This past weekend I took the Kelty Gunnison 3.2 tent for a test drive at Cheoah Point Campground in North Carolina. I needed a larger 3 person tent to account for a girlfriend and 2 medium to large sized dogs. Of the 3 person tents I researched, the Kelty Gunnison 3.2 held the most value for me. I wanted a cost effective tent that was packable enough to backpack and would fit 2 adults (under 6 feet) and 2 dogs comfortably.
Here’s the specs of the Kelty Gunnison 3.2 Tent
- Seasons: 3
- Number of doors: 2
- Number of vestibules: 2
- Capacity: 3
- Number of poles: 2 Hubbed
- Minimum weight: 6 lbs / 2.72 kg
- Packaged weight: 7 lbs 4 oz / 3.29 kg
- Floor area: 48.5 ft2 / 4.51 m2
- Vestibule area: 12 ft2 + 12 ft2 / 1.2 m2 + 1.2 m2
- Length: 93 in / 236 cm
- Width: 75 in / 191 cm
- Height: 46 in / 117 cm
- Packed diameter: 8 in / 20 cm
- Packed Length: 22 in / 56 cm
We were able to sleep side by side, length wise on Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Pads with plenty of room for the dogs. Basically, we got half of the tent and the dogs got the other half of the tent. Any dog owner can attest to a dog’s “needs” coming first!
The temperature at night dropped to the high 30’s to low 40’s with wind gusts coming off the lake at close to 40 mph. The rain fly added excellent protection from the high winds and the Kelty Cosmic 41 degree bags kept everyone toasty warm. My girlfriend, who gets cold easily, felt the same way. My favorite part of the tent was having two vestibules. Bringing dogs on a camping trip adds a different element to strategic tent management. Two vestibules allows humans to enter and exit on one side and dogs on the other side. The last thing you want is your precious pup to get excited just before going to bed and puncture a hole in your sleeping pad, leaving you to tossing and turning on rocks and acorns all night. My second favorite part was the overhang attachment to the center of the tent. It made placing important items like a head lamp and Garmin easy to reach.
Camping with dogs can be a blast and really easy if you have the right gear. The Kelty Gunnison 3.2 tent was the perfect combination of price, size and space for either car camping or backpacking with our two dogs.