Your home away from your annoying roommate.
- Waterproof fly and floor fabric feature fully taped seams for added protection from rainstorms and soggy weather
- A single vestibule allows you more space for storage and protects your gear from the wet
- DAC Pressfit poles keep weight to a minimum without sacrificing strength or durability
- A color-coded clip construction helps make setting up the Mesa easy
- Mesh-wall panels and fly vents provide you with plenty of ventilation when camping in the desert or during the summer months
- Gear-loft loops provide you a place to hang your headlamp or attach an optional gear-loft basket (sold separately)
- Internal storage pockets help organize everyone’s on-hand essentials
- Noiseless zipper pulls won’t wake your partner when you have to empty your bladder in the middle of the night
- Footprint available separately
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I have only used the tent for a week, but I have enjoyed it. Very quick to set up. Fit 2 very large sleeping pads inside. The shape of the footprint makes it so you want to put your head by the only door, which would not be my first choice. Kept me cool (and able to see the stars) without the rain fly, and perfectly dry with it.
Great tent!! I work for a conservation corps in AZ and we do a lot of multiple days in the field so good shelter is clutch. The tent is wonderful keeps everything dry super easy set up light easy to set up and break down and great price. love kelty brand they are always reliable also love backcountry.com customer service is great! Only negative quality is one door :(
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I took it car camping this past weekend to try it out and loved it. It was big enough to comfortably hold me (5' 8", not petite) and my Collie-mix. It was incredibly easy to set up and break down; I was relaxing while my friends were still working on their tent. It also kept me dry when it rained, while my friends' tent leaked despite having an extra tarp attached. (I may have gloated just a bit.) I was worried that my dog's nails would damage it, but it came out without a scratch. I had a comfortable, dry, bug-free weekend.
For those who like to use air mattresses, this will fit a twin size with room for a lantern and some smaller things as well. Any larger would not fit. Also, if you are tall you will brush your head against parts of the ceiling while seated due to the added height from the mattress. Not a big deal other than causing static in your hair and making it slightly more difficult to enter/exit. I personally plan on using a pad next time.
Overall I really loved this tent and can't wait to use it again.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent as a birthday gift for a friend and she loves it. I had the chance to check it out with her when she initially set it up. For the price it's a great little tent.
Got this one a few months ago. Super light, durable, everything a Kelty normally is. Very simple design means while all my friends are still setting up their tents mine is assembled and I'm sipping some whiskey offering nothing but pointers on why they should really invest in a Kelty. Walked through 8 hours of rain last week, and though literally everything else was soaked, the tent was bone dry.
If I was you, I'd probably buy one.
I plan on buying this tent mainly for backpacking trips but I also plan on using it for car camping with my sons (8&4). Will this tent hold a queen airmattress (with no other gear)?
No this tent will not fit a queen size air mattress, if that is what you are looking to do you will need to look at a 3 person tent.
For the price, it is hard to beat. Vestibule is big enough to store your gear and overall weight is more than reasonable.
What is the best way to store the tent, stuffed, rolled loosely or folded loosely?
Once it is air dried you can store it in the stuff sack and that should be fine. I've stored them loosely in a duffle as well to prevent creasing if I know I won't be using it for a while.
Stuff it, that is why they come in a stuff sack.
Over the last 7 months I've grown a fondness for this tent. It has always kept me warm and dry! Used solo backpacking and have had plenty of pack space, and car camping with my partner has been comfortable as well.
I'm wondering how other people store their packs when using this tent with two people. My wife and I own this tent, and love it except for a few small concerns. First, I don't know how you could fit two packs and two sets of boots in this small vestibule and still be able to get in and out. Last time out I ended up standing up my pack and leaning it against the tent door in order to fit everything. This, then, took 6 inches off the length on that side of the tent (where the pack pressed into the door) and long term would hurt the mesh door. Second, I'm just shy of 5'9" and wake up every morning with the feet of my down bag wet from touching the end of the tent. It just seems a bit too small for two people and their gear, but we'd love to not have to replace it. Thus the question: how do you store your packs when using this tent?
