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Everything that makes a great two-person tent.

Low weight, simple design, and bombproof weather protection define a quality tent, and the Kelty Gunnison 2 Tent is all of these things. Without breaking the bank, the Gunnison 2 provides roomy and protective accommodations for two backpackers and features two vestibules to keep your gear out of the rain.
  • Waterproof fly and floor fabric features fully taped seams for added protection from rainstorms and soggy weather
  • ArcEdge floor means the floor material extends a few inches up the tent walls to reduce seam-to-ground contact
  • Color-coded clips, two-pole design, swivel hub tech, Jake's Foot stakeouts, and Press Fit connectors make for a quick, easy setup every time
  • DAC Featherlite NSL poles keep weight to a minimum without sacrificing strength or durability
  • Jake's Foot pole attachment utilizes a ball and socket design to keep the pole end in place during setup and easily pops out for take-down
  • Mesh wall panels increase airflow to decrease condensation and stuffiness
  • Internal storage pockets keep your flashlight, maps, and trail wares accessible
  • Dual vestibules give you plenty of covered space for your gear
  • Welded fly window lets you check weather without getting out
  • Noiseless zipper pulls let you sneak out to the loo without waking everyone
  • Gear-loft loops enable you to hang your headlamp when it gets dark
  • Fast-pitch-compatible; just carry the poles, fly, and footprint to save weight
  • Footprint available separately

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5 5

Nice Decently Priced Tent

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's roomy enough for too large people (I'm 6'5"). Nice ceiling vents keep the air flowing, but don't cool the tent down too much on chillier nights (i.e. 30-40s). The tent, minus the poles, packs down nicely with a compression sack. And it doesn't weigh too much.

Spending the cash to get the footprint is a good idea, though when I bought this Backcountry wasn't carrying it, so I had to order from Kelty direct.

5 5

Nada Problemas Kelty

This tent is awesome. Great for car camping and backing packing, with plenty of outdoor storage room under the vestibules for your packs and the pup. Ive been snowed on, and rained on for days and never have I ever gotten wet, only the typical condensation build up. Over two years of hard-hitting, this tent has stood up to everything it has encountered. And who can argue over the price?

5 5

Love this Tent

I bought this tent for two people and a small 20 lb pup. We took it to Vermont this past summer. This tent sets up and tears down in just a few minutes, and I love the jake's feet. It was very easy to pack up and go. There is plenty of room inside for two people, and the puppy doesn't take up much space but he was comfortable as well. There are pockets on the inside to keep things close, and a gear loft that ties to the top of the tent and keeps things out of a teething puppy's reach. We were very comfortable and extremely satisfied with the durability and easy set up.

5 5


This is by far, my most favorite tent! It is perfect for two people, and works great for one as well. The vestibule in the rainfly is perfect for storing gear. Never had any problems.

5 5

Great Tent!!!

My son and I went with a friend and his family on what was my son's first trip. The tent was set up in 5 minutes. My friend bought a cheep tent that took 10 to 15 minutes to set up. We stayed for 2 nights, on the second night a thunder storm poped over the mountain. Bring what I seemed to be 60 mph winds and driving rain for over an hour. My son and I waited it out dry, while my friend had to dig trenches around his because his tent leaking. This tent is never going to be left behind. Best hiking investment so far.

5 5

Great tent for 2

This tent is perfect for 2 people. When you split the weight of it between 2 packs, its only a few pounds in each persons pack. I've heard people complain about the jakes feet style connectors at the corners... I actually love them. Once you clip the foot of the tent pole into the jakes foot connector, it stays there. This makes putting up the tent WAY easier because you don't have to worry about the poles you've already put in the corners slipping free of their grommets or whatever. The tent is extremely well ventilated and can withstand extremely heavy winds like a champ. With two people the vestibules provide more than enough room for storing packs etc. The footprint (not included) clips to the tent as well, ensuring it stays perfectly aligned. I occasionally use it as my tent when I go on solo trips in the backcountry. Its heavier than I'd like for that purpose but still totally doable, and once its set up its luxuriously roomy for one person plus all my stuff. Definitely deserves 5 stars.

