This Kelty Gunnison 3.3 review is about a very popular free standing tent for three people, from a well known and popular series of Kelty tents. Ideal for backpackers and hikers, this tent is built to last and to offer you full comfort and protection.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
This pack is a great tool for backpackers, built of quality materials and with durable aluminum poles. Its dome is supported by two poles which make an X-structure. You will notice below that the tent is higher than many other tents in this size range.
Gunnison 3.3 packs nicely as you will see from specifications below, and this is because the poles’ sections are cut very short.
The construction is really simple, hug clips are in place and you can set up the tent in seconds.
The floor is bathtub-type so you are safe from ground water, and it is 68 D fabric. The upper body is with mesh all the way around so you have no issues with ventilation and breathability.
Two very big doors are on the two opposite longer sides, and you have vestibules on both sides. The doors can be rolled away to the side and then stored in pockets that are there for this purpose.
The tent offers enough space for 3 people, but if you really want to enjoy it you will use it for two. Even when shared between two people, its weight should not be a big deal.
You have small pockets inside, for small items, and above the head, you have four attachment loops for gear loft which can be ordered separately.
The rain fly
The rain fly is included in the package. It gives you extra space in the two vestibules which are different in construction and in the surface which they give, see specifications below. The fly has two vents in the upper area, you can see one in the first picture above. Guy out points are on all four corners, so you can anchor it to the ground when needed.
One vestibule is with two zippers. So you can unzip the door and roll it up. Another thing you can do is to support it with your trekking poles, and you will have an awning in front of the tent. This is shown in the picture above.
The other vestibule is with one zipper and it opens in the usual way, to both sides.
See all these features of the Gunnison tents series in this short video by Kelty:
Pros & cons
My summary of pros and cons regarding the Gunnison 3.3 tent is as follows:
In the moment of writing this text, the prices of the tents given in the table below are, respectively: $209, 280, 550, 500.
So clearly, the Kelty Gunnison 3.3 looks like a real bargain compared to its competitors.
The tent has received very good reviews on Amazon, with the average rate 4.6/5.
- Capacity: 3 people.
- Seasons: 3.
- Free standing tent.
- Minimum weight: 5 lbs 15 oz (2.69 kg).
- Packed weight: 7 lbs 6 oz (3.35 kg).
- Floor area: 45 sq ft (4.18 sq m).
- Vestibule area: 16 + 8.25 sq ft (1.5 + 0.77 sq m).
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 88 x 74 x 49 in (224 x 188 x 124 cm).
- Packed size: 13 x 16 in (33 x 41 cm).
– Pole: aluminum.
– Wall: 68 D polyester, dye free canopy, 40 D No-See-Um mesh.
– Floor: 68 D polyester, 1800 mm.
– Fly: 68 D polyester, 1800 mm.
- Doors: 2.
- Vestibules: 2.
- Number of poles: 2 hubbed poles.
- Footprint included.
- Internal storage pockets.
- Awning vestibule.
- Easy set up.
- Compact folding poles.
- Door storage pockets
- Kelty hug clips.
- Gear loft loops.
- Two easy entry D doors.
- Color-coded clip and fly attachment.
- Seam taped construction.
Comparison with competition
Here are a few tents from some well-known brands, for comparison:
|Big Agnes Copper
Spur UL3 mtnGLO
|Surface (sq m)||4.18||4||4.1|
As you see from the table, Kelty Gunnison 3.3 offers a space similar to its competitors, but it is higher than other tents. However, it is considerably heavier than some of the tents shown here. My rating is motivated by its overall quality and the price.
To summarize this Kelty Gunnison 3.3 review, what you have here is a very reliable tent built to last and to offer you full protection from elements. These are features we are used to see in a variety Kelty’s products. Many of them are described in this site.
Again typical for Kelty, this tent comes with the price that can hardly be matched by its competitors. As you may have realized already, some of them are with twice higher prices than the Gunnison 3.3 tent. But the low price is not on the account of quality. This is a good tent and I can recommend it fully. Note that there exists a larger version with the same features, Gunnison 4.3 tent.
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