Kelty Mach 4 Tent

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Kelty Mach 4

Kelty Mach 4    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Car camping.

THE TEST: The first time we inflated the Mach 4’s two “poles”—a couple of minutes of pumping for each—we not only watched the pile of fabric at our feet lift into a tent, but we saw a future that did not include wrestling 20-foot poles and parachute-size rain flies. Open the large door and you find a vestibule big enough to accommodate a dogsled team and tall enough for six-footers to stand up straight. Clipped to the ceiling is a removable, meshed-in sleep room that easily housed one tester’s family of four, all their gear, and the family bowser. Though not quite freestanding, with a bit of staking the Mach 4 shrugged off torrential rain and, when it was time to pack up, collapsed in seconds and easily fit back into its carry bag.

THE VERDICT: Easiest setup of any car-camping tent we’ve ever tested. 20.1 lbs


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