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Kelty Salida 2 3-Season Backpacking Tent

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Key Features

    Body Features:
  • Free standing design
  • Color coded clip construction
  • Taped floor seams
  • Gear-loft loops
  • ArcEdge floor
  • Mesh wall panels
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Noiseless zipper pulls

  • Fly features:
  • Taped seams
  • Side-release tent/fly connection
  • Noiseless zipper pulls
  • Guyout points


Recommended Use: 3-Season Backpacking
Packed Size: 7" x 22"
Sleeping Capacity: 2
Average Min Weight: 3 lb 12 oz
Average Packed Weight: 4 lb 8 oz
Interior Height: 43"
Floor Area: 30.5 sq ft
Floor Dimensions: 88" x 55" (at widest point)
Vestibule Area: 10 sq ft
Doors: 1
Pole Type: DAC Press-fit Aluminum
Number of Poles: 2
Freestanding: Yes
Clips or Sleeves: Clips
Interior Storage: Gear Loft Loops and Internal Storage Pockets
Material: Wall Material: 68D Polyester
Floor: 68D Nylon 1800mm
Fly:75D Polyester 1800mm
Seam Sealed: Taped Seams
Seasons: 3
Other: Stuff Sack Included
Warranty: Lifetime

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Product Highlights

The Kelty Salida 2 three-season tent is an ideal choice for backpackers on a budget. The Salida 2 is easy to pitch and very well ventilated. For the price, the Salida 2 is tough to beat.

With a minimum weight of 3 pounds, 12 ounces and an interior volume of 30.5 square feet, the Salida 2 provides a respectable space to weight ratio. A 10 square foot vestibule provides the Salida 2 with additional exterior space for stowing gear and muddy boots. The combination of sidewall vents and mesh fabric used on the tent body provides excellent ventilation for combating condensation build-up and keeping you cool during warm weather. Internal storage pockets and gear-loft loops create out of the way space for stowing small items like a headlamp or trail maps.

The Kelty Salida 2 uses color coded clip construction that eliminates the hassle of feeding poles through cumbersome tent sleeves. Just slide the shock-corded pole sections together and attach the clips. The freestanding design of the Kelty Salida 2 allows you to pitch the tent and then move it around your campsite to find the optimum position, eliminating an uncomfortable night's sleep over an exposed root or rock.

Kelty's ArcEdge construction lifts taped, floor seams up off the ground, preventing water seepage around the floor and wall seams of the Salida 2.

An optional footprint (sold separately) further protects the Kelty Salida 2 against ground water, roots and rocks.

Kelty part number: 40812211

Product Reviews

Average Customer Rating:
Kelty Salida 2 3-Season Backpacking Tent

Average customer rating:
Number of reviews: 37

Individual Customer Reviews:

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  • Chuck N. Chandler AZ

    Likes: Great tent for my 14 year old son for his boy scout adventures. Plenty of room for him and some basic gear or for two scouts on the smaller side.

    Dislikes: The tent could be ventilated a bit better. With two in the tent it does condensate a bit.

  • James J. Peoria Heights IL

    Likes: For a two person tent, it is very roomy
    Lots of pockets inside tent

    Dislikes: Vestibule seems a lot smaller than I thought. Not enough for two people's packs

  • Ron L. Colorado Springs CO

    Likes: The Kelty Salida 2 overall is a good backpacking tent. Set up was easy and if the tent happens to be on an uncomfortable surface the freestanding style makes it easy to relocate. A strong feature of the tent was the waterproofness of the fly. I was in a constant rain for 9 hours and remained completely dry from the rain. There was however some condensation, but not enough to be a deal breaker. This was used as a single person tent and provided ample room, in length, width and height.

    Dislikes: Using this as a single person tent is ok provided there is not a lot of gear to store in the vestibule. To use this as a two person tent is not as enjoyable. The single vestibule makes it more difficult to store gear for two people. Another noticeable problem when using as a two person tent is the single door. I found this to be a good tent up to the point where I had to share the space and the one entrance/exit.

  • Matt B. Abbeville SC

    Likes: Awesome tent for the price. It packs a bit heavy but this should not keep you from getting the tent.Plenty of room and very durable in bad weather. Great for someone needing a Good quality tent for backpacking.

    Dislikes: Nothing

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: The rain fly going almost to the ground is a much superior design for increased comfort in the cold and, of course, the rain/dew. The poles are great and the clips are easier to use during assembly and break down than sleeves on other tents. It is so light and sturdy that I can easily hold it up and shake it to clean it prior to packing up.

    Dislikes: ..

  • . westfield MA

    Likes: Solid quality made free standing tent
    Plenty of space for a couple
    Very inexpensive
    Great ventilation
    Simple design/easy set up

    Dislikes: Just a little on the heavy side but to be expected in this price range

  • . Braselton GA

    Likes: Set-up was easy and intuitive. The tent does the job it was meant for. Protection from the weather, ventilates well, and is still at an affordable price. Maybe a little heavier than some, but 1/3 the cost. Great tent.

