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Kelty Domolite 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars

The Domolite 2 has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best three-season tents for 2021.


Price Reviewers Paid: $91.00-$200.00


7 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   3
3-star:   2
2-star:   1
1-star:   0

Great tent. Sets up in three minutes like it states on the box!!!

Other reviews I just read are totally false. It doesn’t weigh 8 lbs, try 6 lbs without the extra tent stakes. Poles slide into sleeves with ease and you don’t need all the tent stakes only 3 instead of the 8 or 9—less weight. Your sleep pad and sleeping bag will keep your tent in place with three stakes.

Great tent, bathtub floor sewn and sealed with Talffa tape, leak proof seams.


  • Sets up in 3 minutes
  • Never leaks and bathtub floor
  • Top quality zippers and no-see-um
  • Well made
  • Great warranty
  • Great ventilation and great for stargazing without rainfly
  • Reasonable price and replacement parts


  • They stopped making this model
  • The inside height could be a little higher for head room unless you're 5'6" like me
  • It could be a little lighter, but it would affect the quality.

I really love my Domolite and bought a second after wearing out the first one. It was only about 300 to 400 camping trips!! So I found a brand new one in the original box and bought it and my old vestibule fits perfectly.

I backpack with this tent. Without the bags and only three tent stakes it weighs about 5 lbs 6 ozs. Has plenty of room and great ventilation, so never condensation inside when you wake up on cold mornings. Very well made and never needed repairs and zippers are smooth and have the rainfly get snagged a couple of times.

This tent has kept me dry and I can’t think of one leak!!! Also I’ve only used this Kelty for camping in the backcountry of the Adirondacks. I spend 3 to 5 days every other week. Roughly I’m about to do 56 to 60 days since the end of April to September 16, 2018.

Kelty products are made very well and I would recommend this product. It will last for years if you take care of the tent!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $91


Welcome to Trailspace, Jean! We love to hear about gear that has held up for so many adventures. Thanks for sharing a review of your Kelty. If you have any pictures of yours in use, those would be great to see in your review too.

2 years ago

I bought my Domolite about 12 to 15 years ago and used it a lot. There are a couple of things I don't like about it like: the sleeves for the poles a hard"er" to slide poles thru. There is only one door, so if there are two people one has to crawl over the other. It also seems like every Kelty product I buy has zippers that snag.That's a bummer at 3 a.m. when nature calls ;-)

The tent has survived eight Rainbow gatherings, countless backpacking and camping trips, canoe trips and so on, but it is bulky and cumbersome and heavy.

This is a "Back in the day" tent and there are much better choices now.

Design: dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: about 15 minutes for 1 person
Weight: 8
Price Paid: $169

Good tent. Not real well for using when you go backpacking.
Otherwise... don't buy it.

Design: 4 season peice of crap
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: hard as hell
Weight: 8 lbs
Price Paid: $100

I bought this tent thinking it would be a good tent for backpacking but it's bulky and cumbersome.

Its GOOD features:

3 pole setup



Its BAD features:

Anything I haven't mentioned above !!!!!!!!!

See you on the trail !!!

Design: 3 Season freestanding dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: slightly diffucult
Weight: 7lbs. 8oz.(a little heavy)
Price Paid: $129.95

The color is an odd purple.

A great tent.

Very sturdy, even in wind.

Lots of head room, windows and pockets.

problems : (1) the poles are fiberglass (and not too good) (2) you run the poles through sleeves, so while removing the poles you must be careful (3) the fly and vestibule are both dificult to set up.

Overall this is a great sumer tent, well worth the price, and very roomy. great for families and small trips.

Design: 3 season
Sleeps: 2 easily
Ease of Setup: average. the poles go in sleaves, taking some time.
Weight: average
Price Paid: $160 on sale

bought mine on sale for $99 at Oshmans when Kelty changed colors. REI had the mountaineering model on sale for $220. I went for the better buy. If I decide to upgrade to Al poles I can for approx. $100 and I'll still have fiberglass backups. Kelty only offers the Domolites with Fiberglass poles now, BUT they have a "NEW" model called the Paradise 2 that is a Domolite with Al poles, possibly diff. colors. So regarding the other review of Domolites, you can get them with Al poles, they just renamed them to Paradises. I love my Domolite and think it is an exceptional tent, even at full price. The only other bugger I can think of is that they do have a seam across the floor of the tent. It's taped but still a potential trouble spot. I hope this isn't only on the fiberglass pole models.

Design: 3 season
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: easy as 1.2.3
Weight: 7 lbs
Price Paid: $99 on sale

My favorite summer tent, because it has 2 windows and hence air flows through pretty easily. The fly provides an awning over each side thanks to a pole, which means you can keep the windows open in rainy weather.

The design gives a lot of head and shoulder room. I have used it in strong winds and found that wind actually pushed the tent down rather than lifting it up.

One last feature is that the floor is a bathtub style with no seams close to the ground.

Only problem is that I think Kelty only makes a fiberglass pole version now. Look out for it in sales...

Design: 3 pole rectangle, ie like Sierra Designs Meteor Light
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Very easy.
Weight: 6.5lbs
Price Paid: $200

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