User Review: Kelty Grand Mesa 4
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: As easy as it gets
Weight: not sure
Price Paid: $160 Shipped
I bought this tent for both car camping and occasional backpacking. I typically sleep alone or with my girlfriend.
I'm a bigger guy, 6 feet 270 lbs. Unless we're dealing with kids, I'd prefer not to have more than three people in this tent, and that's pushin it in my opinion.
I used this tent for the first time this past weekend and I must say I was delighted to use it. I put a queen size air mattress in and still had room for equipment between the remaining space and the vestibule.
Setting up the tent is extremely easy since you're just putting the poles in the ends then clipping the tent to the poles. I'd say within 4 minutes not including the rainfly.
The quality of the aluminum poles is the best I've seen. They're light, snap together with confidence and seem durable.
The rainfly/ vestibule looks bigger in the pictures but it does provide enough space for a couple of duffle bags.
The floor of the tent isn't as durable as a tarp but it does look like it will hold up better than a Cabelas tent I had. I used an 8*10 tarp underneath the tent to protect it, I'd highly recommend either a tarp or footprint.
What I like:
4 pockets, 1 in each corner
What I don't like:
No privacy without the rainfly. The windows and door are only screens. You need to have the rainfly on and the vestbule closed in order to have privacy for changing or...what have you.
The stakes are weak and bend quite easily.
Floor could be a little thicker, but again not bad.
Overall it's a good tent that should last years, I've got no regrets.