Review: Kelty Cyclone 2 [ 2-man, 3-4 season webforce Tent ]

Review:  Kelty Cyclone 2 [ 2-man, 3-4 season webforce Tent ]
Retail: $359.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $199.95 only. (offer expires soon)

Product Description
Polyester Rainfly-NO SAGGING. Vaulted sleeve construction. Taped seams. Vents on doors for ventilation Two vestibules for gear storage. Webforce and FlyBoy enhanced. Eclipse window. Two doors. Materials: Polyester ripstop tent walls and fly. 2.3 oz 1800mm PU nylon taffeta floor.


Reviewed by: Mike Boseth, a Backpacker from Sandpoint, Idaho
Date Reviewed: 5/2/2002 7:56:59 PM



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I purchased my Kelty Cylclone 2 at an internet auction site for (what I think) is the great price of $210. I've used it in a variety of conditions from hot to wet and windy. The only disappointment I have had was when I used it on a snow-camping expedition - clearly something Kelty didn't have in mind when designing this 3-season tent. On a bicycle camping trip to the B.C. Selkirks last year I was able to compare my tent with several others in our group and was pleased with the choice I had made. Not only was my tent one of the easier to erect, but also had superior ventilation and the vestibules were large enough to keep my bike under cover. There are less bulky, and lighter tents of the market but the Kelty Cyclone has the right mixture of size, value, and ease of use that works for me.

Customer Service:
I've yet to experience Kelty's customer service, but after reading some of the reviews about it I'm going to approach them warily.

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Reviewed by: Jeff Blackston, a Backpacker from Atlanta, GA, USA
Date Reviewed: 4/14/2002 1:56:42 PM
 



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I recently purchased the Kelty Cyclone Convertible-2. I have only used it once, and have been pleased by it's performance. The conditions I encountered were as follows: 40 degrees, winds constant at 10-15, gusting to 25-30. I had the tent pretty well "guyed-down", so I didn't feel much wind at all. The tent stayed completely dry and had ample room for 2 big backpackers(keeping the gear in the 2 large vestibules). The tent sets up pretty quickly, and seems, so far, to be pretty durable, but I'll let you know by this fall.

Customer Service:
No experience with Kelty's customer service yet.

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Reviewed by: Rich Hart, a Climber from Pittsburgh PA
Date Reviewed: 4/13/2002 7:44:54 PM
 



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I earlier raved about the ccylone-2 tent? Well I'm into my second year with this hunk of junk and just got a "new" rain-fly from kelty with double stitched reinforced stitching at the lash points and quick clips where the rain-fly goes on?
WHY.. Cause the rain-fly itself actually started to rip where it was double stiched where the stress areas are when you tighten it down once clipped into the tent?
Fellow campers, this should of never, never happened?
I'm now soo utterly disappointed with Kelty? Customer service was real casual about okay Mr. Hart we'll repair or fix it just calm down mentallity? Screw that? I paid 269.00 full retail price for this tent and after 1 1/2 years of mild use the fly started ripping at clip points? totally outrageous?
Well say hello to Walrus tents cause I'll never buy another Kelty for outdoor rough use!
I just bought a Walrus Terramotto and this tent rocks and it is four season converible and weighs less than the cyclone and costs less than the cyclone?
I got even madder and replaced my one kelty pack with a Lowe Alpine and replaced my nephews Jr Tioga with a 2500 ci Lowe Alpine? Within the next year i'll replace all this kelty garbage and then sell it off to unsuspecting kelty innocents and be on my way?
I'm sorry Kelty but you guys srewed up not me!

Customer Service:
Yes, they were really casual like okay we'll fix it no biggie just mail it in, agghhh?
I was like flipping out on the phone and the guy was like a marriage counselor trying to ease my pain by overly stating they'll fix or relace it? My gripe was the tear and area of failure in the first place? The new fly sent to me was reinforced at the clip points with more nylon strapping and double stitching over this also? why perhaps wasn't this done in the first place>>>>>

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"awesome new tent for 2002"
 



Reviewed by: Oren Noah, a Backpacker from Sebastopol, CA
Date Reviewed: 3/3/2002 6:19:44 PM
 



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I purchased a Kelty Cyclone 2 Convertible from REI-Outlet.com for an outrageously cheap price of $ 197.93. So far, I've only had one occasion to use it, at my son's fourth grade class overnight field trip to Vallejo's Petaluma Rancho (an original 1830's California hacienda). After a busy day and night of being head cook (using Dutch Ovens over wood fires) for 30 kids and 12 adults, I slept very well in the Cyclone.

