User Review: Kelty Gunnison 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99.99
This thing does it all.
- Pack Size
This was my first major backpacking purchase way back in 2004. Everything up to this tent was found at yard sales, bought from family friends, or handed down. I got it for $99 at a local shop and have gotten every bit of that money back and more.
From 2004 to 2007 I camped out in this thing as often as I could. Couple random weeknights on the river, and about every other weekend with friends. Its been through mild snow, ridiculous rain, and beautiful summer days. Never leaked and didn't condensate as much as I thought it would. If it did condensate it was usually my fault for forgetting to unzip the vents at the top.
2008 - 2013 I didn't use it as much as I wanted, Life kicked in and camping/ backpacking became a time issue. Plus I was living in town and getting remote was a bit of a drive to just up and go.
Through everything, Being used and abused without a groundsheet, being packed for long periods of time, and being loaned out it was a survivor.
When I bought it I was looking for a roomy 1 person since I was a bit of a kitchen sink weekender and for that it was fantastic, a bit heavy/ bulky but fantastic. I have plenty of headroom, a nice gear loft, I can keep my stuff inside the vestibules and have plenty of room to roll around at night. Or if I'm not using the rain fly, there is plenty of room inside to put my gear and sleep snug.
Once I picked up a girlfriend that was willing to come out in the woods with me, I put the 2 person label to the test. Honestly, I didn't think I'd have the space we needed to do the things we did in there, but it worked great. 2 doors, and 2 vestibules made getting in and out at separate times a breeze, storing our stuff on separate sides was nice as well. No climbing over each other to get stuff we needed. The tent is plenty wide and long for average size folks such as we and had plenty of movement room for our in tent activity. It couldn't have been better honestly.
On the opposite side of that coin, I've slept with a buddy in that tent one time, and would never do it again. Plenty of space for a couple, not enough for buddies. Then again, that is a personal thing.
My only real gripe with this tent is packed size. But it's still fine. When i get a new tent i'm gonna look for something that packs a bit shorter. But honestly it doesn't matter. I can roll fabric up nice and small and pack the poles elsewhere. I'm just one of those people that likes to over organize and keep things all together.
I've only had a problem with the little metal vent arch pieces breaking. The one that broke snapped right at the end so its attempting to cut through the fly. After almost 10 years of being rolled and unrolled any piece of metal would break though.
Since I bought this tent, it's been changed a time or 2. I'm no real fan of the new colors but that is a preference. I constantly recommend this tent for couples or folks that don't mind the weight solo.
I like mine so much, I've repaired holes, spent way too much time cleaning it and now I'm trying to save it from an outrageous case of mildew it collected after letting a friend borrow it.
I have some pics, when I find them I'll add them.