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RE: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST: IR Kelty Carport Deluxe Jerry Goller

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  • 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. Jerry
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      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.

      Jerry


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      -----Original Message-----
      From: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
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      Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 7:11 PM
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      Subject: [backpackgeartesters] IR Kelty Carport Deluxe Jerry Goller


      New HTML version at http://tinyurl.com/59rw3e



      KELTY CARPORT Vehicle Awning
      TEST SERIES BY JERRY GOLLER
      IR
      July 30, 2008

      TESTER INFORMATION

      NAME: Jerry Goller
      EMAIL: jerrygoller@...
      AGE: 61
      LOCATION: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
      GENDER: M
      HEIGHT: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
      WEIGHT: 229 lb (104.00 kg)

      I started camping with my father at age 6 or so. I’ve 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.


      INITIAL REPORT

      PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS

      <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Kelty Carport">>
      Manufacturer: Kelty
      Year of Manufacture: 2008
      Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.kelty.com/" LINK
      TEXT = "Kelty home page">>
      MSRP: US$320
      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.


      INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

      <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Package Contents" IMAGE CAPTION = "Package
      Contents">>
      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
      Attached">>
      <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Velcro Attached" IMAGE CAPTION = "Velcro
      Strap Detail">>

      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 expected.

      TESTING STRATEGY

      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
      rig.
      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.



      SUMMARY

      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
      Poles">>



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