    Dislikes: Nothing to dislike.

  • Jeremey M. everett WA

    Likes: The light weight is great and it pack size is very small. It takes less than a minuet to set up.

    Dislikes: It is not water-resistant in any way and water puddles on the interior floor of the tent during rainy weather. The vestibule is too small to store backpacks under it and sits too close to the front of the tent. When trying to enter or exit the tent in the rain, the close proximity of the vestibule makes it impossible to stay dry.

  • . Fort Collins CO

    Likes: Lightweight but still feels really sturdy and durable. It's been raining NON STOP here in Colorado so I though I'd test the tent's rain worthiness in the back yard. After 3 days, it's still dry inside. I use a Half Dome 4 when camping with the family but this tent was such a great value for my solo backpacking. Great value. First on trail use this coming weekend!

    Dislikes: Nothing so far.

  • sungsig p. Fairview NJ

    Likes: Very goods

    Dislikes: None anything else

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: light, open and airy. Easy to set up.

    Dislikes: Can't think of anything.

  • . Seattle WA

    Likes: Great tent. Very easy to put up, lightweight, no complaints!

    Dislikes: The stakes that come with it are a bit cheap but you could easily buy heavier duty stakes if desired.

  • christopher b. knoxville TN

    Likes: Small and light, great for 1 to 2 people. Easy to setup, worked well in the rain to.

    Dislikes: So far so good.

  • . Newton Center MA

    Likes: It packs down really small and it's durable. Good price too!

    Dislikes: Nothing really. Can't ask for anything more from a tent this price.

  • Anna M. Banner Elk NC

    Likes: This is a great tent! I love all the mesh for great ventilation and star viewing. It has a large vestibule for a 2 person tent (10ft) and the gear loft is enormous. I also like the lack of color to this tent, as I really hate orange tents. 2 people would fit in this, but I wouldn't bunk with someone you don't want to snuggle. (especially with only 1 door) I use this as a 1 person tent with 2 dogs. The first time in the field was a warm and humid night, but I had 0 condensation! I replaced a Kelty Teton 2 tent with this one, and this is a huge improvement. More mesh, no condensation, larger vestibule, and less weight. Way to go Kelty!

    Dislikes: It is a little on the heavy side. Without the footprint it is close to 4 pounds, so with footprint it is closer to 4.5 pounds. This is lighter than many other tents, but not as light as more expensive tents such as the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2. I sacrificed weight for price, and honestly I am really happy with this tent.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: This tent is EXTREMELY easy and fast to set up. Absolutely love it.

    Dislikes: Not enough tie downs. Stakes are factory...bend real easily. Just will have to spend the extra cash to get better stakes and have to get more PolyCord to tie fly down.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: Light weight, perfect for the backpack or motorcycle.

    Dislikes: Nothing

  • Sandra G. Benton AR

    Likes: Size and weight. Also the easy set up

    Dislikes: This was not the manufacturer problem, but my son set the tent up and before he staked it the wind picked it up and it skid across the driveway. This caused multiple tears and holes in the rainfly. After multiple attempts to order a replacement one were unsuccessful (not in stock) we had to patch it with their recommendation of tenacious tape. It really seems like it will do the job for the repairs, but it's a shame that we have to have patches on a new tent.
    So the only problem is getting a part replaced. THE TENT IS GREAT..

  • Shawn N. Nacogdoches TX

    Likes: Very light, fits me and my wife comfortably and packs small.

    Dislikes: Nothing so far.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: great price~! ultralight backpacking tent~!
    thankyou for good price~!

    Dislikes: none

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: Not a drop inside, and it rained heavily with a lot of wind. The space inside is not huge but it works for 2 normal sized persons.

    Dislikes: The vestibules could a bit bigger.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: it's so light and good price~!

    i love it~!

    Dislikes: none

  • Nicholas C. woodbridge NJ

    Likes: Awesome tent for the price. Setup is very quick for one person to do. Packs down quite small and is relatively light.

    Dislikes: I wish there was a door on each side of the tent, but not really a deal breaker for me.

  • Nancy K. Whittier CA

    Likes: This is an awesome little tent. It's easy to set up by yourself (5 minutes or less), comfy for 1 person, and one of the lightest tents on the market for a reasonable price. You can get lighter tents, but you'll be paying an arm and a leg for them. It has two little corner pouches for small items and a small gear loft that I used to hold my head lamp to light the tent.

    Dislikes: It was difficult getting in and out of the tent, but I suspect it's the small size and not the design. I wish they had a door on each side -- I'm not looking forward to climbing over my tent mate to get out. It will be a tight fit when there are two people using it. It did have a little condensation in the morning, but that didn't bother me. Finally it was awkward trying to unzip the rainfly from inside the tent, but with the design, I figured that would be the case.

