Kelty TN2

Reviews

4

Lightweight, high quality tent with lots of room.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250 USD

Summary

Lightweight, high quality tent with lots of room. The footprint is impossible to find at the moment so either make your own out of Tyvek, or temporarily use a footprint from a similar 2-man tent if you have one (I used my Marmot Limelight footprint - not ideal but it worked).

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy setup
  • Good ventilation
  • Intuitive fly design
  • Small profile fits backpack better

Cons

  • Water can splash up under the fly if not completely guyed out
  • Hard to find footprint
  • Fly loses some of its star watching appeal if you have to guy out


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The Kelty TraiLogic TN2 tent is a Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice winner with some good reason. The tent fly rolls up on the head end and is secured at the top of the tent, and can also be closed by 2 people without ever leaving the tent.

This tent is a quick and easy setup for 1 person but if you're buying a new one, don't expect to find a footprint (not included). Neither the manufacturer nor any retailers have it available and I can't find anyone who can tell me when it would be. I consider this very poor planning on Kelty's part.

The ceiling and walls are completely mesh and the fly has 2 vents, so ventilation is great. We spent a week in Yellowstone and got rained on every day (and night).  Daytime high temps were around 57°F and nights would drop into the upper 30's so with all the moisture and colder temps, there was bound to be some condensation. Even then, the condensation collected on the inside of the fly but ran down the sides instead of collecting and dripping on us in the middle of the night

The bathtub floor only rises up on the walls about 4 inches, and unless you completely guy out the bottom of the fly at both the head and foot, rain splashes up underneath it far enough to get through the mesh wall. And if you do have to guy it, don't expect to take advantage of the bedtime star watching opportunities without the effort of removing the guy lines, and don't expect to be able to put the fly down in the middle of the night without climbing out to reattach the guy lines. Once we guyed out the fly, we didn't get wet at all - no leaks through the floor, walls, corners, seams, fly.

I love how compact and light this tent is (around 4 lbs) and there's a fast pitch option (provided you can find the fly) that would lighten it even more. The whole tent fits in an 11x14" rectangular bag that easily fits into a backpack without taking up a whole lot of room. I also love the fact that the tent has 2 good sized vestibules, 2 doors (one larger than the other), and nearly vertical walls. All that mesh and the vertical walls makes the TN2 seem huge for a 2-person tent.

I wanted to be able to give this tent 5 stars because I really do love it. I've been a Kelty fan for a number of years and I think that overall they've done a great job with this product too. I can't give them a 4 or 5 rating because of the rain splashing under the fly, and because of the issue with not being able to get a footprint. If I'd been able to get the footprint, I'd have given it a 4.5 instead of a 3.5 rating but I'm a bit bent by what seems to be Kelty's serious lack of planning.

UPDATE:  I just bumped my rating to 4 stars thanks to Kelty's great customer service.  I called to find out why I can still find plenty of tents online but not a single merchant who has the footprint.  I explained I'd signed up to get email notifications from the only 2 merchants who offered to alert me when they got the footprints in but hadn't received anything.  I also voiced my dissatisfaction that this appeared to be very poor planning on Kelty's part.  The CSR was very apologetic but told me they weren't expecting to get any in before December 10th.  When I told him I'd looked everywhere and not a single merchant had them or could tell me when they expected them, he did his own quick online search and immediately found one at Amazon (yeah, they were one of the merchants who said I'd get an email notification - still nothing in my inbox).  He suggested I hurry and order it since the cost was lower than if I waited until December to order one directly from them.  I paid $26 USD plus $5.58 shipping whereas Kelty has the cost listed at $39.95.  Thanks, Kelty - I remain one of your many loyal customers!

G00SE MODERATOR

Thanks for the review, Utah. I hammock camp, but I do have a Kelty tent that I found to be pretty good.


9 months ago
Daniel Oates

Utah, I was curious about the design of how the tent packs up and how it would work in one's pack. What's the thickness of the 11x14 bag? Have you just kept it up against the back of your pack? Great review and update!


9 months ago
0

Upgrade over big heavy tent, but not what I was expecting…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $159

Summary

Upgrade over big heavy tent, but not what I was expecting from Kelty.

Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Star Gazer fly

Cons

  • Bit heavy for backpacking
  • SHORT!

I had a three-man Wal-Mart special 'backpacking' tent that weighed in around 9 lbs. Since my son has started going on backpacking trips with his Boy Scout Troop, I wanted ... no ... needed something smaller and lighter.

The one thing I loved about the big heavy tent was that it had zippered windows so before I fell asleep I could lay and watch the stars. 

So I was drawn to the Kelty TN2 tent.  I looked at others and poked around the tents that people in the Troop used.  I kept coming back to the TN2 for the star gazer fly.  

Setup is easy, 1 hubbed pole that sort of self assembles itself, and 1 small pole for the fly all color coded so you know which end is which. Goes up quick and painless. Haven't had it through any strong storms so not sure how dry it will stay, but had it through a stiff wind and some slight sprinkles and no real issues.

