Great all-around shelter, but a bit heavy and stuffy…
21 May 2012
Summary: Summary Great all-around shelter, but a bit heavy and stuffy for some uses. Pros Large / roomy interior Privacy door Ease of use Sand pockets when stakes won't do Sturdy in wind Cons Heavy and bulky if carrying a long distance Hot interior in strong (beach) sun We bought this for our family beach vacation with our 18 mos old who had outgrown his peapod. Our favorite beach is a good 2 mi hike.
I purchased this tent in October to use for basic…
22 October 2009
Summary: I purchased this tent in October to use for basic camping. I do much car camping but usually out on backroads in the forest or out in the Mojave desert so a tent to withstand the elements was highly desired. So far I have used the tent once for a weekend camp trip in the desert. Second day we had gust up to 40 mph and the tent stood strong as expected. Set up was simple with the pole clips and clip on fly once I figured out what went where.
This is the best backpacking tent I have ever owned.…
11 October 2009
Summary: This is the best backpacking tent I have ever owned. It is an awesome tent. This is a premium tent at a bargain price. First use was in a terrible rain storm. It was raining when we hit the trail, raining when we set up camp, raining when we went to bed, and raining when we got up. The tent did not leak a drop. I did not seal the seams (I know I should) and I did not guy out the fly but the ventilation was fine. Very little condensation with me and my son in it.
Never mess with stupid umbrellas again!The Cabana…
7 July 2009
Summary: Never mess with stupid umbrellas again! The Cabana provides complete sun, rain and wind protection for your family and your stuff. You don't have to chase a moving shadow for shade, and there's no glare around three sides. The door zips for privacy, for changing and even a nap. A cool trick is to zip the front panel up from the sides a few inches, which prevents most sand from blowing in. VERY useful feature: sandbags attached at each corner. Stakes won't hold in sand.
This is a great tent, pitches quick and easy, stayed…
2 July 2009
Summary: This is a great tent, pitches quick and easy, stayed perfectly dry during a two rainstorms and packs down to almost nothing. Couldn't ask for more really. Though it would be pretty tight with two adults in it.
I wanted a light weight but comfortable tent that…
3 February 2009
Summary: I wanted a light weight but comfortable tent that would easily fit on to the back of my maxi motor scooter for a 10,500 mile camping trip through 23 states. I chose the Kelty Grand Mesa 2, because of the excellent brand name, lightweight and durable characteristics. You can fit 2 people in this tent in a tight squeeze, but it makes for an ideal roomy single person tent.
I recently purchased this tent to use during my week…
27 December 2008
Summary: I recently purchased this tent to use during my week long trip into quetico provincial park. It packs nicely at ~5lbs with all the tent gear and is a breeze to set up with only two poles that have snap clips, no sleeves to get caught on. Overall I'm very pleased by this tent, it kept me dry during an entire days worth of downpour and provides good ventilation so I never saw any wetness in the tent.
This tent works real well with one person. The inside…
12 October 2008
Summary: This tent works real well with one person. The inside height is perfect but the vestibule is a little on the small side. It works good to fit your boots and possibly a small pack, but not a dog or huge 6000cu in. pack. As for a ground sheet, I just used a cut down to size orange irrigation tarp from a local hardware store. The first time I used the tent it snowed about an inch, along with wind. The tent held up beautifully and was quite cozy during the cold weather.
A good tent for the price. I set it up in just a few…
25 January 2008
Summary: A good tent for the price. I set it up in just a few minutes in a windy campground, and it made it through a windy/rainy night without leaks or lots of noise. I did replace the tent stakes with MSR groundhogs, as the cheapos that come with it will bend the first time you whack them with a rock. Also, the black guy lines are impossible to see in the dark unless you wrap a bit of reflective tape in strategic spots.