High-quality tent that is perfect for family camping trips. Also, the design is very simplistic; no unnecessary bells and whistles.
Summary: Unfavorable Reviews
It's just an okay tent. it can't handle strong wind and heavy rain. However, under other conditions, it can still protect you and can make you comfortable.
MAIN POINTS OVERVIEW
The Kelty Trail Ridge 6 with Footprint is an excellent choice for family and group campers. It is not very bulky, the construction is sturdy, and it protects well against the elements. It even has a nice feature that allows you to gaze into the stars at night. It is also not very expensive, at about $279.96 info_outline.
This review covers the 6-person model, but actually, Kelty has 4- and 8-person variants for the Trail Ridge as well. The feature set is essentially the same except for the capacity and floor area.
Freestanding. The Trail Ridge 6 can stand on its own on any surface, making it very versatile. Of course, staking it down will always be best, but it's a good thing that the tent is stable enough to stay upright even without staking.
Footprint included. Actually, this is a newer version of the old Trail Ridge 6 that includes a footprint. The rest of the tent is basically the same. The footprint is a big plus, though, as you won’t need to buy one separately.
Aluminum poles. It is a known fact in the camping industry that aluminum poles fare a lot better than fiberglass ones. They may be a bit heavier and make tents more expensive, but the durability and reliability are worth it.
Rainfly covers the tent fully. The Trail Ridge 6 is a so-called “double-walled” tent – one layer comprises the walls of the main tent body, while the second layer is the rainfly. Thus, the tent is well-protected from the rain. No need to worry about leaks in the middle of the night.
Two doors. Two doors make the tent very easy to get into and get out of. So whichever side of the tent you are near, going out and back in will not be a hassle. No need to step over your sleeping campmates.
Two vestibules. Because there are two doors, there are also two vestibules that give more than enough space to stash your gear in.
Silent zippers. Light sleepers understand this problem – when someone goes out of the tent as they are asleep, the slightest zipping sound can rouse them out of their otherwise wonderful rest. However, the Trail Ridge 6 takes care of this with its whisper-quiet zippers.
Relatively lightweight. When packed, the tent weighs in at only a little over 12 pounds. While it may not be best for backpacking, it surely goes well for car camping.
Stargazing feature. The rainfly of the Trail Ridge 6 is designed to be rolled up on one side so you can enjoy the night sky without exiting the tent. Just use the included clips to secure the rolled-up fly; when it rains, simply unclip and the fly drops back down in a jiffy.
Good waterproofing. The tent material has an 1800 mm waterproofing rating, which is more than enough to withstand the occasional bad weather.
Mesh body. The mesh walls provide excellent ventilation, making the tent ideal for warm weather campouts.
Too tight for 6 people. The advertised capacity is 6 people; however, with a total floor area of only 82 square feet, it isn’t practical for 6. Unless you and your campmates are willing to sleep cramped inside the tent, limit it to a maximum of 4 people. That gives the best balance of comfort and utilizing the available space.
Privacy issues. Without the rainfly, there is an almost zero sense of privacy on this tent. All sides are very much open. However, since the rainfly is full coverage, rolling it all the way down solves the problem entirely. So you definitely want to avoid changing clothes with the rainfly up.
Thin floor. The included footprint is very important. Avoid pitching the Trail Ridge 6 without it, as the floor is thin and may puncture easily. One Amazon reviewer even suggested adding a tarp underneath for extra protection.
Not for extreme weather. The mesh walls are not designed to keep heat inside the tent. Therefore, this model cannot be used for winter camping. Also, the structure is not designed to withstand storms and similar adverse weather. Avoid using the Trail Ridge in those conditions.
The $279.96 info_outline price tag may not seem very budget-friendly, but the Kelty Trail Ridge 6 compensates through quality. The tent is able to shelter you in both calm and bad weather. It doesn’t easily snap in the wind, and the rainfly covers the whole tent, preventing leaks. The stargazing feature is a very nice addition too.
All in all, the Trail Ridge 6 is a very reliable tent for most campers. Unlike its cheaper counterparts that become problematic even at the first use, the Trail Ridge 6 presents a good balance of cost and quality.
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