Review: Kelty Windfoil Ultralight [ 2-man 3-season Tent ]

Review:  Kelty Windfoil Ultralight [ 2-man 3-season Tent ]
Retail: $209.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $129.95 only. (Offer exprires soon)

Product Description

Polyester Rainfly-NO SAGGING. Vaulted sleeve construction. Taped seams. Vent on door for ventilation Vestibule for gear storage. Webforce and FlyBoy enhanced. Eclipse window. One door, one vestibule. Materials: Polyester ripstop tent walls and fly. 2.3 oz 1800mm PU nylon taffeta floor. A perfect combination of comfort and light weight for any mountainers.


Reviewed by: Kurt, a Backpacker from Southern Maryland
Date Reviewed: 8/22/2002 6:29:44 AM
 

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I bought this tent last November after reviewing tons of comments on this and other tents (here and other sources). I have used this tent in the mountains of the East coast, from NC to WV, also a 1 week trip to the Flattops of CO. I purchased this tent because I got sick of getting out of my bivy on winter trips to get dressed in chill factors well below comfortable! This is a great tent for just about any condition. Have been in snow, hot humid weather, pouring rain, all with no problems.
The fly does get condensation, it's to be expected with a waterproof fly, but the moisture runs down to the ground and not into the tent. Heck, my friends Hilleberg Akto does that too and it costs more than twice as much.
The room in this tent is incredible! Me, my wife and daughter can all sleep in this thing! My daughter is 7 she sleeps at the foot, my wife sleeps with her feet at the front, her head towards the middle, and I get the door side! When the little one gets any bigger we're in trouble, but all I bought it for was a one person/gear! Have been through some real down pours with no water entering, but after reading the reviews I make sure to stake it out very tight.
I wasn't sure how it would be in the winter with all that screen, but the fly seems to block all wind. Blocks the breezes in warm weather too. If you roll back the fly at the foot and the front it's quite comfortable and if it rains you just roll them back down and clip it back on, easy. There's plenty of room in the vestibule for 2-3 pairs of boots plus a stove, what more can you ask for?
I managed to knock the weight down to 5.25 lbs by getiing the Kelty Nobendium stakes and thier "trip tease lightline".
The stakes are great, haven't bent one yet, and the lightline really does light at night. No more tripping over tent lines.
If the tent is faced into driving rain be sure to close the vent in the fly (at least partially), or rain can come in and get you.
My biggest con with this tent is the entrance. The door to the tent is fine, but the fly's opening is not cut the same size. I usually leave out the stake next to the zipper on the fly and that seems to ease getting in and out. Also at times the footprint can be a little large, but when your used to a bivy anything is.
All in all a great tent, would get one again.

Customer Service:
Haven't needed customer service.

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  Reviewed by: Erik Whitfield, a Backpacker from New Orleans
Date Reviewed: 8/15/2002 9:59:35 PM
 
 

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I have had one of the early versions of this tent for 8 years. I slept in it for 2 months in Eastern Tibet. I have been comfortable and dry in gusting winds, snow, hail, and driving rains. The tent could be better ventilated, and my walls on this early model tend to sag in the middle. The vestibule is only a few square feet in area...who cares. It is not free standing but even in the desert you can find some dirt.
I wouldn't buy it again because of the sagging walls and I would prefer something freestanding. But it is cheap and it gets the job done. And it is lightweight. So there.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Dave, a Backpacker from Palmyra, NY
Date Reviewed: 5/31/2002 1:24:08 PM
 
 

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I bought two of these tents at a great closeout price, planning to use them to pack in the Adirondacks with my son and nephew. Just got back from climbing Colvin, Nippletop and Dial in some fairly miserable rainy, cool, black fly-infested weather,and here's my feedback:

* Absolutely rainproof - it rained probably 60 of the 72 hours we were there, and the out-of-the-bag Windfoil was bone dry deluge after deluge. I didn't seal any seams, but did guy out all fly lines on the non-sagging poly fly.

* Lightweight - everything included was 5 lbs., 11 oz.

