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Reviewers Paid: $120.00-$210.00
Overall, an excellent tent. This tent took me all the way through my boy scouting career (got my Eagle in 06!).
I've been backpacking on the Appalachian Trail with this tent, camped for a week in Canada, and gone on countless weekend excursions with this tent. Never had a single problem with workmanship/construction. Set-up is a breeze, the tent itself is roomy enough, and the vestibules are excellent for stowing gear/boots so they won't get wet.
The only negative I have about this tent would have to be the included tent stakes, the aluminum ones bend quite easily. I simply purchased a set of molybdenum stakes and have had zero problems since.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this tent. Highly recommended.
Ease of Setup: Very easy
Weight: around 6lb
I've plenty of good use out of this Kelty tent. I've spent many a night in extremely stormy weather and snow. It's several years old now, and has seen better days.
I need to say goodbye to my "Home away from home".
Design: 3.5 season
Ease of Setup: Pretty darn easy
Weight: Circa 7.5 pounds
Price Paid: $120
This is one of the best tents I've every used. I've bought several of these for a Boy Scout troop and they get used and abused backpacking, canoeing, and camping. Some of them are going on seven years of use and they are still waterproof.
A bit heavy for a two-person, three-season tent, but it's used all year round into single digit temperatures. There is plenty of room for two plus gear. The kids can get four or five into one tent to play cards. The fly has a lot of room to store additional gear. The tents have held up well with no tears or pulled zippers. Some of the floors are starting to show weepage, but after seven years of abuse, can't complain.
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: quick and easy
Weight: 7 pounds
Price Paid: $210
I love this tent. From the spacious vestibule to the rain fly this tent is amazing. I’ve been using it for almost three years now and have no complaints at all, it is just great. It has to be one of the driest tents because while my friends get wet I stay dry. The vestibule keeps your gear dry. It sets up in about three minutes with only one person. This tent has so many positives to it and I have never had a complaint.
Great tent. I've only been able to use it four times in three years, but only one of those trips resulted in dry camping. The other three included snow or torential downpour. The V2 did great in all those conditions. However, it's a bit stuffy with the rain fly on in hot weather.
Price Paid: $170-ish
The Kelty V-2 is identical to the Kelty Starlite (both available from Campmor) except for the rainfly: the Starlite provides only a small overhang over each of the two entries while the V2 reaches to the ground, creating two small vestibules. I bought the Starlite, but then was able to order just the larger V2 rainfly from Backcountrystore.com (NOT from Campmor). The total cost was about the same as for just the V2 alone, but I am able to use the same tent (a fine, very practical one) in a wide variety of different conditions.
Ease of Setup: very easy
Price Paid: $149
LOVE THIS TENT! I bought the V2 for its ease and speed of assembly and rip-down, its adaptability to inclement weather at treeline altitudes and its snowloading properties and it's a real lightweight. As I do all levels of mountaineering and backpacking I wanted a tent I could expect to adapt to my surroundings rather than own several purpose made tents. It's got lots of anchor points when required.
Kelty is a great name. They have a good waranty program and really stand behind their product. This tent also saved my life on several occassions. I highly recommend the V2. It can adapt to any situation!
Design: Three season , (four season in a pinch)
Ease of Setup: a breeze to set-up. 4 minutes solo
Weight: 5 lbs
Price Paid: Who cares! It's a bargain!
I LOVE IT.
vestibule vestibule vestibule!!! very nice inside but the rounded corners created alot of unusable space. It sleeps 3 on spec but 2 very comfortably. not square enough two support 3 full length sleeping pads so it forces to make sure your pad is curled up, anyone who has spent a night clearing snow from the outside of the tent knows that if your bag sits next to that coldsnow with only a sheet of 70d between it and you, thats enough to bring you, shiverin out of the best of dream. WAY COOL tent though.
probably on my top 5.
Design: 3 1/2 Season
Ease of Setup: Solo set-up in about 3-4 minutes
Weight: just over 5 lbs.
Price Paid: Campmor sale for $130
I have had my V2 for one season now and it has been on 8 backpacking trips with me so far. In wind-whipped rain storms on the West Coast Trail, in the snow and brutal wind up in the mountains around whistler and pemberton, B.C., I have never gotten wet, even when limited space and conditions didn't allow for proper setup.
With two doors, two vestibules, a gear hammock, etc, this tent is full of features that make extended use and rough weather use easier.
All around a great tent. Highly recommended.
Design: 2 person 3 season backpacking tent
Ease of Setup: extremely easy to set up given the two identical poles and the pole sleeves
Price Paid: a gift!
I just used the Kelty V2 on Mt. Rainier and it is perfect. During a massive rainstorm I soon found out that it is indeed waterproof. In my hurry to go hiking I set the tent up in a low spot, which soon became a lake. But, inside I stayed dry, even as the floor waffled like a waterbed from so much water outside. Set up can be done in 1-minute with one person, no doubt. For the price, this is the best tent I've seen.
Design: 3 season half-dome
Ease of Setup: VERY EASY!
Weight: About 5-6lbs
Price Paid: $149