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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

About Kelty
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. Tent Guide
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.

Size Matters
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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 8 x 7 inches ; 4.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000W9TSY8
  • Item model number: 40721002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,450 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Length: 7:58 Mins
I purchased this tent back in August. I've since used it on a few backpacking trips. I have to be honest, I was not surprised when I got the tent and determined that it was really a one person and a dog tent because tents have always been overrated on space. However, you can fit two people in this tent. You will just be rubbing elbows and shoulders all night.

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.
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Having now taken this tent out several times, and in plenty of rain, I'm very happy with the performance. The fly has good coverage and good seam-taping and I've never had a wetness problem other than some small amounts of condensation on cold mornings. I've used this in seasonable weather, from low 50's to high 30's and it's performed well. The ventilation is decent even with the fly on and without much wind. It's not easy to stargaze, but you can get a view if you position your head at the door. One great feature is the fly vent, which pops up and stays open thanks to a little hoop of wire in it. Hopefully it will not get mangled over time. The floor is a little thin (cut yourself a tarp groundcover) and I think abrasion could definitely be a problem. Those with dogs might want to be take extra care tht Fido's nails don't rip right through the floor. Condensation was slight overnight and only at the foot of the tent, not bad for the humidity in WI. Also the mesh kept the bugs out, which was very important.

It's not the hugest--things would be tight with a second person, and taller folks might feel cramped in the length dept. However, the design does allow the tent to have a small footprint and yet seem ok for two people even if not super comfy. A good compromise for me, a camper who was wavering between 1 and 2 person tents. The vestibule isn't big, but it's better than many tents at a similar price point. There's a loop in the ceiling for hanging gear, and a couple of gear pockets at the front of the tent. Aluminum poles are good, although I was not expecting them to be shock-corded.

Probably bulky and a tad heavy for serious backpackers. Easy (EASY!) to setup and take down, though I agree with another review that I'm in the dark on the guywire operation.
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I'm a Boy Scout leader and wanted a lightweight tent for backpacking with my son and to use alone when the Scouts are on car-camping trips. This tent is lightweight, compact, and well-made. Most tents I've owned have only the main floor seam taped for watertightness. I was pleasantly surprised to see that ALL the seams are taped.

My son and I used this tent a couple weeks ago while backpacking on vacation. The design and quality proved themselves. It rained and despite the two of us being crammed into the tent, we were dry and comfortable.

This tent is exceptionally easy and fast to put up and take down. That's important because you don't want to have to struggle to put it up in the rain and you don't want to make your friends wait while you laboriously take down your tent. The poles are very strong for this type of tent and should be much less prone to breaking than others I've seen. I like having hooks to secure the tent to the frame better than sleeves you have to slide the poles through.

I also purchased the nylon footprint to go under the tent and protect the floor from punctures. It's very lightweight and compact and seems to do as good a job as the sheets of plastic I've used with other tents. It's well worth the price. The footprint is cut to fit entirely under the tent so nothing sticks out to catch and funnel rain under you.

This tent is very tight for two people. Backpackers are used to that. But non-backpackers would be more comfortable with a three- or four-man tent for two. When I'm camping solo with the Scouts I expect this tent to be perfect.
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