Kelty Salida 2 Tent

The Kelty Salida tent is designed for 3-season use and is a great all-around, lightweight backpacking tent.
  • $129.93
  • $169.95*


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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


Kelty Salida 2 Tent

Specification Description
Best use Backpacking
Seasons 3-season
Sleeping capacity 2-person
Minimum trail weight 3 lbs. 12 oz.
Minimum trail weight - metric 1.7 kilograms
Fly / footprint pitch weight Not applicable
Packaged weight 4 lbs. 8 oz.
Packed size 7 x 22 inches
Floor dimensions 88 x 55 inches
Floor dimensions - metric 224 x 140 centimeters
Floor area 30.5 square feet
Vestibule area 10 square feet
Peak height 43 inches
Peak height - metric 102 centimeters
Number of doors 1 door
Number of poles 2
Pole material Alumiinum DAC Pressfit
Pole diameter 9 millimeters
Canopy fabric Polyester
Floor fabric Coated nylon
Rainfly fabric Coated polyester
Footprint included No
Design type Freestanding

Kelty Salida 2 Tent

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Rated 2out of5
by fromPoorly designed rainfly I bought this tent four months ago and have had taken it on four trips since then. I had already decided to utilize REI's return policy because of the single door and vestibule. Solo the tent was fine but on my recent trip to the coast with my son it became crowded and difficult to enter and exit for nocturnal nature calls with very little room for gear and boots. The rain fly though is the real problem in that it is not possible to tighten it on the ends of the tent. The first night was windy and the fly flapped loudly all night. We encountered fog on three of the four nights on this trip and our gear got wet as the rain fly sagged further with the weight of the moisture and the fly would contact the tent transfering moisture onto any gear that is touching the tent ( which is anything at your head or feet with two people in the tent). On the last night we were able to stay dry by pulling the rain fly taught with para cord and a small stone but this is not a long term solution as it is not re-enforced in this area. I would have chosen a different tent entirely had I had the opportunity to camp before hand with friends to more fully understand what constitutes a properly designed tent and what my needs are.
Date published: 2014-10-14
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 fromSolid purchase I love the tent, two dudes with enough room at our feet for the blind dog I take hiking with me, but the width is minimalist. I have the footprint, which I recommend getting, but I did notice some moisture along the bottom edges.
Date published: 2013-06-26
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 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 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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