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  • Lighten up, enjoy epic backcountry views, and lose yourself in adventure knowing you’re well prepared
  • Backpack-friendly compact folding poles
  • Freestanding design with color-coded clips and fly attachment is easy to set up
  • Kelty hug clip
  • Fabric/mesh tent walls; easy-entry D-shaped door
  • Fully seam-taped construction
  • Internal storage pockets and gear loft loops
  • Comes with a roll-top cube carry bag


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Best Use Backpacking
Seasons 3-season
Sleeping Capacity 2-person
Minimum Trail Weight 3 lbs. 14 oz.
Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight Unavailable
Packaged Weight 4 lbs. 9 oz.
Packed Size 13 x 15 inches
Floor Dimensions 88 x 55/45 (L x W head/foot) inches
Floor Area 30.5 square feet
Vestibule Area 10 square feet
Peak Height 43 inches
Number of Doors 1 door
Number of Poles 2
Pole Material Aluminum
Pole Diameter 9 millimeters
Canopy Fabric 68-denier polyester/40-denier mesh
Floor Fabric 68-denier polyester
Rainfly Fabric 68-denier polyester
Design Type Freestanding
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightweight backpacking tent I bought this tent almost 4 years ago and it's always been great. Roomy for one and cozy for two. I've used this tent on field trips in the desert, and backpacking in New Zealand, this little gem has withstood the elements through it all. It is extremely lightweight and so easy to put up--an excellent quality at the end of a long day of backpacking! Only thing is there have been some snags in the floor and mesh, but that's probably my fault... I wish the vestibule was a bit bigger and a had bit more headroom when lying down (we're tall), but all in all it's been sturdy, reliable, lightweight, and fantastic.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tent This is a fantastic tent with a lot of features normally found on higher priced tents. For those that are looking for a tent that could fit two people, but is light enough to carry for solo use look no further. The tent is not in the "ultralight" category, but it is light. The clips that attach the tent to the poles have held in all conditions that I have used it in. The mesh allows for ventilation and I have not experienced any condensation build up; however, I always use guylines. My only complaint is that it only has one door and one vestibule for a two person tent. Other than that you would be hard pressed to find a better two person tent in this price category.
Date published: 2016-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Backpacking I don't usually write reviews but I have to on this tent. It is perfect size for backpacking and light enough for long trips. However there are lighter products out there the price is twice as much. I've used this twice so far once in good weather without roof and was great to look at stars. Also used in about 40 degree weather and there was zero condensation. Another guy had the exact same tent however did not guideline it out and was soaked on inside. Be sure to use properly and you will be pleased. I use it for me and my son or me and my pack. Two adults would be cramp. I would of gave it five stars if the vestibule was just a bit bigger. Have not used in rain so have no review for that. Also I can sit up in it and change clothes on my knees with head room. I'm about 5'11. Great Product.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from you won't find a better tent in this price range This tent is outstanding! I have owned it for three years now, and I use it often for weekend trips. Both while hiking and traveling on my motorcycle. Pros: Lightweight, especially at this price. Waterproof. Easy to set up (even in the dark). Has been very durable. Plenty of vestibule space. Cons: Packs a little large considering its light weight. Doors on both sides would be helpful when sleeping two people. I would give this a 9/10, and I plan on using this tent for as long as it lets me.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top notch for the coin Took this to the high country in Kings Canyon in early autumn. No problems at all. Packs fairly small, and for the money is sturdy and light. Yeah, I know, I know, hubs can make for more livable space and are here to stay, but I love the simple two pole design. EASY set up. My buddy had a great tent, lighter but smaller and more than twice the price. Guess in which tent we played cards? Again, for the few ducats, this is the real deal.
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little tent. Tight for two. This was my first tent and it served me well. Most of my hiking/camping I do on my own and this tent was everything I needed and more. But when I did have to share the tent with someone, it was a little tight. I do have to qualify this with the fact that I move around A LOT in my sleep and typically need more room because of it. If this tent had 2 door and 2 vestibules, it would be the perfect tent! I have taken this on many camping trips and it has really stood the test of time. The only negative experience from the tent itself was when I went camping in the rain with a friend. Both of our gear got pretty wet and the one vestibule was just enough room for our gear but didn't leave much room for us to get in and out. Additionally, we had to crawl over each other to get in and out which is not fun when your both wet and tired. Overall, I absolutely recommend this tent! If you don't move around a lot in your sleep, it is more than enough room for two to sleep comfortably, and it will keep you dry in the rain.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome tent I just started backpacking a few months ago. I have spent hours researching gear and equipment. This tent only had 2 reviews but I went with it anyway. It's a great tent, it's roomy enough for my dog and my pack, its lightweight, super easy to set up which was very important to me since I am new at this. I am very happy with this tent.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic tent I have read reviews on this tent for months now. I bought one several days ago to use for a week long backpacking trip at the end of this month. In most reviews I have read the owners complain of the tent for its storage bag. The storage bag is meant for storage not packing. I suggest getting a compression stuff sack. This brings the size down to a ball 8in. in diameter. The stuff sack I use can be found at REI (S2S 14L). I put the 2 aluminium poles in an exterior side sleeve dropping down into a water bottle pouch on my pack keeping those safe and out of the way. The stakes I keep in an exterior pocket for ease of access during set up. The tent and rain fly pack nicely into the top of my pack with plenty of room for my warmer layer clothing around it for quick access with use of the compression sack i bought for it. The tent set up was easy and quick. We had some rain last night and setting up a tent in the rain is never a fun time especially for the first test pitch in the back yard. Without using the destructions my total setup before tying up the new guy lines was less than four min. The poles as you extend them are quick to pull themselves together as the elastic cord inside is strong and durable. The tent is free standing but I did use 5 total stakes during initial setup. The tent uses 4 and the rain fly uses 1 for the vestibule before guy lines are attached. The clips for securing the tent to the poles are quick to operate and easy to figure out for a first time user of the system. The rain fly is also an easy setup using 4 buckle clips and 1 stake. When the guy lines are attached and staked down properly the tent is solid and tight. There are 3 loops for ventilation. 1 on each side and 1 on the back side. I used a bit of paracord (enough to make a 6in. loop) on each one to stake them out reducing condensation on the lower section of the walls. Inside the tent are 2 small pockets for storing small gear. I had plenty of room to setup my sleep gear while inside the tent out of the rain and I am 6'4" and 245lbs. the vestibule area is large enough to fit my backpack (kelty redcloud 110) keeping it out of the rain and giving me that much more space to setup. However I still brought the pack back in after setup to keep it off the wet ground without sacrificing too much space and comfort. Sitting up inside there is plenty of head room for me. There are also 5 loops in the overhead for an optional gear loft and a good place to hang a small flashlight. I was able to hang my headlamp with a bit of paracord. Waking up this morning I noticed that the walls and floor were dry and free of any condensation. This tent replaced my small bivy style tent which I only used for a 3 day backpacking trip last month. The other tent was cheap and small but lighter weight making it a cheap backup in the future. I like the Kelty so much that if I had to resort to my backup tent I will be buying another Salida 2 so I wont have to. This tent is well worth the money and for a great price. This is a great lightweight tent large enough for me and gear. I can see long term use.
Date published: 2015-10-03
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How is this tent best packed with a backpack given the strange dimensions?

