Review: Kelty Vortex 4 [ 4-man 3-season webforce tent ]

Review: Kelty Vortex 4  [ 4-man 3-season webforce tent ]
Retail: $359.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $259.95 only. (Offer exprires soon)

Product Description

Vaulted PolePilot sleeves are extremely rigid for maximum strength, provide exceptional airflow between the tent and fly. Continuous pole sleeves for easy setup. Two large D-shaped doors and two large fly vestibules ArcEdge floor keeps seams off ground and watertight. Two large no-see-um mesh ceiling panels for ventilation. Materials: 1.9 oz. Nylon taffeta tent walls. 2.3 oz. 1800mm PU coated taped nylon taffeta floor. 2.3 oz. Taped 1800mm PU coated taped polyester fly. Lightweight high tenacity webbing throughout.


Reviewed by: Mike, a Backpacker from Baltimore, Md
Date Reviewed: 5/24/2001 9:41:41 AM
 

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I just finished an 85 mile 5 1/2 day trip using the Vortex 4 - it was wonderful for two adults and a Husky, and would have had room for a third adult. The weight may seem high, but split between two-three carriers (I personally wouldn't try and put 4 adults in this tent unless you are REALLY small) it is more than manageable. The tent is quick and easy to set up - very easy to set up for one person (5 minutes), a big plus after a long day to be able to have the other go hang bear bag ropes or start dinner.... Through some heavy rain, not a single drop leaked in. It was also nice to have enough room for two adults to sleep comfortably knowing that the wet dog had enough room of her own not to be pressed up against our down bags!

My only complaint would be condensation. We perpetually woke up with a very wet inside of the fly. Not a huge deal, but not wonderful. We kept the vents to the fly open, but it didn't help a ton. Part of it was having a heavy breathing dog spewing out moisture all night, but this definitly wouldn't detract from me recommending the tent to others.

Customer Service:
Great experience with Kelty customer service the handful of times i have contacted them. Quick response (I always have contacted via the web) and good answers.

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Eureka 4 man
Kelty Vortex 2
 

 
  Reviewed by: deane, a Backpacker from jupiter florida
Date Reviewed: 5/18/2001 12:47:06 PM
 
 

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got cut off. anyway first tent we have owned with vestibule. great feature. also has two entrances. great idea. pitces very easy. i certainly recommend the footprint which is very light and better than those heavy ground clothes. tent is very light for its size. i would recommend this tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Troy, a Backpacker from Andover, MN USA
Date Reviewed: 11/27/2000 10:32:35 AM
 
 

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Set-up for the tent is easy for one or two people. I like how the rain fly drops down to the ground all the way around the tent for protection from rain. However, this tent doesn't breath at all. This is fine for anyone who is up before the sun everyday but not for me. Also the vestibule is to small you really have to fight with it to get in and out of the tent, especially if it is raining. Also the vestibule opens over the mesh in the tent allowing rain to enter. Biggest complaint is the airflow it gets way to hot in the tent in the morning. anyone want to buy it?
 

 
  Reviewed by: Matthew Hall, a Backpacker from Hughson, CA. USA
Date Reviewed: 9/6/2000 6:49:32 AM
 
 

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The KELTY V-4 so far was worth the price paid. My wife,son (9), daughter (5) and myself used it this past week end in the Emigrant Wilderness and really enjoyed it. It's weight is nothing compared to it's size. In fact I think that it is the lightest in it's class. Spresd this weight over several people and its just fine. It's (2) vestibules work well also. If you are looking for a 4-man tent seriously consider this one.

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REI 2-man tent. Weighed 6lbs. Not very impressed.

 

 
  Reviewed by: John Mah, a Climber from Vancouver BC
Date Reviewed: 8/22/2000 11:11:55 AM
 
 

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This is a great tent, totally waterproof, very roomy. Although I personally
find the weight a bit heavy, it is not more than other tents of the same
size. I just have to spread the weight among the other hikers. I've been
caught in all day rainstorms without experiencing a single leak or any
moisture on the inside. Four adults can sleep comfortably but their gear
would have to be in the vestibules. For 3 people, it is perfect. This is a
highly recommended tent for 2-3 people. I've had it for 2 years and love
it. This is one to definitely get.

