In the running for one of the easiest tents to set up during this years roundup of backpacking tents come the Kelty Horizon 2 Tent. Kelty’s Horizon 2 is made with backpackers in mind considering it’s low packaged weight of 4 lbs 5 oz. / 1.95 kg , (3 lbs 10 oz minimum weight).
Kelty Horizon 2 Review
If’ you’re going to test out a tent, why not start in the snow? Kelty’s Horizon 2 Tent is marketed as a 3 season tent, however, once the tent passed our indoor setup test it was apparent the design of this tent would do well at keeping the elements in check regardless of the season.
So I went on a couple of winter camping trips to see just how well this tent would perform.
Setting up the tent is a breeze thanks to Kelty’s hybrid one-piece hubbed pole system which at first looks like a tangle of spider legs. After a few seconds (and looking at the instructions) it’s super easy to lay the poles on the tent body and then within a minute tops, the tent pops up to life.
Each pole is secured via Kelty’s connect grommets, and the poles are even color coated with the red ones going toward the door making this tent one of the easiest you will ever setup even if it’s windy out.
Another cool feature that I have yet to try is the ability to raise the Horizon 2 vestibule’s awning via trekking poles, giving the tent space even more room.
Kelty’s Lightest 2 Person Tent
Kelty is marketing the Horizon 2 as 2 person tent which I found was perfect for a solo backpacking and winter camping with lots of gear. If your camping with your significant other you can surely make the space work with the addition of the vestibule, however, it’s going to be a tight fit, especially if you plan to bring your dog along.
The Horizon 2 has the capacity to fit 2 standard sleeping pads.
What about the weather? How waterproof is this tent? Pretty darn waterproof if you ask me. I have spent time in the rain, snow storms and even under heavy graupel. Each time the inside of the Horizon 2 tent remained dry thanks to the attached rain fly. Which was nice to have the rain fly integrated directly into the tent making it easy to set up with as few moving parts as possible.
Even the floor stayed dry while camping in deep snow, without the Kelty Hozrion 2 footprint.
This tent was so good it recently made the list of the best lightweight backpacking tents for 2018.
What Can Be Improved?
The carry bag the tent comes with isn’t the most practical in size for backpacking, or perhaps I was doing it wrong. It would be great to see a thinner more compact bag for the tents to call home. On the inside of the tent there’s no place to hang a light, so make sure you have a headlamp on. Other than a few small things this tent is pretty much perfect.
With 2 nice “windows” and a roomy front door, you won’t feel like you’re hiding out while camping in the Kelty Horizon 2 Tent. This is the sort of tent to find a stream to camp by, a waterfall or someplace with a stunning view to call camp.
This was the first time I’ve had an opportunity to use a Kelty tent, and it surely won’t be the last. Do yourself a favor and consider the Kelty Horizon 2 Tent ($159.99) for your next backpacking or even car camping adventure outdoors.