Kelty Discovery 4 Tent

Kelty Discovery 4 Tent
Kelty Discovery 4 Tent

I just received the Kelty Discovery 4 Tent, and was anxious to try it out.  It came at the beginning of spring break, and when our night temperatures were forecast to be about 40F. I opened the tent bag to find the tent, rain fly, a small bag with the stakes and a longer bag with the poles.  The fiberglass poles (2 sets) open up and are attached to the top of the tent in an X manner.  In other words, one set of poles goes from left front, to right rear, and the other from right front to left rear.   The rain fly then connects at the corners, which are color coded so that the opening of the rain fly, is aligned with the opening of the tent. Both openings operate with zippers.  There are stakes for the tent and fly.  The vestibule is big enough to stow a pack or two, and shoes.  I really like the simplicity of how the Rain Fly door rolls up and is secured with attached loop fasteners.  The simplicity of the use of this tent may be one of its best features!

From the Kelty website:

Body Features:

  • Durable fiberglass poles
  • Easy clip-pole sleeve set up
  • Convenient freestanding design
  • No-See-Um mesh
  • Sealed seams prevent leakage
  • Large door & vestibule
  • Multi-diameter poles
  • Double stake point at vestibule
  • Adjustable length vestibule stake loops
  • Four internal pockets
Fly Features:
  • Full coverage fly
  • Side release buckle fly attachment
  • Two zipper sliders on vestibule door
  • Seam sealed Velcro pole wrap tabs at guyout points

I loved the ease of set up with this tent!  I remember the days of feeling like I needed a pipefitter’s license to set up a tent.  Not this one – out of the bag and up within 5 minutes, which included picture taking.  There are 4 pockets within the tent for stowing anything you might need during the night, or want to keep safely within reach.

A nice feature for summer camping is the mesh top.  It should allow for great ventilation, while keeping bugs out.  The rain fly is designed to keep the rain out, and it also serves as a bit of a wind block.  It sits on top of the cross poles of the tent, allowing for some space between tent and fly.  This should help with ventilation and cut down on any build up of condensation within the tent.

It was a quiet, dry, windless night, so I can’t speak to how it would handle wind or rain.  I slept well, and actually better than I do some nights in my own bed.  I shared the tent with my dog, who also slept well it seems.  I’m 5′ 7″ and the dog is about 45 lbs and we had plenty of room.  I am sure another adult would fit very comfortably also.  If the dog weren’t there, two smaller people could fit easily.  To put 4 people in the tent, it would require them to be very comfortable with each other, most likely 2 adults and 2 small children.  Most of my use will be with one other adult, and most likely the dog.  This appears to be the perfect tent for a young family who wants to camp, and keep the cost down.

You may have noticed in the 2nd picture above, there is a Kelty LumaPivot, I’ve had that for a few years, and it went with me out to the tent last night.  Happy to say, its still working very well! Here is a review from our early days.

In upcoming installments of this review, I will be looking at durability, any issues related to weather, material failure, and notable features.  Please check back in about a month for an update.

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