Kelty Grand Mesa 2-Person Tent (Ruby/Tan)
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- Versatile two-person, three-season dome-style tent, great for camping and backpacking
- Freestanding tent with 6 square foot vestibule for gear storage
- Large mesh windows for optimal ventilation, full coverage rain fly, bathtub floor with wrap-up sides
- Color coded DAC PressFit aluminum poles for easy setup and excellent strength
- Includes tent, pole and stake bags
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The Kelty® Grand Mesa 2 backpacking tent is easy-to-pitch with DAC Press-Fit aluminum poles and a side-release buckle tent-fly construction. Sidewall vents help to keep you comfortable, and a vestibule provides extra storage space.
Blending affordability with versatility, the Kelty Grand Mesa is a great choice for packing on your trail excursions. This freestanding tent sleeps up to two campers, offers three-season usage, and includes a single vestibule for storage. It also includes large mesh windows for optimal ventilation, full coverage, UV resistant polyester rain fly, and color-coded poles for quick-and-easy setup. Weighing 4 pounds, 2 ounces, the two-person Grand Mesa has a 29 square foot floor area and a 6 square foot vestibule.
The aluminum DAC Press Fit poles offer more strength for improved durability and a more wind-resistant pitch. They use a color-coded clip construction that eliminates the hassle of feeding poles through cumbersome tent sleeves--just slide the shock-corded pole sections together and attach the clips. The tent also offers post and grommet type assembly with locking pole tips for convenience and security. The bathtub floor offers wrap-up sides for extreme weather protection, and the main fly and floor seams are factory taped for extreme weather protection. Other features include a single flashlight loop, mesh interior pockets for gear storage, external guy points for added stability in windy conditions, and noiseless zipper pulls.
- Dimensions: 82 x 58 x 44 inches (LxWxH)
- Interior height: 3 feet, 8 inches
- Floor area: 29 square feet
- Vestibule area: 6 square feet
- Weight: 4 pounds, 2 ounces
- Seasons: 3
- Doors: 1
- Windows: 3
- Wall material: 68D 190T polyester taffeta
- Floor material: 1800mm PU nylon taffeta
- Fly material: 75D 190T, 1800 mm PU polyester taffeta
- Number of poles: 2
Kelty is based in Boulder, Colorado, and uses the natural backdrop of the Rocky Mountains to test, create, and continually innovate within their diverse outdoor product families of Apex, Backcountry, Trail, Basecamp and KIDS gear. Kelty combines the best in new technology with a healthy dose of common sense to create exceptionally made, affordably priced outdoor products.
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Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in-between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all purpose tent will likely do the trick--especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you're a backpacker, alpine climber or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.
Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.
For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.
Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.
Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.
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I have been very satisfied with this tent. It weighs 4 pounds, 10 ounces completely packed. The rain fly is a very nice addition and there is even some vestibule space for your gear. I do not use the Kelty branded footprint. Instead I went to a local hardware store and bough a 5 dollar tarp that does just as well.
I prefer this tent design to that of the Kelty Teton 2 Two-Person Tent which has the side entry. The problem with the side entry is that if the other person needs to get up in the middle of the night and you are sleeping next to the door, you run a high risk of being stepped on. With the Grand Mesa 2, the door is accessible to both people in the tent.
For the price, you really can't do much better. Yeah, the stakes are crumby and will need to be replaced eventually, but that is such a minor issue.
I can't stress enough how nice it is that the tent is free standing without any stakes. When you are looking for a tent, pay close attention to whether or not a tent is free standing. A lot of ultra compact and ultra light-weight tents are not free standing. This is a serious issue if you are camping in a rocky or dry climate where you cannot drive stakes into the ground.
Finally, if you are experiencing any extreme condensation with this tent, just use the guy-wires that are included in the box. I show how these are used in the video. If you attach them to the side straps of the rain cover, they will provide enough separation to allow the tent to breath through the night.
Overall, I would buy this tent again. It is really nice and for under $100 and under 5 pounds, it is perfect in my book.
I hope you enjoy the video.
I've paired the Kelty Grand Mesa footprint as well as an ultra light set of tent stakes to make this tent my go-to for hitting the trails. I've already pointed out that I like my space and my privacy, so I tote the rain cover with me on all of my treks. The rain cover adds a little over 1 lb to the total carry weight, but for me, it is worth it. Also worth it to have the cover if there is any chance of water falling while you are away. The rain cover is also the only means to covering the mesh windows on the sides of the tent. There are no interior zip windows or flies to cover the mesh windows.
The rain cover provides a spacious vestibule, when set up. You can easily store 2 packs and gear, and still have room enough to get in and out of the tent. I, however, tend to store my pack and gear with me inside the tent. I pack lightly.
The 2 pole system is easy for a one person setup. Poles snap into hooks along the top of the tent, snap, pop and go. It is just as easy to disassemble. Even if a second set of hands is available, I tend to set the tent up solo. It just goes faster and the other person is free to set up another part of camp. The snap and pole system is secure. I have never experienced a sag or partial tent collapse once the tent was up.
This is a 2 person tent, and for a gal my size, yes, it is easily a 2 person tent. I have shared the tent on a few occasions, without issue. We both kept our packs and gear in the tent with us, too. We were able to lay out 2 thermarest mats side by side. Our packs are kept at the foot of the tent, furthest away from the door, with the grab and go gear stored in the corners at the head of the tent, near the door. Because this is not a side entry tent, you can set up side by side and not worry much about disturbing each other's space. There are a couple of handy mesh pockets that are great for storing the smaller grab and go items. I also tend to store a pair of glasses in the pocket, up off the ground, for safe keeping,
The tent + rain cover fit easily inside the gear sack provided. I can squeeze all of the air out and carry the tent (upright) in the main compartment of my pack. I still have room enough for my Jetboil, food, sleeping bag, thermarest roll, clothes, toiletries, lighting and any other special gear for the occasion. It is easy to balance the pack and distribute the weight evenly for a comfortable carry. The longest pack I have done in a day is 10 miles, but the pack never grew heavy.
The long, lean and low profile of the tent has proven useful in windy conditions. It affords the option of turning and securing the tent in a manner that minimizes exposure to the winds. I've been in windy conditions that toppled most of the tents around me, tossing some into rivers and down canyons. My tent stayed in place. With gear stored in the foot of the tent, there is added weight and security. A friend tried storing gear in her more boxy tent in the same windy conditions and the tent caught so much wind that it tumbled all of the gear into one corner and waved wildly about until we could secure it again. My Grand Mesa, not a single wind problem to date.
I've camped in humid conditions, modest rain conditions, cold conditions, high heat conditions and moderate conditions. The tent does seem to hold in a bit of humidity, but I've been able to expose the mesh windows and air the tent out to bring it back to a more stable place. It has not proven to be major issue. The more bodies your have in this space the more heat it will retain, so be mindful of your personal heat tolerance.
This tent has been easy to clean. I shake out any debris before collapsing the tent and try to tap off and wipe down as much dirt as possible. If needed, a quick hose down at home takes care of the rest, but I've only had to do that when the dirt has been fine and dusty.
One more thing I love about this tent is the lighting. It allows in a nice amount of light, even though it does not have a moon roof. I've had tents with moon roofs, allowing for star gazing before, and love them, but in reality, it is something I am ok without. I can stargaze from outside the tent or from the front window, just have to pull back the vestibule.
The Grand Mesa 2 will remain my 1-2 party trail tent, but I have upgraded to the Grand Mesa 4 person tent to allow space for family or expanded gear car camping trip. But I might still take this tent so I can have my own room. :)