Kelty Green River 4 Tent Review
Four Person Tents for Camping

Family tents with screen rooms are usually highly rated, but Kelty Green River 4 reviews are terrible.

Learn why Kelty Green River four person tents aren't the best for family camping.

The Kelty Tent Company is known for producing quality shelters that cut costs and provide innovation.

While most Kelty products are worthwhile investments, the Kelty Green River 4 Tent is not.

That's not to say all Green River Tents are bad--the Kelty Green River 6 is one of the best family tents for camping. However, many of its advantages do not translate over to the Green River four person, three season shelter.

Kelty Green River 4 Review

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The Kelty Green River 4 Tent

Even though the Green River Four lacks many of the 6's advantages, there are numerous advantageous aspects to this tent, including:

  • Large gear vestibule allows kids to change out of dirty hiking gear before entering

  • Screen room for lounging and adding ventilation

  • Waterproof, which is an essential in any family tent for camping

Still, do these few features justify such a high price tag? Taking a look at the specs will reveal more...

Kelty Green River 4 Tent Specs

  • Area: 81 square feet
  • Vestibule Area: 43.6 square feet
  • Max Height: 71 inches
  • Weight: 20 pounds, 15 oz (Minimum); 21 pounds, 14 oz (Packaged)
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Packaged Size: 12" by 27"
  • Tent Pole Material: Fiberglass
  • Seasons: 2

Kelty Green River 4 Footprint

Since Camping Tent Reviews does not even recommend purchasing the Green River 4 tent, we do not recommend purchasing the footprint either.

However, if for some reason you are sold on this family shelter, then you should buy the footprint, too. It will extend the shelters lifespan and make the most of your (unwise) investment.

Kelty Green River 4 Tents: Advantages

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Green River 4 Tent Specs

The advantages of the Green River 6 were the following:

  • Giant size (204 square feet)
  • Max height of 6.5 feet allows you to stand and move easily
  • Large gear vestibule
  • Waterproo

However, the Green River 4 skimps on size. Whereas the Green River 6 allocated 34 square feet per person, the Kelty Green River 4 person tent allows 31 square feet per person.

Then, you look at the height. The 6 person model allows people up to 6.5 feet to stand and move comfortably. However, in the Green River 4 by Kelty, if you are taller than 5'11" then too bad. You can't be comfortable.

Finally, both shelters are waterproof and have a large gear vestibule. Nice perks to mask its shortfalls.

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Kelty Green River 4: Disadvantages

As mentioned, one of the largest drawbacks is size (both max height and square feet). That aside, this family tent still has many faults.

First up is the fact that it has fiberglass tent poles. Aluminum poles are far sturdier and more reliable. The last thing you need is a tent pole breaking while camping.

What's the last thing you want to do after a two hour car ride to a campground? Pitch a tent, right? Well, it's inevitable that you'll be pitching a tent--what's not inevitable is how much time it takes you to do it.

With Green River Tents though, you will spend about an hour pitching your shelter. Not fun.

Finally, there's the issue of airflow. Like the 6 person model, the Green River 4 by Kelty lacks the cross-ventilation needed in a family shelter.

When the gear vestibule doubles as a screen room, airflow is sufficient. However, you won't sleep like this so the airflow provided by the screen room is irrelevant.

Consumers like:
  • Waterproof
  • Comfortable
  • Sturdy
Consumers don't like:
  • Heavy
  • Difficult to pitch
  • Poor rain fly design


If you like the Green River Tents design and think it fits your needs, purchase the Green River 6 person model instead of the Green River 4.

It's a far superior tent for a similar price tag.

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