Seven years later and this tent is still going strong. For my first review on Backcountry I decided to review the very first item I purchased through the site, and it just happens to be a product that I love. My version is the Gunnison 2.1, which is this tents predecessor.
During the very first pitch in my living room the ease of setup became apparent. Reflective points guide you to the correct connection points even if you are setting up in the dark. The sealed floor has never leaked and the rain fly has been tested numerous times. Twin-vestibules let two wet hikers organize and store gear easily, while several interior pockets are perfect for lanterns, books, and glasses.
This shelter shines when it comes to versatility. I have used this tent in conditions ranging from camping in line for Gonzaga basketball tickets during the winter, to the deserts of Southern Utah, and also many blistering hot summer music festivals in the PNW. The tent is a 3-season by name, but I have even used it successfully in alpine conditions on Mt. Adams, WA camping in the snow.
The durable simplicity of this tent has allowed it to function in many roles for me. This simplicity adds a bit of weight on the model that I own, but only recently during longer backpacking trips has this even crossed my mind. The trade-off on weight for more robust materials has let this tent handle everything I have thrown at it without fail.
The updated model has a new hiking pole vestibule which looks like a great idea, and I am glad they have kept the integrated clip-in points on the corners. The footprint and stuff bag are both new improvements as well. I look forward to many more years of use with my Gunnison 2.1 and will definitely look for Kelty next time I need a new shelter.