Gear Review: Kelty TraiLogic TN3

Price point: $300 not including the footprint (footprint was an additional $50)

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I bought this tent quite awhile ago and have used it a few times since purchasing it. After reading countless reviews I was so excited to buy this tent and thought I would be perfect. As much as I wanted to love it, and I really do still love some features, the tent genuinely didn't perform like we had expected it to. We ended up returning this tent. Read more below:

What I liked:

  • The tent was easy enough to backpack with, especially when gear was split between two people. However, it's a bit heavy if you're going to be carrying it alone.
  • The tent is spacious and fits my boyfriend and I comfortably plus both of our packs (he is 6'1, I'm 5'1; He has an 85L pack, I have a 65L pack). My boyfriend does complain however that his feet and head jam into the ends of the tent.
  • The star gazing fly is great for warm nights and just to get some air into the tent whenever you want.
  • The windows on the rain fly are great- you can still see whats going on outside your tent no matter what.
  • I like that there are two doors with two vestibules, it adds even more storage room and you can exit and enter the tent without having to climb over your partner.
  • Setting up this tent is such a breeze and very unique. All the poles click in and the rain fly clicks into the tent- its hard to explain in words but it's not like a traditional pole-in-gromet type deal. It takes us less than 5 minutes to throw the tent up if we're taking our time.

What I didn't like

  • The sides of the tent cannot be staked out tightly enough and some of the rain fly material inevitably leans in against the tent mesh. This causes a wet tent and flappy material when it gets windy. For my boyfriend this means his head sometimes gets wet from the condensation that builds up on the sides of the rain fly touching the tent and our gear gets wet if makes it's way near the edges.
  • A hole appeared in the tent after the second time putting it up when I was on a backpacking trip with my brother, it was near a corner and there's really no way it could have been from anything we had done because it was such light use. My guess is the stitching near the seam didn't hold up and created a hole when it was set up. I was able to take a very thin black string and sew it shut though.
  • The footprint for the tent is significantly smaller than the bottom of the tent so it doesn't protect the whole bottom. We woke up almost every morning and the outside edges of the bottom of the tent were soaked from condensation with dirt sticking to it because the rain fly didn't fit the bottom. With that being said, the bottom of the tent is also not waterproof
  • While in the Tetons, we woke up one morning to huge drops of water falling on us from above, upon inspection it appeared that it was simply condensation that had built up on the outside of the tent over the course of the night and was not wicking down the rain fly. I was highly irritated and thanked our lucky stars we never got caught in a down pour!

 

 

If you are going on easy, fair-weather camping trips I'd recommend this tent but honestly it's never good to go camping in a tent that isn't waterproof. The star gazing fly is wonderful and the amount of room it has for two people is great. However, if you're going to be taking the tent into the back country and doing some serious camping, I don't know if you want to risk taking this with you. I know other reviewers said it kept them dry in torrential downpours but we were getting wet just from some overnight condensation! As I stated in the beginning of this review, we ended up returning this tent.