This Kelty Gunnison 4.3 review is about a freestanding 3-season, 4-person tent, with great features and price.
- Affordable price.
- Footprint included.
- Easy setup.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Gunnison 4.3 tent is the largest in the popular Kelty’s series which includes tents for 1, 2, 3, and 4 people. They are all with the same features, as you will be able to see in the short video below.
You have a symmetric design of the tent, with two doors and two poles which offer an enormously simple setup. The hubbed structure is very sturdy and stable. Everything is color-coded.
The tent is freestanding so you can pitch it on any surface, and you can even move it around when you set it up, in order to find the best place for you. As mentioned above, you have the footprint included in the package.
The floor surface offers enough space for 4 people. As you will see in the comparison table below, this tent indeed provides more space than some other top rated tents in this class.
I would say that the rain fly is what gives a lot of value to this tool. Here you have an asymmetric design, with two very different vestibules which give a lot of extra space, in total around 2.5 square meters of covered space, more precisely 17.5 + 9.25 sq ft (1.63 + 0.88 sq m).
On one side you have the vestibule structure with 2 parallel zippers. You can see it in the first picture above. This allows you to either roll it up and fix to the tent, or to create a very useful awning in front of the tent. I love this feature, you can see it in the picture below.
The fly material is a quite durable PU-coated polyester with 68 D.
The floor is with the same durability and water protection as the fly, so you have 1800 mm water protection. You can read more about the meaning of this number in my another text.
Inside the tent, you have internal pockets and gear loft loops. On the sides of the tent, you also have pockets to store the doors, so that they are not on your way.
Contrary to the floor and the fly, the tent’s side walls are of a rather tiny mesh which provides a lot of ventilation. It is shown below.
As mentioned above, this is a 3-season tent, so not for winter use. You can read a lot about 4-season tents in my another text.
See all features of the Gunnison series in this nice video by Kelty:
Pros & cons
Here is my summary of pros and cons:
This is a very popular series in general. This 4-person model has received a very good rating at various sites. The average rating by Amazon customers is very high 4.7/5.
The price is really affordable, see below, and the fact that the footprint is included makes this a real bargain.
- Free standing tent.
- Minimum weight: 7 lbs 4 oz (3.29 kg).
- Packaged weight: 8 lbs 15 oz (4.05 kg).
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 88 x 100 x 54 in (224 x 254 x 137 cm).
- Packed size: 14 x 18 in (36 x 46 cm).
- Floor: 61 sq ft (5.67 sq m).
- Vestibule: 17.5 + 9.25 sq ft (1.63 + 0.88 sq m).
- Capacity: 4.
- Seasons: 3.
- Doors: 2.
- Vestibules: 2.
- Poles: 2 hubbed, aluminum.
– Wall: 8D Polyester, dye free canopy, 40D No-See-Um Mesh.
– Floor material: 68D Polyester, 1800 mm.
– Fly: 68D Polyester, 1800 mm.
- Footprint included.
- Easy set up.
- Color-coded clip and fly attachment.
- Fully taped seams.
- Awning vestibule.
- Gearloft loops.
- Internal storage pockets.
- Door storage pockets.
Comparison with other brands
See how Kelty Gunnison 4.4 tent stands in comparison with some other top brands:
Copper Spur UL4
|Surface (sq m)||5.67||4.9||5.3|
|Surface/weight ratio, sq m/kg||1.4||1.2||2.03|
In the moment of writing this text, the prices for the models in the table are: $249, 350, 390, respectively. The first two tents have footprints included. Therefore, I believe my rating is justified.
To summarize this Kelty Gunnison 4.3 review, what you have here is a really good and reliable tent built of sturdy materials, and with the price that is hard to match for the tents of this quality. You surely can find cheaper tents but those are cheap in every sense.
Kelty is a renown company. Many of their products are reviewed in this site, in particular backpacks. Their products are typically with the price that is hard to match, and this tent is not an exception. If this 4.3 model is too big for you, please have a look into the text about Gunnison 3.3 tent.
I hope this text has been useful. Any comment and question? I shall be happy to hear from you, there is a comment box below. Have a nice day.
Here is one more video from Kelty, to see how they think about their design and volume their tents provide to users: