Review: Kelty Streamside 2 [ 2-man 3-season backpacking Tent ]

Review: Kelty Streamside 2  [ 2-man 3-season backpacking Tent ]
Retail: $159.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $127.95 only. (Offer exprires soon)

Product Description

One door, one vestibule. Clip design for easy setup. ArcEdge floor keeps seams off ground and watertight. Mesh windows and roof panels provide excellent ventilation and stargazing. Reflective and color-coded webbing for fast setup. One door with no-see-um mesh panel. Materials: 1.9 oz. Nylon taffeta tent walls 2.3 oz 1800mm PU coated taped nylon taffeta floor. 2.3 oz 1800mm PU coated taped polyester rainfly. Lightweight high-tenacity webbing throughout.


Reviewed by: jeff larson, a Backpacker from marquette Mi
Date Reviewed: 5/5/2002 11:04:39 AM
 
 

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This tent is extremly comfortabul for 2 people. I have only had it for a year but i love it.I have never had any problums with leaking. my only complant is i wish it had a hanging gear loft, and some times it can be a problume getting in and out.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Charlie, a Backpacker from Winchester,CT,USA
Date Reviewed: 2/26/2002 8:28:09 AM
 
 

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I have had the Kelty Streamside 2 for almost four years and camped in two feet of snow and blistering summer nights. Though it has never leaked once, I must complain about the height of the rainfly. You see, it is too high to keep heat in not to mention it lets a passing breeze right through the tent taking your body heat with it. Due to this, I don't recomend this tent for late fall and winter use.(Unless you pile snow on the sides of the tent) An all around excellent choice for the money and an unsurpassed summer tent.
I own the older aluminum pole version, but I hear there is now a fiberglass version.

Customer Service:
None so far.

Similar Products Tried:
Moss, Stardome II; Love it?
LL Bean Ultralight, Okay.
Many others: Streamside better.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Robert Auerbach, a Backpacker from Hampton,Va
Date Reviewed: 12/12/2001 12:03:41 AM
 
 

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Just got this tent this summer and have used it two times this summer and once this fall. Never had any problems and it did well in moderate rain. It has a lot of ventalation without the fly for hot summer nights. Their are two problems with the tent though first the full cover fly has no ventalation flaps, and the way that the vestibule opens makes so that you have to unstake at least one corner to get out or in the tent. The real test will be when I uses the tent this winter.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kent, a Backpacker from Kaysville, Utah
Date Reviewed: 11/5/2001 4:56:19 PM
 
 

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This tent will keep you dry in almost any rainstorm. I have had it for about 2.5 years and love it. It sets up very quickly with only one person. It can get a little tight to sleep two and have gear inside. I have taken it on many trips and also into the snow and it did pretty well. It is light enough to pack in by yourself with no problems. I love knowing that this tent can get through any summer rainstorm without getting me wet at all. Pretty good value for the occasional backpacker.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kent, a Backpacker from Christensen
Date Reviewed: 11/5/2001 4:55:06 PM
 
 

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This tent will keep you dry in almost any rainstorm. I have had it for about 2.5 years and love it. It sets up very quickly with only one person. It can get a little tight to sleep two and have gear inside. I have taken it on many trips and also into the snow and it did pretty well. It is light enough to pack in by yourself with no problems. I love knowing that this tent can get through any summer rainstorm without getting me wet at all. Pretty good value for the occasional backpacker.



Reviewed by: Superchunk, a Car Camper from Sterling, VA
Date Reviewed: 6/28/2001 11:56:37 AM
 

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Nice tent. I got it over the winter and have used it on three trips this spring. It rained at least one night on each of my trips and my gear stayed dry. I wonder if the people complaining about the size of the rain fly had their guidelines setup properly.

Kudo's also go out to www.planetoutdoors.com as I got a great price on the tent. I saved close to $50 over my local EMS shop and I got free shipping to boot.

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I have not had to deal with Kelty customer support yet. Hopefully it will stay that way.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Shawn, a Backpacker from Salt Lake City
Date Reviewed: 5/8/2001 1:44:38 PM
 
 

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I too bought this tent last summer at an extremely great price. Used it in the Adirondaks of New York, Moabs Desert and on Mt. Olympus. Its an extremely quick pitching tent and overall very strong. The large mesh panels allow this tent to breathe like no other, well almost.

It is a little on the portly side, and I wish I could get a set of the Aluminum poles which Kelty uses on the Riverbend 2. I can't complain though, for the price it is a great piece of equipment.

