Review: Kelty Dart 1 [ 1-man 3-season Ultralight tent ]

Review: Kelty Dart 1  [  1-man 3-season Ultralight tent ]

Product Description

Continous pole sleeve design for easy setup. ArcEdge floor keeps seams off the ground Integrated, floorless vestibule provides ample gear storage. Roomy pentagonal-shaped foot area with mini pole Small, hooded vent keeps air circulating around weary feet. Noiseless, reflective zipper pulls. No-see-um mesh ceiling panel with roll back ""mini-fly"" for ventilation. One door. Materials: 8.8mm DAC Featherlite aluminum poles. 2.3 oz. nylon taffeta floor. 1.9 oz. coated polyester ceiling. Lightweight high-tenacity webbing throughout

Retail: $130


Reviewed by: astrojunki, a Backpacker from California
Date Reviewed: 4/28/2002 3:34:49 AM
 

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This has got to be the worst purchase I have ever made. If I was Kelty, I wouldn't put my name on this tent. But they did......large logo on front fly.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Andy Meyers, a Backpacker from 209 W Washington Knoxville IA 50138
Date Reviewed: 3/4/2002 2:37:01 PM
 
 

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While it is a light tent, it really took me. The fabric wont breath, the air wont flow, and in the morning when I step out of a sopping wet tent I find a dew-less morn and wonder "How Could I sleep so poorly?" The Review of materials and quality should point you int the right direction.

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I always trusted Kelty.
For shame.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kevin, a Backpacker from MA
Date Reviewed: 7/20/2001 4:01:12 PM
 
 

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The positive reviews of this tent blow my mind! This is a single wall, non-breathable tent. Unless you are camping in an arid locale where it never rains you are going to be miserable in this tent. Doing most of my backpacking in the east, I am not dumb enough to own one of these tents. But I do know tents very well. I had a tent that was 95% screen and regardless how I vented it, the non-breathable sides of the floor always got some condensation buildup when the fly was on. Even though the rest of the tent was bone dry. Itís simple physics. Warmer moist air hits a colder material, if its not breathable, condensation forms. Itís inevitable. And being so small it would be impossible to avoid touching the soaked fabric.

Kelty is notorious for making value-minded products. If you examine the tent closely you will notice the poorly stitched seams, the absence of rip-stop fabric, and the lack of reinforcing. Even for the low price, it is not worth it.

Backpacker magazine gave this tent a score of 2 out of 5. They cited the condensation problem and also pointed out that all the vents leak. The flap over the roof vent will blow open with the slightest breeze and bouncing rain will enter the side vents.

Bottom line: A good lightweight tent if you live in the desert and never see rain. Otherwise, a condensation collector

Similar Products Tried:
My current tents:
Walrus Zoid 1.5
REI Clipper
REI Taj
Moss Titan
Moss Stardome 2

My past tents:
Kelty Vortex 2
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight
Walrus 360 Mountain
Sierra Designs Meteorlight
The North Face Nebula
REI Mountain 3
The North Face Mountain


 

 
  Reviewed by: sam, a Backpacker from ny
Date Reviewed: 7/20/2001 1:55:47 PM
 
 

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this tent sucks
 

 
  Reviewed by: aron brady, a Backpacker from NH
Date Reviewed: 7/20/2001 12:52:34 PM
 
 

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this extraordinary tent is great for these resons (at least i think so)
its only 2.8pounds
eaisly rolled up
eaisly set up (about 3 min)
small compact size when packed
cool looking desine
all and all i think its a great tent

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kelty is lifetime garenteed


Reviewed by: john tagley, a Backpacker from ny
Date Reviewed: 7/20/2001 10:51:01 AM
 

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this is one of the more proper and livible bivy then a tent and is exactly what i wal looking for. this is a great tent if anyone is thinking of buying it i say go for it
 

 
  Reviewed by: sam fisk, a Mountaineer from mahopac ny
Date Reviewed: 7/18/2001 7:11:37 AM
 
 

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this tent kicks butt
this tent is great i love it i havent been in the snow with it yet but i know it will hold up because i have sleped in it while it got struck by lightning (scary experiance) but the poles acked like ground wires.
and you can fit 2 people on top of each other (if u know what i mean) this is the best tent i have ever have

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some crappy ozark trails 4 person dome (wal-mart brand)
 

 
  Reviewed by: Eric Green, a Backpacker from Phoenix, AZ
Date Reviewed: 12/27/2000 11:20:04 AM
 
 

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A damp (condensation), cramped experience. Requires being a contortionist to get in and out of (especially troublesome for those 3am trips to take a leak), and the "toe" is so small that, if you don't sleep flat, you'll be bumping up against the tent (meaning your feet get wet and cold). Erecting this tent in an area that is stony or irregularly shaped is difficult because the tent is so long and the stakes provide the shape. If you don't stake it right, or if the rocks that you've weighted the stakes with (because of lack of soil) slip, or the ground is slightly off-kilter, the middle of the tube sags, making it even more claustraphobic. Finally, condensation was terrible, as it often is in single-wall tents. My sleeping pad ended up soaked, as well as the sides of my sleeping bag near the toe as I shifted during the night and hit the sides of the tent. Ventilation is very iffy, I had the toe vent open as well as the two side vents and the vestibule peak vent (did not open the vent directly above me because a light drizzle was possible and going thru the contortionist act in the dark to deal with water dripping on me was not my idea of fun), and still condensation was a problem. Perhaps the cramped "toe" has something to do with that., since with my sleeping bag and me stuffed back there, there was barely any clearance (thus little air movement down the "tube").

Still, I do have to give it four stars for value (it's inexpensive) and three stars overall. If you're not prone to claustraphobia, it will keep the wind, rain, and bugs off of you, and when you're hauling it up and down 2,000 foot ridges, you appreciate the (lack of) weight. The vestibule was huge for this class tent -- big enough to haul my pack and hold my boots, which is better than many competitors' vestibules. It does exactly what it was designed to do -- provide ultra-light basic "survival" shelter for the minimalist who wants something more than a bivvy sack but does not want to move all the way up to a double-wall tent w/full rain fly. You must understand, however, that this implies compromises. Personally, I'm not taking the Dart out again -- I've decided that the extra 1 or 2 pounds more for a double-wall free standing tent such as the Eureka Zephyr is worth the comfort. Others might feel different about the compromises inherent in the Dart's basic goals.
 

 
  Reviewed by: clinton shell, a Backpacker from paducah, KY 42001
Date Reviewed: 12/5/2000 8:50:09 AM
 
 

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The only positive thing I can say is it's light weight and pack down size. I have canoed and backpacked with the tent. I got wet when it rained and was hot when it did not. The ventalation was horrible and very inadequate.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brian, a Backpacker from Colorado Springs, CO
Date Reviewed: 7/19/2000 12:01:58 PM
 
 

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This a great tent for those utralight backpacking trips. It's in the Bivi class and this is the most roomy Bivi I've seen. There is plenty of breathing room in this tent, as well as a very large vestibule. With no rain fly, the 2.5 lbs weight of this tent is ideal. It holds it's own under rainy and windy condidtions. The only negative thing I can say about the tent is that you need to find about 16 feet of open flat space for this tent. I highly recommend this tent as a roomy Bivi bag or light wieght option to those 1-man tent needs.

Similar Products Tried:
REI's Half Dome 2-man 3 season tent




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