Value rating: 5
Overall rating: 4


Thanks,
John Mah

 

 
  Reviewed by: Mike Neuhaus, a Backpacker from Fenton, MO USA
Date Reviewed: 5/14/2000 9:32:14 PM
 
 

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We are a BSA Venture Crew (Formerly Explorer Scouts) on our way to a 10 day trek in New Mexico's Rockies. We planned to take our own tents, but the Vortex 4 won't be going with us. It's too large and comfortable, not mentioning its weight. But we did find that this tent will do a great job for us on weekend outings and through some major storms. The floor stays dry, the rainfly does a great job, and there's plenty of room.We didn't like the way thealuminum poles didn't want to come out of their sleeves when we broke camp, but the positives far outway the only negatives we could come up with.

Customer Service:
No problems with customer service.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Michael Wangsness, a Backpacker from Grand Forks, ND, USA
Date Reviewed: 4/18/2000 1:58:48 PM
 
 

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We have used this tent on several trips into the Beartooths in Montana. We have had no problems with the cold weather, even on early spring nights (30 degrees or so). Good size for us and our dogs with some room to spare. Fairly lightweight and packs reasonably small.

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  Reviewed by: Mark, a Backpacker from Collierville, TN, USA
Date Reviewed: 4/15/2000 6:42:41 AM
 
 

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I am concerned about the space in a tent, as I don't like having my head or feet against the sides of the tent. I ordered an XT version. When I received my kelty, it was a full 3" shorter than advertised in length, and 2" shorter than advertised in width. I sent it back and ordered a Eureka Mountainpass, which is great.

Customer Service:
I purchased the tent from Campmor, and when I explained the problem, they took the return with no hassles.

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Eureka Mountainpass, Eureka Backcountry
 

 
  Reviewed by: Heather, a Backpacker from Maryland
Date Reviewed: 4/8/2000 9:54:35 PM
 
 

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I have owned my Vortex4 for 3 years and I love it. It fits 2 adults and a 135# dog and all our packs and gear with no problem and it keeps us warm, dry and still friends after long rainy weekends. The light colored walls add to the feeling of space inside. This is one tent that never leaves you feeling claustrophobic. When hiking solo I take a teeny tent, but if this tent is carried by 2 hikers the weight is quite acceptable even for long hikes and well worth it in comfort value! I would definately recommend the kelty nobendium tent stakes as well, ultralight weight and strong.

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  Reviewed by: KevinT, a Backpacker from Raleigh, NC
Date Reviewed: 3/24/2000 12:01:37 PM
 
 

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A great tent, but not for backpacking (8 lb. 11 oz.). Very large tent for 3 people, but 4 adults would be cramped, at best. Very easy to set up and virtually bomb-proof. Seam Seal the floor seams and underside of the fly every few years and this tent will keep you dry, even through torrential storms. The two doors are a great convenience. Gear loft and pockets are great for holding your headlamp, drying socks or whatever you need quick and convenient access to. Plenty of room in the two vestibules- 15 sq. ft. each. Ventilation for 2 people with the doors zipped shut is poor. Unzip the door a bit to let air in the mesh and it's fine.

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  Reviewed by: Greg C., a Backpacker from Edwards, IL
Date Reviewed: 2/15/2000 2:39:43 PM
 
 

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We purchased three Kelty Vortex 4 tents for our Boy Scout troop in 1997, and they have held up very well, despite heavy use by 11-17 year old boys. They are roomier than the Eureka Alpine Meadows tents we have also used, and weigh less. Although they are still a bit large and heavy for backpacking, we have used them for this purpose, with three boys sharing each tent. The built-in vestibule flaps are large enough to cover an average-sized backpack, or several pairs of muddy boots. We all appreciate the almost-square floor, and the gear lofts come in hand for drying damp socks overnight. The ease of set-up is a nice touch, especially for younger boys, or anyone in a hurry. Rated for four, they sleep two plus gear comfortably, or 3-4 without gear.

