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Compactness and lightness are the most important qualities in the backpacking world. That’s why the TN2 tent was awarded the 2014 Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice and the 2016 Outside Magazine Gear of the Year awards. As part of the well-engineered TraiLogic™ Collection, it’s loaded with useful features like shorter 14-inch aluminum poles for easier packing, innovative hug-clip technology for simple setup, and a roll-up Stargazing Fly™ for nighttime enjoyment. You’ll also enjoy spacious floor space along with an oversized D-style door for convenient access. No wonder you’ll want to spend more nights on the trail.

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Kelty Tent User Manual


Body Features:

  • Freestanding design
  • DAC Pressfit poles
  • Color Coded Clip Construction
  • Taped floor seams
  • Mesh wall panels
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Jake's Foot pole attachment
  • Noiseless zipper pulls

Fly Features:

  • Stargazing fly
  • Taped seams
  • Jake's foot fly attachment
  • Fly vents
  • Welded clear windows
  • Noiseless zipper pulls
  • Guyout points


  • Seasons: 3
  • Number of doors: 2
  • Number of vestibules: 2
  • Capacity: 2
  • Minimum weight: 4 lbs 4 oz / 1.93 kg
  • Packaged weight: 4 lbs 13 oz. / 2.18 kg
  • Floor area: 27.5 ft2 / 2.5 m2
  • Vestibule area: 10 + 10 ft2 / .74 m2
  • Length: 83 in. / 211 cm
  • Width: 50 in. / 127 cm
  • Height: 42 in. / 107 cm
  • Packed diameter: 11 in. / 28 cm
  • Packed Length: 14 in. / 35 cm


Number of poles: 3

Pole type:
DAC Pressfit

Wall material:
No See-Um Mesh

Floor material:
70D Nylon, 3000 mm

Fly material:
40D Sil Nylon, 1800 mm

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Backcountry Edge:
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Mountain Sports:
Sleeping Capacity: 2 Person
Intended Use: Lightweight Backpacking
Number of Doors: 2 Doors
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  1. Wow great tent!

    This is a remarkable tent.
    1) Easy set-up
    2) Great star gazing
    3) keeps the rain out
    on Jun 15th 2017

  2. The best tent I have ever owned.. almost...

    Like I said above, this is truly the best tent I have ever owned seriously!!! I do have one complaint though that I hope Kelty will address in the next iteration of the TN series and that is to please make it a little longer!! After reading the specs on this tent, at 83" long, this tent should have fit me (a 6'3" or 75") dude just fine, that's an extra 8" of headroom that I was counting on... but the interior space is actually much smaller than that number. I'm literally touching both walls when I lay down which is super annoying. Anyways my main point to you guys is is that if you added another 8-10 in, you would have in my opinion, the most perfect, cost effective, backpacking tent on the market.. seriously!!! So please take that into consideration next round, thanks!! on Jun 3rd 2017

  3. Decent tent, if youre not going to be facing rain

    For how much you pay, you get a cool tent with cool features. The star gazing is a cool novelty, its very quick to setup (less than 5 minutes) and easy to operate fly. The overall shape of the tent is rather cool looking. And a decent price.

    But this tent falls short in many areas. The biggest flaw that hit me is the triangle area on the top that collects water. There is no place for the water to flow away from the triangle, so it just pools up until it starts to leak through. Fortunately I had a tarp to throw over it while car camping. If I had known this I would not have bought it on this alone. Secondly, If you're over 6ft, stay away from this. Its length will not be enough for you. Third, the weight sucks. I understand this is a "budget" tent but I expected better. Fourth, the stuff sack it came with is terrible! Its not backpacking friendly what so ever. They should have stuck with a normal cylinder shape. It takes up alot of space. Fifth, the fly zipper catches alot on the random piece of plastic that surrounds the zipper when you try to to zip it from the inside which is rather annoying.

    Overall, if youre gonna be car camping and not expecting bad weather and you're under e6ft, then this tent is a decent tent for a good price. If not, spend a little extra and go elsewhere.

    Overall, you're better off paying 50 bucks more for a better tent elsewhere, especially if you live in wet or rainy conditions. I wish I could return this tent, but I sadly cannot. I'll have to try to live with it or buy a different tent and sell this thing to a poor sucker.
    on May 18th 2017

  4. Love it!

    I love this tent! Have used it camping all summer from car camping to bikepacking and backpacking and it's great in all conditions. I love how the fly is able to be tied back in a variety of ways so that the tent is still very open yet protected from rain and/or yields more privacy. The only thing that bugs me is that one of the doors has a shorter zipper than the other. I would appreciate it if both sides had the full-length zipper. on Oct 2nd 2016

  5. Great tent but flaw in design

    I have used this tent a lot over the past three summers now. Overall, it's been great and easy to use. It is spacious inside for a tent this size, and the square storage sack makes for fast and easy packing. The star gazer function is a neat bonus.

    The main flaw with this tent is the ceiling. There is a flat spot between the cross pole and where the side poles intersect. This means that 1) water accumulates there during rain, and 2) condensation will form on the inside there (rather than run down the side of the fly), and drip down onto your sleeping bag. In humid weather, this means waking up with wet spots on your down bag. I've tried adjusting the fly to stop this to no avail.

    It's too bad for this one but significant issue - this would otherwise be a fantastic tent.
    on Jul 5th 2016

  6. An almost "PERFECT" tent....

    Let me start of by saying this tent is "perfect"... perfect for people just under 6 feet tall. I love this tent, I really do... I just wish my 6' 3" frame would have loved it more. On paper 83" should be big enough to fit my large frame, but the TN2 is 83" from pole to pole. The interior space is actually about 77", at which point the walls are already caving in on me. I literally have to sleep diagonally just to fit in there nicely and while adding a second person is do-able... it's just doesn't work. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Kelty... heed this customer's honest review and make this tent longer for next year, I'm thinking something in the 90"+ range would be absolutely perfect! This really is the best tent you guys have ever made and I can't wait for you to make it better!!! on Jun 5th 2016

  7. Best Tent to price ratio

    I have taken this tent out a handful of times and it has been incredible. It sets up easily, breathes well, and the stakes keep everything in place. I am a little disappointed in how the rain fly clips on to the tent rather than interacting with the poles. I would like to be able to ditch the body of the tent and use the poles, fly, and footprint if I needed to cut weight but am unable to do this. I'm still trying to decide if I like the cube style storage but I do like the thought that went behind it. Great tent, great price, very satisfied. on Jun 2nd 2016

  8. Great tent and a great value

    I have used this tent for two backpack trips now and am very impressed. The tent is light (about 4 lbs) and compact. I especially like the shorter pole length. Kelty has always made good tents @ at a good price point and this is no exception. It does feel slightly nicer/designed than your average Kelty tent (which I own 2 of). The two doors and vestibules are great for two people and backpacks. Not a whole lot of room on the inside for extra gear storage. For the price, this is a technical lightweight tent for three season use. on Apr 7th 2016

  9. Nice design, factory defect and long repair bad

    Like the tent. fits 2 people well, one person great. The stargazing feature is great. easy to set up. The windows on the fly de-laminated after a couple of uses. I sent the fly in for repair in Feb 2016. It took 6 weeks for it to return which is too long for a defect. The fix was to sew both windows on and seam seal. i hope that will last on Apr 6th 2016

  10. Customer Review

    The zippers ALWAYS get stuck on a pointless flap and eventually after a few camp outs broke so now I have to buy a new rain fly completely (which isn't sold anywhere.) on Dec 27th 2015

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