OR - Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent - Chad Poindexter
- Fine Editors,
Here is another OR to add to the mix. I have been afraid to write a
review on my tent since I started. I had started this report last month
then sat on it. I came back to it today and wiped the whole thing clean
and started over. So I'm sure it has it's fair share of errors, or weird
reading but I've decided to go ahead and post it and see what happens.
So without further a due...
As usual, the HTML can be found here:
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent <http://tinyurl.com/ya4uor3>
and the text version will follow....
Thank you so much for your time and efforts,
KELTY GRAND MESA 2 TENT
BY CHAD POINDEXTER
March 06, 2010
NAME: Chad Poindexter
EMAIL: chad (DOT) poindexter (AT) yahoo (DOT) com
LOCATION: Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
WEIGHT: 200 lb (90.70 kg)
I am a fairly new hiker and have hiked in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, and at a few state
parks in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama. I have obtained some heavy
gear, but dream of going light. I love my tent and appreciate a warm
drink in the morning, as well as a warm meal at night. So far my
distance has averaged around 10 mi (16 km) per day, depending on
terrain. I usually hike with my wife or my son however I am currently
planning my first solo hike!
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Model: Grand Mesa 2
Year of Purchase: 2009
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.kelty.com/"
LINK TEXT = "www.kelty.com">>
MSRP: (US) $ 139.95
Listed Packaged Weight: 4 lb 10 oz (2.10 kg)
Listed Minimum weight: 4 lb 2 oz (1.87 kg)
Measured Total Weight: 4 lb 9 oz oz (2.07 g)
Listed Length: 82 in (208 cm) ~ Measured: 81 in (206 cm)
Listed Width at Head: 58 in (147 cm) ~ Measured: 57 in (145 cm)
Measured Width at Foot: 43.75 in (111 cm)
Listed Floor area: 29 ft^2 (2.7 m^2)
Listed Height: 44 in (112 cm) ~ Measured Accurate
Number of poles: 2 ~ 9 mm (0.9 cm) DAC Press-fit Poles
Number of vestibules: 1
Vestibule area: 6 ft^2 (0.6 m^2)
Number of doors: 1
Wall Material: 68D 190T polyester taffeta
Floor Material: 1800 mm PU polyester taffeta
Fly Material: 75D 190T, 1800 mm PU polyester taffeta
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Kelty notes that the Grand Mesa 2 tent (hereafter referred to as the
"tent") as being made with "high-quality" materials and is offered at a
"great value." The tent is marketed as a two man, 3 season tent. The
Grand Mesa 2 is a free standing, single-door, front-entry, double-walled
tent with a single vestibule located at the front. Included in the box
is the tent body, the fly, 2 DAC Press-fit poles with stuff sack, 12
aluminum "J" tent stakes measuring 8 in (20.3 cm) with stuff sack, 4
black rounded nylon guy-out cords measuring 78 in (198 cm), and a large
stuff sack to fit everything in. Of course care, maintenance and
assembly instructions are included in the box as well.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 4">>The tent is easily set up by 1
person. First I lay the tent out flat and then assemble the poles. I lay
the poles across the top of the tent in the shape of an "X" and then
begin inserting the ends of the poles into the grommets on the nylon
straps located at each corner of the tent (see picture to left). <<IMAGE
GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 5">> (Note: these same nylon strips are
also used to secure the fly using the buckle style clip as well as
anchor the tent down using the loops at the end with the stakes.) Next I
lift the tent body by the hooks found in the center of the tent body and
connect the hooks to the poles where the poles cross one another (at the
"X") and then begin hooking the remaining hooks (picture to right) on
the tent body to the poles. After this is done I position the tent where
I want it and then I use 4 of the stakes to pull the tent taut and then
anchor the tent down.
Upon erection, the tent is a burgundy color near the bottom and an
off-white color at the top and there is mesh on both of the side walls
of the tent as well on the back and the door (which can be seen in the
picture at beginning of review). There are two mesh pockets located
inside the tent at the front corners and a nylon loop sewn into the
inside top of the tent which allows lights or what-nots to be hung from.
