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Kelty Clark Tent Bivy Tents Review

Kelty Clark Tent


Description
Roomy enough for a tall backpacker, the two-pole design of this ultralight tent is unmatched for ease of setup. FlyBoy® technology anchors the body, rainfly and poles together into a single, unitized self-reinforcing structure. Webforce™ stabilizes the tent further and eases set up--"trusses" guide poles through intersections and "tendons" lock stakeout points to FlyBoy. DAC Featherlite® aluminum poles are specially engineered to be strong, yet 10 - 15% lighter than standard premium aluminum poles. Vented, no-sag, seam-taped polyester rainfly protects the tent from inclement weather and includes a vestibule for gear stowage. Vaulted PolePilot™ sleeves provide strength, distributing tension evenly; allows airflow between tent and rainfly to prevent condensation. ArcEdge™ floor has specially designed perimeter seams that stay up off the wet ground. No-see-um mesh panels allow air circulation to prevent condensation. Kelty's attention to detail shows with features such as their noiseless, reflective zipper pulls.


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 5, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Justin ,  Car Camper

Summary:
I am 15 years old, and not really a hiker. This tent is great for my purposes. It is very good for it's intended use. Two downsides though. My tent is a previous generation, so it has on thin vent running the top of the tent, instead of the two big side ones. It adds an element of claustrophobia. Secondly, the vestibule is tiny, my Jansport Scout (external frame) didn't quite fit in, and if anything does fit, it leaves little room to get out. Overall, this is a great tent for anyone who has a small pack.


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Review Date
March 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Micah Eller ,  Backpacker , from Asheville, NC

Summary:
Very easy to set-up. I am 6'8" tall and have just enough room to be comfortable. the rain fly is water proof however, I intend to seal mine for added insurance. Overall, a very good light weight one man with little gear room tent. I would recommend you buy this tent if you like to go light. I camped last weekend at about 4500' and the tent proved very effective in the wind. Only downside, was the amount of condensation that developed on the inside of the rain fly. I understand that this is a problem with all one man tents. Only thing else, I cannot find a footprint in stock anywhere. I highly recommend this tent for light, quick backpacking adventures.


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Review Date
July 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Helen ,  Day Hiker , from Seattle, WA

Summary:
*EASY* setup. If you don't like fumbling with lots of clips, snaps and the like, don't mind stakes, and want a small 1 person tent with room for your pack, boots, etc., check this one out. It's about as tired-trekker-proof as you can get -- even I can set it up in less than 5 minutes.

This tent is very breathable, yet does a great job of keeping the night moisture and camper self-generated moisture off me. I think because of its breathability, if I expected significant rain, I'd bring a second tarp to supplement the lightweight tent cover supplied, "just in case". (Haven't yet tried it in the rain, so I may just be being paranoid).

This is DEFINITELY a one-person tent, although sometimes it's billed as a 1-2 person tent. That being said, there's plenty of room inside to stow a largeish pack, boots, etc. If you're not used to this shape tent, getting dressed sitting up and crawling around to organize things could be a bit of a challenge until you figure out what works best for you. This is a minimalist backpacker's tent, so it's not going to be as big as a dome tent -- the tradeoff being a lighter and less bulky item to carry.

There are lighter tents which either cost substantially more (SD) or feel considerably less sturdy (Coleman, something sold at Costco). The Kelty is an effective middle ground.

If you're looking for a 3-season tent of this size and shape, and can find this tent on sale for $100 or less, try it out and if the size works for you, grab it.

Customer Service:
REI helped me set it up and check it out in-store, since it was a sale item and they didn't have a demo model up. Of course, they have a vested interest in doing this, because of their unconditional s

Similar Products Used:
My friend's similar-sized and shaped Sierra Designs tent last year. The SD tent was 6oz lighter, and at $199 on sale this year, FOUR TIMES the price I paid for the Kelty.


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Review Date
March 10, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Cory Wyatt ,  Backpacker , from Kansas City, KS

Summary:
I got the Clark several monthes ago and have used it extensively, and had no problems whatsoever. One time I even went camping in a thunder and windstorm and it stood up fine, no water in the tent even though there was a constant 50 mph wind with gusts up to 80 mph. It is roomy enough at the opening for a tall guy like me (I'm 6 foot, 2 inches) to sit up and change clothes, there is mesh paneling on the walls of the tnet that provide great ventilation and a rain fly that covers it with a great vestible at the opening to put boots and other miscellaneous items. It is very light, weighing just over 3 pounds and packs down to a convenient size as well. Sets up and takes down in less then 5 minutes, which is a plus. One pet peeve of mine is setting up and taking down tents, especially when its cold out. The poles are made of a lighter aluminum, but still strong enough to stay up in that windstorm. Overall I couldn't be happier with this tent, even though I got it 50 dollars off I would have gladely paid full price for it. I would recommend it to anyone.

Customer Service:
Not had any reason to use yet.

Similar Products Used:
North Face Canyonlands


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