Review: Kelty Riverbend 2, 3, 4 [ 3-season Tent ]

Review: Kelty Riverbend 2, 3, 4 [ 3-season Tent ]
Retail: $300, MBstores.com is offering this tent for only $169.95. (Limit time offer, expire soon.)

Product Description
A roomy, lightweight two-person, three-season backpacking tent with lots of headroom, ventilation, and a spacious vestibule. Polyester Rainfly-NO SAGGING. Vaulted sleeve construction. Taped seams. Vent on door for ventilation. Vestibule for gear storage. Webforce and FlyBoy enhanced. Eclipse window. One door, one vestibule. Materials: Polyester ripstop tent walls and fly. 2.3 oz 1800mm PU nylon taffeta floor.

Retail: $249-$329


Reviewed by: Amanda Dorato, a Car Camper from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: 6/6/2002 7:13:14 PM
 

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I went to Montana to visit a friend who had just bought the Riverbend 3 Webforce, somewhat different than the 2 listed in this thread of reviews (HINT HINT UPDATE?)

Anyway, I have never been camping really before, and this tent was SO SIMPLE to set up- really a no brainer. The no see um mesh on the roof lets you see up at the sky, a feature i really like. The eclipse windows and door also let you see a lot, but still feel like you are in a nice little den. No bugs go in, and it did start to rain, though we remained bone dry.

So roomy also. And even though it doesnt really matter, this is one good looking tent- colors etc and overall appearance! The fact that it is white primarily, makes the inside brighter than say a dark khaki tent.

I do wish the rainfly had some clear panels so you can see out somewhat. Or that it had some way to open at the side, for when the rain is really just a shower.

 

 
  Reviewed by: Sean, a Backpacker from Minneapolis, MN
Date Reviewed: 5/22/2002 12:58:58 PM
 
 

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I got my Riverbend 2 on Sale and I absolutely Love this tent! It is one of the quickest tents to set up I've ever seen. There is an ample amount of mesh, giving plenty of ventilation in the summer, and great views of the stars. The rain fly is quick and easy to flip on (at 4am in the rain)... The aluminum poles are nice and light.

Downsides: 2 people are pretty tight, unless you really like each other and leave your gear outside. You have to pull a steak if you want to open the vestibule. There is no gear loft.

 

 
  Reviewed by: Danny, a Backpacker from Birmingham, AL
Date Reviewed: 5/15/2002 5:38:40 AM
 
 

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I have had the Riverbend 2 for about a year. I needed a tent for two people and gear but it had to be reasonably priced. After a lot of reasearch I found
this tent to have a lot more floor space than most 2-man tents costing twice as much. The weight is not too bad
when you split it between 2 people(a little less than 3.5 lbs each). There is enough room for 2 people and gear,
I'm 6'-2" and there is even plenty of room to sit up. I haven't used it in a downpour yet but if you take time to seal the seams any tent should do fine in a heavy rain. This tent holds up very well in heavy winds when you use the guy lines. This tent should do well for anyone looking for a two man tent.
I wouldn't recomend it for one person because of the weight, but for 2 it's just right because you can split it up
and let each person carry half. If you need a one man tent, get a Kelty Zen. Overall the Kelty Riverbend 2 ia a great 2-man tent for the price.

Customer Service:
I haven't had a need to use the customer service, the tent is made of quality materials and is well made and I don't expect to have to contact them.

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Kelty Zen, Peak 1 Cobra
 

 
  Reviewed by: Tom Buck, a Paddler from Ankeny, IA USA
Date Reviewed: 5/14/2002 7:21:03 PM
 
 

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Bought the Riverbend 3 last summer from Cabela's for a deal (same price as the fiberglass Streamside 3 version). Needed a real tent after a rainstorm soaked my wife and me out of our old tent. Improvements over the old tent were the aluminum poles (no more tieing the tent to a tree to keep it from collapsing in the wind) vs fiberglass, and the rain fly is tight and close enough to the ground to prevent pooling of water and leaking as well as splashing of rain under the rainfly. A queen sized air mattress fits perfectly in the back of the tent leaving just enough room for the two of us the spaniel and the gear. In the morning, it folds up in to a small package which fits into a wet sack and stows in a kayak without adding a lot of weight. So far it has stood up to weather and the occasional drunk guy falling on it(very sturdy). In busy camp sites, I would recommend the triptease rain fly cords to help people not trip over the rainfly cords at night (they reflect).

I recommend this tent to anyone who is willing to spend a more than $50 at walmart on a tent to be comfortable. If it is always nice when you camp, you can probably get away with a $50 tent. This is a serious campers tent, but not at a seriously high price.

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None
 

 
  Reviewed by: Frank Morlock, a Backpacker from hamburg, new york, usa
Date Reviewed: 4/3/2002 5:01:08 PM
 
 

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I bought this tent after having my North Face Slickrock destroyed by a bear in Sequoia National Park 2 years ago. I found it on sale for a great price(i think around $160.00)! This tent is an absolute breeze to set up, and has withstood the wind and rain of at least 15 national parks. My one gripe would be that there is nowhere to hang anything inside. The vestibule is large enough to store boots and smaller things, but not large enough for packs.
A great tent for two people!!! (and by the way, no i didn't have food in my tent)

 

 
  Reviewed by: Benny & Kimmy, a Car Camper from Illinois
Date Reviewed: 3/1/2002 11:22:29 AM
 
 

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We purchased a Kelty Riverbend 3 approximately one year ago. We've used it several times, including nights reaching high 70's, down to 25 degrees and sleeting. It was well ventilated during the summer and when sealed up, retained heat well. Due to it's unique design, it provides ample room for lovemaking. :) But seriously, it is very roomy. Extremely easy to set up and take down. It's also withstood severe thunderstorms of 35+ mph winds and three days of solid rain. NO LEAKS. Highly recommended.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brian, a Backpacker from San Diego, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: 12/30/2001 7:22:22 PM
 
