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Kelty Gunnison 2 Review

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Justin, 3/6/08 User Rating: 
"I bought this product at the last minute and it shiped late so it arrived the afternoon that I left for my trip. I set it up on my way out just to see how easy it was and without using the included directions it was up in about 6 minutes (very simple and fast.) The first night I had it a thunderstorm system came through and it rained all night very heavily and the wind blew quite a bit. In the morning I was completely dry inside the tent and everything that was in the vestubles had also stayed dry with exception to what was sitting on the ground. I was extremely impressed. The only complaint is that it is hard to button the snaps on the rain fly doors once you are in the tent but a small price to pay for a top quality functional item. Overall great tent !! "


s hurle, 0/0/00 User Rating: 
"My wife and myself use this tent while doing short overnight hikes. It is light for its size and has held up well considering our 100lb labrador sleeps at our feet. The air vents by the floor have not leaked with the rain fly in place. I don't have anything negative to say."


Robert Strickland, 0/0/00 User Rating: 
"I'm quite happy with the tent. I had heard that it didn't breathe very well but I didn't experience any ventilation problems and stayed completely dry. The tent was a cinch to put up and take down. The two vestibules seem a little smaller to me than they were with the old Vortex 2 but worked fine. The tent might be a little heavy for backpacking unless you can split it up between two people but the extra room is worth it for me."


Jason, 0/0/00 User Rating: 
"We just used our brand new Gunnison 2 last night. We were at a remote campsite, and there was a huge thunderstorm with pouring rain.
The tent is very easy to set up and take down. During the thunderstorm, we did get a bit wet, but only because some water/mud splashed up under the rain fly and through the mesh. The fly itself didn't leak a drop--very impressive! (note: I did seal all seams before we used the tent, since this area is prone to frequent rain/thunder showers, so that may have helped)
Other than the splashing rain/mud, we are VERY happy with the tent. Next time I'll just take a bit more time with the fly to ensure that it's even on all sides.
The vestibules are very nice and kept my shoes completely dry (even through the storm."


Jen, 0/0/00 User Rating: 
"This tent kept two of us and all our gear dry during heavy rain and light snow. When I do not need the rain fly I love the openness of this tent, gazed at the stars all night beside the colorado river! Very easy to put up by myself which is another plus. It is a little heavy but as others mentioned, the extra room is worth it to me."


Rex, 0/0/00 User Rating: 
"I used the Gunnison 2 on a 6 day river rafting trip on the high desert country of southeastern Oregon the first week in May. Appreciated the easy set up. The first day it took a little longer due to gale force winds that prevailed most of the evening. However once staked down the tent performed like a champ. With perfect weather (sunny days cold nights) on this trip don't have experience with this tent in rainy conditions. I like the good ventilation, plenty of storage in vestibules, the windows for star gazing. About the only thing I had a problem with was the manual. Very generic and best understood by the people who wrote it. This was my first backpacking tent so in dry run set ups in my living room I had questons. But the Kelty support people on the phone were very nice and answered all my questions. I am a good sized, 6 foot, 215 pound guy who can only sleep in a rectangular bag (which takes up more space than a mummy )and though this is marketed as a two person tent (it was spacious and served me well as its sole occupant)in my opinion it would probably be sufficient for couples who are very close or two Gary Coleman sized folks. But still a darned good, well made, easy to set up tent. A good investment."


Fritz Coombs, 0/0/00 User Rating: 
"I've had my "Gunny" for a year now Originally, I was trying to find an old Sage-2, ( had done 15 nights in one owned by a friend and thought it was great)but its out of production and not to be had on , even on eBay ( sign of one damned good tent, if you can't even find a used one - nobody wants to give it up!). It has performed extremely well well under conditions in Ohio and Pa. ranging from downpour to heavy frost. Easy to set up. Carry weight is a bit more than I might have liked, but the trade off is a bit more space. Get the gear loft if you buy one - its a nice touch."


Brian, 0/0/00 User Rating: 
"Purchased the Gunnison 2 a couple of weeks ago after hours of tent comparisons. Choose the Gunnison 2 because of its large vestibules and square footage. Compared to other tents in the same weight range its definitely got more for the money. Camped out this past weekend in a downpour of rain and stayed dry all night. I was worried about getting wet because I didn't take the time to seal the seams before I left. The only time I did get slightly wet was unzipping the vestibules to get out during the rain. All the water build up on the material seemed to drain in while fly was being unzipped. Even that didn't bother me that much. If ones going to be too much of a baby its better to sleep in your bed at home. Great tent Kelty..."


Larry Newman, 0/0/00 User Rating: 
"I have two of these tents for my son and anyone that goes with us, he is 13 now and has been using it for 2 years or so, put's it up all by himself, sleeps very well, and always uses the fly, even with no rain..All of our tents so far are from Kelty, due to no problems and easy setup."


Ripley, 0/0/00 User Rating: 
"Excellent tent and a good value, as all have said. The rainfly does need a bit of attention in setting up to get it just so (don't try it in the dark), but it's worth the effort - it's leak-proof and has decent ventilation, and even features small windows to watch lightning through. A winner."


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