There is a seam that runs horizontal across the middle of the floor
which is completely taped. The Kelty logo is imprinted on the bottom
right hand corner of the front of the tent (facing), just below the
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back">>The fly is a tan color and has the same Kelty logo (only larger)
printed on the front left side (facing) with the zippered door opening
on the right. There is a strip of a burgundy colored material which
covers the zipper and aids in keeping the water from leaking through the
zipper. All seams on the fly are taped on the underside. Located on the
back side of the fly is a beaked opening which correlates with the mesh
on the back of the tent body and allows the tent to ventilate while the
fly is in use (as seen in picture to the left).
The fly is attached four different ways for complete security. First the
corners of the fly clip into the buckle style clip found on the nylon
strips at each corner of the tent (again, seen in picture above left).
Next there are four hook-and-loop fasteners sewn into the underside of
the fly which lines up and loops around the poles and assists in holding
the fly on the tent. Now the fly can be guyed out using the nylon loops
sewn into the bottom edges of the fly, found midway on each side as well
as on the back. These guy out loops are also used to control the
proximity of the fly to the tent body wall, which helps control the
amount of ventilation while using the fly, and ultimately affects
condensation. Lastly there are four more nylon loops sewn into the
outside of the fly and located about midway up the tent at each of the
four corners (these can be seen in the picture below). These are to be
used any time, but more importantly during times of heavy winds to help
hold the entire tent in place.
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I have carried this tent with me on every trip that I have been on for
the last year now except for one in which we stayed in shelters, which
comes to approximately 15 + nights on the trail and many more overnight
car camping trips. Not to mention the nights set up in and around my
home! I have carried the tent with me on trips to Big Hill Pond state
park in Tennessee, Sipsey Wilderness in Alabama, Chickasaw state park in
Tennessee, on the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia and other various
camping grounds and back woods in northeast Mississippi.
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I have used the tent during times of rain and times of clear skies. I
have used it in temperatures right at 10 F (-12.2 C) on the river banks
of the Sipsey Wilderness in Alabama to nights near 85 F (29.4 C) or
above at Big Hill Pond state park. I have used the tent in a variety of
elevations ranging from 500 ft (152 m) at Big Hill Pond state park to
4,450 ft (1356 m) atop Blood Mountain on the Appalachian Trail in
Upon tearing it out of the box the first thing I noticed was how soft
and slick the material felt, also how thin it felt, even the floor! I am
used to the thicker rougher feel of the cheaper tents typically found at
department stores and of course the tarp-like floor, so I was completely
amazed at the materials used for the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 tent. The poles
are thin and smooth, but sturdy feeling. The first time I set it up it
went together very easily and smoothly. Success was sweet!
The first trip I took it on was an overnight trip to Big Hill Pond state
park with my son. It was a wet hike in and I was a little worried since
this was the first time I was really using this tent, and it was
raining. That night as I laid inside the tent and listened to the rain
fall harder I kept hoping that the tent would keep the water out. The
next morning I woke up dry as a bone, and it was still raining outside.
The tent accommodates two snugly. I have found that while two sleeping
pads and bags are inside the tent, the sides of the bags will lay up
against the sides of the tent. Also, my regular size sleeping bag will
just hit the front door and back wall of the tent. This doesn't make
things necessarily uncomfortable, however if condensation is going to be
a problem I will usually lay my rain jacket around the foot of my
sleeping bag to help keep some of the moisture off of my sleeping bag.
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While there is a fair amount of mesh on the tent, proper ventilation
techniques must still be used to minimize the amount of interior
condensation, as with any tent. If at all possible I try to use the tent
without the fly on to utilize the maximum amount of ventilation. At
times I have even left the door partially or fully unzipped. For those
times that I was not sure about the night I would attach the fly to the
back side of the tent and let it lay on the ground so that if I needed
to I could jump out and pull the fly over the tent and make the needed
I have come to like this tent very well. There are a few things that I
wish were a little different, but for the price and the overall
durability of this tent I have no room to complain. The tent is well
made however there are some loose threads here and there but have caused
no problems except for maybe with appearance (no affect on me). I will
make note that I replaced the provided aluminum "J" hooks with a
complete set of MSR Groundhog stakes. I used the provided stakes for the
first couple of months and then decided to replace them. I did bend one
of the provided stakes slightly while trying to drive it in some rocky
ground. While the provided stakes are more than adequate for soft soil,
they would not prove the same in much harder rock laden soil.
