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Want premium performance and more features than you can handle? The durable Grand Mesa delivers big value and comfort without pushing your backpacking budget to the brink. Easy to carry at less than 5 pounds and quick to setup with compact folding poles, you’ll benefit big at camp. Thoughtful features like color-coded clip construction and a fly vent will add to the feeling of knowing you got way more than you paid for. 

Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Pitching Instructions

Kelty Tent User Manual


  • Backpack friendly compact folding poles
  • Roll top cube carry bag
  • Easy set up
  • Free standing
  • Kelty hug clip
  • Easy entry D door
  • Color coded clip and fly attachment
  • Fully seam taped construction
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Gearloft loops
  • No-see-um tent body
  • Fly vent


  • Seasons: 3
  • Number of doors: 1
  • Number of vestibules: 1
  • Capacity: 2
  • Number of poles: 2


  • Minimum weight: 4 lbs 1 oz / 1.84 kg
  • Packaged weight: 4 lbs 12 oz / 2.15 kg
  • Floor area: 30 ft2 / 2.79 m2
  • Vestibule area: 6 ft2 / .56 m2
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 85 x 57/44 x 43 in // 216 x 145/112 x 109 cm
  • Packed size: 12 x 15 in / 30 x 38 cm


Pole type:

Wall material:
40D No-See-Um Mesh

Floor material:
68D  Polyester, 1800 mm

Fly material:
68D Polyester, 1800 mm

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Mountain Sports:
Sleeping Capacity: 2 Person
Intended Use: Backpacking/Camping
Number of Doors: 1 Door
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Backcountry Edge:
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  1. Bummed

    Yeah. Loved thus tent. It weathered some great rainstorms. One design flaw, tho: the overhead vent drips. Onto my face.
    The major bummer is the poles cracked very soon, and Kelty no longer carrries them. Clever marketing strategy: make consumers buy a new tent.
    Bummed. Won't buy another.
    on Aug 10th 2018

  2. Exactly what I was looking for

    This is a great tent to take backpacking for me and my child. It is light and modular, so it works well for us to be able to split pieces up. on Jun 14th 2018

  3. Dangerous Thunderstorm

    First trip out of the box for this tent was a night with thunderstorm heavy rain and hail. Tent was great no leaks except for side vents which I pitched to high should have closed but storm hit quick but still no big water issue. Sets up easy and packs up well. For the price great tent. on May 23rd 2018

  4. Waterproof, Durable, and a Favorite

    I've had a Grand Mesa 2 since 2010. It was one of my first backpacking tents. Since then I've been a wilderness therapy guide, outdoor educator, and now weekend warrior and this tent has come out with me for about 30-40% of my trips. It's the best!!

    This tent is very spacious for one with gear and a dog or can fit two friends. I say friends because your sleeping pads will be touching and it'll be a close fit.

    It's bomber in the rain. I had it out the past two weekends guiding in the CO mountains. It rained all day, either misting or thunderstorming. I had the tent fully guy-ed out and the inside was completely dry. I've NEVER had an issue with this tent taking on any water unless it's inside condensation or I roll in to the rain fly in the night. This tent is exceptional in different weather conditions!

    It's also, clearly, super durable. An 8 year old tent should maybe leak or have zipper issues or something, but I haven't had one issue. My zipper does seem to have a bit more space in the teeth these days (which I'm hoping Kelty could fix in the future), but for now, this 8 year old tent is still going strong.

    Great Deal. Great product.
    on May 22nd 2018

  5. Can't ask for more

    I've owned this tent for three years and used it well, including the craziest thunderstorm I've ever been in, along with a lot of normal rainy nights, and even more beautiful nights looking at the stars through the mesh.

    It still performs great (just stained a little more!). The cheap carrying bag ripped so I just put the fly and tent into a stuff stack and carry the poles outside of the backpack.
    on May 2nd 2018

  6. Awesome Tent!

    I love the design of the tent. Feels like nice material with good zippers. The poles are super nice and magnetic, which makes setting up the tent a breeze. It is quite spacious for one person but would fit two if needed. Super happy with this tent! on Aug 5th 2017

  7. Great tent Grand Mesa 2

    This is a great all round tent that I am very happy with. My complaint is how it was sold. The sales price does not include three guy lines and stakes for the back and sides of the rain fly which are sold separately. This ended up costing me about $28 extra to get a complete tent. It is like buying a sleeping bag and then finding out that you have to buy the zipper separately and at additional cost. on Jun 16th 2017

  8. A Seriously Excellent Tent

    Top quality in every aspect, yes, even the zippers. Just remember there is one door on the end, not the middle. If you are good with that, this is the tent to get. Easy to put up and take down. Roomy for one, tight for two but doable. Good in a strong wind too! I did have to use longer stakes because of the wind. Quality tent. on May 9th 2017

  9. Great tent!

    I purchased the 2012 model several years ago at a local retailer for about $100 and couldn't be more satisfied with my purchase. I shopped a lot and bought this as a "good enough" tent while I was saving for a premium backpacking tent, over the years I have never felt the need to shop for another tent. It packs down small, goes up fast, doesn't weigh too much and still looks brand new after dozens of camping trips. As far as backpacking tents go it is a good size for a two person model, but if you're planning on storing gear inside, or camp in warmer climates where a little space between campers is welcome, then I might suggest looking at 3 person option. on Oct 26th 2016

  10. My GO TO Tent

    I have 20 plus backpacking tents in my personal inventory- By far this is the most used tent in my collection. Fast to put up, decent size and weight for a two person tent. After other backpackers have seen my tent and learn the value , I have had 21 people purchase the Grand Mesa 2 - They all have said the same thing... Great Tent for the price and quality.

    Note: this tent is not for all seasons and in high wind the walls get pushed in BUT never failed.

    Would I continue to recommend it YES...
    on Jul 26th 2016

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