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  Reviewed by: Timothy C. Johnson, a Backpacker from Wrangell, Alaska
Date Reviewed: 11/6/1999
 
 

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The Vortex 4 by Kelty is the best backpacking, (Alaska ferry, etc. tent because of the excellent weight to room ratio. The tent weighs about 1 to 2 lbs more then the average 2 man but with the wings extended it covers about 90 sq. ft. You can stand in it bent over to put on clothes. It is self standing with two wonderful doors for access. I placed my tent next to the other tents on the Alaska (Alaska Marine Highway) ferry and everyone came to take a look. They nick named it the palace. They couldn't believe the amount of room compared to the ""ordinary"" tent. Then they asked the weight and found it was only one or two pounds more then their ""coffin"" motels. Many said they would buy it when they decied to buy a new tent. Then it rained (alot of that stuff here in S.E. Alaska, like 160 inches in Ketchikan a year). As their cramped ""coffin"" motels sagged, and became soggy they said to me as I came out smiling and dry. ""It's not fair"". ""I paid blank-ity-blank money for this dinky tent and I and my wife are miserable"". There is nothing better then a large roomy tent when you are caught out in extended rainy weather. Check all the tents nothing compares to the large Vortex 4. If you expect to need a tent toss out that extra snack bar or pair of pants or socks, etc. and carry the Vortex 4. It's one failing is that it has only two poles so it isn't as wind stable or snow stable as some hurricane tents. But that is largly a matter of pitching it in slightly more protected spots. The tent has great waterproofing (thicker coating then almost all other tents on the market) also it is quick to set up with nice slieves for the poles. Oh so roomy. By the way I am single so this isn't just a family tent, THIS IS THE ONLY TENT. Sit inside one for a few minutes with some gear. If you are going to carry a tent this is the one.

Customer Service:
No need for service everything still works great.

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  Reviewed by: Ted Werth, a Backpacker from Salem, Oregon USA
Date Reviewed: 10/15/1999
 
 

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Great backpacking tent for our family. We can sleep two adults and a 10 and 12 year old. Is roomy for 3 adults. Best part is the large built in vestibles. provides a ton of room on both sides. Two door feature is nice also. Very durable for its weight which is about 8 lbs. A better option then carrying two, 2-man tents. We have a little problem with ventilation. Found you need to keep the lower door cracked sometimes to aviod condensation in the corners. A minor problem considering all the positives.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Tim, a Car Camper from Denver
Date Reviewed: 9/27/1999
 
 

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This tent is great for car camping with the family. Tons of room, extremely easy set-up. Fits two adults and two young kids with out a problem. Well worth the price.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Bert, a Backpacker from Knoxville, TN USA
Date Reviewed: 9/17/1999
 
 

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Great tent for weight and cost. Easy to assemble, rain shield works great, and the ventilation is superb. A bit thin though and easy to stain.
 

 
  Reviewed by: James Larsen, a Backpacker from Sacramento, CA USA
Date Reviewed: 7/23/1999
 
 

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Great product. Stands up under harsh conditions. Not too heavy.
 

 
  Reviewed by: lorry, a Backpacker from woodbury.ct
Date Reviewed: 7/15/1999
 
 

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I love this tent. We camped in it for four months on our honeymoon in Europe. It has stood the test of time. We have had it for four years and use it more than you can imagine. It sets up incredibly easy and the vortex design allows for excellent air circulation. Only complaint is the weight. It is a little heavy for extended hiking trips
 

 
  Reviewed by: JILL, a Car Camper from ONTARIO, CANADA
Date Reviewed: 6/20/1999
 
 

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THIS TENT OFFERS BOTH QUALITY AND RELIABILITY.IT ALLOWS FOR QUIK AND EASY SET-UP, EVEN IN THE DARK. IT HAS KEPT US DRY IN SOME LONG AND HEAVY DOWN POURS AND SUPPLIED ADEQUATE VENTILATION. THIS IS A NICE TENT!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Gary Gillaspie, a Backpacker from Topeka, KS, US
Date Reviewed: 5/3/1999
 
 

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Simple setup. Extremely stable when staked down in high wind. Set through mutliple severe storms with high winds extimated at 90 mph in area. Kept dry from rain. Excellent ventilation, particulary w/o fly. Slept 3 large adults comfortably.

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  Reviewed by: Mark, a Backpacker from San Jacinto, CA
Date Reviewed: 3/31/1999
 
 

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A great three season tent from a company with a reliable reputation. The tent is a bit pricy, but I am a firm beleiver in you get what you pay for. The tent is very roomy and sets up fast and easy.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Ian, a Car Camper from Portland
Date Reviewed: 3/14/1999
 
 

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Perfect tent for camping at bike races, though a bit large for packing, though I've done it. Fits lots o' gear, 2 humans and a large Malamute with room to spare. No problems whatsoever, and set-up is a snap, even in the dark when your headlamp burns out.


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