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Kelty Grand Mesa 4

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Kelty Grand Mesa 4 three-season tent

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:
Aluminum Poles
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.

Design: three-season freestanding dome
Sleeps: 4
Ease of Setup: As easy as it gets
Weight: not sure
Price Paid: $160 Shipped

It's a solid tent. It has perform great in the rain and cold, and has great ventilation during hot weather. There's plenty of room for four people. It's a bit heavy and best used for car camping.


  • Easy setup
  • Roomy
  • Good price


  • Heavy

I have had this tent for a few years now. Have used it mostly car camping with the Boy Scouts and it has worked great in all types of weather. Took it on a backpacking trip recently and realized that's too heavy (about 11 pounds) to haul around on the Appalachian Trail.

The tent comes with two sturdy aluminum poles and it's easy to set up by one self. I recommend you get the optional footprint to protect the floor of the tent.  It all packs well in a 3 feet by 6 inches cylinder shape, and it's easy to put it back in its bag.

It works as expected, but I think my little ones have punished it too much and it may be ready for retirement.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

I love this tent for car camping or kayak camping. It is just too heavy to backpack. I was warm on a surprise 20 degree night in a 35 degree bag. You can stand hunched over and move around without knocking it over. Simple set-up even in the dark, the corner pockets are nice for keys, lights, bear spray in case of an overly amorous tent mate. If you get lazy and don't guy out the fly you will get some condensation but it isn't that bad.

My 6'5" friend fits in it! I've never had more than two people in the tent and it was always roomy. The vestibule keeps your boots dry while I bring all the other crap inside.

I will never figure out how they call this a 4-person tent? It sleeps two comfortably and you could squeeze in a third. If you needed to get 4 people in this thing it would have to be four romantically involved people.

Design: 3 season dome
Sleeps: 4
Ease of Setup: simple
Weight: 8lbs
Price Paid: $150 or so

I went on a backpacking trip with 3 people, what a great tent. When I came back bought one for my son. There was three of us in this tent for 1 week in the middle of October and this tent worked great for size and weight. I am 6'2", 235 lbs, plus another 6'1", 220 lbs and 5'9" 160 lbs, worked great for three people and gear. I am not easliy impressed but this tent from Kelty worked flawless.

Price Paid: $159.99

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Price MSRP: $209.95
Current Retail: $149.96-$199.95
Historic Range: $36.97-$239.95
Reviewers Paid: $150.00-$200.00
Seasons 3
Number of Doors 1
Number of Vestibules 1
Capacity 4
Minimum Weight 6 lb 13 oz / 3.09 kg
Packaged Weight 7 lb 8 oz / 3.40 kg
Floor area 53.3 sq ft / 4.95 sq m
Vestibule Area 9.4 sq ft / .87 sq m
Width 80 in / 203.2 cm
Length 96 in / 243.8 cm
Height 55 in / 139.7 cm
Packed Diameter 8 in / 20.32 cm
Packed Length 25 in / 63.5 cm
Number of poles 2
Pole type DAC Pressfit
Wall Material 68D Polyester
Floor Material 68D Nylon 1800 mm
Fly Material 75D Polyester 1800 mm
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