Kelty Vista 2 Tent

by Chuck

Kelty Vista 2 (Image courtesy of Kelty)

Kelty Vista 2 (Image courtesy of Kelty)

The Kelty Vista 2 was provided by Kelty for review purposes. I am very excited to review the Kelty Vista 2 tent. I’ve looked at it several times and the description of the tent sounds very nice a spacious.

From Kelty:

It’s all about versatility with the new Vista tent. Engineered to have near-vertical walls, you’ll notice an expansive feeling inside due to the increase in internal space. With two spacious full-coverage vestibules, closable windows, and gear loft, this tent is backcountry-worthy.

Specs.:

  • Seasons: 3
  • Number of doors: 2
  • Number of vestibules: 2
  • Capacity: 2

 

Dimensions:

  • Minimum weight: 6 lb 1 oz / 2.75 kg
  • Packaged weight: 6 lb 10 oz / 3.01 kg
  • Floor area: 37 ft2 / 3.44 m2
  • Vestibule area: 10 ft2 + 10 ft2 / 0.9 m2 + 0.9 m2
  • Length: 92 in / 234 cm
  • Width: 58 in / 147 cm
  • Height: 41 in / 104 cm
  • Packed diameter: 7 in / 17.78 cm
  • Packed Length: 21 in / 53.34 cm

Body Features:

  • Freestanding design
  • Color Coded Clip Construction
  • Taped floor seams
  • Closable mesh door panels
  • Gear-loft included
  • ArcEdge floor
  • No-See-Um Mesh wall panels
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Jake’s Foot pole attachment
  • Noiseless zipper pulls

 

Fly Features:

  • Taped seams
  • Jakes foot fly attachment
  • Fly vents
  • Welded clear windows
  • Noiseless zipper pulls
  • Guyout points

My Initial Thoughts:

After receiving the Vista 2 I couldn’t wait to get it set up. It was already dark outside so I decided to set it up in my living room. I knew the set up would be a piece of cake since it is the clip style connection. I retrieved the poles from their bag and it was great to know that all of them were connected by the bungee type chord running down the middle of all the poles. This is great when outside trying to set it up as there is usually enough room. But when inside, and poles start flailing around and popping into place, it starts to knock things off of tables and walls, but I had it under control. I laid out the body of the tent and laid the pole frame on top and started at one corner inserting the pole end into the pole attachment. Went around to all four corners do this until I had a frame standing. I then proceeded to clip the body to the poles which was very easy and effortless. From the beginning of pulling out the poles and body, to clipping the last clip, it took me 1 minute and 15 seconds. And that was my first time setting it up.

The fly was just as easy to put on. I draped it over the pole frame, matched up the respective corners and attached it.  I proceeded to get inside of the tent to get a feel of the space inside. I was very impressed with the amount of room inside this 2 man tent…WOW!. The design of the poles to have the “almost vertical” walls, really make this tent very spacious inside. There is definitely enough room for two people and gear inside the tent. The vestibule’s are spacious enough as well to place extra gear there. I laid down inside the tent. I am 6′-0 tall and it felt like I had a foot or so of space at the top of my head and below my feet. I liked the ‘D’ shaped doors and the pockets inside are well placed.

I tried taking pictures but with the low lighting inside the tent, they did not turn out well. And I really want to get some good ones in the day light to show the different features of the tent. But here are a couple from the box. So stay tuned and I’ll have some on my first adventure with the Kelty Vista 2….

 

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