Kelty’s Trail Ridge 4 Person offers a competitive mix of features for value-oriented campers. At $181 for the 4-person model, it’s affordable but includes a number of upgrades from cheap tents like the Coleman Sundome. First off, you get a full coverage rainfly and vestibule for rainy and windy conditions. Kelty also uses quite a bit more mesh in the construction so the tent makes it easier to keep cool in the summer heat. We would prefer a second door for easier access and more storage, but it’s not a deal breaker at this price point.
For those looking to step up from a Coleman tent, the Trail Ridge is a nice option. However, it’s still a relatively cheap build—the tent body and floor fabrics are thin and lower in quality than the REI models. Additionally, the tent is short at 4 feet 9 inches and uses fiberglass poles, which don’t hold up well to rough use. But these are sacrifices we’ve come to expect at this price, and the Discovery remains a good mid-range option.
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