No sweat in setting it up. Larger than expected. It has great height, vestibule is very spacious, and waterproofing is superb. If you are looking for a tent that's easy to set up and has good design, consider this one.
Summary: Unfavorable Reviews
The design is good but the materials are not the best. It needs a little bit of care when setting up and taking down. Overall, it's a tent that suits its price.
SPECS AND CONFIGURATIONS
The Kelty Acadia 6 is an entry-level tent for the occasional camper. It is a dome-type tent that fares well in fair weather, but it is also ready to shelter you in case the weather takes a bad turn. This review details the 6-person model of the Acadia, but you can also find models that are for 2 and 4 people. Most of the features below are similar across all models, though.
Freestanding tent. The pole structure of the Acadia stands on its own once pitched. It does not require staking, allowing it to be set up on any kind of terrain. As much as possible, though, it is still a good idea to stake the tent to the ground for the best experience.
Full-coverage rainfly. The Acadia 6 is a “double-layer” tent, meaning it has two walls: the inner one is the walls of the tent body, while the outer one is the rainfly that covers the tent body fully. Thus, the tent is well-protected from the elements. Any occasional rains will not leave the inside soggy.
Easy setup. Though the poles have to be threaded into sleeves, pitching is easy overall. One Amazon reviewer said that he was able to set it up himself in only 15 minutes.
Good height. People who are 5’11” and a bit taller can actually stand inside the tent. This is a great feature, especially when you are getting changed.
Good for stargazing. The tent’s rainfly is designed to be rolled up on one side, opening up a view of the night sky. Clips on the roof of the tent secure the rolled-up fly; when you’re done stargazing or if it rains, simply unclip the fly and it rolls back down for full protection.
Two doors and two vestibules. This tent has two doors, allowing for easier access. This is especially useful when you suddenly need to take a leak at night while the rest of your buddies are fast asleep – you don’t have to step over them just to exit and get back in your place. Also, when the rainfly is fully extended, the area right outside the doors act as nice vestibules to keep your shoes, bags, and other gear.
Noiseless zippers. You won’t have to disturb your buddies again in case you need to get out of the tent at night. The noiseless zipper design allows for very silent opening and closing of the tent doors.
Adequate waterproofing. The tent materials are rated waterproof at 1800 mm. This is more than enough to keep the interior dry in case the weather acts up.
Tight space. Having only 80 square meters of floor area, the Acadia 6 isn’t really best for 6 people to share. In fact, it would be best for just 2-3.
Fiberglass poles. Poles made of fiberglass are known to be more fragile than aluminum ones. Thus, this tent is not meant to handle strong winds and harsh weather. One Amazon customer even noted that the poles fail to straighten out after taking the tent down.
No footprint included. The Acadia 6 does not include a footprint. That means you will have to look for one that fits the dimensions of the tent. Kelty does offer a footprint specifically for this model, though, sold separately.
Floor prone to tears. An Amazon reviewer mentioned that after one day of use, the floor developed scuff marks that can easily turn into tears. So it's a good idea to purchase the footprint for extra protection.
Bulky. At nearly 18 pounds, the Acadia 6 is not friendly for backpackers. For car campers though, it won’t be a problem. Just be prepared to lug around more extra weight into and out of the campground. In addition, its packed size is 30 inches by 9 inches – a hefty kit to carry.
Somewhat pricey. Considering that this tent has fiberglass poles, its $289.95 info_outline price tag may be a bit too much.
For campers who are looking for extra strength in their gear, this may not be the best choice. For the outdoor adventurers looking for a tent more reliable than those cheap generic tents, they should definitely look into the Kelty Acadia 6. If you’re the type who’s a fair-weather camper, this tent will serve you very well. The price also won’t set you back too much.
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