Rated 4 out of
I own the older version of this tent. It has been in service for 3 years now without any issues. All the materials seem top notch. The zipper works perfectly, the tent poles are holding up well, the bottom of the tent has never leaked water. In fact I have had some torrential downpours with very little problems with water. My biggest complaint would be the front vestibule with the rain fly on is very small. If this was sloped forward more you could have had a bigger area for storage. I solved this by buying an additional tarp. Kelty upslope tarp fits over this tent with room to spare in the front which gives a much bigger area for storing.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of
Easy set up and take down, very spacious
I have been extremely happy with this tent. It fits me, my husband (who is about 6'1 to give your a reference)and our two large dogs, along with all our gear and its still not squished. Super easy to set up and can take it down real quick as well. I bought the seperate lining to go under the tent and it works like a charm- its not damp in the tent neither was our gear ever damp and we have been in it camping while it has been raining several times. Its a little on the heavy side all together but my husband and I just split it up to carry. Love all the pockets and tie backs to enjoy the screen. Very comfortable
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of
Great tent in windy and down pour conditions
I bought this in 2015 and have used this in extremely windy conditions at Bryce Canyon NP and thunderstorms with down pour at Lassen Volcanic, Canadian Rockies, etc. and the tent had kept me dry and comfortable every time. The poles are also sturdier than most other backpacking tents.
I bought both the Kelty Salida 4P and Marmot Tungstin 3P tents in 2015 and rotated them when I went camping. I'm the only user so both are in good condition so far. When both tents experienced some minor issues this year and I contacted both companies for repair, Kelty responded the next day with a solution while Marmot never responded. I think I will stick with Kelty going forward as they really do stand behind their products.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of
outstanding three season tent
I also own several other tents including the Kelty Salida 2 tent. That Kelty has been my favorite for one person or cramped two person backpacking. That tent was purchased a few years ago and has survived high winds and major rain and even standing water around the tent...never a leak or failure. Of course I always use seam sealant on all the lower seams and especially the corner nylon web pull outs before using. I also use a footprint of some type under the tents and usually some sort of a linger inside "just in case". The tent was purchased mainly as a more roomy tent for 2 up backpacking and camping with my Boy Scout son. Broken into two packages...tent in one pack, fly, poles and stakes in the other this makes for a minimalist addition to our packs. This is pretty much a larger size of the Salida 2 tent with all the same features.
-water tight...never a drop of water inside
-Three season use...have used below freezing but not in snow..have another tent for that
-FAST FAST setup
-Clips to poles instead of sleeves (I HATE tents that use sleeves)
-Design allows for easy and fast setup in dark and when raining or in cold weather when using gloves.
-Color lets light in for reading at dusk
-Good zippers and materials
-One person fast setup...even in wind
-Uses aluminum poles instead of fiberglass
-rain fly all the way to the ground
Included stakes are aluminum shepherd crook designs that bend easily. Toss them and get some good ones.
-No spare pole or repair sleeve. (have never broken one on either tent but always a good idea to have an emergency spare)
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 4 out of
Great for car camping with two people
In late 2013, I helped my best friend select this tent for car-camping in the Pacific Northwest. There were two main factors: First, it has a rain fly that goes all the way to the ground, and has a small vestibule; second, while nominally for 4 people, it has ample room for two without crowding, and excellent head room.
The tent is easy for two people to set-up. You assemble the two poles, hook them to the middle of the top of the tent, then place them into the grommets at the corners. Clip the tent to the frame, and stake it into place. The corner straps with the grommets are color coded to the corner straps on the rain fly, to help you align the fly properly so the vestibule is at the door of the tent. There are side-release plastic buckles on the rain fly's straps, that connect to the corner straps of the tent. You don't have shock cord for absorbing any wind stress, but you don't have any hooks which can cause damage, either.
A nice feature is that the rain fly has Velcro connections to wrap around the poles right at the reinforced anchors mid-way up the sides; this is good for ensuring a safe anchor point in windy conditions (it won't rip the fabric of the tent). We haven't used them in winds with gusts up to 20 mph, though.
The stakes are lightweight aluminum rods which can easily can bent; I recommend bringing extra stakes, anyway, in case of high wind conditions. Be advised that longer stakes you buy separately probably won't fit in the stake bag that comes with the tent.
While camping in 90° F conditions, we found that staking out the edges of the rain fly (which we needed for privacy in the campground we were in at the time) was essential for good ventilation. Given that almost all the camping will be in the usually-moist PNW, we opted for a rain fly without openings of any sort for ventilation or viewing, and that has served well. By contrast, in windy and cool conditions at Cape Blanco campground, we did not experience any cold wind inside the tent.
A down side is that the vestibule is a little small. It is big enough to leave your shoes outside the tent, though. The zipper for the vestibule in the fly, when it is down in the fully-zipped position, is a good stretch while you are perched on your feet reaching out an arm, though. I am half-tempted to make a short pole with a hook to make it easier to reach. When you unzip the fly, there is a Velcro connection if you just want to exit via a slit instead of rolling the side back.
There are four little pockets just below the mesh in the corners, which are very convenient. There is also an "attic," a mesh square with ties in the corners that connects to loops in the upper-area of the tent. It will hang below any small light you hang from the central top loop, but it provides you a place to let clothing air-dry above you. It does subtract a bit from the head room, though.
Since we're not backpacking, the weight and size of the tent in its bag weren't concerns. It isn't a problem for one person to carry out from a car with other gear in hand, though. The tent folds up into fourths so it can be rolled into the bag, and it isn't one of those snug fits. We were able to add in a plastic stake hammer and some extra stakes in our bag with no trouble, as well as a patch kit and some extra cord.
So far it has been a roomy and comfortable tent, a good match for the weather conditions of the Pacific Northwest, and compact enough to fit into the car: it is the last item into the trunk, so we can quickly set it up, but we've had no trouble finding a spot for it. We have a separate bag with a rain tarp and line that's inside the car with us in case we have to set-up the tent in rainy conditions.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of
Amazing warranty service for my favorite tent
My salida 4 tent from 2015 with very light use had a rip along one of the seam lines on the tent fly. I contacted Kelty to see if there's anyway to have this repaired. The customer service rep responded right away and asked me to send this in for repair. I got my tent fly back within two weeks and I could not even tell where the rip was without the addition of piece of black cloth after repair. I'm sooo impressed!
This Salida 4 tent is actually my favorite tent, compared to my Marmot and Coleman tents. It has only one door, which might be less appealing to multiple campers sharing one tent. But for solo campers such as myself who wants space for myself, this is the perfect tent. The aluminum tent poles are sturdier than others and the tent is quick to set up. It has always kept me dry in thunderstorms and hail although I've always solar and waterproof my tents with Nikwax. The velcros are stitched to the fly instead of glue used by other brands so they won't fall off. Overall, this is a great tent for car camping and is roomy for two people plus a dog.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 2 out of
Just didn't work well for me
This tent sets up very easy, and the rain fly goes on very easy as well. The packing of this tent is nice because you can put it at the front of your backpack and pack everything else around it.
What I didn't like is how high the mesh is. The top is all open, but no windows that you can unzip and get a good view outside of the tent, say, sitting up. Unless the door is open.
Then the rainfly. It fits tight to the tent And there isn't much room between the door and the rainfly door to put anything. Also it's nice to be in a tent while it's raining, and able to have the fly partway open and not have rain get in.
This I guess is a pro or a con, depending when and where you are camping. The tent retains heat with the fly very well, but with no windows or vents on top, it can get miserable.
I will probably be returning
Date published: 2017-09-11