* Roomy - I slept in it alone, and had all kinds of room inside for my gear; this included my 4900 cu. in. backpack and boots in the mini-vestibule, although I could have easily stored them in the tent with me. My wife and I could sleep comfortably with all our gear, but a couple of larger folks (wider) might get a little cramped.

* Condensation - none at all in the tent. The fly had some condensation, but I thought I'd be swimming after all the rain and wind - nothing. Great breathability with full-length mesh screens.

* Extras - wonderful hooded vent on the fly; super photochromatic windows which really worked (blue with the 6 hours of sun we had, clear after the clouds came back).

* Negatives - nothing outstanding. It's a 2-pole hoop tent with minimal height at the foot, but I could sit upright at the front (I'm 5'11"). The roof sagged a little, but no big deal and I understand that the newer version solves this with "Flyboy" technology.

Bottom line: a great backpacking tent for one or two people, lightweight and bombproof. You'd still be getting a good deal paying full price.

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  Reviewed by: Daniel, a Backpacker from Augusta, Ga
Date Reviewed: 5/25/2002 8:10:27 PM
 
 

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I have used this tent for two years. Great lighweight tent. I really like it for use in hot temps.I like to peel the fly back to let the breeze in. If you are not a big person it is really comfortable.
Easy to put up, only needs two stakes, I have been through one pouring night with no problem.
Easy to put up, roomier than a bivy. It is pretty long and you have to mix up with two people in the tent.
I usually use a tarp and bivy but if the bugs are bad I use the ultralight.

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  Reviewed by: c, a Backpacker from indiana
Date Reviewed: 3/15/2002 5:14:45 PM
 
 

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The best tent I've used yet! Super light weight, and a lot of room for tall people...me included. Great quality of construction and durability. Nicely ventilated and the rainfly has a vent to keep you cool. What more can I say, well worth the price and you can almost always find it on sale...


Reviewed by: c, a Backpacker from indiana
Date Reviewed: 3/15/2002 5:14:20 PM
 

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The best tent I've used yet! Super light weight, and a lot of room for tall people...me included. Great quality of construction and durability. Nicely ventilated and the rainfly has a vent to keep you cool. What more can I say, well worth the price and you can almost always find it on sale...

 

 
  Reviewed by: Mark, a Backpacker from Phoenix, AZ
Date Reviewed: 12/23/2001 9:49:41 PM
 
 

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I purchased the tent in '94 and must say that I've seen 100+ degree nights in it, as well as Virginia in February at an easy 0- and still use it every chance I get. No leaks, no tears, and the zippers still work as good as new. I hike at least every other weekend and take several long trips each year, including canoeing and climbing, and wow! What a great buy.

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  Reviewed by: Jason Ramsey, a Backpacker from Lewisville, TX
Date Reviewed: 10/9/2001 1:20:20 PM
 
 

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I've had my Windfoil Ultralite for two years and it's been 100% waterproof and sheds wind without any trouble at all. It's roomy enough for two to sleep, but wouldn't want to spend all day in it.
Enough room for two inside and packs in the vestiuble, which remains dry as well. No complaints, but do stake out the rainfly guy lines or it will sag and you will be wet. Setup for me is about 5 minutes and takedown about the same if you stuff rather than fold and roll, even folding neatly is about 10 minutes or less for me with the ground sheet, which I recommend with a tent this light. Another fine Kelty product!

Customer Service:
Friendly, responsive staff who is eager to help.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mandi, a Backpacker from Charleston, SC
Date Reviewed: 7/9/2001 12:53:42 PM
 
 

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This tent is definitely for tall people (even two of them)! Because it's narrow and long, you'll always find enough flat ground to set it up! I agree with what everyone else has said about how wonderful this tent is. Here are some additional comments: just barely enough room to sit up completely inside (unless you're under 5' 5"), if you play around with the stakes and guylines, it'll set up without sagging in the middle, the 2001 version has two "windows" in the rainfly which are excellent for stargazing and weather watching, I upgraded the stakes right away (I use Nobendium), and don't pay full price for this tent - there are plenty of deals! A perfect tent, light enough for soloing, large enough for two!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jay H, a Car Camper from NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: 7/2/2001 4:37:25 PM
 
 

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Easy to setup, manual could be a little more helpful though. would be nice to have a skylight but that's not much a problem for me. Bought it at REI-outlet for $100 so I can't complain. It kept us dry from a rainy night and it is ventilated enough for me. It is roomy enough for your gear too so that's nice.

