This Kelty TN2 review is about the TN2 backpacking 3-season freestanding 2-person tent with an innovative design.
The tent boasts a Stargazing Fly for nighttime views, an easy setup, and large doors for an easy entry. It is available also in 3-people size
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Kelty TN2 is a tent for 2 people, made of a rather durable material, 40D in the fly and 70D in the floor. For those who are not familiar, D comes from denier (linear mass density), i.e., a measure for density and weight.
In the present case, 70D implies this is 3.5 the weight of a 20D material which you will see in some tents. So it is heavier but also far more durable and better for wear and tear.
Kelty TN2 has 2 doors and 2 vestibules (see the picture here on the right); it comes with integrated see-through windows on the fly on each side, plus a vent on either side.
The tent has a star gazing feature; the fly can be rolled up and fixed with straps and buckles allowing you to have a nice view of the sky. In the case of rain, you can put the fly back directly from the tent.
The poles make an x-shaped hub structure; they come pre-curved and with this the tent body is pulled more outside, giving a feeling of a larger space.
One extra piece of pole crosses the hub structure on the top and it pulls the sides of the tent out, adding to their verticality and to the space at the head and shoulder level. This pole is also used as the attachment point for the fly when it is rolled up, as mentioned above.
The bag of the tent is also uniquely designed, it is almost rectangular, aimed at fitting better inside of the backpack.
Please have a look in this video from Kelty:
- 3 seasons tent.
- 2 doors.
- 2 vestibules.
- 2 people.
- Minimum weight: 4 lbs 4 oz (1.93 kg).
- Packaged weight: 4 lbs 13 oz (2.18 kg).
- Floor size: 27.5 sq ft (2.5 sq m).
- Vestibule: 10 + 10 sq ft (0.93 + 0.93 sq m).
- Length: 83 in (211 cm).
- Width at head area: 50 in (127 cm).
- Height: 42 in (107 cm).
- Packed size: 11 in x 14 (28 x 35 cm), rectangular bag.
- Poles type: DAC pressfit aluminum, 8.5 mm.
- Wall: no-see-um mesh, 15D.
- Floor: 70D nylon, 3000 mm.
- Fly: 40D silicon nylon, 1800 mm.
Here is a comparison table I made for you, with Kelty TN2 and some other 2-person tents. Have a look:
|Surface sq m||2.5||2.72||2.8|
*Note that Sierra Design Tensegrity is the only one non-freestanding tent in the table.
It is in fact hard to give a proper rate here. The reason is that Kelty TN 2 is so much heavier than others, and in the same time far less expensive.
But see this from a bit different perspective: all other tents are made of very tiny and fragile materials. To handle them properly it is almost compulsory to order an extra footprint. This adds weight, around 200 gr, but it also adds to the price; you can say roughly $30-40.
With Kelty TN2 you do not need a footprint, so what you get with the tent is all that you need. In other words, there are good and justified reasons why the Kelty tent is heavier.
Also to add: have you ever seen how those tiny materials behave in the wind? You will not have much of a sleep if it is windy, the fly will move and make noise constantly. Just compare 7D fly of some of the models above with 40D of Kelty TN2.
- Heavy (but see the comments above).
- In my view not large enough for 2 people. If used as a solo tent, then heavy indeed.
I hope this Kelty TN2 review was useful to you. This is a good tent, not the lightest on the market, but if used by 2 people this implies sharing the weight, which makes it a good choice. This is even more so when you know that you can get it for half the price of some other models on the market, and this is not on the account of quality.
But in case you want to read more about 2-person tents, you may find 14 of them in my another review.
Thank you for reading. I shall be happy to see some comments in the box below.
Here is a short video from Backpacker Magazine, featuring Kelty TN2 tent, see what they say about this tent: