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Your pack weighs 12 pounds. Your sleeping bag weighs 4.5 pounds. Your cook stove weighs 2.8 pounds. On and on it goes. Before you know it you’re lugging 80 pounds up a 7 mile trail to your favorite lake.
Backpacking gear needs to be as light as possible. Ounces count. Your tent is no exception. The lighter, the better, right?
The Kelty Grand Mesa 2 tent weighs in at 4.5 pounds complete with poles, stakes, and rain fly.
It has a footprint size of 82” by 58”, and it’s 44“ tall – a little tight for two hikers, but plenty of room for one and his/her gear.
There are lighter tents than the Kelty Grand Mesa 2, but they cost twice or three times the price. This makes a good starter tent or for a hiker who only goes out a few times a season.
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent Review – More Details
The Kelty Grand Mesa 2 tent is a dome tent, meaning it’s got a low profile. This shape is particularly helpful if your tent is pitched in an area with windy conditions.
It’s also got internal pockets and clips for stowing away items you don’t want to lose track of.
Watch this short video highlighting some of the features on the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent:
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent Review – What I Liked About it
The Kelty Grand Mesa 2 tent is very easy to set up. It uses a system where all you do it assemble the two crossing poles, then clip the tent to them. Everything’s color-coded, too, so you can literally set it up in a few minutes.
Another feature I like is the zipper is very smooth and doesn’t jam. It feels like it’s heavy-duty and should last awhile.
Some tents are lacking when it comes to ventilation, but the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 tent has ample air-flow. The entire top half of the tent is screened, so it won’t ever feel stuffy or get that condensation that oftentimes collects overnight.
Most tents come with a rain fly, but most are designed like a roof that covers just the top of the tent. The rain fly that comes with the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 tent completely covers the tent. This ensures a totally waterproof enclosure during those unexpected mountain showers.
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent Review – What I Didn’t Like
The only complaint I’ve heard about the Kelty Grand Mesa tent is it’s a little snug for two larger people to comfortably sleep in.
At 82”, the length is fine, but being 58” wide, it doesn’t give you a lot of extra room. But two-man tents are notorious for being small for two, especially in backpacking tents.
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent Review – Overall Thoughts
For the amount of money invested, the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 tent is an excellent tent. It’s light, easy to pitch, and has great ventilation. It also includes one of the best rain flies I’ve seen.
You can find better backpacking tents and shelters, but they’re going to cost $400 to $500, or more.
I’d say for the money, the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 tent is you’re best bet.
If you’re looking for a family-sized tent, check out our Coleman Red Canyon Tent Review.