Anyone looking for a great buy on an excellent two person tent will like the Streamside. It works well for car camping and is small enough to pack for an overnight solo outing.

Customer Service:
I haven't had to use Kelty's customer service, but if they are as good as their website and the products the produce, I would have to say it is very good. The website has a lot of detailed information, including instruction mauals if happen to misplace yours.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Nicholas Scala, a Backpacker from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Date Reviewed: 4/19/2001 10:52:36 AM
 
 

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I got my streamside 2 last summer for an extremely cheap price. I got it right before I spent 6 weeks out west in Wyoming and Idaho. The tent is very simple to pitch and pack. Its small and lightweight. I slept in snow in the Bighorns, large summer downpours, and hot sunny weather, and I never had a problem. Every other person I was with had a leak at some point, exept me. This is overall a great buy.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeremy Chrysler, a Backpacker from Topeka, KS
Date Reviewed: 2/7/2001 9:50:17 AM
 
 

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The Streamside is great. Though it is only a three season tent, i've been comfortable in it in snow and temperatures as low as five degrees. The one i have has fiberglass poles, the joints of which can sometimes catch on the "unbreakable" clips, causing a minor hassle. The tent is easy to set up, and, more importantly, easy to pack up.
I've not yet used it on a really warm night, but, the noseeum mesh that basically is the ceiling should allow some really nice stargazing.
Plus i got it for almost half price on rei-outlet.com.

 

 
  Reviewed by: liam colwyn, a Backpacker from pittsburgh, pa, usa
Date Reviewed: 1/3/2001 12:30:33 PM
 
 

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i have the Streamside AL (EMS's version with different reflective coatings and aluminum poles). This tent has served me well in the last 6 months. I've rarely had problems with water once it's set up properly, although the rain fly could be just a bit larger. Rain sometimes tends to spatter along the sides even when the fly is guyed out. One person can sleep in luxury, and two without too many problems. It would be great to have loops along the inner surface to hang stuff to dry. With a little self modification, this tent has been all that I've ever needed in a 3-season tent (although, i intend to use it year round)

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customer service was helpful with questions, although i've never needed actual repairs or service. the manual is cute, too.



Reviewed by: John Appel, a Backpacker from Dayton, OH
Date Reviewed: 10/7/2000
 

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This is a great tent for overnight hikes or short trips, a little heavy for extended trips. The rain fly is a little troublesome and dosen't protect the side walls from splatter. Your sleeping bag gets wet in heavy rain, if it were only two inches lower it would be great.
 

 
  Reviewed by: George Lavigne, a Car Camper from Portland, MAine
Date Reviewed: 9/9/2000
 
 

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While I used to hike alot with a larger and heavier tent, I wanted to trim down with the streamside. For the money, it was the top choice with space to spare and sturdy construction when I bought it a year ago. I don't think I'll be replacing this tent for a long time. It is adequately spacious, easy to erect, and highly versitile thanks to copious amounts of netting and a burly rain fly. My only complaint is the heft of the 2 fiberglass poles, which have to be quite thick due to the geometry. I had reservations about aluminum, though, and prefer to take the weight penalty. Like any home or shoe, buy what fits!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Shawn, a Car Camper from Albuquerque,NM
Date Reviewed: 9/8/2000
 
 

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For value this tent is hard to beat. I purchased mine off of the internet from OutdoorOutlet.com for around $150 with a footprint. It's not the lightest or easiest to set up (particularly the rain fly, it has a several tie downs), but it does an exceptional job of sleeping two people very comfortably and stores some gear under the vestibule. It's very sturdy and holds up very well in the wind and rain. I'm a mountain biker, so this wasn't purchased to pack in. It's a good thing because this would be somewhat unweildy due to it's length and weight.
 

 
  Reviewed by: KC, a Backpacker from Ohio
Date Reviewed: 7/20/2000
 
 

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Great tent, little heavy for solo hikers but also roomy. Clips make it easy to put up and take down.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jason, a Backpacker from Albany, NY
Date Reviewed: 7/6/2000
 
 

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I bought this tent for weekend trips into the mountains. My streamside 2 performed and protected wonderfully when my girlfriend and I after got stuck in a severe thunderstorm on top of mountain. I highly recommend this tent to anyone looking for a quality tent at an affordable price. Kelty did a great job!


Retail: $159.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $127.95 only. (Offer exprires soon)



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