Asked by: camp4rlife
The size given is not helpful, nor is the provided bag. Mine is currently all rolled together (a separately-bought stuff sack is helpful), and this way is smaller than my sleeping bag, and the same shape. Measures 15" x 7.5" diameter. May require more attention when packing this way as to not snag tent while rolling.
Answered by: Life as a nomad
Date published: 2017-06-09

Are guy lines needed for normal weather? How many. Hard Ohio clay - it can be difficult to put stakes in the ground.

Asked by: Trekker365
You can get away without using guywire in calm conditions (no wind or rain). Steel stakes are recommended for harder ground conditions.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07

When set up just fly and poles, is there a several inch gap underneath, or can the fly tighten down enough to touch the ground?

Asked by: danaepick
There will be a small gap between the rainfly and the ground when using the fly/footprint pitch set-up.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-27

What makes the minimum trail weight and packaged weight different? Is it the stuff sack?

Asked by: fanatical hiker
The minimum trail weight includes the essentials for using your tent (tent body, poles, and rainfly). The packaged weight includes these plus stakes, guylines, and the storage bags.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-20

Does this tent come with a fly and footprint? 

Asked by: elysiumad
The rainfly is included with the tent. The footprint is sold seperately.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

Can the tent (w/ rainfly, footprint) be compressed using a compression stuff sack? The pack it comes with is a bit bulky and I would like it to size it down to save space. Any recommendations?

Asked by: LS1083
A compression sack could be used for the tent body and rainfly of the Salida 2 Tent. We recommend a 16 liter compression sack. We do not recommend using the compression sack for long term storage.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-21

Does the footprint cover the entire base of the tent? The dimensions of the footprint appear to be smaller than the dimensions of the tent base. 

Asked by: Loaf
No, footprints are designed to be a couple of inches shorter on each side than the tent floor. This helps prevent water from pooling under the tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-07

Can this tent be set up as just a fly and footprint?

Asked by: Tyler
Yes, you can set this tent up with just the fly and footprint.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-01
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