It has quite a bit of room on the interior and has two very large vestibules. I was particularly impressed by all of the pockets along the walls, as well as the gear loft. It will be a challenge to lose those little odds and ends, such as flashlights.

My one regret was that it didn't rain, so I didn't know how it would fair. However, I later found out from one the other parents who had been standing one of the two hour night watches, that heavy showers, with significant winds, had passed through the night. I couldn't even tell! Not only had I slept right through it, but there was no water inside and the tent pitch was just as tight as I had originally set it.

This is a great tent, especially with the convertible feature, for an even better price.

Customer Service:
No need to use Kelty customer service.

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Reviewed by: Justin, a Backpacker from Salt Lake City
Date Reviewed: 2/9/2002 9:02:17 PM
 



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First purchase of an expensive tent, but I think it will be well worth it down the road now that I have used it. Wish I had done this the first time. Went on a weekend back pack trip last week. Tent was easy to set up and was easy to take down and pack back up in the stuff bag. Love aluminum poles. Two of us slept very comfortable. Had our back packs in the vestibule area and this worked great. In the morning we did have condensation on the inside of the tent that was frozen on in a thin layer. But we had not opened the air vents up in the ceiling. Outside temperature was a low of 15 degrees. The tent stayed comfortable. (relative speaking for a winter camp.) Really liked the pockets around the inside and the ceiling gear loft works nice but limits the head room. The zippers worked really well never had problems of jambing. Easy one hand operation. The two doors are great this is the only way to go. Tent was very sturdy compared to what I have been use to. The rain fly has air vents in the vestibule that have some type of material that holds the air vent open. Not sure what it is or if it will hold up over time. Not sure the plastic window is needed. When I unpacked my tent some of the blue tint off the window had stained the rainfly material where it a had touched.

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Reviewed by: John Russo, a Backpacker from New York, New York, USA
Date Reviewed: 1/26/2002 12:59:56 PM
 

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I found the tent not to be durable at all. Fabric was not strong, constantly leaked. Zippers constantly jammed or would break. A nightmare of a time. I personally would never buy another Kelty product again.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Highlander, a Backpacker from Pittsburgh, PA
Date Reviewed: 1/19/2002 12:05:49 PM
 
 

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I love the Cyclone! I bought it as a larger alternative to my Kelty Zen!
Very roomy and easy to set-up! I cannot seem to find any faults with it?
The option of staking and tying or not is nice!
The colors are great!
The style is great!
The functionality is great!
It was factory seam sealed! A plus!
The concern about fitting into the stuff sack?
Well I know normally I "STUFF" my tents and the rain fly... They fit well for me? I've rolled the cyclone and it took longer and just fit? Stuffing allows rapid bagging especially in wet or raining weather where you have to move on!

Customer Service:
Kelty has always been nice! The zip clip on the bag broke and they sent me three of them!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Michael, a Backpacker from New York, NY USA
Date Reviewed: 12/26/2001 2:27:07 PM
 
 

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I have owned this tent for a little over a year. Got it on sale and it has been perfect for when my girlfriend and I go out together. Plenty of room for both of us and our packs (under the rainfly). We even had room for a stray dog we found on a trip to Vermont (we couldn't find his owner so he lives with us now, we call him Moosie).

Never had trouble setting it up, even in wind, and it stayed up during a windy night and day with no problems.

I highly recommend this tent.

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  Reviewed by: harp, a Car Camper from boston, MA, USA
Date Reviewed: 11/11/2001
 
 

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Picked up this tent this summer to try backpacking with my two boys (ages 9 and 7). Much cheaper than the Marmot and TNF tents I looked at with build quality completely satisfactory for my uses. Unlike other two person tents I looked at this and saw that it had plenty of room for two adults or as in our case one adult and two kids. There is plenty of room under the fly for the packs. Packs small, reasonably light, easy access from both sides because of the two large doors, very comfortable use in the White Mountains (temps in the 30's at night). I have not used it in high winds but it can be guyed down quite nicely so I don't think it would be a problem.

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  Reviewed by: Jim M, a Day Hiker from Boston, MA
Date Reviewed: 9/20/2001
 
 

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Got this for short $$$. A great tent for the price ($219). In my experience it sets up easier than any of the other tents I've had. Haven't had it long but it withstood the summer well.

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Retail: $359.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $199.95 only. (offer expires soon)



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