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What is the most stressful part of camping? Trying to set up the tent! It can be extremely frustrating when you’re trying to figure out how to make a sturdy tent out of thin metal poles. Struggling to set up the tent when you arrive can easily put you in a bad mood. One company has figured out a way to take the stress out of tent set up and take down by incorporating inflatable poles.
The Kelty Mach 4 Air-Pitch Inflatable Tent is an interesting solution to this age old problem. While it is not perfect yet, it does throw a curveball to campers who are fed up with struggling to set up traditional tents. While it weighs more than a traditional tent, the Mach 4 has fewer pieces, is quickly assembled and taken down, and has lots of square footage.
The company claims that the inflatable tent can be pumped up fully in under a minute with their high volume, dual-action floor pump. Two separate inlets must be pumped up, but it does create a solid structure. Before inflation, the tent does need to be staked down. In an overnight test, the tent did not seem to lose any air pressure so re-inflation was not necessary.
For inclement conditions, the Mach 4 is made with a UV-resistant polyester rainfly with seams that are nicely taped. There are optional features available too. There are noiseless zippers, internal storage pockets, and upper and lower vents for increased ventilation. There is also a six person model and optional footprint.
The Mach 4 is definitely an innovative inflatable and camping product. The ease of assembly will make it a favorite with the casual camper. For around $400 you could take the Mach 4 with you on your next camping trip!