Customer Service:
Called up Kelty to inquire about the rainfly. I ripped the rainfly because of seam seal even though I followed the directions on the seam seal. they were helpful enough to recommend dealers and tell me the cost but nothing special here. I just duct taped the rip and it's functioned fine in the rain.



Reviewed by: Craig, a Backpacker from St. Paul, MN, USA
Date Reviewed: 6/13/2001 12:42:25 PM
 

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I was lucky enough to pick a Windfoil up at an REI Scratch-N-Dent sale for $20 (regular retail is $180 I think), as a return. The tag said "slightly used", and it looked like they took it out of the bag and that was it. I seam-sealed it (because...) and promptly took it on a 4 day trip of the Superior Hiking TRail. I canNOT recommend this tent more. Under 5 lbs, packs down nicely, and sets up in a flash. For a non-freestanding hoop tent, it took me less than 10 minutes to stake it out, set it up, and guy out the fly. The poles & stakes are Kelty aluminum, which helps keep the weight down, and the floor is taped "bathtub-style", which is a great plus. It's alos a very roomy tent, at over 7' long, and had more than enough room for two hikers (both over 6'3") and all our gear inside.

The only recommendation I can make about the tent is to set it up to maximize the air flow - it's well vented, with no-see-um mesh along the sides, back and doors, but with the fly on, it can get a little stuffy in there. We set it up so the breeze would pass through the length of the tent, and that made all the difference. If you're looking for an economical 2 person backpacking tent, don't hesitate to check this out!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Marcel Weber, a Backpacker from Rüti-Winkel, Switzerland
Date Reviewed: 5/17/2001 5:03:20 AM
 
 

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The Windfoil is a very good tent. Although extremly light for it's size, it's quality made and looks quite stable. It's waterproof as well, as long you're nicely setting the guylines for the rainfly. This may take quite a while. The price / performance ratio is just excellent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: James Lehmer, a Backpacker from Colorado
Date Reviewed: 3/24/2001 11:20:12 AM
 
 

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I bought this tent as a "roomy bivy," and for the extra 2.5 lbs. or so in weight over a bivy, boy, do you get the room! It is LONG, even for someone of my height (6' 1"), although not overly high (I can't sit up in it). The Windfoil is a great tent for solo trips. I have also tried it as a two-man tent, and it is much more cramped in that use, but certainly usable (and still more roomy than two bivys, for the same weight as two bivys). Ventilation is excellent, as is the quality of workmanship, especially for the price (I got mine via the Web for $109 and was *ecstatic* at that price).

This is an excellent tent for lightweight, fast, summer excursions.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Joe, a Backpacker from Phoenixville, PA, USA
Date Reviewed: 3/19/2001 1:03:18 PM
 
 

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This is an excellant tent. It's light and very sturdy. I must say that I was surprised by just how roomy it actually is. You really can put all your gear inside the tent and it won't cramp up the tent. I was looking for a light backpacking tent, what I got was a palace. The ventilation works out well enough, and it holds up well against the wind. (Plus I got it on sale for $140 so that was awesome!)
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kris Warnhoff, a Backpacker from Mount Zion, IL US
Date Reviewed: 3/16/2001 2:02:36 PM
 
 

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I've used this tent for on more than a dozen occasions. This tent meets every standard for the
best 3 season tent available for size to weight ratio. Rain, snow, or the most beautiful night ever, I've endured in this tent. I recomend it highly due to an unexpected snow storm I sleep the night in. The tent held up in almost a foot of
snow...definitely didn't expect this one. If you would like to see the photo email me at risk#369@aol.com, it will show all. The tent is also very spacious, I spent 11 days in this tent sleeping two, and didn't mind it a bit. This is definitely a five tent.

