ACK Employee Colter MacKenzie took a three day weekend as part of ACK’s Go Play Day Initiative to get employees adventuring outside and he and some friends hit some campsites by the lake with some new gear. One of these items included the Trail Ridge 4 Tent from Kelty and he wanted to share his thoughts about the product here:
The Trail Ridge 4 is a four person tent that was extremely easy to put up. The poles were strong but easy to put in place and used the classic X formation to support the structure. I was really impressed with the attachment design of how the rain cover attached at the base of the poles with a simple squeeze clip and webbing design. It was a cold night at first and the tent held up really well with the wind and cold. It did a great job of holding our body heat inside the tent with all the panels closed and rain cover on. Inside the tent there was plenty of mesh bag compartments that came in very handy for a bottle of water and other valuables.
The fabric of the tent was thick and durable. The seams and seals on the tent also seemed very durable. And as for clean up, the tent packed up just as quickly and it was put up. All the pieces fit into the carrying case with ease and there was no struggle trying to get the zipper closed once everything was in the bag. As cons go, the tent held our body heat in almost too well! In the morning when the sun came up it started to feel like a sauna. But that was quickly fixed by opening the fly and exposing the mosquito net walls to let air in. I would recommend this tent for a small family (3-4 people) that want a sturdy, yet simple tent. I give it a 9 out of 10.
See more about the tent in this video from Kelty: