If you need a full-coverage freestanding camping tent for occasional outdoor adventures, this Kelty Acadia 6 Person Tent review is for you. This is a dome-style tent with 2 doors and 2 vestibules, a reliable Kelty’s product.
Key features & benefits
- Stargazing fly configuration.
- Full coverage fly.
- 3-season tent.
- 2 doors.
- 2 vestibules.
What type of tent is the Acadia 6
The Acadia series includes tents for 2, 4, and 6 people. So the tent presented here is the largest in the series. This is a single-room dome-style and freestanding tent which you can pitch on any terrain. The picture below shows how the poles are attached to the grommets in the corners. Even after you attach its full-coverage fly, you can still rotate it and move to find the best position in the camp.
Such tents with a full fly are built for a full protection from elements, and they typically do not offer many options to enjoy views. But here you have a stargazing feature introduced to deal with this. The fly is with an option to roll it half-way up and fix with toggles. So when the sky is clear you can sleep under the stars, but if the weather changes you can quickly unroll it and fix with buckles to the two corners. The same design you can find also in their Trail Ridge 6 tent.
The tent is with 2 doors and 2 vestibules, and this is maximum you can have in such a dome structure, so the occupants have 20 + 20 ft² (1.9 + 1.9 m²) of valuable extra space to store boots and shoes outside while still having them protected from the rain.
Who is it for
Size-wise, the tent is with the declared capacity of 6 people. But the inner floor area is only 80 ft² (7.4 m²) and this gives 3.3 ft² (1.23 m²) per person. You realize this is very modest. Though, the mentioned two vestibules create 40 ft² (3.8 m²); when you add this, you get 20 ft² (1.87 m²) of the protected space per person and this changes a lot.
All in all, they have used a backpacking principle to determine the capacity, but this is not a backpacking tent. For a real camping, this is the tent for 2 – 3 people; but this is the usual story with many camping tents.
Seasons-wise, there is no doubt this is a tent for 3-seasons. This is a full-coverage fly design and the waterproof rating is quite good so this tent will surely protect you in any weather conditions. The structure is dome-shaped and very aerodynamic, as such, it behaves nicely in windy conditions, you will hardly find a better design. But note that the poles are fiberglass and this is definitely not the best material for harsh conditions.
Climate-wise, this tent is with lots of mesh so do not plan to use it in a cold environment. It is better suited for a warmer climate. If you need something for a cold weather, better check some of those fully enclosed tents with PVC windows and without mesh, there are many of them described in the site here. Check in the Category tunnel tents.
Weight-wise, this is a camping tent and not designed to be carried long distances. Though they give the minimum weight, see in the specifications below. Note also that the packed size 30 x 9 inches (99 x 23 cm) does not look so great if you would carry it attached to a backpack.
Materials & construction
There are 3 of them, fiberglass poles, and this is not the best material. Note that their mentioned Trail Ridge tent is with aluminum poles. The two main poles create the dome and you pass them through the long sleeves and fix in the corners. At this moment the structure becomes fully freestanding and self-supporting. The brow pole is there to attach the sides with doors, so you get much more volume and the doors become vertical.
The inner tent is built from 68D polyester and No-See-Um Mesh, so this is a quite standard structure and the durability is fine. The floor is the same material and the same durability and the same material is used for the fly as well.
The waterproof rating for the floor and the fly is 1800 mm, so for the fly this is quite remarkable but for the floor this is a modest value. All seams are fully taped. This should give a complete protection in most of the situations in a 3-season use.
With such a full fly, the ventilation can be an issue, but there is a lot of mesh here and the fly is with a vent. You can also experiment with the flaps of the two vestibules and keep them at least partly open. This should generate enough airflow to cope with condensation which is hard to avoid in general.
There are a few tiny pockets above the floor, pity they did not add more. There are also night-light pockets higher on the wall.
Please see more in this short video by Kelty:
- Type: freestanding dome tent.
- Capacity: 6 people.
- Packaged weight: 17 lb 10 oz (8 kg).
- Minimum weight: 16 lb 13 oz (7.6 kg).
- Dimensions: 120 x 96 in (305 x 244 cm).
- Floor area: 80 ft² (7.4 m²).
- Area per person: 13.3 ft² (1.23 m²).
- Peak height: 74 in (188 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 30 x 9 in (99 x 23 cm).
- Doors: 2.
- Vestibules: 2.
- Vestibule area: 20 + 20 ft² (1.9 + 1.9 m²).
- Poles: 3.
- Side-release tent/fly connection.
- Noiseless zipper pulls.
- Guyout points.
Kelty Acadia 6 Tent vs Competitors
Here I give the Acadia 6 tent side by side with two other tents built in a similar style, all are dome-shaped but there are differences in the vestibules. With such a comparison you can better understand its features. Please follow the links for more and compare also the prices.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor area, sq ft (sq m)
Vestibules area, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Packed size, in (cm)
Payable Every Month
30 x 9
(99 x 23)
Payable Every Year
22.5 x 9.5
(57 x 24)
Payable Every Year
25 x 14
(64 x 36)
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
In the summary of this Kelty Acadia 6 Person Tent review, I would stress that this is a nicely built tent as you would expect from Kelty. This is a renown brand which I trust and I can fully recommend it. But bear in mind a few objections I had above. Note that they have a footprint specifically designed for this tent and you can order it separately.
Please see how I rate this tent.
They have more tents described here in the site, like this Sequoia 6 and the Trail Ridge 6; those tents are with much more durable poles. If you need a larger storage area please check this Eureka Boondocker Hotel 6 Tent and see also this reliable dome Slumberjack Trail Tent 6 which has been on the market for a number of years already. Check also this lightweight ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 6 tent with a full-coverage fly which offers a more protected area.
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