If you are looking for a simple, reliable, and inexpensive tent for occasional use for families and groups of friends, this Kelty Outback 6 Person Camping Tent Review is for you. Keep reading.
Key features and benefits
- Lightweight tent.
- Very easy setup.
- Very reliable Kelty product, as usual.
What type is this
This is the largest tent in the Outback series which includes tents for 2 people, 4 people, and the tent presented here for 6 people. The tent is a 2-layer design as usual for 3-season tents, and it is freestanding. So you have an inner tent (shown below) and the full coverage fly (shown above).
The term 3-season should be taken quite literally, the tent is not for very strong winds or for snow. It is freestanding due to grommets which you have in the corners where you put the ends of the poles, and the picture below demonstrates this. So it does not have to be anchored to the ground, but this is very much advisable to do.
The Outback 6 Tent is a very simple design, perfect for occasional camping at places with a car or motorbike access. Its packed size 27 x 8 inches (69 x 20 cm) is indeed such that you can transport it on a motorbike. So it is good for groups of friends and for families.
With 8.1 square meters of floor space, it definitely offers enough space for 6 people. You have 1.35 square meters per person, but ideally, I would use it for 4-5 people. It comes with a vestibule which offers extra 22 ft² (2 m²) covered space for gear.
This is not a heavy duty tool because of the poles, but for occasional use you would not want to spend much. From the comparison table below you will realize how expensive tents of this type can be.
Construction and setup
One of the best features of this tent is its simple design, no bells and whistles, a reliable shelter with a simple design and an easy setup. Only 2 poles are here, they go through the long sleeves on the top and when set in the grommets, the tent is completely freestanding.
There is only one D-shaped door, though it is huge. The corresponding vestibule is really big, for shoes and similar stuff.
The fly is full coverage, it goes all the way to the ground, so the protection from rain is complete, but there are no vents on the fly, and this is not so great.
Guyout lines are attached to the fly and they have added a nice feature here – small storage pockets for the guylines when you do not need them, see one of them in the picture below.
The height is impressive, 76 inches (193 cm). There are 6 pockets around on the walls, one per person, very useful.
The biggest part of the inner tent is a mesh, while the floor is 68D polyester and with the polyurethane coating. The same 68D polyester is in the fly. So these are great materials, the mesh is very lightweight and this is one of the reasons for such a good weight of the tent.
The situation is a bit different with poles, here you have fiberglass which is lightweight but it is far less durable than aluminum.
Both the fly and the floor are with the same waterproofness rating; so you have 1800 mm rating here. This is more than what you have in some winter tents. All tapes are sealed so the protection is guaranteed.
See more about the Outback series in this short video by Kelty (they present the 4 and 6 person versions here):
Pros & Cons
My summary looks as follows:
One door for so many people is not the best feature here, but it is positioned so that all users have the same direct access, without jumping above others. So all in all this is not so bad. The fiberglass poles require some care. Note also that they have a specifically designed footprint for this tent, and you can order it here.
The price & rating
The price is the best feature of this tent, but this is not on the account of quality. At the moment of writing the text, the Amazon price is only $204. You will not find a better quality/price combination. See how I rate this tent:
My rating of the Kelty Outback 6 Tent
- Type: freestanding, 3-season tent.
- Capacity: 6 people.
- Minimum weight: 13 lb 12 oz (6.2 kg).
- Packaged weight: 15 lb 3 oz (6.9 kg).
- Floor area: 87 ft² (8.1 m²).
- Vestibule area: 22 ft² (2 m²).
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 118 x 106 x 76 in (300 x 269 x 193 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 27 x 8 in (69 x 20 cm).
- Doors: 1, big D-shaped.
- Vestibules: 1, with two stake points.
- Poles: 2.
- Pole type: fiberglass.
- Wall material: No-See-Um mesh.
- Floor & fly material: 68D polyester, 1800 mm.
- Color-coded for easy setup.
- Guyline storage pockets.
- Taped seams.
- 6 internal storage pockets.
- Clip and pole sleeve construction.
- Full coverage fly.
- Noiseless zipper pulls.
Kelty Outback 6 vs competitors
See how the Outback 6 tent compares with two other tents with the same capacity, please follow the links to see more:
Clearly, the Outback 6 provides quite a space and its weight is great, the height is also very good, the large vestibule is there, so all is there. It does not give as much comfort as the Tensleep Station 6, but see the weight and more importantly the prices below.
The prices for the three tents at the moment of writing the text are, respectively: $204, 450, 400. My guess is that commenting would be redundant.
In the conclusion of this Kelty Outback 6 Person Camping Tent Review to stress again that this is a reliable simple and inexpensive tool from a reliable brand, suitable for occasional and recreational camping, and I can fully recommend it. But if you need something different from the same brand, please check this Kelty Camp Cabin 6 tent.
There are many tents described in this site, in various sizes and categories, so please check my tents page if you are still undecided. Thank you for reading. Do not forget, there is a comment box below, so let me know what you think.