GEAR UP: with the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent

find a friend and head into the woods: the kelty grand mesa 2 tent will keep you sheltered as you spend a night in the back country.

The quick and dirty:

Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent
  • Ease of use
  • Durability
  • Weight
  • Packability
  • Price


Weight: 76 oz
Sleep Capacity: 2
Seasons: 3-Season
Number Of Doors: 1
Packed Dimensions: 12 x 15 in.
Minimum Trail Weight: 4 lbs, 1 oz
Floor Area: 30 Square Feet
Vestibule Area: 6 square feet

the brand:

Kelty, started in 1952, markets its products as built to last, spontaneous, adventurous and an “instigator” to get you out into the wild. The company (which I must admit, sounds like a pretty fun place to work) is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Nature tested:

A spontaneous camping overnight in Eastern Tennessee allowed me to put the Grand Mesa 2 to the test.

The tent is very easy to assemble. The folded aluminum poles snap together in mere seconds!

The ends fit snugly in the tent’s corners. I was apprehensive about the ease of throwing the rain fly on the tent, but even that was easy. I’d say total build time was around five minutes. While snug, my partner and I slept pretty soundly until sunrise. Sans fly, the mesh side panels make for breezy sleeping conditions.

While the tent is pretty small, getting in and out in the dark was easy enough – the door is large and the zipper moves smoothly. There’s a vestibule for keeping your gear safe in bad weather.

Here’s my take:

I would recommend this tent to any beginner back packer.

However, if you’re looking for a tent that needs to sleep two people for an extending backpacking trip, I’d suggest you buy two.

While the Grand Mesa 2 is sized for two people, it’s a tight squeeze. If the temperatures rise, you’re going to start sweating. We actually kept all of our luggage in the car – I’m not sure that our combined clothing and gear would have actually fit with us! Now, if I only need to fit myself and pack, it’s perfect. MAYBE I can invite the dog in, though, it wouldn’t be ideal 🙂

As far as weight goes, while the five pounds won’t cripple you, the Grand Mesa 2 is definitely not a super light weight tent.

Let’s talk money:

For an MSRP of $139, this tent is well worth it. It’s an affordable option for backpackers that’s also RELIABLE – and that’s saying something!  Moosejaw has it marked down to $104.96 right now! Campsaver is selling it for $93. Considering the Hubba Hubba MSR will set you back upwards of $400, the Grand Mesa 2 is a fabulous choice for a relatively RISK FREE investment.

Do you have a Kelty tent? Are you satisfied with the quality? Let us know in the comments!