Kelty Parthenon 8-Person Tent
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- 75D 190T polyester taffeta
- Mansion-style 8-person tent with 143 square feet of living space
- Dual-entry vestibule; interior divider; mesh wall panels
- Polyester taffeta rainfly and ArcEdge polyurethane-coated floor
- Organizer wall and gear loft loops; noiseless zipper pulls
- Color-coded clip sleeves; packaged weight of 27 pounds 3 ounces
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Built for the family this free-standing ‘mansion-style’ tent is unbelievably quick and easy to set up and take down. An interior divider provides privacy, and the large mesh side panels ensure that the tent remains ventilated on hot summer days. This sturdy tent also has an organizer wall to keep you organized.
With 143 square feet of sleeping space, the Kelty Parthenon eight-person mansion-style tent is roomy enough for the whole family. The Parthenon is spacious from head to toe, measuring 11 by 13 feet across the floor and standing 6 feet 4 inches in the center. As a result, your wife, kids, and dog have plenty of room to stretch out, or you can turn your camping trip into a party by bringing a few friends along. The Parthenon is also fully weatherproof, with a polyester taffeta rainfly that pulls taut, along with an ArcEdge polyurethane-coated floor with specially constructed waterproof seams located above ground level. And to prevent condensation, the tent includes mesh wall panels and fly vents to keep the air flowing.
The Parthenon is easy to set up and take down thanks to the easy-fit DAC hybrid poles and color-coded clip sleeves. To encourage privacy within the tent, Kelty added an interior divider, in effect creating two separate rooms. Other details include an organizer wall, gear loft loops, adjustable stakeouts, a dual-entry vestibule, a side-release buckle tent-fly connection, noiseless zipper pulls, and guyout points.
The Parthenon sleeps up to 8 people in its 143-square-foot main room.
- Seasons: 3
- Doors: 2
- Vestibules: 1
- Tent type: Freestanding
- Number of poles: 5
- Capacity: 8 people
- Minimum weight: 26 pounds 5 ounces
- Packaged weight: 27 pounds 3 ounces
- Floor area: 143 square feet
- Vestibule area: 28.7 square feet
- Floor dimensions: 11 by 13 feet
- Height: 6 feet 4 inches
- Packed diameter: 10 inches
- Packed length: 28 inches
- Pole type: DAC hybrid + DA17 poles
- Wall material: 70D DyeFree polyester taffeta
- Floor material: 1800mm polyurethane nylon taffeta
- Fly material: 75D 190T, 1800mm polyurethane polyester taffeta
Kelty has been building affordable, reliable outdoor gear since 1952, helping everyone--from the first-time camper to the experienced mountaineer--embrace the outdoor experience with confidence. Dick Kelty launched the company after years of making backpacks in his home or garage for friends, hand forming and welding each of the frames while his wife sewed the pack bags. The original Kelty packs included aircraft-aluminum contoured frames, padded shoulder straps, waist belts, clevis-pin attachments, nylon pack cloth, zippered pockets, and hold-open frames. Dick Kelty quit his carpentry business in 1956 to focus full time on Kelty Packs, and turned an old Glendale, California, barbershop into his first retail store and factory. In the ensuring years, Kelty expanded its product line to include daypacks, luggage, waterproof clothing, child carriers, jogging strollers, and more.
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The aluminum rods fit smoothly into the sleeves and don't catch on anything. I cannot tell you what a relief that is.
The tent is LARGE. We're a family of four into car camping rather than hiking. If you're into tents, you know the size designations--4 person, 6 person, 8 person--are all quite optimistic. If you're sleeping with cots, as we do, you need more room. Well, we'll have plenty with this tent. I think 4 people, 4 cots, sleeping bags, and the odds and ends that wind up with you in the tent at night will all fit with room to WALK out of the tent for a midnight visit to the facilities.
Ventilation seems very good, which is important to us (we live in Central Texas), and there are grommets inside for a privacy screen. We haven't yet put the fly on, but it seems quite large (our last rainy camping experience saw 11" in 8 hours: I feel seriously about rain flys). I'll write another review after we've tested it.
The set up is in three stages. The last stage, placing a rod over the top of the side, from side to side, resulted in some stitches beginning to pull. We'll keep a close eye on that. It's the only thing that bothers me about this purchase. I feel as though we're getting our money's worth. This is by far the fanciest, most expensive tent we've ever purchased. I took pictures of those almost-pulled stitches and will be passing them along to Kelty.
Overall, we are quite pleased. I imagine we'll get several years of comfortable camping out of this purchase.
Here, my principal negative about the tent is not so much the efficacy of the fly. It really battens the tent down, and I feel pretty confident that it would provide solid protection against rain, even a driving storm. I felt, however, that because the fly is so relatively encompassing it seemed in fairly short order to raise the temperature inside and to cut off a fair amount of air flow. This is a trade-off, I realize, and if we had experienced a driving rain, I'd probably be grateful for it. But it is something to be aware of when purchasing the tent. In a related way, when installed, the fly creates a small vestibule outside the entrance -- too small of a vestibule, in my judgment. Again, this might well contribute to its water-tightness in a rainstorm, but the tightness of the vestibule significantly decreased its usefulness. Finally, others have commented that the stakes included with the tent are junk ... and they are right. It is a mystery to me why Kelty would sell such an otherwise high-quality tent with such worthless stakes. The issue with the rainfly, after all, really is a matter of an engineering trade-off: waterproofing vs. air flow. But the worthless stakes lack any rationale. Given that this is an 8-person tent, it is obviously too large for anything but campground camping. Why, then, include such slender, bendable aluminum stakes? Why not, instead, include some durable ones made of heavy-gauge steel (or the like)? REI sells really nice, all-steel stakes for $1 apiece -- something along those lines should have been added to the Parthenon 8. After all, for a tent with an MSRP of $500, the buyer has a right to expect a stake that will last for more than one trip.
Final verdict: a great tent for a family or group of people. High quality, well constructed, and (I suspect) very good proof against rain. The fly's strength (rain-proofing) comes with a weakness (air and vestibule constricting), and you'd better pick up some real stakes. Would I buy the tent again? Yes, I would. Would I recommend it to you? I just did.
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absolutely recommend this to anybody wanting a large tent.
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