Kelty Sequoia 4 Person Camping Tent is a new tent this brand launched in 2018, a dome-cabin hybrid freestanding structure with a large vestibule.
Key features & benefits
- Very tall & plenty of headroom.
- Full coverage fly.
- Large vestibule.
- Very good packed size.
- Easy setup.
What type tent is this
The Sequoia 4 is so tall that it looks like a cabin type tent, but its poles’ design and structure are such that it is a dome tent. So I would say this is a hybrid which includes the best (and the worst) of the two designs. The good is that it offers lost of headspace, but being so tall doesn’t make it very good in strong winds.
The important feature is that it comes with a full coverage fly and it also has a large vestibule. So this is something you will not find in a typical cabin tent; but there are great exceptions – check this Arctic Oven or the Coleman Octagon 8 tents as examples. So this is a double-layer design with the inner tent and the fly.
The tent is freestanding, though this applies mainly to the inner tent. This means that you can move and rotate it when you set it up. But to have the vestibule fully functional, you will have to stake it to the ground, no worry stakes are included.
Who is it for
The inner floor area is 60 square feet (5.6 m²) and this means 15 ft² (1.4 m²) per person for the declared 4-person capacity. So they use the backpacking principle for the tent which is surely not built for backpackers. This is a heavy camping tent so for a real camping this doesn’t look enough.
But you have a large vestibule which offers additional 35 ft² (3.3 m²) of the protected space. So the total protected area is 95 ft² (8.9 m²) and this looks much better. In any case, I would downgrade it to 3 people maximum.
Seasons-wise, in view of its full-coverage fly and the waterproofness rating (see below) this is a true 3-season tent which will keep you dry in any weather conditions.
See also its great packed size (L x D), 26 x 8 inches (66 x 20 cm), which is such that you can transport it even on a motorbike. So this tent can be used by a smaller group on a cross-country tour.
It is best that you see this short video by Kelty:
Materials & structure
You have 4 thick steel poles here; 2 of them create the X-shaped dome structure and 2 are the ridge poles that lift the walls and add the headroom. See how the ridge poles work:
These ridge poles raise the fly both on the front and on the back and this adds some area under the vestibule. This also tensions the fly on the back where the vent is located, so this helps in ventilation.
You have already seen above that the inner tent is largely a mesh and panel, so this is 68D polyester. Both the fly and the floor are also 68D polyester, and the waterproof rating is 1800 mm. This is more than enough for a typical 3-season use.
With so much mesh you will have a great airflow, and this is further helped by the large fly vent on the back. There are no floor vents but you do not need them because the door is all mesh.
How is it inside
There are hanging mesh pockets for each occupant, for small gear or clothes, but they are really small. You also have a nigh-lite pocket to put your headlamp, and this is basically all.
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Complete protection.
- Very reliable tent.
- Great vestibule.
- Great height.
- Very small pockets.
- Small area per person.
One door for such a tent may not sound good. Though it is very tall and vertical due to the brow poles so getting in and out is easy. I feel one vent might not be enough if you use the tent in a warmer climate.
The price & rating
As of the moment of writing this text, the Amazon price for this tent is $250. You will be able to compare this below in the comparison table and you will realize that this is quite reasonable. See how I rate this tent:
- Type: camping tent, 3-season.
- Capacity: 4 people.
- Weight: 20 lb 13 oz (20.81; 9.4 kg).
- Minimum weight: 19 lb 8 oz (8.9 kg).
- Dimensions: 98 x 88 in (249 x 224 cm).
- Floor area: 60 ft² (5.6 m²).
- Area per person: 15 ft² (1.4 m²).
- Vestibule area: 35 ft² (3.3 m²).
- Total protected area: 95 ft² (8.9 m²).
- Peak height: 78 in (198 cm).
- Packed size: 26 x 8 x 8 in (66 x 20 x 20 cm).
- Doors: 1.
- Vestibules: 1.
- Poles: 4.
- Clip and sleeve construction.
- Taped seams.
- Gear loft loops.
Kelty Sequoia 4 tent vs Competitors
You might want to see how this Sequoia 4 tent compares with some other tents built in the same style. So have a look, I give two other tents side by side. The prices are, respectively, $250, 350, 195. Please follow the links to see more:
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor area, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Packed size, in (cm)
Payable Every Month
26 x 8
(66 x 20)
Payable Every Year
27 x 9
(69 x 23)
Payable Every Year
26 x 7
(66 x 18)
steel & fiberglass
In the conclusion of this Kelty Sequoia 4 Person Camping Tent review, I would stress its height, the steep walls, and the full coverage fly. In view of these features, I find the price appropriate. This is a strong and reliable tent which will serve you for years.
The Sequoia series is built in two sizes, so you also have a bigger 6-person Sequoia tent with the same basic features.
Thank you for reading. If you need something different, please check my page with tents, you will find tens of detailed reviews. Check this Coleman Carlsbad 4 tent which has a screen room, and also this 2018 version of the Marmot Halo 4 tent. If you need something for all seasons and for winter use, check this Snugpak The Cave 4 Person Tent. See also my list of cabin tents and the tents for car camping where this tent is included. In the case of questions or comments, please use the comment box below. Have a nice day.