We are taking a look at the Kelty Grand Mesa
4 Camping and Backpacking Tent. This is a cost conscious tent that offers all of the
performance, all of the protection you need for three season camping and backpacking,
but unlike those more expensive camping and backpacking tents, this doesn’t have all
the bells and whistles. So you get no frills per-formance. That also means it is easy to
set up and you have got some really interesting features here that make it a great option.
So we have got it packed down into the stuff sack. It comes with kind of an interesting
stuff sack. It is kind of cube shaped here. So you can see rather than that long, skinny
profile that a lot of tents pack down into, it is really easy to pack this down. You have got a roll top closure on the top
of this with just a little Velcro there. So you can pack everything down. You can roll
the top of this. You can cinch it down and then clip it like that. So it is really easy
to pack down. You don’t have to fumble with trying to roll everything together and stuff
it down into that stuff sack. It fits really nicely in there. So it is something I really
appreciate about the packaging here. And if I open it up just to show all the features,
you get a full coverage rain fly. Obvious-ly you have got the tent body and that rolls
down to be nice. So you have got the tent body here. So it is a, you know, two walls.
You have got the tent body and the rain fly over top. And then the poles here are something
I wanted to point out. The size of the pole sections are shorter than I have seen on a
lot of other camping and backpacking tents. And what I mean by that is you can have a
much smaller pack size with this tent. So, you know, the pole sections here. You just
get two poles and, again, that pack size is small. So you are going to be able to fit
it into a lot of different compartments, whether you are bicycle camping or traveling, motor
cycle camping or just taking it into the back-country and putting it in your backpack. So something
I wanted to call out there. And then, obviously, the other thing you get are all of the stakes
and guy lines you need to set up the tent really well. We will pitch the tent and take a look at
all the features. The pole structure here makes it super easy
to set up. You have two poles that cross over each other. These are aluminum poles. So you
have got durability there. And the clip de-sign also makes it simple. They are Kelty’s hug
clips which means that they have two hooks on either side of each of the clips. So that
way you just take the clip and put it right onto the pole and it has a really secure hold
and a really secure fit. So it pitches really nicely. And you have got a lot of mesh here
in the canopy of the tent. So there is going to be a lot of breathability for those warm
summer nights. You can have breathability in the tent. Below that you have got taffeta material.
It is 68 denier taffeta material. So there is dura-bility there. The floor of this tent
is completely seam taped. It is waterproof and that is also 68 denier fabric. So plenty
of durability. This tent is going to last a long time. You have got a big, D shaped door in the front,
so just one door on this tent, when we put the rain fly on one vestibule. When you get
in there, there is definitely enough room for four campers or backpackers, but it is
a tight squeeze, so once you put your sleeping mats in there, you know, it is definitely
going to fill up that wholes pace. This would be a great camping tent for two or three campers
or backpackers or maybe, you know, two adults and one child or something like that. So if
you want sprawling room, it is definitely a great two person tent. There is a couple of pockets on the inside.
There is an area where you can hang gear in the top. So you can get some gear up off of
the floor. It doesn’t have all the bells and whis-tles like we talked about, but definitely
a very sturdy camping tent. We will throw the rain fly on and talk about
the features there. This full coverage rain fly meaning it covers
every corner of the tent, you are completely protected, is made out of 68 denier polyester
fabric. It is very durable and it is complete-ly seam taped. So that means you are completely
protected from rain and from water. You have one big door right in the front of
this vestibule. So the rain fly couldn’t be any easier to put on to the tent, to orient
the correct way. You line up the door with the front door of the tent and there is one
green webbing loop. All of the rest of the other webbing loops are grey. So you line
up the green loop on the rain fly to the green webbing loop on the tent body. And that is
how I know I have the rain fly oriented the correct way. The door comes off to the side, so the front
of this vestibule just has a webbing loop in the front that you stake into the ground.
Very easy to set up. The door opens really big here and actually it is a two way zipper.
So if you need more ventilation on the inside, you can pull this side down a little bit to
have a little bit of ventilation. You have a nice storm flap in front of that zipper,
so you are protected a little bit there. You have a little bit of a canopy, so if it is
just raining a little bit, but you need more ventilation, you can do a little bit of venting
there. But the zipper does come down to the bottom and you have got Velcro. That way you
can open up this vestibule and be able to access the door of the tent. I rolled back the door halfway here up to
that stake that is in the ground. There is a toggle point there to roll it back halfway,
but if you want to just roll it all the way back and have more ventilation with the tent,
you can definitely do that. Again, with all of that mesh it is a pretty breathable tent. And there are guy out points here on the corners.
I don’t have the whole thing staked out right now because it is a nice beautiful day.
We don’t need everything staked out. But if you do need to batten everything down,
they give you enough stakes and enough lines to do so. There are some additional points on this tent
that you can stake out and guy out. So if you anticipate needing every single point,
you should bring along some extra lines and some extra stakes, but you certainly have
enough to set up this tent really well. With all of the features here, you get a really
budget friendly tent that offers all the pro-tection you need from the elements while you are backpacking
and camping. It is the Kelty Grand Mesa 4 Person Tent.