Byron Almquist on Dec 24th 2016
I've been a Scoutmaster with the BSA for ~18 years. The Outfitter Pro 4 is the best Boy Scout backpacking tent I've found on the planet. With the reinforced floor and the beefy zippers this tent is virtually scout proof. The double vestibule design is ideal for keeping the boys and their gear dry. A dry scout is a happy scout. Love this tent. David on Aug 20th 2015