Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent Review

The Kelty Grand Mesa 2 is one of those miracles of modern engineering: It works like an absolute charm and is still very affordable.

Without breaking the bank, you can get your hands on this super lightweight, ultra-durable, easy-to-use shelter. And neither you nor your bank account will regret it.

Kelty Grand Mesa 2: Camping Tent Overview

Kelty Grand Mesa 2

This shelter is designed with one goal in mind: that it will simultaneously appeal to budget-conscious campers as well as serious-minded campers.

Too often, inexpensive tents are worthless to camping enthusiasts, because they're neither strong enough nor protective enough against the elements.

Well, the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 changes all that.

Kelty's hopes have been achieved, and now you can finally own a great 2-person tent that's affordable and high-performing.

What makes it stand out above the similarly-priced competition?

  • Amazing portability
  • Weatherproof design
  • Excellent air flow

Of course, there are some downsides, too. The affordability of the tent comes partially from the fact that it's a bit small for its class. The interior area of the tent makes it difficult to fit the number of sleepers it is intended to fit.

But with a design that rivals models twice the price (the Grand Mesa 2 is only around $140 on Backcountry!), and with great features like noiseless zippers, handy interior storage pockets, and lightweight DAC press-fit poles, the Grand Mesa 2 is a shelter you don't want to miss.

Specifications

Get a better handle on the Grand Mesa 2's design and construction with this overview of the model's technical details.

  • Area - 29 square feet
  • Height - 3 ft 8 in
  • Floor Size - 6'10"x 4'10"
  • Weight - 4 lbs 0 oz (packaged weight: 4 lbs 10 oz)
  • Pack Size - 20 x 7 inches
  • Number of Windows - N/A
  • Number of Doors - 1
  • Sleeps - 2 People
  • Seasons - 3
  • Pole Material - Press-fit DAC
  • Number of Vestibules - 1
  • Vestibule Area - 6 ft

Advantages

One of the greatest benefits of the Grand Mesa 2's design is its high portability. With a packed size of just 20 x 7 inches and a packed weight of a measly 4 pounds, 10 ounces, you can easily cart this puppy around wherever you go, without feeling the burden.

For such an affordable tent (retails for around $150), you wouldn't expect it to be such a powerhouse of protection.

But that ain't the case! The Grand Mesa 2 is brilliant against the wind, rain, and snow with its waterproof fly, fully-taped seams, and great ventilation.

Disadvantages

With just 29 square feet of interior space, this is a pretty comfortable tent for a single camper--it can house one person and his/her gear easily. But it'll be pretty cramped with two folks in there, and just about impossible to fit if you both are carrying full gear.

It's a tough call on this tent. The size is comparable to an ultralight backpacking tent. But the weight and price is more in line with a standard two person tent backpacking tent.

We're not sure why Kelty couldn't figure out what they wanted to make this tent, and in the end it ends up being mediocre at many things and excels at few.

Another one of the general drawbacks to Kelty tents is the construction of the stakes they give you. As with almost every other model in the catalogue, the Grand Mesa 2 comes with near-worthless stakes. They bend too much and can break easily.

Customer Reviews

Read these comments for an idea of what real-life customers think about the Kelty Grand Mesa 2's design and performance.

Consumers like:
  • 100% waterproof design
  • Setting up and taking down is a cinch
  • Great air ventilation
Consumers don't like:
  • Pretty snug for two people
  • Vestibule is tight fit for gear
  • No fast-pitch option with this tent

Summary

The bottom line is that this is a very good tent, especially considering the under-$150 price tag associated with it. It's dependable, durable, waterproof, and has plenty of room for a single camper or two backpackers that don't mind getting cozy.

If you're looking for an ultralight, 2-person backpacking tent that actually houses two people, you'll be spending a lot more money (check out the MSR Hubba Hubba).

But if you want a generic, lightweight tent that won't break the bank, the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 is a fantastic choice.

Where to Buy

You can find the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 at the following locations:

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