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Kelty Salida 2 Tent


    Kelty Salida 2 Tent

    The Kelty Salida tent is designed for 3-season use and is a great all-around, lightweight backpacking tent.

    • $169.95

    Item # 819973

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    • A quote from the 2011 Backpacker Editors’ Choice awards:
    • “Tents tend to seesaw between weight and price: As one goes up, the other goes down. The light-load, low-cost Salida 2 turns that equation on its head”
    • With over 10 ft. of vestibule space and a spacious interior, this tent offers a comfortable backcountry escape
    • Freestanding design with color-coded clip construction is easy to set up and maneuver around
    • Mesh walls encourage good cross-ventilation
    • DAC® Pressfit aluminum poles offer durability and longevity
    • Polyester rainfly won't sag when wet; adjustable webbing/side-release buckles attach rainfly to tent
    • ArcEdge™ catenary floor/wall design keeps seams off the ground and watertight; taped seams ensure weather protection
    • Kelty Salida 2 tent features internal storage pockets, gear loft loops, noiseless zipper pulls and multiple guyout points
    • Includes stuff sacks, guyline/tighteners and stakes


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    Kelty Salida 2 Tent Specs
    Best use
    3 lbs. 12 oz.
    1.7 kilograms
    Not applicable
    4 lbs. 8 oz.
    7 x 22 inches
    88 x 55 inches
    224 x 140 centimeters
    30.5 square feet
    10 square feet
    43 inches
    102 centimeters
    1 door
    Alumiinum DAC Pressfit
    9 millimeters
    Coated nylon
    Coated polyester
    Sleeping capacity
    Minimum trail weight
    Minimum trail weight - metric
    Fly / footprint pitch weight
    Packaged weight
    Packed size
    Floor dimensions
    Floor dimensions - metric
    Floor area
    Vestibule area
    Peak height
    Peak height - metric
    Number of doors
    Number of poles
    Pole material
    Pole diameter
    Canopy fabric
    Floor fabric
    Rainfly fabric
    Footprint included
    Design type

    Kelty Salida 2 Tent

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    Rated 4.2683/5 based on 41 reviews
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGreat tent for the price Great tent for the price. Quick and easy to assemble. One door so that's a small downside if you are going to use it for 2 people. Also as a novice it was a little difficult for me to get the rainfly away from the actual tent to keep it from rubbing against the hooks on the poles. Really like the vestibule the rainfly creates though. Used it a couple of times on the AT and liked it.
    Date published: 2014-05-03
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromgood tent After learning that this tent is was award winner, I had to check it out. I have to admit, for the price, this tent is hard to beat. It is lightweight and really easy to set up. The single door isn't that much of an issue but the mesh walls seemed really thin compared to the quarter domes' and it didn't feel as stable when rocking it by hand. I am planning a yearlong trip to Africa so I decided to return this one and go with the quarterdome even though the QD is about $100 more. If I just needed the tent for local, multiday use, then I would have kept the Kelty. Overall it's a good tent lots of winning features, especially for the money, but I don't feel too comfortable with it for long term backpacking, especially in a foreign country.
    Date published: 2011-04-04
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromExceptional deal for the dollar!! The Kelty Salida 2 was recently picked by Backpacker Magazine as the bargain tent for the 2011 season and I think they picked correct. Having plenty of fancy-pants tents, I picked this up for packing with my 5-year old daughter and couldn't be happier. Kelty nailed all the basics: Solid and simple two cross pole design, good quality DAC aluminum poles, a large vestibule, sufficient guy loops to keep the tent secure during stormy weather, large interior space comfortable for two "real" adults, easy to set-up, etc. They even tossed in two internal pockets and a gear attic (an option purchase for most tents), all for an outstanding price that will not leave me winching if my young adventure-seeking daughter were to inflict damage upon it. Sure the tent is not perfect: The fly fits a bit sloppy and could use additional guy loops at the head and foot to help keep it taut, the stitching is not the cleanest (especially where the bathtub meets the tent body) and my sample weighs in about 3.5 to 4 oz heavier than advertised at 3 lb, 15.9 oz (hardly a fault however, as I have some seriously expensive tents that have fared far worse in weight claims). And as the other reviewer pointed out, I wouldn't necessarily rely on this tent for a serious packing trip in the back country. But then again, I'm not so sure it wouldn't do just fine. I did a backyard test with my daughter with the winds averaged about 10 to 12 mph, with gusts up to about 18 to 20 MPH, and the Salida didn't flinch. You could hear the rustling of the fly and feel a very a very slight breath of air moving through the tent as it should for good ventilation, but we slept soundly throughout the night, with more than enough room. I was hoping for some rain to test its waterproofing, but we didn't get it. Regardless, I was left feeling plenty secure about this basic "no frills" design. Trust me, at [$] (You can find it cheaper else where online) you get the prefect weekend tent for say a beginning backpacker, for those packing with kids, or those with pets, etc. Once I have a chance to actually use it in the back country (hopefully with some inclement weather) I'll report back on my findings. All in all, a sensational value and pretty nice tent. Great job Kelty!
    Date published: 2011-04-16
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromSturdy and Roomy As a scout leader I needed a lightweight solo tent for myself on backpacking trips. After much research I decided on this one mainly due to the review in this year's Backpacker Magazine gear guide. Took it on a trip to Eastern WA last weekend and it rocked. Set it up in the dark by headlamp with ease. Due to an issue with my 11 year old's tent he had to bunk with me at the last minute and it was surprising roomy for the two of us. We squeezed both our packs (55L and 65L) in the vestibule and sleep nice and comfy. It was a little difficult to climb over the bags to get in and out during the night. Since it was a dry weekend we left the bags outside during the day to make access easier. I am 6'1" and had plenty of length. No condensation issues either. I am mainly going to use this as a 1 person tent so I can keep my pack inside, but it was nice to know how it worked for two. If I was getting a tent for primarily two person use I would go with a dual vestibule design. The next day we had a huge windstorm that flattened and/or broke other tents in our party, but this one held its' own. The poles flexed a little but they did not break or flatten out. Weighs 4lbs 6oz and packs easily inside my 65L pack. The only complaints so far are the cheep stakes, I bent 6 out of the 10 the first time. Also the guy lines are black, so it was a major trip hazard. After the first person tripped I tied flagging tape to the lines. I am going to swap out the stakes and get some orange line for the guys before my next trip. All in all I am very happy with my purchase.
    Date published: 2011-04-17
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromso far so good Took this tent out to Mt Langley for a 3 night backpacking trip. I bought 2 person tent so I could have extra room for myself. Overall the tent was great, altho the wind was making it kind of hard for me to sleep on the second night. next run will be 5 nights in Escalante, AZ
    Date published: 2011-09-13
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGreat deal for the price Have used twice in cold (30+) mountain conditions. Sets up fast, built well, and well ventilated. Vestibule zipper is hard to zip down all the way from the confines of the tent. Biggest drawback is door position. My wife kneed me straight in the boys at 3 AM getting back in the tent. Men, sleep opposite of door...
    Date published: 2011-09-17
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromValue Light i got this product merely on the recommendation by backpacker's editors choice award. all i need is a 2 person tent and its real easy to set up, less than 5 minutes. It fit me at 6 ft, but not too tight.. CON: the only thing i dont like about it is that it collected condensation. Don't put your cell phone in side pocket.
    Date published: 2012-03-24
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGreat tent, easy to set up. It is an award winner for a reason. Very lightweight. So easy to set up, it's impossible to get in a fight with your significant other! The only downfall I have experienced is how much condensation it collects. I still highly recommend this tent.
    Date published: 2012-04-19

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