This is my first backpacking tent. With this tent I have learned more
about tents so that the next tent I purchase I will know things to look
for in particular. I cannot condemn this tent for not meeting all of my
expectations when I didn't know them myself. So for this tent, for what
it is, it is a very reliable tent. I feel very comfortable recommending
the tent to others, however I can give them more info than what I had
when buying. This is a great little tent that I plan on using for many
more trips to come.
THINGS I LIKE
The quality of the tent is not perfect, but very nice.
Its size makes it a great solo tent, but still effective for two.
It keeps the water out very well.
It is very easy to set up.
The price was easy on the wallet.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
The only concern I have with it is some of the loose threads, however
they have caused no real issues of concern.
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- Hi Chad,
Thanks for the Owner Review, nice job. You know the drill. Once you have addressed the edits you can place the corrected version at:
Reviews > Shelters > Tents > Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent
Or here: http://tinyurl.com/yzqooac
***Measured Total Weight: 4 lb 9 oz oz (2.07 g)
EDIT: delete one "oz"
***Number of poles: 2 ~ 9 mm (0.9 cm) DAC Press-fit Poles
Edit: we actually have never required pole sizes to be converted as they are only ever listed in metric. But were it so, the conversion would have been to Imperial, or 0.35 inch
***Kelty notes that the Grand Mesa 2 tent (hereafter referred to as the "tent") as being made with "high-quality" materials
EDIT: this sentence is a bit garbled. Try something like,
Kelty notes that the Grand Mesa 2 tent (hereafter referred to as the "tent") "is" made with "high-quality" materials
*** The tent is marketed as a two man, 3 season tent.
EDIT: Do they discriminate? ;-) Actually they call it a two person tent
***The first trip I took it on was an overnight trip to Big Hill Pond state park
EDIT: Big Hill Pond "State Park"
*** That night as I laid inside the tent
EDIT: That night as I "lay" inside the tent
***While there is a fair amount of mesh on the tent, proper ventilation techniques must still be used to minimize the amount of interior condensation, as with any tent.
EDIT: you should delete the "as with any tent" unless you have used them all
***If at all possible I try to use the tent without the fly on to utilize the maximum amount of ventilation. At times I have even left the door partially or fully unzipped. For those times that I was not sure about the night I would attach the fly to the back side of the tent and let it lay on the ground so that if I needed to I could jump out and pull the fly over the tent and make the needed attachments quickly.
Comment: I do the same thing
*** I will make note that I replaced the provided aluminum "J" hooks with a complete set of MSR Groundhog stakes.
While most of us know who MSR is we are supposed to spell it out at least the first use
Thanks for the edits, always enjoy them. I have made the corrections and have place the finalized report in it's new-found home that you have provided. The old report has been removed from the test folder, never to be seen again!
Til next time,
- Ha, you are correct.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Fahlgren, Eric" <efahlgren@...> wrote:
> Ray wrote to Chad:
> > ***Measured Total Weight: 4 lb 9 oz oz (2.07 g)
> > EDIT: delete one "oz"
> And shouldn't that be "kg", too?
The Kelty GM2 report is now corrected and reloaded. Sorry about that. Thanks for the catch though Eric. All those letters and numbers run together....
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Ray" <rayestrella@...> wrote:
> Ha, you are correct.
> Oh Chad...
> --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Fahlgren, Eric" <efahlgren@> wrote:
> > Ray wrote to Chad:
> > > ***Measured Total Weight: 4 lb 9 oz oz (2.07 g)
> > >
> > > EDIT: delete one "oz"
> > And shouldn't that be "kg", too?