Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent


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Answer: the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent. Question: what keeps you warm, dry, sleeping easy and left with enough cash in your wallet to pay for the fancy trail mix? Like a mini-palace in the backcountry, this full-featured 2 person tent is sturdy enough for 3 seasons of use and has a full coverage rain fly with guyouts that stands strong in the face of windy rain storms. Two crossing poles and color-coded clips make it easy to set up and 4 panels of mesh give you and your tent-mate plenty of ventilation so you don’t wake up in a wet, steamy sauna the next morning. The door end of this Kelty tent is a little wider for more head room and the vestibule gives you space to keep muddy shoes over night. From a high desert backpacking trip with your honey to a car camping road trip with your furry best friend, the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent is a comfy little shelter that won’t eat up your trip fund.


  • Capacity: 2
  • Seasons: 3
  • # of doors: 1
  • Floor area: 29 ft2, 2.70 m2
  • Vestibule area: 6 ft2, 0.56 m2
  • Interior peak height: 44 in, 111.76 cm
  • Floor material: 68D nylon, 1800 mm
  • Body material: 68D polyester
  • Fly material: 75D polyester 1800 mm
  • # of poles: 2
  • Pole material: DAC pressfit
  • Freestanding design
  • Color Coded Clip Construction
  • Taped floor seams and taped seams on fly
  • Gear-loft loops
  • Mesh wall panels
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Noiseless zipper pulls
  • Side-release tent/fly connection
  • Fly vents
  • Noiseless zipper pulls
  • Guyout points
  • Floor length: 82 in, 208.3 cm
  • Width: 58 in (at head) - 44 in (at foot), 147.32 cm (head) - 111.67 cm (foot)
  • Packed diameter: 7 in, 17.78 cm
  • Packed length: 20 in, 50.8 cm
  • Minimum weight: 4 lb, 1.81 kg
  • Packaged weight: 4 lb 10 oz, 2.10 kg
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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

12 Reviews

  • Build quality: 2
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Great value: 2
  • 3++ capabilty: 1

  • not for very tall people: 1
  • ventilation: 1
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Water Protection: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
Setup: 1.5 / 5

12 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
ICamp: Few Times a Year / 5
Setup: 1 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Knoxville, TN
45-54 yrs

Big Bang for the Buck
December 18, 2010

If you require a free-standing, double wall tent for 3++ season backpacking, this is a great value. It easily withstood 3" of Smoky Mountain snow with swirling winds in DEC 2010. Very spacious as a solo tent, cozy for two. I'm 6'2" and needed to sleep diagonally to optimize length and still wish I had a bit more, but at 82x58x44 there was plenty of room for gear (less the food bag) and my boots were dry under the decent size vestible. Very easy to set up and take down. I did upgrade the stakes (a must) and guylines along with a Tyvek groundsheet. The 44" peak height made getting dressed and packed very easy for a taller guy. No condensation inside as the fly has a vent. A great tent to consider if you need to stretch your dollars.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, 3++ capabilty, Cons: not for very tall people

Tried it, Loved It
August 22, 2010

My girlfriend and I took our first backpacking trip on the AT this summer. We looked long and hard for a good tent for our adventure. I wanted a full cover fly, aluminum poles, light weight and it had to still be affordable. We found a host of options that offered one or two of these, however this tent offered them all. Our trip went without a hitch the tent was awesome!! We decided one evening not to put the fly on at about 2 am we were both waked by rain drops. It took seconds to jump out and put the fly on for a fitfull nights sleep. I am a fairly big guy (5' 11", 240) it was a little tight but if you sleep head to the door you will be fine with the added shoulder room. It is also very easy to enter and exit beacuse of the shape of the door.

lightweight and easy set up. great price for value
September 24, 2009

A good lightweight tent for backpacking. Used this in the Smokies and have had good experience with it. Keeps me dry, good space, and easy setup.

Fantastic Quality, Better Price
September 19, 2009

This thing sets up quick, and tears down just a fast. For a one person it is luxury, but for two it may be a bit cramped, though couples will find this is not a problem. It breathes well with the rain fly on even in windless conditions. Fairly low color impact with the rain fly on. Has a couple of gear pockets on either side of the interior that are sectioned into two parts themselves. I would say with this is a great one man 3 season tent and a solid tent for couples. I really don't see anyone beating this thing when one weighs quality (Kelty is always great) and price. Get one.

grand mesa 2 tent
June 29, 2008


Excellent tent but small vestibule
November 07, 2009

This is a great little tent: sturdy, easy to set up and reasonably lightweight. It stood up to a weekend of the worst rain and wind the Scottish highlands could throw at it - and that's saying something. However, I don't think it's adequate, size-wise, as a 2-person backcountry tent. Why? The tent is comfy inside for 2 people, but it's definitely cozy, leaving very little room inside for any gear. And the vestibule is just too small to realistically store two people's backpacking stuff (backpacks, boots, jackets, etc.) especially if weather is a concern. As a two-person car-camping tent - when you can leave most of your gear in the car and only need the vestibule for boots or lanterns or whatever - it's excellent. And as a one-person backpacking tent: again, excellent and with ample space. But two people in the backcountry will almost certainly find the storage space insufficient, especially if it's wet and you really need to keep your stuff undercover. All in all, highly recommended - but with the caveats as described above.

Great tent for the bargain backpacker
June 20, 2008

This tent is a deal for anyone looking for a low price, quality adventure tent. Plenty of room for solo sleeping, but crowded for two. Kelty quality is always good, look for it on sale.

Great tent!
July 22, 2010

This is the perfect tent for a persons first backpacking trip. It's light weight is a plus, as is the ease of setting up. My son, a new scout, stayed dry during a severe thunder storm (downpour). So he is ready to go again, a lot has to do with the performance of his tent first time out. Way to go Kelty!

Great tent
April 30, 2009

Awesome little tent. Easy and quick set up and break down. Light weight, high quality, packable tent for a variety of uses. Kept me and my gear dry and well ventilated during a light rain. I recommend the foot print and for best packability roll up each peice individually.

Perfect price and size!
August 17, 2010

I have been looking for the perfect backpacking tent and now I have it! Not only is the size and weight perfect for mid-length trips(3-6 days), but you can't beat the price.

Exceeded my expectations.
October 05, 2009

This tent is awesome. I just used it on a field trip this weekend. We had several storms blow in. Many of the other tents in our campsite were blown over or leaked water. This tent had no problem with the 40mph gusts and the rainfly kept every drop out. This tent provides well enough room for a single person but I'm sure two people can share this tent with a little room left for some gear.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
ICamp: Few Times a Year / 5
Setup: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Fort Collins, CO
18-24 yrs

Good, not great
December 09, 2010

I bought this tent for a week long motorcycle trip to a bunch of national parts. It was nicely sized, easily fits in a pannier. It was also inexpensive and I trust Kelty. Overall it did pretty well. The stakes are pretty weak (to be expected) and I'd recommend replacing them. My biggest gripe was the rainfly. It made it really muggy on the one rainy night I had and wouldn't stay open to vent because the ground was too hard to use guy lines. Aside from that it did great and will be used many times again in the future. It'd be a tight fit for 2, but for 1 and a bunch of gear, it wasn't bad.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: ventilation

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