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Reviewed by: Steve Smith, a Backpacker from Tennessee
Date Reviewed: 1/19/2001 3:47:26 PM
 

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I used this tent everyday while guiding canoe trips in the Quetico and Boundary Waters last summer. It is very light and compact. It easily withstood a storm with 80 mile an hour winds while all of the other tents collapsed. It is more than ample space for me and another person and I am 6'4'' and about 235. If you are alone and dont want to risk your gear under the vestibule it can all come in the tent with you quite comfortably. If the guylines are not out the rainfly tends to sag there is not enough mesh for it to be really comfortable in hot weather, but aside from that it is really a great tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Merideth, a Backpacker from Birmingham, AL
Date Reviewed: 2/14/2001 6:49:04 PM
 
 

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I have several tents and this is my favorite for solo backpacking. On a recent group trip to Haoe Mountain in the Joyce Kilmer National Forest, I felt that my Kelty Ultralite outperformed the other tents on the trip. The wind is always blowing on Haoe Mountain and some campers complained of problems with the wind, including wind blowing under the rainfly and making them cold. I had no problems, plus my tent was lighter than the others. The extra length makes this tent the best of its type. This tent is not free standing, but that has never been an issue for me.

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  Reviewed by: HoyaJedi, a Backpacker from New Orleans, Louisiana
Date Reviewed: 2/9/2001 9:55:33 AM
 
 

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I've had this tent for four years now. I've used it in the mountains of New Mexico, the Smokeys in Tennessee, all over Mississippi and Louisiana, and I even brought it with me to Woodstock 99. Never fails to be the best weight for utility, function, and space tent in the woods. Cavernous for solo purposes, but I used it as a double 90% of the time. In a good rain it works great keeping thins dry, but if you have heavy rain and high winds, do yourself a favor and use the guy lines, otherwise the fly will sag and start to drip. The Windfoil Ultralight weighs nothing and does everything. Only wish it was free standing. Oh well. Hehe.

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I just bought a North Face Nebula. (I needed something for when I bring more than one friend along, and it's freestanding.) More suited for winter camping than the Kelty. I love it.
 

 
  Reviewed by: scott, a Backpacker from colorado
Date Reviewed: 1/27/2001 8:15:18 PM
 
 

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exellent tent. A little more wieght than most tents of this style but the extra room it gives you while waiting out a storm is worth it. The rain fly tends to collect condensation but a oversized ground cloth helps.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Victor, a Backpacker from Renton, Wa. USA
Date Reviewed: 1/24/2001 2:34:33 AM
 
 

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My favorite tent when solo backpacking. I love the room and the easy set-up. The fly can get a bit droopy when wet, so it's a good idea to guy out the fly if you expect rain.

Can probably acommodate two people in a pinch, but if you're over 6 ft. tall look no further than than the Windfoil! This tent is the BOMB!

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Reviewed by: Austin, a Backpacker from Texas
Date Reviewed: 4/1/2000
 

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This tent is awesome! Absouloutley no take-down time, very easy to put away. Also, its very light, for hikes and stuff. This is one of my favorite tents because of the reasons listed above. If I got another tent, this would be the one!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brian, a Backpacker from Gainesville, FL
Date Reviewed: 3/21/2000
 
 

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This Kelty tent is great! Very, very light weight making it easy to carry on a backpacking trip or cycling where weight can be even more important. Set up and take down is a breeze. I have had to take it down in pounding rain and it only took two or three minutes to get it into its bag and on the truck.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Carter, a Climber from Va
Date Reviewed: 3/15/2000
 
 

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This tent is incredible. I can't say enough about the value you get with this tent. $180 for a tent that sets up in well under three minutes with a little practice. I've set this tent up in a full rainstorm in NC in under two minutes, didn't have time to lay a ground tarp, and spent the whole night and next two days completely dry while all my friends got soaked in their $400 North Face tents. Great tent even if it cost twice what it does.

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