 

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I got the riverbend 4 on sale for $185- down from $230-something so right away the value was a good one. Roomy and SUPER easy to set up. Seams and bathtub floor looks mighty waterproof, but being from SoCal I doubt it'll seriously be tested anytime soon. Fabric took some serious stress during a windy joshua tree excursion, but held up with nary a burst seam anywhere. Great tent for Taj Mahal roominess with 2, slighty less space for 3, but still competnet.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Doug, a Day Hiker from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: 10/28/2001 5:00:14 PM
 
 

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Havent used it in the rain, but despite its mesh, was a fairly warm tent on 40F night. Decent amount of room for two (riverbend 2). wish there was somewhere to hang a light! Minor issue, but noplace to hook on to anywhere inside the tent.

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  Reviewed by: Glen, a Backpacker from N.S. Canada
Date Reviewed: 9/7/2001 3:08:31 PM
 
 

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The Riverbend 2 is just right in size for two people... if you leave your gear outside. The vestibule is really only good for keeping boots dry at night. Zero intrusion of rain. This tent is well made and sets up in a hurry. Floor is lightly constructed, so a footprint was used.

Customer Service:
no experience

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Kelty Vortex 2
 

 
  Reviewed by: Roger, a Backpacker from Hawaii
Date Reviewed: 8/22/2001 2:04:01 PM
 
 

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Roomy, light, and easy to set up. The UV resistant fly is especially good here in the islands. Not bad on ventilation. I wouldn't want to use it in the snow though.

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Lots of other tents...I'm originally a hiker/backpacker from Colorado.
 

 
  Reviewed by: M. Kaplan, a Car Camper from Houston, Texas, USA
Date Reviewed: 5/12/2001 2:38:25 PM
 
 

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I got this tent for a steal at $140, and it was one of the smartest
purchases I've ever made. So far I've taken it out in two major
downpours and wind gusts at over 35 m.p.h. While my friends' tents
were flooding and collapsing, my tent was sturdy and very
waterproof. It's easy to set up and take down, and is a great buy
overall. "Riverbend 4" is a misnomer, though, because it will only
fit two adults, plus their gear, comfortably.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kalypso, a Car Camper from Florida
Date Reviewed: 5/11/2001 3:45:26 PM
 
 

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Got this (3/person) tent for some car camping, Spring & Fall, with occasional backpacking trips (Summer, Winter). Set it up to seam seal and found every seam hot taped. Setup is very easy and tent setus up taut. Fly (& floor) is thickly waterproofed (1800mm) with several reinforced guy-out points, 2 windows, a vestibule zip-vent/opening and a high rainproof fly vent. Great layout, lot's of headroom, good colors and very ergonomic connectors/zippers/tie-offs. Dividing tent into 2 packets =@ 3.8# each...not too bad for a LARGE 2 person or friendly 3 person backpacking shelter. Good value on sale for @ $225 US.

Customer Service:
None needed

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  Reviewed by: M D Harmer, a Backpacker from Salt Lake City, UT
Date Reviewed: 4/18/2001 12:22:15 PM
 
 

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This is a great tent for the money. I took it on a solo trip for the first time, and it set up without a problem. The tent's design is well thought-out and it pitches tautly.
the only stake needed is for the vestibule.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Lisa, a Car Camper from Atlanta, GA
Date Reviewed: 3/21/2001 6:03:48 PM
 
 

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This is a great tent, easy to put up and take down. Stores easily in the stuff sack. Light enough to take on a back packing trip if you share the load. Sufficient room for two adults and gear. I especially like the ground cloth that can be purchased separately. The tent performs well in wet weather. The tent is well made and I expect that it will last a long time.
 

 
  Reviewed by: JOSEPH L. SCHILI, a Backpacker from GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J. USA
Date Reviewed: 12/27/2000 11:13:01 AM
 
 

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HAVE RECENTLY PURCHASED THIS TENT AND FOUND IT TO BE MORE THAN ADEQUATE. IT SETS UP FAST AND TIGHT. PLENTY OF VENTILATION, NICE ADDITION OF STARGAZING MESH ABOVE. SETS UP IN A MATTER OF MINUTES WITH COLOR CODED SNAPS. A GOOD BACKPACKING TENT OF HIGH QUALITY.
 

 
  Reviewed by: John, a Car Camper from Philadelphia PA
Date Reviewed: 11/2/2000
 
 

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I bought this tent for car camping. (Riverbend 4) Tent is excellent for the price. Sets up quick. Is very waterproof. This is really a 2 person tent that is a little longer. My medium sized dog fits very cumfy with us at the foot of the tent.

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Haven't used this tent in the heat yet but was warm at 40 degrees with a decent bag

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  Reviewed by: Matt, a Backpacker from Urbana, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/14/2000
 
 

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I bought this, my first tent, for about $160 and have used it twice. Both were downpours and had no leaking problems. The tent sets up quickly and there's plenty of room inside. I wish the vestibule was a little larger.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Heather, a Day Hiker from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: 7/13/2000
 
 

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I recently procured this tent after returning my Kelty Zen (due to the fact it wasn't a free-standing model) and have used it twice. Once indoors in the middle of my living room and once outdoors in a middle of a field. The tent sets up swift (color coded reflective webbing and two equal length aluminum poles) and tight. I particularly enjoy the open ceiling feature for those warm nights of stargazing. A great value at $165!

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  Reviewed by: Ron, a Backpacker from Toledo Ohio USA
Date Reviewed: 6/28/2000
 
 

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Very nice tent for the money, light, strong, easy to put up and extremely water tight.

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Excellent service as always.


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