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.
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.