OWNER REVIEW - KELTY TETON 2
- Kelty Teton 2 Tent Owner Review
Manufacturer: Kelty, 2005
Web site: http://www.kelty.com/
MSRP: $99 tent, $29 footprint
Tester: Steven DelRosso
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Locale: Middletown, DE U.S.A.
Date: April 29, 2005
Selection and Initial Impressions:
With my boys scouting giving me an opportunity to get back into hiking and
camping, I pulled out all of my old gear that I used as a Scout to see what was
still in working order. My tent was one of the original dome designs, with
solid fiberglass section poles, without shock cords! The memories of the weight
and pain of trying to hold 8 of those poles together while sliding them
through a full length sleeve convinced me that I should look for a new tent.
My criteria for the new tent were space, weight, vestibule area and price in
that order. I limited my search to 2 person, 3 season, free standing tents to
give me the most flexibility in its use. After creating a spreadsheet to
collect data and compare 23 different tents, I narrowed my selection between the
Kelty Gunnison 2, REI Half Dome and Kelty Teton 2. While the Gunnison and
Half Dome had more space and vestibule area, I went with the Teton for the
lighter weight and super low price, thinking it would be a cheap way to see what I
really need/want in a tent.
Upon receiving the tent, I immediately set it up in my family room (the
advantage of a free standing tent!) The included instructions were quite clear but
pretty much unnecessary as this tent is a breeze to set up. Two
light-weight, shock-corded, aluminum poles slide together with precision. The ends slide
into holes in the plastic clips on the tent corners and the tent is supported
by the poles utilizing clips for fast setup. The corner plastic clips also
hold half a buckle for the included rain fly to attach too, and the corners of
the tent and rain fly are color coded. Since the Teton only has one door, the
color coded system ensures no embarrassing or prolonged experiences in the
rain if you put the vestibule on the opposite side of the door! The rain fly
includes three guy-outs, one on each end and one on the side opposite of the
vestibule. A mesh gear loft and eight aluminum stakes complete the package, four
for the corners, three for the guy-outs and one for the vestibule.
The ends of the tent and the side without the door have nylon taffeta three
quarters of the way up, and no-see-um netting at the top. The door side is
almost all no-see-um, with a small panel of taffeta on the D-shaped door. For
rain-free nights, the Teton would afford great views of the environment. The
rain fly is shaped like a table, with long legs to attach to the plastic clips
at the tent corners, and just enough material at the top to cover the
no-see-um. The combination is designed to maximum airflow and reduces condensation.
All seams are seam sealed and the floor utilizes Kelty’s “ArcEdge”
technology that has “floor/side seams that have been catenary cut and sewn with bias
binding on the inside of the tent. Lifts floor construction seams off the ground
to prevent water leakage.”
As quoted by Kelty:
“Lighten your load, not your wallet with the super-value Teton. Its simple,
easy-to-pitch two-pole design offers superb ventilation and quick set up”
Size: 2 person
Floor Area: 31 sq ft (2.88 sq m)
Vestibule Area: 7 sq ft (0.65 sq m)
Floor Dimensions: 90 x 54 (tapers to 44) in (228.6 x 137.2 cm)
Inside Height: 40 in (101.6 cm)
Minimum Weight: 4 lb 2 oz (1.87 kg)
Packaged Weight: 4 lb 10 oz (2.10 kg)
Footprint Weight: 8 oz (226 g)
Actual Weight: 4 lb 15 oz (2.23 kg) Tent, fly, poles (with bag), stakes (with
bag), footprint (with bag)
First Field Test:
My first use of this tent was on my sons’ Cub Scout Cub-a-Ree held at
Del-Mar-Va Council’s Camp Rodney in Northeast, Maryland on April 29, 2005. As
expected, the tent set up without a hitch in less than 10 minutes (had to help my
boys set up their tent too!) My full length Therm-a-Rest mattress and
extra-long Kelty Lightyear 3D bag fit inside the tent with room to spare on either end.
With rain expected during the night, I put the fly on and placed my large
(>5,000 cu in) internal frame backpack inside the vestibule, which fit snuggly,
but without touching the fly. The vestibule can only accommodate one pack and
still leave room for door access.
Upon climbing into the tent and my sleeping bag, I stretched out and tested
the fit. With the 90 in length, I should have had plenty of room, but between
the steeply sloped walls and the cut of the floor, I had just an inch to spare
on either end. Width was fine for one, but would definitely be tight for
two, so I would only recommend it for couples!
Ventilation was excellent and I could feel air movement on my face, even in
the calm conditions of the evening. With high humidity from the approaching
storm and the temperatures dropping into the mid 40’s F, I figured this would be
a good condensation test.
The rain started at 2:30AM, and I immediately checked for leaks. The fly was
shedding water nicely, and no water was getting on my pack in the vestibule.
A quick check of the walls showed no signs of condensation or leaks. By
morning, everything was still dry, including the end of my sleeping bag, which
inevitably touched the bottom of the tent at some point in the night. The walls
showed now signs of condensation. After 11 hours of continuous rain, the tent
was still dry when we broke camp.
In all, I was very happy with this tent on its first outing in trying
conditions. It has met all my needs of lightweight, fast setup, dry and reasonable
space. If you will be camping with a companion frequently, I would not
recommend this model as the floor space would be tight, and the single vestibule
would not accommodate two full size packs. As a one person tent however, it’s
like having a suite!
Like many backpackers, I inherited my enjoyment of nature from my father, and
further refined it through Scouting. The Finger Lakes region of New York
provided rugged hiking trails and beautiful scenery in all seasons. Philmont,
New Mexico was the capstone of my scouting carrier, carrying 40 pounds of gear
over 80 miles in a tiring but memorable week. Now that my boys have started
their Scouting trail, I am eager to pick up where I left off, and am enjoying
discovering the benefits that 20 years of technology has brought to camping
gear. I am especially interested in the techniques and benefits of ultra-light
hiking, and will be experimenting with it in future trips and reviews.
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- Hello Steve and welcome to BGT.
Thanks for posting your Owner Review, however, after a quick review
it is apparent you have not had enough time with this piece of gear
to meet our Owner Review requirements. Please take a careful look at
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Again welcome to the group.
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