Find Kelty's Trailogic in the Trail Ridge 3 Tent.
Kelty's Trail Ridge 3 Tent with Footprint provides convenient camping comforts as well as compact packing for backpacking. With a PU-coated fly, floor, and footprint, the Trail Ridge is acceptable for fall-to-spring weather. The mesh walls and fly vents accommodate summer's warmer conditions, while the fly shields your sleeping area from wet weather.
The Trail Ridge also features Kelty's Connect System for a quick-and-simple setup with the compact, folding poles. There are two doors and vestibules, one for each backpacker, and plenty of internal storage pockets for lights, electronics, and easy-to-lose items. Kelty also included a gear loft and the Tent Cube carrying bag for easy-to-pack convenience.
Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
- PU-coated fly, floor, and footprint
- Mesh walls
- Compact folding aluminum poles
- Kelty Connect System
- Two doors, two vestibules
- Fly vents
- Internal storage pockets
- Tent Cube carrying bag
- Gear loft included
- Q & A
Didn't care for some of the materials...
My first tent was a Kelty Grand Mesa 6, which is a monster at 10x12' in size. However, I find it easier to assemble than this Trail Ridge 3. As other reviewers have noted elsewhere, the instructions are awful and in my mind, tents shouldn't really need them anyway. This Trail Ridge 3 was a bit odd in that assembled, it didn't come together in a seamless way and I was left wondering if everything was where it needed to be. I also didn't care for the combination of materials as far as the connectors went. Some were metal, but the fly uses cord and plastic. Those connect into the metal tent bits, which seem like in time and with the right amount of movement, would rub and fray. The pole hubs seem overly designed and heavy, too. However, It appears to be a popular and generally well-reviewed tent and for car camping and with average use, would probably be just fine. Pros: attractive color and the size of the tent was spot on in their measurements, so that's helpful when shopping.
I'm into it
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This tent was purchased with the intention of being a versatile, do-anything tent that could accommodate 2-3 people and I believe it achieves that function very well.
At 6-7 lbs, it's not exactly a tent you would want to carry by yourself, but split between two or three, it would make a great backpacking tent. The packed size is small enough that it is also a great option if you need to pare down on space in the car as well.
The space inside is enough that I would probably be comfortable squeezing three good friends in here but two is very comfortable.
Kelty Trail Ridge 3
Here's a great overview of the Kelty Trail Ridge 2 and 3 tents.