The Kelty Gunnison 1 With Footprint is a new 2017 version of the very popular freestanding solo tent with an awning design and footprint, and with a great price tag.
Key features and benefits
- Footprint included.
- Good price.
- Awning design in the vestibule, see the picture above.
- A lot of space in the tent and under the vestibule.
- Durable materials.
Who is it for
With 2.2 kg with the footprint, and around 1.77 kg without the footprint, the Gunnison 1 tent is not a lightweight tool, but its weight is quite reasonable in view of its durable fabric. So this is not a backpacking tool but if this is about carrying it in the backpack, it may be good enough for quick overnight mountaineering and hiking tours and for travel.
But if you need something reliable for places with a motorbike, or car access, or for cycling, kayaking, etc., then this is a great tool to bear in mind.
The tent is big enough and high enough to combine it with some ultra lightweight cots. Some of them are high enough so that you can store your gear underneath the cot, see some here. This is certainly not the case when you use a pad and sleep on the floor, in this case the whole space is lost.
What type is it
The Kelty Gunnison 1 is a freestanding tent. If you are not familiar with this terminology, just to know that you can pitch it on any surface, it does not have to be staked to the ground. The poles and the grommets in its corners (see the picture below) allow for such a free standing setup. But it comes with guylines and aluminum stakes so it is advisable to fix it to the ground (if you can) to avoid problems in the case of a sudden wind.
This is also a 3-season tent, great for use in all seasons except for harshest winter conditions and in strong winds. To realize why, you can read more about winter tents in my separate text.
A bit more – description
This is a typical solo tent, with one large side door and a quite roomy vestibule. The design includes the Quick stash door storage pocket shown in the picture.
The inner area is 89 x 29 inches (226 x 74 cm), quite good for a solo tent, and it is also rather high, 43 inches (109 cm). The materials are quite durable, 68D everywhere, in the floor, walls, the mesh, and in the fly, and this is reflected in its weight.
The floor and the fly are with the PU coating, and all seams are taped. This all gives 1800 mm waterproofness rating to this tent, which is quite typical and normal.
As you see from its name, it comes with a footprint which you will use for extra protection, but you can also leave it at home if you plan to carry the tent in the pack and need to shed the weight.
The rain fly is with the integrated vents and with the awning style design at the front. So you can use your trekking poles to create a nice space for sitting in front of the tent or for cooking, see below.
This is a hubbed pole design with easy to use clips which attach the tent body to the poles, all is color coded so setting the tent up is simple. The poles consist of quite short shock corded sections and they pack nicely into the included rectangular carry bag.
Please see more in this promotion video by Kelty, they show all four tents from this Gunnison series:
Pros & Cons
My short summary is as follows:
The best part of this tent is its awning design, this makes it really different and it adds value. The tent is not so lightweight even without the footprint, but this is a sturdy tool.
At the moment of writing this text, the price of this new tent is $160. It may look a bit steep, but bear in mind the footprint, and its value is over $30.
What users think
This 2017 version is a very new tent on the market and the number of reports is quite limited. But its previous version (still available on Amazon and you can see here) is almost the same, and it has received very good reviews with an incredibly high average rate 4.7/5. See how I rate this new 2017 tent:
- Type: freestanding, 3-season, solo tent.
- Minimum weight: 3 lb 14 oz (1.8 kg).
- Packaged weight: 4 lb 13 oz. (2.2 kg).
- 1 door & 1 vestibule.
- Floor area: 18 ft² (1.7 m²).
- Vestibule area: 11 ft² (1 m²).
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 89 x 29 x 43 in (226 x 74 x 109 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 16 x 10 in (41 x 25 cm).
- All-in-one hubbed pole design with 2 poles, compact folding, multi-diameter, fixed center pole hub.
- Fabric (Floor, Fly): 68D Polyester, 1800 mm.
- Wall material: 68D Polyester and No See-Um Mesh.
- Footprint included.
- Quick stash door storage pockets.
- Kelty Connect fly attachment.
- Kelty Hug Clip.
- Fly vents.
- Awning vestibule.
- Quick stash vestibule door storage pocket.
- Fully seam taped.
- Guyout points.
Comparison with competitors
See how Kelty Gunnison 1 with footprint compares with some other solo tents. To see more please follow the links:
*Note, this is with the footprint. The footprint alone is around 15 oz (425 g). So the Gunnison tent is lighter than the Alps Mountainering tent.
At the moment of writing this text, the prices of the tents in the table are respectively around $160, 260, and 96. So if the Gunnison 1 tent looks expensive, bear in mind that the footprint is included.
To conclude this overview of the Kelty Gunnison 1 With Footprint tent, this is the latest 2017 version, a nicely designed solo pack, a typical Kelty’s solid design, with the awning and footprint. I like the tent and I have trust in the brand behind this tent, so I can warmly recommend it.
Thank you for reading. Please let me know if you have any question or comment, there is a comment box below. Have a nice day.