REPOST - Owner Review - Kelty Jet Stream Convertible Tent
- Owner Review - Kelty Jet Stream Convertible Tent
Name: Jason M. Dunster
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)
Weight: 165 Pounds (75 kg)
Email address: dunster@...
City, State, Country: Denver, Colorado, USA
Date: December 11, 2003
Backpacking Background: I have been backpacking for the last eight
years. Starting along the east coast, I backpacked in parts of MA,
NH, and ME. Most of my east coast experiences were day hiking and
easy overnights. Within the last three years, my experience has
dramatically increased when I moved to Colorado. I have been lucky
enough to expand my backpacking expertise to include multi-day trips,
fourteen thousand foot peak bagging, ski/snowshoe excursions, and
most recently an excursion through the White Rim Road in Canyonlands
National Park, Utah. Terrain experience encompasses everything from
fire roads, hated scree field romps, and glaciated summits. In
February 2004, I am scheduled to climb Pico de Orizaba (18,405 ft.),
(5610 m) in Mexico. I look forward to sharing my experiences with the
"Gear not for gear's sake, but as an enabler."!! Author unknown
Kelty Jet Stream Convertible Tent
Hardtop packed weight: 9 lbs. 2 oz. (4.1 kg.)
Soft top packed weight: 6 lbs. 13 oz. (3.1 kg.)
Number of Vents: 2
Number of Doors: 2
Number of windows: 2 (One on each side of vestibule)
Number of Poles: 2
Pole Material: DAC press fit
Floor Dimensions: 58 X 92 in (1.47 m x 2.34 m)
Maximum interior height: 42 in (1.07 m)
Floor Area: 37.1 sq. ft. + 12.1 and 12.1 in vestibules (0.94 sq m +
0.31 + 0.31)
Packed Size: 8.5 X 28 in (0.22 x 0.71 m)
Fly Material: Polyester Ripstop
Canopy Material: Polyester Ripstop
Floor Material: PU nylon taffeta
I have used this tent extensively in Colorado and Utah during varying
conditions. The tent has been set up in "cushy" park designated
spots, rocky backcountry conditions, and hard snow. The tent has been
exposed to temperatures from 0 to 90 F (-18 to 32 C), 40+ mph (64+
kph) winds, torrential downpours, and up to 6 in. (15 cm) of
I had performed an exhaustive research into two person, 3-4 season
tents and selected this not widely known tent primarily because of
the two access doors, dual large vestibules, hard/soft top fly
selection, and price. Tents compared include: North Face Nebula
Conversatile, Marmot Swallow, and Sierra Designs Meteor Light.
The Kelty Jet Stream Convertible differs primarily from other
manufacturers by offering two fly options. The soft top is comparable
to a standard three-season fly. Both the soft and hard top fly touch
the ground at all four sides.
The hard top is of a thicker material and includes two additional
poles that crisscross but in opposite direction to the tent poles,
vestibule underskirts, and additional guy points making it acceptable
for winter or extreme weather use.
The tent is a typical dome style with crossing poles. The poles have
rubber tips on one side and are inserted in continuous sleeves
attached to the body of the tent. The sleeves dead end on one side of
the tent to accept the rubber tips that eases tent assembly from a
single side of the tent. This method aids in single person setup.
Setup time for a single person with fly and full stakeout is less
than 15 min.
Both fly's attach to the tent with standard plastic buckle clips at
the corners. Along the poles, Kelty uses plastic sliding clips to
anchor the fly to the main tent poles with a proprietary system
called "Fly Boy". Both fly's have a small triangular window and a
hooded, zippered vent on each side.
Dimensions for both fly's are virtually identical (The hard top's
vestibule area is slightly increased from the added poles.)
The two zippered "D" shaped doors are opposite each other along the
long sides of the tent and have integral screens that can be zipped
closed. The two zippered fly doors are arc type and are directly
across from the tent doors in the main portion of the vestibule.
The soft top has performed flawlessly. Having camped with groups of
people with comparable tents, I believe it to be equal on all fronts.
The tent has remained dry in various types of wet conditions from
snow to rain without any evidence of leakage. Moisture travels
through mesh in the main body of the tent and vents on the vestibule
body. In warmer temperatures that require the soft top fly, airflow
through the tent is minimal. My highest accolades are reserved for
the hard top. My winter experiences with the hard top have been
amazing. The two extra poles used in the winter setup make this tent
bombproof. Camping around the base of Long's Peak in Colorado,
renowned for 40+ mph (64+ kmh) winds and outright nasty conditions,
was an enjoyable experience due to the rigidity of this setup. In
colder temperature air flow is less critical and I have not observed
significant condensation buildup on the inside of the hard top fly.
Multi-day trips with a companion tend to be much friendlier with dual
doors and excellent vestibule space on each side. I find that two
adequately sized vestibules to be essential and a frequently
overlooked aspect of backpacking tent design. I find the tent to be
the perfect size for two people to spend several nights camping. I
have just enough room to sit up, store several items at my feet or
head, perform typical tasks i.e. gear for next day, game of checkers,
or read. Long storage pockets are available at the top of the bathtub
floor approximately 6 inches off the ground on the non-door sides of
the tent. In addition, smaller gear pockets are located at each
corner of the tent at about mid-height. If you are used to car
camping tents, plenty of space takes on a different meaning,
nevertheless, this tent is small enough to conserve trapped heat in
colder conditions and minimize weight in your pack.
Although I have not taken advantage of this feature yet, the tent
comes with sleeve clips to use with only a ground sheet and the fly
in nice weather, and an included gear loft! (It's just the little
The photo chromatic windows on the two flys are more gadgetry but are
not a hindrance either.
The provided tent stakes for a +$300 tent are worthless. (To be fair
many tents come with cheap stakes.)
The hard top fly doors are less inclined than the soft top due to the
additional poles, which lowers the door height. The lower door height
makes getting out of the tent slightly difficult.
The tent is no longer manufactured by Kelty but is available through
mostly on-line retailers.
You really do get several tents from the Kelty Jet Stream
Convertible. Ultimately because of this, it is an extremely good
value. Although Kelty may not be typically associated with extreme
mountain gear, I feel comfortable using this tent in any condition.
Kelty stakeout line with 3M reflective thread. (Ever trip over your
guy lines at night and bust your melon. Ouch!)
MSR Groundhog stakes. (Expensive but worth it if you have every
turned a cheap tent stake into a makeshift corkscrew.)
Accessory line on the four corners for rock staking when the ground