The little square bag was pretty cool at first, much more contained than my old setup. But after the first trip out the square bag went into the garbage and replaced with a stuff sack. Getting the tent in and out of the square bag was more trouble than it was worth and it took up a huge amount of room in my pack. Now with the tent, fly and ground cover all rolled up together it's a touch smaller and can get hung from the back of my pack with ease.

The Star Gazer fly is nice to have, but so far I haven't had decent enough weather to make it worth having it open. Peaceful summer weather might be a different story.

Kelty claims it's a 2-man tent and we all know that really means 1 person, 2 in an emergency.  The length of the tent is suppose to be 6'11" but at 6' even I don't fit in the tent. Either my head or my feet touch the tent. So I'm forced to sleep diagonally across the tent and even then I tend to wake up with my feet or my head up against the tent. I am able to sit completely up and change without much effort.

It's a bit heavy at nearly 5 lbs with the footprint, but I knew that going in and felt the star gazer was worth a few extra pounds. After a few uses I'm not sure that's the case. Fortunately, I got it on sale and paid about 1/2 price for it. It's an upgrade over my big heavy Wal-Mart tent, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again or recommend it to others.


UPDATE 4/26/15:  OK, so couple nights in the rain and I was dry inside!

First night was mainly drizzle very little wind. Nothing too major but very happy to see I could get in and out without getting water inside. It rained sideways pretty much all morning. The second day, had a few tents in puddles and some with wet floors, wet sleeping bags and wet cloths. Mine too was in a puddle and as I apprehensively zipped open the fly; I figured I was in for a cold, wet night.  

Amazingly, the only water in the tent came off my wet rain gear .... doh .... after helping others move their tents to dryer ground ... heck ... I just left mine in the puddle and took off my rain gear before I got in. All night in the puddle and no water in my tent.  When I packed up the next morning, the Kelty ground cover was pretty much soaked but the tent bottom was fairly dry considering where I slept.  

Still no decent chance to use the Star Gazer, still a bit smaller than I thought it would be, still a tiny bit heavier than others, but it kept me dry and well heck that's what a tent is for isn't it?

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing your experience with this tent so far, Kent. I hope you'll let us know if your impressions change of it.


2 months ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the update, Kent.


26 days ago
0

Great design, but smaller than advertised. This appears…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200 on sale at Campsaver

Summary

Great design, but smaller than advertised.

Pros

  • Stargazing fly
  • Quality materials and construction
  • Nice design
  • 40D is good balance of sturdy/lightweight

Cons

  • Floor dimensions smaller than advertised
  • Possibly iffy QC

This appears to be a well-constructed tent, and the stargazing fly is a genius idea. When I did a practice pitch in my yard and put my 77" Therm-a-Rest pad in the tent, though, it seemed like a tighter fit than it should be.

Sure enough, the tent floor on mine measured 81.5" x 48" at the widest, and that was being generous with how I was measuring, and I had the tent fully staked out. The narrow end was likewise a couple of  inches narrower than stated. On top of that, mine arrived with a couple of small holes in the mesh of the large door.

I might have just exchanged it if it weren't for the smaller than advertised dimensions, because I really like the design. If you have a regular 72x20 pad and you aren't very tall, this tent might be great for you — however, though I'm only 5'11", I felt the tent's actual length wouldn't work for me.

0

Easy to use, not very heavy backpacking tent. It comes…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250

Summary

Easy to use, not very heavy backpacking tent. It comes with the star gazing rain fly which is great!

Pros

  • Star gazing rain fly
  • Lightweight
  • Works perfect with Trail Logic backpack
  • Square pack size

Cons

  • Was not as long as packaging indicated

Setup is super easy with this tent. Kelty has color coordinated poles, tent, and rain fly so that putting it together is really simple. The color coordination is not obscene or obvious so no one will know that it is there unless they are putting the tent up. 

The tent has the ability to keep the rain fly rolled up and out of the way so that you can view the stars at night. If the weather turns you simply stick your arms out and roll it down to clip it. Very simple to use, and it was awesome to see the stars at night. 

The size for width is great. My wife and I fit really well with space to spare. It has two vestibules for gear storage as well. The only downside is that the tent is not as long as advertised. I think it was supposed to be 6'11".  I am 6'4" and my head and feet were touching the first one on both ends (they were sicking far out). Kelty, which has amazing customer service, sent us a new one which was better, but still not the advertised length.

We have used the tent in fair weather in the mountains outside of Salt Lake City. It seems like it will hold up just fine in bad weather. 

G00SE MODERATOR

Welcome to Trailspace, Mike! Thanks for the review.


9 months ago
0

Great two-person tent. Very lightweight yet spacious.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

Summary

Great two-person tent. Very lightweight yet spacious.

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Rain fly can pool if not set up correctly.

Recently bought the Trailogic TN2 and used it to to do some car camping in the Tetons and Yellowstone. Rained a lot one of the nights and the tent held up great.

Best features are that it is easy to set up and very spacious inside and in vestibules. I have yet to try the stargazing mode but I am excited to use it.

One problem was that water did pool in the top of the rain fly. This could have been an error in the setup. The fly as a whole did not stay up off the tent very well when wet.

Regardless, I am excited for this tent and look forward to using it more.