4 5

Poles are light and the Vents can be cold

I have spent a lot of time backpacking with this tent, and there are only two issues that I can think of. The first is the DAC poles. because they are light weight, they can be prone to hairline cracks in the flange if you are not careful when setting them up, or if setting up in a lot of wind. this happened while a friend was setting up the tent, so I'm not sure how much of it could be blamed on him or not. Kelty took a while, but made right on the warranty eventually. The other issue can be that because of the head and foot vents, the tent can get quite a bit colder than other three season tents without vents in those places. they can let a bit of draft through, but really only got to be an issue in when pushing the limit (30 degree bag in 20-30 degree temps)

4 5

great tent

This tent has done everything I wanted from it and more. Very waterproof wind resistant and easy to set up. I have even used it for winter camping and has worked well for me. Its a tight two person but is light and small in your pack. The footprint is great also.

great tent
2 5

Bit chintzy

The basic design of this tent is sound, however Kelty decided to improve on the wheel and used these little chintzy plastic pieces at the point where the tent poles hook into the tent corners, and also on the corners of the rain fly. I was afraid to break them when I set up the tent in our living room--much less out in the field when they freeze and "ping" break into 16 pieces when I take it down. I would not recommend this tent, and I'm sending it back.

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I have used this tent in the field in below freezing conditions and the clips did not break.

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I can confirm this. I was worried at first about the plastic connectors breaking, but so far they've been incredibly durable, even when I've been more forceful than I should on them. I've used them down to about 20 degrees with no cracking yet.

4 5

Good Budget Tent

I have the older, original Gunnison 2. It does the trick and is definitely roomy but you pay for it in weight. Very good for what it was intended for, but the weight conscious packers will look to lighter options.

The 2 vestibules and doors are a great convenience... as well as the high vent on the fly, which I miss on my Ultralight Solo Tent.

Good Budget Tent
5 5

Amazing Tent

I got this tent about two months ago, and I've used it 3 times with great satisfaction.
I work for a conservation corps, for twice a month for 8 days my tent is my home. I researched tents for 4 months when picking my most recent tent, and I decided on the Gunnison 2.1.
For me, dual doors tents are a must-have. If you ever go backpacking with a friend or partner, one door just sucks. Someone is always walking over someone's things, and dirt is just getting everywhere. Not only does the Gunnison have two doors, but it also had two very large vestibules. The vestibule space is enough to hold my 4500cu in. backpack and my boots.
When I use this for work, I keep my backpack in the tent with me, and also my daypack. When used by two people, there is enough room for people, sleeping pads and bags, pillows, and a small daypack/bag for each person.
The tent also comes with a gear loft.
I recommend getting the footprint too, because the floor doesn't seem super durable.
I like the arched floor by the doors, because not only does it keep any possible sheet flow water out, but it also keeps you from kicking dirt into the tent when you are crawling in.
The vents up top are awesome, I've never had this tent get condensation on the inside.

All in all, a very great roomy tent, doesn't weigh a lot. The setup is a breeze with the one pole on a central hub.
If you want a 2 person backpacking tent for under 200 dollars and under 6 pounds, look no further.

Amazing Tent
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Still using it eight months later and I still love the tent.
I had one section of the pole bend slightly during high winds, but it still works great. Kelty said they would replace the poles for me, but I have to send the whole tent in before they will replace, and I haven't had the time yet.

5 5

Great value and reliable tent!

I've owned this tent for a few seasons and it is an excellent tent. Lots of room (I am 6' 225# and can sit up in it without touching my head to the roof), quick setup even with 1 person setting it up, durible and water resistant (I would say as close to water proof as a 3 season tent can be), and has 2 large vestibules that can hold backpacks/boots/30 pack of beer. Only drawback is the tent stakes are super soft and may as well be made out of ramen noodles (not a big deal as stakes are like $10 for a set of new ones). I would definitely reccomend this tent, especially for the price! It has survived 2 Alaskan camping seasons and takes abuse like a redheaded stepchild.

Does this tent have any interior pockets...

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Does this tent have any interior pockets or a gear loft for gear organization and storage?

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According to Kelty this does indeed feature Internal Storage Pockets..so all your knic-knacks have a place to live.

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This tent has two internal storage pockets, one at each end.
It also comes with a very large gear loft.

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