Kelty Horizon 2 tent is a brand new tent released in 2017 with a design completely different from other tents of Kelty, and with several unique features.
- Stargazing fly feature.
- Vestibule transforms into an awning.
- Easy color-coded setup design.
Horizon 2 tent – description
With the weight of 4 lbs 5 oz. (1.95 kg), the Horizon 2 is the lightest 2-person tent Kelty has built so far. For example, you can compare it with Kelty TN2 with 4 lbs 13 oz (2.18 kg) of weight, and with Kelty Salida 2 with 4 lb 9 oz (2.07 kg).
The design of the tent includes a hybrid tent-body-and-fly construction. In short, this is a single wall/double wall combination. The full meaning of this is that the big part of the side walls are in fact a waterproof material (so this is a single wall part), and the actual fly is rather small.
When used, the fly covers only the remaining unprotected mesh ceiling which you can see in pictures, so this part only is the mentioned double wall structure. Such a design gives a lot of privacy when you are in a camp with many people around, while still having a great ventilation.
Setting the tent up is easy with such a hybrid construction and with all color-coded poles, plus its hubbed pole system with Kelty’s unique Hug Clip connections. You will see the procedure in the video below.
Note, the fly is permanently attached to the tent, you just roll it out when not used and enjoy the stars. This is one of the reasons behind such an easy setup. In their description, they write that the Stargazing Fly is designed ‘for your inner astronomer’. In fact, I graduated from an Astronomy & Astrophysics department, so naturally, I like this statement.
Both the vestibule and the rain fly can be rolled out and fixed above the door. So, in the case of rain, you just roll them up from one place, in the opposite directions, see in the picture below how the tent looks when fully protected.
The vestibule door is with dual zippers, one on each side. This allows for creating an awning by using your walking poles for support, while still having covered spaces on both sides, see the picture below.
I really like this feature, perhaps even more than the stargazing option mentioned above. You can have a lot of fresh air even when the fly is added and it is raining. There is nothing better than enjoying watching rain from such a close distance.
On the other hand, it is great to have such an awning to sit in the shade after a day walking in the sun. This is something I need a lot in my tours in the Alps; I am always above the tree line, so such a shade a true benefit. A very useful feature indeed.
To add that all seams are taped and fully waterproof. The mesh door is D-shaped and when you open it completely, you can store it in the front corner pocket shown in the picture above. The tent packs in a nicely designed carry bag with a roll-top feature.
See this short promotion video by Kelty with all features of the Horizon 2 tent described:
Pros & cons
Apart from what I have mentioned above, here is my summary:
The footprint is not included, you can order it here for some $37 or so.
The one-door design which you have here is not so bad although this is a 2-person tent. Note, this is a front door, and in my view, this is an optimal design in the case of 2 people using the tent (unless you have 2 side-doors of course). So this is not a true objection.
The inner space is not so big, you can compare it with some other tents given in the table below.
Specifications & summary of features
- Seasons: 3.
- Freestanding design.
- Doors: 1.
- Number of vestibules: 1.
- Number of poles: 2 hubbed.
- Capacity: 2 people.
- Minimum weight: 3 lbs 10 oz (1.6 kg)*.
- Packaged weight: 4 lbs 5 oz. (1.95 kg)*.
- Packed size (L x D): 15 x 12 in (38 x 30 cm).
- Size (L x W x H): 84 x 52/43 x 43 in (213 x 132/109 x 109 cm).
- Floor surface: 28 ft² (2.6 m²).
- Covered vestibule surface: 9 ft² (0.84 m²).
– Pole type: Compact Folding, Press Fit.
– Wall: 40D Nylon 1500 mm; No-See-Um mesh.
– Floor: 70D Nylon, 1800 mm.
– Fly: 40D Sil Nylon, 1800 mm.
- Hybrid tent body and fly construction.
- Compact carry cube.
- All-in-one hubbed pole design.
- Kelty Hug Clip.
- Kelty Connect pole connection.
- Kelty Connect fly attachment.
- Fully seam taped construction.
- Wall pockets.
- Guyout points.
- Fly permanently attached to tent body; roll up type for star gazing.
- Awning vestibule.
*About the differences between the two weights, you can read in my separate text.
Comparison with competitors
See how Kelty Horizon 2 tent compares with some top models from other brands:
If you follow the links in the table, you will see the current prices of the tents given here. In the moment of writing this text, these prices are, respectively, $240, 130, 390. So the Horizon comes at a price, but this is a high-quality tent.
If you feel that this tent is not for you, please see my another text with a long list of lightweight tents for two people. I am sure you will find something for you. Among others, the list also includes some tents by Kelty, the Salida 2 and TN2 tent. If you want something more classic, please see this Kelty Rover tent for two people, more classic looking a tent cannot be. On the other hand, if you need a tent with two doors and two vestibules, see this MSR Elixir 2 tent.
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