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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.
|Kittery Trading Post:||http://www.kitterytradingpost.com/product.php/prodid/73583|
|Sleeping Capacity:||2 Person|
|Intended Use:||Lightweight Backpacking|
|Number of Doors:||2 Doors|
|Al's Sporting Goods:||http://www.als.com/Kelty-TN2-Tent/10254580/Product|
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.
Byron on Jul 5th 2016
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!!! Chad H. on Jun 5th 2016
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. Russell on Jun 2nd 2016
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. NCman on Apr 7th 2016
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 t Storm on Apr 6th 2016
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.) James on Dec 27th 2015
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? Aric on Dec 6th 2015
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. Elisa on Nov 10th 2015
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. William on Apr 14th 2015
Love the design - being able to leave the fly open and lower it without getting out was awesome! It still did require a bit of scooting around in the tent, but it was easy. Used it for eight days in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. It was very windy and we had some overnight rains and the tent held up well. The stakes were too short for the sandy desert, and there weren't enough guylines for the sides of the fly (just the corners) so I had to purchase 12" stakes and I used the to stake out the sides of the fly (front and back end of the tent) so they didn't flop in the 40 mph wind gusts! My only complaint is that no matter how taught the tent was staked and guy lined, the ground edges of the vestibule "doors" were still loose and created noise during the windy nights. One night, it was warm enough that I just rolled one of the doors open to stop the noise. Otherwise, the tent and the footprint held up well, the screen kept way more of the dusty sand out than I expected, and all of the zippers and poles did exactly what they were supposed to do. Wish there was a video on folding it tightly to get it back into the pack though! Donna on Mar 2nd 2015