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Kelty Hula Shade House Basecamp Shelter

by Kelty

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  • Angled design creates welcoming environment that's quick to set-up
  • Features angled hoop design for stable profile, treated roof protects occupants from rain and sun
  • Freestanding design with clip and pole sleeve construction
  • Measures 120 x 78 x 120-Inch (width x height x depth) and 8 x 24-Inch (width x depth) packed
  • 11-Pound, 5-Ounce minimum weight and 12-Pound, 9-Ounce total weight, lifetime manufacturer warranty

Product Description

When it's time to get away from the sun or rain, but not quite time to turn in to your tent, cozy up under this lightweight, easily packable shelter.
Kelty produces outdoor equipment, backed by a limited lifetime warranty, that's built to withstand the punishment dished out by active outdoor enthusiasts. The Hula Shade House base camp shelter is a streamlined, yet sturdy, addition to the company's product line. Ideal for those moments when a little protection from the elements is called for, but you're not yet ready to crawl into your tent, it features an angled hoop design for a stable, low-slung profile. Its treated roof protects occupants from both rain and sun, and the angled design creates a welcoming environment that's quick to set-up.


  • Freestanding design
  • Clip and pole sleeve construction
  • Guyout points
  • DAC hybrid poles
  • 68-denier polyester rainfly with 450-millimeter-rated coating


  • Three-season structure
  • Three-pole frame
  • 11-pound, five-ounce minimum weight
  • 12-pound, nine-ounce total weight
  • 100-square-foot footprint
  • Measures 120 by 78 by 120 inches (W x H x D)
  • Measures eight by 24 inches (W x D) packed

Lifetime Warranty
Kelty products include a limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

About Kelty
Since 1952, Kelty has built affordable, reliable adventure gear that enables everyone from the first-time camper to the experienced mountaineer to embrace any outdoor experience with confidence.

Product Description

It’s all about the hula – an angled hoop pole design creates the perfect shadehouse to relax under while the sun is hot, or the rain is on. The angled design creates a welcoming environment while angling down to provide more protection from the elements in the back. With a quick and easy set-up, this tent will suit your needs all summer long.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 120 x 78 x 120 inches ; 11.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004HI2ZMW
  • Item model number: 40819611LG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Kelty is going to replace it.
charlie hopkins
Went to the beach house for lunch, sun was shining and a freak rain wind came.
Worked out very well in the wind.
Michael L. Hartley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Hartley on June 1, 2011
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I used this tent for this first time today. All in all I am very happy with the purchase and highly recommend it. We had two adults and two tweens sitting in four chairs. All (plus the dog) were comfortably shaded. The tent allows full breezes through. As noted below, our shelter survived a steady wind that knocked down all but the sturdiest equipment.

Made by Kelty. Has all of the quality you expect from them including sturdy seams and poles.
- Can be set up by one person. The secret is to insert the two main poles before you attach the tent to the pole ends. Attach the upwind pole end last and be prepared to stake it immediately. Then hit the other corners and attach guy lines.
- Light weight, relative to the pop ups
- With proper guy lines, survived a day when almost all umbrellas and many of the pop up shelters came down from the wind.
- Take down also a one person job (need to leave the upwind guy line and stake attached until the end.)
- Nice size shade area (though see below)
- No rain today, but it would easily shelter you from a rainstorm allowing you to stay out until it passes. If there is also wind, it would not protect you from the rain as three sides are too open.

- Share area not 10 x 10 as that is the footprint size, not the dome size. A 10 x 10 pop up will deliver a little more shade.
- If you want to orient the larger "front" opening to the beach, and that faces you South or near South, then the sun is going to come into the tent area much of the time, so your shade tends to be behind the tent where you have no sight lines. I compromised and angled the tent a little as the side visibility is adequate in a low chair.
- Stakes and guy lines that come with it are not adequate for sand.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Dowd on June 21, 2011
Bought this to provide shade for young children and a daughter allergic to sunscreen for our 2-week beach vacation in the Outer Banks. This shelter was easy to set up (about the same time as a sand screw and beach umbrella), provided good sun protection and great stability in strong breezes. We could fit about 6 beach chairs under the shelter with additional gear. Many people stopped and asked us where we got it. This made our vacation since a family of fair-skinned people completely avoided sunburn! great product and highly recommend. Note: I bought sand stakes, but never had to use them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 15, 2011
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Purchased this shadehouse after having used the Kelty Sunshade, size medium, last year at the beach. I have to say there are some definite differences in the products.

For this new Kelty Hula Shadehouse, the first thing I noticed were the poles. Metal, hollow poles touted to be an aluminum mix versus thick, fiberglass poles for the sunshade.

Not too sure how these poles will do under some weather, as the sunshade survived an insane storm with 40+mph winds. Had some fractures post-storm in the poles, but sent them to Kelty for free warranty replacement. I hope this shadehouse will weather storms well too, hopefully though we will get it down in time before the storms hit.

When I put up the shadehouse too for the first time, realize the poles get super hot, super quick. Black metal in full sun? Yeah, definitely hot to the touch.

In terms of the ease of setup, this thing is much easier than the sunshade. Once you get the metal poles in, the hula part essentially pieces itself together, and one person can totally do it, just push the circle into the ground to flatten one end so the segments slide in with each other.

Alot of clips on the shadehouse, you clip the canopy to the poles in the regions where the poles have already slipped through.

Biggest problem though, why it did not earn 5-stars? The stakes. They give you just plain metal stakes to push into the ground. Definitely not worthy in my mind, especially for a shelter probably most often used at the beach....they would slide right out the sand if you do not bury them at least a foot down.

Anyhow, aside from the poles and stakes, this thing looks awesome, is great b/c you can standup inside it and has open airy sides so a nice breeze can get through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Reluctant Buyer on September 1, 2012
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Previous Experience Summary
Out of the box, one of the tie down loops was not sewed. The shelter fabric ripped at one of the hoop clips after a few uses (serious). Amazon replaced it with an identical shelter. (Thank you Amazon!)

Replacement Experience Summary
After four uses one of the pole's elastic cord snapped making it impossible to setup the shelter. I so wanted the first shelter to be an isolated defective unit because it really is a terrific design. Isolated it was not, Kelty has a serious quality control issue. Kelty used to be synonymous with quality. No longer.

Original Experience Details

This was purchased to replace an older Kelty sun shade, which we have used for years at the beach. We looked no further than Kelty because we were extremely happy with our previous purchase. The newer model has a much improved design and wind performance than our original. Our letdown and a two star ding is the result of the construction quality.


Size - Large enough for four people.

Setup - Smaller diameter poles make it much easy and quick to slip through the fabric loops. The floor straps keep the base at the optimal size. (The original poles could be set wide or narrow, which may sound like a good feature, but it really wasn't.) One person can set this up even in a moderate wind. The streamlined, aerodynamic (Low in front, high in back) design sheds the wind. The high back opening makes getting in and out easy - No stooping required for most people. Four stakes is all that we have ever needed to keep it in place. The hoop ties the poles together, which distributes the wind load and keeps it from collapsing in high winds.

Heavier than the old one.
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