Priced to appeal to cost-conscious backpackers and campers, the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 provides excellent value and performance for 3-season use. Foregoing some of the bells and whistles of higher-priced tents, the Grand Mesa 2 offers solid construction and functional design at an affordable price.
With a minimum weight of 4 pounds, 1 ounce, the Grand Mesa 2 provides 30 square feet of interior space. A vestibule in front of the large single door offers 6 square feet of additional exterior space for stowing gear and muddy boots. The combination of sidewall vents and mesh fabric used on the tent body provides excellent ventilation for combating condensation build-up and keeping you cool during warm weather. The PU-coated polyester-taffeta rainfly and taped seams of the Grand Mesa 2 protect the interior of the tent from wind and rain.
The Grand Mesa 2 uses color-coded clip construction that eliminates the hassle of feeding poles through cumbersome tent sleeves. Just slide the shock-corded aluminum pole sections together and attach the clips. The freestanding design of the Grand Mesa 2 allows you to pitch the tent and then move it around your campsite to find the optimum position, eliminating an uncomfortable night's sleep over an exposed root or rock. When you’re ready to break camp, the Grand Mesa 2 packs down small and flat into the included Tent Cube to save space in your backpack.
An optional footprint (sold separately) further protects the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 against ground water, roots and rocks.
- Backpack friendly compact folding poles
- Roll top cube carry bag
- Easy set up
- Free standing
- Kelty hug clip
- Easy entry D door
- Color coded clip and fly attachment
- Fully seam taped construction
- Internal storage pockets
- Gearloft loops
- No see um tent body
- Fly vent
Best Use Backpacking, Camping Average Min Weight 4 lb 1 oz Average Packed Weight 4 lb 12 oz Warranty Limited Lifetime Vestibule Area 6 sq ft Sleeping Capacity 2 Seasons 3 Seam Sealed Taped Seams Pole Type Aluminum Packed Size 12" x 15" Number of Poles 2 Other Stuff Sack Included Material 68D Polyester walls, 40D No-See-Um Mesh
Floor & Fly;68D Polyester, 1800 mm
Interior Storage Internal storage pockets Interior Height 43" Freestanding Yes Floor Dimension 85" x 57" Floor Area 30 sq ft Doors 1 Clips or Sleeves Clips
Real Customer Reviews
- Breathable and relatively lightweight
Likes: I'm just getting into backpacking and picked this up after much research. I run hot, so I was pretty worried about breathability. The mosquito net for the tent body is great for those nights with zero percent chance of rain. I set it up that way the first time but was surprised awake with light rain. I was able to get the fly on in short order, but I'll definitely be sleeping with at least 2 of the clips done next time. Sleeping in a damp tent is no fun. It ended up raining really hard later on, and it was fine inside. I like the vent on the back of the tent (which can be closed from the outside), and when it's not raining, you can open the vestibule a bit or a lot. The tent is still hot if it's warm and the fly is on, but the vent helps. The cost and weight was nice and the real selling point for me. It's easy to set up, and out of the box seems to be good in rain, though the instructions suggest seam sealing, which I have not done yet.
Dislikes: I would have liked more vents, it to be lighter, for the vestibule to be a bit bigger, but for the price it's very good. You can see the stars through the mesh but not super clearly (which might seem obvious, but it seemed like something tents like this seem to advertise). I do wish I didn't have to seam seal it, which wasn't in any materials I've seen but was in the instructions.
- Great Tent from a Great Brand
Likes: After much research, I bought this tent for my son (13) to use with a friend on backpacking trips. I've had another Kelty tent for several years, and after using it every month in all types of weather, I didn't need to be sold on the brand.
One thing that surprised us was the short length of the poles when folded for storage. This makes it very easy to stuff the lightweight aluminum poles inside a pack during the day, instead of relying on lashing them to the outside of the pack (and worrying about snags or falling off on the trail).
My son likes that the entry is at the end of the tent, instead of on one side. This allows for both people to enter/exit the tent without having to climb over each other. Things are pretty snug when two guys are inside, but the vestibule is big enough to keep boots & packs covered--which helps to minimize the stuff you need to have inside.
An important feature for us is a tent that can be set up in the dark or in bad weather conditions. This one is super simple to assemble with highly visible components, so no worries there.
I'd definitely purchase this tent again. Kelty products are suitable for most adventures, and are priced much lower than lots of other comparable gear brands.
Dislikes: I'm not really a fan of the roll-top storage bag. It doesn't compress, and doesn't store inside a pack very easily. I'll probably buy a separate stuff sack with a drawstring so we can take advantage of the tent's small size when packing. And the provided aluminum stakes are pretty weak.
- All around great tent
Likes: Lightweight and easy to pack in my backpack. Setting it up is a breeze and can be done in less than 15 minutes. Enough room inside for 2 people and a dog with sleeping bags and sleeping pads. Breaking it down and repacking also takes little time.
Dislikes: None at this time. :)
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