RE: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST: IR Kelty Carport Deluxe Jerry Goller
- Roger already caught a few mistakes so here is a corrected version. I truly
suck at images and html so this is probably the best I can do.
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Subject: [backpackgeartesters] IR Kelty Carport Deluxe Jerry Goller
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KELTY CARPORT Vehicle Awning
TEST SERIES BY JERRY GOLLER
July 30, 2008
NAME: Jerry Goller
LOCATION: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 229 lb (104.00 kg)
I started camping with my father at age 6 or so. Ive backpacked, off and
on, all of my life. Even in the Marine Corps, I was in the Infantry. I
consider myself a light weight backpacker with an average dry pack weight of
10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 7 kg), depending on the season and terrain. I
backpack year round.
Most of my trips are 2 to 5 days long and in Utah. I also, from time to
time, take much longer trips lasting one to two months or more. These trips
are usually on the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Kelty Carport">>
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.kelty.com/" LINK
TEXT = "Kelty home page">>
Listed Packaged Weight: 10 lbs 3oz (4.6 kg)
Measured Weight: 12 lbs 6oz (5.61 kg)
Listed Dimensions: 126 in X 116 in (320 cm X 295 cm)
Test Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Venture Van with both driver's and passenger's
sliding side doors and factory installed roof rack.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Package Contents" IMAGE CAPTION = "Package
The Carport comes in a box that measures 25in X 7in X 7in (64 cm X17.78 cm
X17.78 cm). Inside the box is a single stuff sack of approximately the same
size. In the stuff sack is all the Carport components plus an additional
empty stuff sack for the poles. The folded poles on the left side of the
picture captioned "Package Contents" are the two extra poles for raising the
front of the awning.
This shelter is much larger than I was expecting. It is huge and does a
great job of providing plenty of useable space to the side or rear of the
vehicle. The website pictures don't begin to relay just how big it is.
The workmanship and attention to detail is excellent. I truly appreciate the
small details like how the fly attaches to the poles. Kelty used one of two
methods throughout the Carport. They either had metal eyes on the pole and
metal hooks on the material or they used spring clips that went in the pole
ends. Other tents I've seen just use a simple pin for this but that wouldn't
be as secure as the spring clips. <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Top Pole
End" IMAGE CAPTION = "Top Pole End Detail">><<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT =
"Figure 9" IMAGE CAPTION = "Figure 9 Device">>
Another detail is using the new Nite Ize Figure 9 line tensioners. I think
these work better than anything else for maintaining line tension. They are
quick and simple to use, both going up and coming down.
The fly is made of polyester so it won't sag when wet and has better UV
resistance than nylon. The 5/8 in (16 mm) diameter aluminum poles are plenty
beefy for the application.
The vehicle used does have to have a roof rack or side rails to allow proper
attachment to the vehicle. Attachment to the vehicle is accomplished through
three 1 in (25 mm) wide, 18 in (46 cm) long, double sided, heavy duty hook
and loop straps. The straps are free to slide on the top pole to allow
proper alignment to the roof rack rails but the pole clips act as retainers
to keep the straps from sliding off the pole. Simply wrap the hook and loop
strap around the roof rack rail and over itself to make it stick and the
Carport is attached. Simple.
All the clips and hooks allow a nice tight pitch to the shelter. The spring
clips at the bottom of the front poles are on adjustable nylon webbing to
allow a nice tight pitch. There are plenty of included 8 in X ¼ in (20 cm X
6 mm) aluminum shepherd's hook stakes (14 total) and pre-cut guy lines with
Figure 9 line tensioners (6) to fully secure the shelter.
The fly has a total of three windows, a large one in the front and smaller
ones on each side. These have netting and can be zipped shut to fully close
the windows for windy or rainy conditions.
The Carport can be pitched in a number of ways. Both sides can be rolled
back and secured if only shade is needed and a breeze desired. Either side
can be rolled down to block wind or rain. Both sides can be rolled down for
full rain protection or privacy.
The Carport can also be raised on the side away from the vehicle and
supported by two supplied poles creating a true open awning and a huge
shaded area. It can also be pitched free standing.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 5" IMAGE CAPTION = "Top Pole
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Velcro Attached" IMAGE CAPTION = "Velcro
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
The instructions are easy to follow and have plenty of line drawings to
illustrate the procedures. They are not too long and not too short. Just
right. I put it up the first time in less than twenty minutes by myself. The
second time will go much faster, of course. Kelty also provided separate
instructions and line drawings explaining how to use the Figure 9 line
tensioners. That was a nice touch.
TRYING IT OUT
I spent about three hours just playing with this shelter at a disbursed
camping area in a local National Forest. I tried various set ups and
arraignments. I could easily visualize how this could be used when truck
camping. I didn't get a chance to actually use it yet but am really looking
forward to it. It is by far the nicest awning/shelter I've seen yet. It is
easy to put up but might be a little challenging to do by myself in windy
conditions. Its size is going to let me try it in a lot more situations than
I'd like to try this shelter on an asphalt parking lot. We frequently stop
for lunch at Rest Areas or pull outs when traveling. My wife sunburns very
easily and this could provide a large, easy to put up shelter for preparing
and eating lunch.
I also want to try it with my hot shower set up and with the full kitchen
I want to see just how handy it is in both established campgrounds and
dispersed camping areas. Eventually, I'd like to see how it handles snow.
Not a lot, of course, but the amount we could easily encounter at lunch
stops or at winter campgrounds.
One other thing I want to try is mounting at the rear of my van and build in
a kitchen set up in the rear of the van. I've had a few ideas for that but
the Carport may make it much simpler to do.
I must say that the Kelty Carport is much more shelter than I was expecting.
The quality of materials, workmanship and design are what I would expect
from a company with Kelty's reputation. I'm really looking forward to seeing
how many ways I can use it camping and for day use.
This concludes my Initial Report. Please check back in October to read my
Field Report update.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Carport Open" IMAGE CAPTION = "Carport
Viewed from the Rear">>
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Carport with Side Opened" IMAGE CAPTION =
"Carport with Side Open">>
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 9" IMAGE CAPTION = "Carport Raised on
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