The Kelty Gunnison 2 Tent
Reviews and Consumer Ratings

The Kelty Gunnison 2 Tent is a cheap, two person, 3 season shelter.

Find out if Kelty Gunnison Tents are for you with dome camping tent reviews and backpacking gear ratings.

Gunnison 2.1 tents tents are an enticing purchase. A cheap backpacking shelter with very positive consumer reviews, it's a deal few budget minded campers would pass up--and rightfully so.

Thanks to Kelty's innovation of using clips to connect tent poles to the tent instead of sliding it through fabric, set-up is easy and quick even if you pitch the Gunnison 2.1 at midnight.

Strategically located mesh panels overhead provide fantastic airflow and ventilation--a must whether pitching this ez up tent next to your car or in the backcountry.

Two gear vestibules store hiking equipment and camping gear outside the tent, while two doors promote easy access for either camper.

The Kelty Gunnison 2
Tent Review

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The Kelty Gunnison 2 Tent

Many thoughtful features went into this lightweight, 2 man tent's design, including:

  • Easy set-up - An easily pitched tent is a backpacker's best friend. Gunnison Tents can be pitched in minutes

  • 2 Doors and 2 Vestibules - Maximizes your living space

  • Ventilation - Well-placed overhead vents increases airflow and ventilation, while decreasing condensation

While the Kelty 2.1 Gunnison has many advantages, do not purchase this dome camping tent if counting your ounces. It's marketed as a lightweight tent, but weighs close to 6 pounds when packed.

If you are mainly a car camper and counting your pennies though, then the Kelty Gunnison 2 Tent is one of the best 2 man tents on the market and worth consideration.

Kelty Gunnison 2 Tent Specs

  • Area: 37 square feet
  • Max Height: 40inches
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
  • Weight: 4 lbs. 14 oz (minimum); 5 lbs 9 oz (average packaged weight)
  • Pack Size: 28 x 7 inches
  • Sleeps: 2 people
  • Vestibule Area: 10.2 square feet (front); 10.2 square feet (rear)
  • Seasons: 3

Learn More About the Gunnison 2.1 Here

Kelty Gunnison 2.1 Tent Footprint

A common complain about Gunnison Tents is the poor tent floor material. Consumer tent reviews either rip the tent's floor or live in fear of it ripping.

While some tents purchasing the footprint is optional, the Kelty Gunnison Dome Tent requires purchasing the footprint. Otherwise you will end up buying a new tent a year later.

Purchase the Kelty Gunnison 2.1 Tent Footprint here.

Kelty Gunnison 2 Tents: Advantages

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The Gunnison 2 Fully Pitched

First off, few camping dome tents are as inexpensive and reliable. The Gunnison 2.1 is a top tent for the money.

All consumer tent reviews remark how easy the Gunnison is to pitch--this convenience should never be overlooked when purchasing a tent for camping.

Two doors and two gear vestibules are nice for car camping, but add unnecessary weight if you are a backpacker.

Kelty raves about the Gunnison having 'noiseless zipper pulls', which are lighter than standard zippers and don't jingle when windy. OK--lightweight zippers equals good. Zippers that don't jingle equals silly.

Finally, well-placed air vents makes the Gunnison 2.1 a top 2 person summer tent for camping.

Kelty Gunnison 2.1 Tents: Disadvantages

While there are many positive things to note about Gunnison Tents, in the opinion of Camping Tent Reviews, it is too heavy to lug into the backcountry.

There comes a point in every lightweight backpacker's mind where weight saved is weighed against money saved. Since the Gunnison 2.1 tent requires a footprint due to its poor floor material, it weighs in at nearly 6 pounds. That's heavy for a backpacking tent.

If you purchase the Gunnison 2.1 for car camping, it can be a matched made in heaven. If you are a backpacker, save up a little more money and purchase a Eureka backpacking tent.

Kelty Gunnison 2 Tents: Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:
  • Inexpensive
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Easy to pitch
  • 2 doors and 2 vestibules
Consumers don't like:
  • Cheap floor material that punctures easily


Kelty Gunnison Tents are a tremendous steal, if you are a car camper.

If you plan to use this two person, 3 season tent as a lightweight backpacking tent, we urge you to rethink your decision. Kelty Gunnison 2 Tents are just too heavy for backcountry use and the floor is too vulnerable.

Where to Buy

We recommend buying the Gunnison from Here's a link to their page on this tent.

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