  • Victoria J. Loveland CO

    Likes: This is the first tent I've ever bought and used it for 2 3 day trips so far. If you put the poles outside the pack, the tent packs down well. It is amazingly easy to set up, even for a novice! Awesomely light too.

    Dislikes: I wish it had some of the nifty reflective adornments the other tents in my group had, it was tougher to find in the dark.

  • Aaron H. Perrysburg OH

    Likes: Quick to set up, good size for 2 adults. Quality seems good for the price. I haven't had a chance to really put it to the test yet, but so far so good.

    Dislikes: A little heavy, but for the price it's a good value.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: I found this tent to be lightweight, easy to set up, roomy for its weight, and packs small. The screen not only keeps the weight down but ventilates the tent better than my old nylon one. I haven't used it in a heavy rain storm or snow load yet but I think it will be fine as the sides wrap up for protection.

    Dislikes: One end is larger than the other and it was problematic at first set up for the footprint but once you learn which way is larger its fine.

  • Jared W. Las Vegas NV

    Likes: Great tent for the price. Pros include: Relatively lightweight, High quality construction, Lots of mesh for ventilation, Full-coverage rain fly with taped seams, and it comes with handy mesh storage attic.

    I used this tent for the first time on a week-long backpacking trip in the Boulder Mountains in Utah. It was easy to set up and held up well. I have yet to use the tent in a rainstorm, so I'm not sure how it holds up to rain.

    Dislikes: Flimsy stakes. The stuff sack for the tent is much larger than it needs to be.

  • Bern B. Jacksonville AR

    Likes: EASY! I read the set up instructions on line when I ordered. I intentionally left them in the box the first time I set it up and STILL had it all done in 10 minutes.

    Dislikes: I prefer to use it without the stakes. You MUST stake the fly for the gear storage area to be useful BUT if you don't need that time the doors back.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: Easy setup in minutes. Lots of head room. Good for 2, excellent for 1.

    Dislikes: No dislikes

  • Carmen M. Madbury NH

    Likes: easy assembly

    Dislikes: colors

  • William H. Delran NJ

    Likes: Sets up quickly and with ease. Color coded corners adds to the simplicity of set up.

    Dislikes: I could have used another inch or two in length. At 6'3" I feel a little cramped, but overall I like the tent!

  • Brandon P. NEW YORK NY

    Likes: Easy to setup, about a 1/3rd of the price of the big agnes copper spur ul2, so I'm happy. Overall, cheap price for a nice 2 person tent. Did I mention this was backcountry magazine's editor's choice?

    Dislikes: Not as light as other more expensive tents, but it does the job. Good for backpacking. It collects a bit of moisture in the rainfly in the mornings, but it doesn't affect comfort at all.

  • Joseph F. Eagle Mountain UT

    Likes: Very light and roomy tent. Perfect for backpacking. Plenty of room for two but light enough to pack in yourself for the most spacious one-man shelter. Easy to set-up (did it myself in the matter of minutes) and color-coded fly connections make it idiot proof. Great tent at an exceptional value.

    Dislikes: With only one vestibule and one door it can be a little awkward for your partner to get in and out. But I'm sure that was a choice Kelty made to reduce the weight. Also the gear attic has no hooks to attach it to the top of the tent, you have to tie it in. But again, I'm sure the missing plastic hooks saves a bit of weight so I just tied the attic permanently in. Doesn't interfere with rolling it up. So not a big deal once you install it. All these things are minor, still an amazing tent!

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: Nice size for two person tent. Was very light and easy to set up. Rain fly provided extra room outside of tent.

    Dislikes: Tent stacks bend easily. Sleep on coast and was cold. Too much netting let wind in. Rain fly flapped despite all ties connected. Condensation in morning did get inside tent walls wet. Not sure I would rate this for humid area.

  • Warren S. Harker Heights TX

    Likes: Great tent. Built well lite weight for backpacking. 2 normal people have no issues in tent. One full size adult would be great.

    Dislikes: Would like it to have includeded foot print. Better tent stakes

  • Warren T. Renton WA

    Likes: I haven't used this tent outside yet and I'm giving it a 5 star rating based on what I've seen so far. I did however set it up in my living room just to make sure I knew what I was doing. The tent is very light and has plenty of vetilation. Poles are easy to fit together and work well. All clipping hooks are the correct size so you won't have to worry about the tent slipping off of the poles.

    One positive is the rainfly. I have had rainfly's that fly off in the middle of night. With this won't happen to you. The fly has clips and cords that pull it into place. No pockets, but does come with the netting that you can tie up to your liking.

    Dislikes: Only one entrace so you might need to climb over someone...but it could also be a plus depending on who your camping with;)

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