Part of the Cooper-Hewett exhibit on portable shelters;
pictured in Smithsonian Magazine. What was designed
to give greater ventilation and sturdier form turned
out to be a work of art. In 1998, after 10 years of
evolution, the list of unique improvements incorporated
into vaulted sleeves is long: continuous pole sleeves,
huge separation and ventilation between tent and fly,
sleeve openings at only one end (color coded), all poles
the same size on dome tents, rigidity enhancing spacer
shape and materials. At this rate of evolution, someday
they may even be able to fly.
The design of this years vaulted spacer design
has been altered to a deeper, more hyperbolic shape.
The result of this subtle change is that the poles feed
through the sleeves even more smoothly and easily than
need not apply
Few realize how insanely strong our tent poles are.
For their weight, they are as strong as excellent titanium
alloys (3Al-2V, 6Al-4V and up). Titaniums strength/weight
ratio ranges from 875,000 (psi per lb./cu.in.) to 1,060,000.
Kelty 7000 series aluminum poles are right up there
at 940,000. Easton aluminum poles are used on our upper
Incredibly strong and light nobendium stakes are
made of 7001-T6 aluminum, one of the strongest aluminum
alloys in the world today. They bend only with great
difficulty. Their 6mm diameter makes them perfect for
hard ground yet they weigh no more than a regular stake:
.54 ounces each. Anodized in popular colors for a hard,
corrosion resistant exterior that won't smudge your
hands or gear with aluminum spooge.
Smooth, tight, flowing catenary seam lines have always
been part of Kelty tents. In 1998 we bring them to the
bottom edge of the tent with our ArcEdge floor
seams. By sculpting the fabric edge, we bring the tents
floor side seams up off the ground and distribute tension
in the lower walls more evenlymaking them extremely
waterproof, more aerodynamic and quite aesthetically
on fiberglass pole tents
In 1998 all Kelty fiberglass tents use clip construction.
Clips offer both proven popularity and function
solving the problem of exterior ferrules catching and
hanging up on sleeves as theyre slid through
no sleeve, eh? Going to clips has also allowed the use
of polyester rainflies throughout our entire line
at no extra cost.
point pole tips
Continuing our process of continuous improvement, weve
redesigned our ball ends to have a thin, sleek, bullet-like
shape. This not only makes putting the poles into the
sleeves easier, it also helps taking them out.
Ever answer the call of nature in the middle of a moonless
night only to trip over your tent guy line? The Triptease
LightLine will change all that. When your light
hits it, the highly reflective 3M Scotchlite yarn
lights up like a Christmas tree. Not only is Lightline
bright, its also light and strong. At 1.0 ounce
per 50 foot length, its less than half the weight
of standard cord. LightLines Spectra® 900
core makes it ridiculously strong with a 188 pound breaking
strength. How do you improve that? The firm weave resists
tangling, and the non-slippery exterior holds knots