The vestibule is pretty small on this one...I'd recommend just laying your packs on top of the boots. There aren't many tents that you can store the packs AND get in and out. When backpacking you'd normally just want to store your packs there when you are hitting the sack. The other option is just leave the packs outside, or in a tree, they'll survive.
I would get a Kelt Gunnison 2 person, it has two Vestibules and is very room with two people. My dad is 5'10" and there is extra room at his head and feet when he is in it, and with the two Vestibules you get almost 1/3 extra space on each side compared to the Grand Mesa (which I have)
Grand Mesa 2 has gear loft hooks, but Kelty does not make a gear loft...does anyone know of a compatible sized gear loft for this tent?
a few tiny carabiners, some fabric, and 5 minutes will have you a perfect fit custom gear loft!!
I have owned and used this tent as my backcountry tent since around 2007 and love it.Have taken it on many trips and it has comfortable made it through late spring snow storms in the Wind River range, heavy wind storms in the Sawtooths, and pouring rain storms in the Cascades all with no problems.I do recommend getting the optional footprint for this tent as it will also fit in the same carrying bag and prolong the life of this tent.As other reviewers have mentioned; if you are planning on having 2 people use this then you had better be well acquainted because it will be a snug fit.I am 6'2" and there is plenty of room for myself and all my gear inside and the small vestibule is nice for leaving wet and muddy shoes and jackets in and makes a nice wind break for cooking on my campstove when you roll one side up.For 1 person lightweight tent you can't find a better tent in this price range.Holds up well to wind and rain with good ventilation.Setup and take-down are a cinch with only two poles to worry about.Have used it for approximately 120-140 nights worth of camping and it is still holding up with no leaks or holes.
I love this tent! Now- I have to point out that this is my first tent, but what a beautiful thing she is. I'm always the first one set up and the first to break it down, it's that easy. I agree that this is a "couples" two person tent, but it is perfect for one person and their gear. I have a Talon 22 backpack and can fit this tent, a sleeping bag, a 3/4 sleeping pad and a few clothes in it pretty easily. Not sure I agree with the "noiseless zipper" claim but sure it is a little quieter. My only suggestion would be to go ahead and buy a footprint to extend the life of this tent. Here is a picture of my tent the night I got it. Set up in the house just so I could to use it!
in my opinion the best tent you can buy for this price, solid tent and light. very easy to put up as well.
This is the best tent I could find for the money. Nothing else compares to this tent, to beat it you with have to spend twice or three times as much. Easy setup, color-coded clips on the fly make life easy. Packs smaller than the stuff sack provided, weights around 4Lbs.DAC Pressfit poles keep weight to a minimum and are good quality. Vestibule is on the small side when sleeping two up for two large backpacks but its not bad. Interior space is tight with two but more than doable. Again, for the price nothing compares. Quality and fit is fantastic, is water proof and wind proof.I like the internal storage pockets and ventilation is great. I have had this in all sorts of weather mainly in the Rocky Mountains area and it keeps on ticking. Great tent!
I just took this on a trip to Assateague Island, MD this weekend, and it was amazing! The last night and day of the trip, we got hit with heavy thunderstorms. We didn't have a tarp/footprint under the tent, and I was worried some moisture would come in from the bottom. My boyfriend and I stayed completely dry inside there! The fly and floor really is waterproof.
It's extremely easy to set-up and take down. Space was good for me and my boyfriend, though it is a little snug. If you have a gear loft/attic, which I plan to invest in, it would be perfect. 3 side pockets were helpful. Great air ventilation. I'll definitely be picking up the footprint for this; there's room in the carrying bag for one.
This is where the tent had been during a huge thunderstorm. Not a drop of water got in!!!
Just enough room in the vestibule to cook and keep a couple pairs of boots.
Brewing some coffe on a rainy morning in the Smokies.