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Kelty Rumpus 6 Tent | Review

A cavernous tent that’s perfect as a sociable basecamp for three-season adventures

Why We Chose It: Roomy, easy to set-up and take down, reliably sturdy

What we like about the Kelty Rumpus 6 family size tent (also available as a 4P) is that it’s not only very spacious and liveable for a number of people, but it’s also simple. You’re not going to dread having to put it up or take it down and you can count on it holding up in some pretty bad weather.

Photo: Chris Johnson

Who Is The Kelty Rumpus 6 For?

The simplicity and hardiness of this thing makes it a good option for families with young kids. We’d say it’ll be capable of withstanding the curiosity of an adventurous toddler. 

There are also aspects of it that’ll make it great for a group of friends, with that porch space in particular being the perfect size to kick back in when there might be a bit of rain. This is getting a bit niche, but we could also see it as being great for a two-person cycling holiday, with the porch offering enough space for two propped bikes and a bunch of kit too.

Materials and Construction

Three poles are involved here, with two long ones that form the main dome structure for the mesh inner and then a shorter pole that creates the hooped porch for the flysheet. Thanks to Kelty’s ‘Quick Corner’ Sleeves for the pole ends, erecting the inner mesh is super easy – even for one person pitching it alone. You then just throw the flysheet over, slide the third pole through the porch sleeve and peg it all down. 

 “The Rumpus is essentially transformed into a gazebo.”

The main porch has a big double zipped entry, with the flap rolling upwards. It’s a big space, one that can just about fit three people inside, all seated on camping chairs. Kelty sell a footprint separately if you want the porch space to have underfoot lining. You could also prop up the door (using your initiative) for extra coverage in rain.

You then also have another entry at the back of the tent, with a single central zip and flaps that can be rolled to the side. With both the front and back opened up, the Rumpus is essentially transformed into a gazebo, making it incredibly airy. Bear in mind that there’s no storage space in the back entrance.

Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson

As for the main sleeping/living quarters, you have a luxurious 8 square metres²of floor space to work with here. A very decent amount then. At its peak it’s a lofty 192cm and the steep sides generally give plenty of moving-about-space. 

The flysheet and floor are made from a 68D polyester with a modest 1200mm hydrostatic head and fully taped seams. While 1200mm isn’t the highest of hydrostatic heads, this is still going to block out all rain and keep you dry. 

Nice details include little pouches to keep the guylines out of the way when they’re not in use and four mesh pockets on the inside for storage.

The stuff sack for the tent is quite large and it has a huge zipped opening. That means, when it comes to packing the Rumpus away it’ll never be a struggle – you won’t have to cram it, in other words. 

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

“This reminds me a lot of the MSR Habitude 6. They both kind of look like oversized backpacking tents. Mind you, at $299.95 the Rumpus 6 is considerably cheaper than MSR’s £600 design. 

“Pitching it for the first time was very straightforward. I think I might have glanced at the instructions quickly before I got going but I probably could’ve got away with diving in blind. The colour coding of the pole ends certainly helped there. I had the help of my colleague’s Jordan and Giles on that first pitch but I’ve since found that I can pitch it by myself.

Photo: Chris Johnson

“The internal space is cavernous and, with both the front and back doors open, it’s incredibly airy inside so it’s therefore quite pleasant to be inside, even in warm weather. It’s quite well ventilated even when you have the doors closed, with a vent above the main porch and then big gaps between the base of the flysheet and the ground, particularly at the back where the fly is raised. That said, I did still notice there was condensation on the fly at night time – but that’s to be expected.

“That dome-style design makes this a reassuringly stable tent too, though I haven’t tested it in any really strong winds yet. I suspect the high and fairly steep walls might cause things to get a bit wobbly in any super rough stuff. 

“The fabric has a tough feel to it. You can tell it’ll be protective and hardwearing. I wouldn’t call it high-spec though. It’s kind of a bit… agricultural. At least it is if you compare it to the MSR’s materials (but yeh, there’s the price thing there).

“Packing it away was a complete breeze thanks to the large bag. Packed size? Surprisingly compact actually. It’s 26.5 x 9.5 x 8.5 in (67 x 24 x 22 cm) which isn’t bad at all, though the addition of some compression straps would be a definite improvement.”

Photo: Chris Johnson

Kelty Rumpus 6

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