Used this tent for the first time recently, a 3 day camp in the Adirondacks.
As a prelude to the review, the weather was extreme - both heat and rain
were unusual, though not at the same time.
Pros: Very light (about 4 lbs), easy to set up (once you decipher the lame
instructions), huge vestibule (kept my Gregory, day pack and boots dry during
the monsoon),decent room to sit up (I'm 6', 180), stargazing through the
"skylight" was very nice when it was dry - a specific reason I bought this
Cons: Had a big problem with condensation, especially when it rained. Interior
walls were weeping from a combination of my breath, the moisture on the ground
rising up though the 2 floor vents, and (ugh) leaky seams (to be fair, it
was after a few hours of very hard rain). The narrow space between the botton
half of my bag and the slick walls got progressively closer as the night went
on - moisture on my bag as a result.
Unique tent design is basically a psuedo rain fly with ceiling, floor and
foot vents. The ceiling vent gets protected with another flap when it's wet,
and this cuts off a lot of air movement. Adding to the problem, the foot
vent was easily blocked by the bottom of my bag.
On a minor note, the vestible door makes entry/exit awkward. And although
Kelty markets this as a 2 person tent, there is no way to do this without
elbos, torsos and legs in eachother's "space". There's a minor pouch in the
skylight, but could use a few ceiling loops or a hanging cord (the price
of less weight I suppose).
I appreciate the Kelty effort (there are some nice feature and it looks,
as my brother put it "like a NASA experimental plane"). I think the tent
is best suited someone who's used to a bivy and wants a few more feet of
space, (and it wouldn't hurt if you were on the smaller side).
Similar Products Tried:
Mountain Hardware, Walrus
The Kelty Aero 2 is a one hoop tent with an additional single pole to
support the foot section. The hoop pole can be difficult to fit into the
grommets made for it, but once assembled, it makes for a taut tent. Although
advertised as a two-person tent, it is a tight fit, and I would recommend
it's use as a solo tent. Two can sleep in it; I've experienced it, but pads
and bags overlap near the foot section.
The peak height is 42" and one can comfortably sit up in it near the front
section. The vestibule is huge, and I can easily place my internal frame
pack and boots beneath the vestibule. Ventilation is good, though if you
inadvertently block the mesh vent at the rear of the tent, condensation will
be a problem. But with the large screen door, the two eyelid vents on each
side, a mesh panel in the roof, and the mesh window in the foot, ventilation
is good provided you keep all air passages unobstructed. I took the tent
to the Post Office and had it weighed on a postal scale. It weighed four
pounds exactly, but I guess tent weights vary because of minor differences
in the cloth, etc.
This is a well-constructed tent. The seams are tightly-sewn, straight, and
taped. However, as I mentioned above, I would not buy this tent for use as
a two-person tent. As a solo tent, it makes an incredibly roomy, but still