Nicole Qualtieri from Gear Junkie reviewed our NEW Maxfield Tent series. Full review below.
Sturdy, roomy, and a breeze to pack up, the Maxfield two-person launches Klymit into the tent game with gusto!
Klymit’s recent entry into the tent biz is not a surprising one. But with its first run of development, the brand managed to secure a hold in the tent game with unique design elements that are both thoughtful and practical.
And, lucky me, I got to test those elements out in all sorts of conditions. I spent 4 days and 3 nights in Yellowstone National Park’s backcountry in the two-person Klymit Maxfield 2 Tent. Our crew went in with 12 llamas and 10 humans with an intent to hike, fish, and camp.
New to the market this fall, the Maxfield tent got me through a whole host of crazy moments. And — spoiler alert — it’s one of my favorite tents I’ve tested in the wild hills of the lower 48. Here’s the lowdown.
Klymit Maxfield 2-Person Tent Review
The first thing I noticed when I began unpacking the two-person Klymit was that, unlike the great majority of tents, this one isn’t stored in a bag. At least, the Maxfield isn’t in the traditional stuff sack.
The protective case unfolds into a rectangle that doubles up as a floor mat for your vestibule. Upon setting aside the floor mat/stuff sack, you’re left with the main tent, rainfly, a single tent pole, and stakes.
I like to attempt to set up tents without instructions in an effort to see how intuitive the setup is. And this tent was decently fluid to build. Upon snapping together the pole, I noted that the span is surprisingly big. The one piece of instruction I did receive beforehand was that this particular tent is easier to get together if you stake down the main body first. Klymit calls it a “semi-freestanding tent,” meaning you’ll need stakes to help the body stay upright. I did this, and it proved accurate.
I can definitely set up other tents more quickly, but I think I’ll gain speed as I become more familiar with the tent.
Taking the 4-pound 3-ounce Maxfield tent down proved surprisingly simple, thanks in large part to the unique stuff sack. Klymit specifically designed the roll-out/roll-up stuff sack to take the hassle out of breaking down camp in the morning. The idea is that you can lay the fly, tent body, poles, and stakes right on top of the sack, then roll it all up together — faster and easier than stuffing everything down.
Personally, I didn’t use the optional footprint, but you can use this setup in a fast fly scenario. This means you can attach the rainfly directly to the footprint with poles and stakes, and you’ll have a quick shelter up in no time.