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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.

Kelty TN Pitching Instructions

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
Backcountry Edge:
Bob Wards:
Kittery Trading Post:
Mountain Sports:
Sleeping Capacity: 2 Person
Intended Use: Lightweight Backpacking
Number of Doors: 2 Doors
Austin Kayak:
Al's Sporting Goods:
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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. Customer Review

      My last tent was a 2-person Kelty that was very similar to this one (Campsite?). It lasted 17 years so I went back to the well when it was time to replace it. This TN2 is everything that my old one was and more. It's easier to put up, has even more mesh than the last (didn't think that was going to be possible), and has 2 vestibules rather than 1. It's a great tent for the kind of canoe camping that my wife and I do. For those of you that put the rainfly down from within the tent: Does it really keep the rain out if you don't secure the corners to the Jake's Foot? on Dec 6th 2015

    9. Customer Review

      I'm sooooooo hoping that Big Agnes (sister company) comes out with a version of this tent that is at least one pound lighter than the TN2. Outside of the weight, this looks like a great tent to me. :-) I'm hoping a company rep reads this and considers what I wrote. on Nov 10th 2015

    10. Customer Review

      The tent went together incredible easy the first time I used it. The only thing I didn't like is the bag the tent came in, doesn't fit well in my pack and forget getting it back in easily after using it. I ended up buying a real nice stuff sack at REI to keep it in. on Apr 14th 2015

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