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Kelty Salida 2 3-Season Backpacking Tent

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Item # KELC5206
The award-winning Kelty Salida 2
three-season tent is an ideal choice for backpackers on a budget. The Salida 2
is easy to pitch and well ventilated. For the price, the Salida 2 is tough to



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

With a minimum weight of 3 pounds, 14 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. 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 Salida 2 uses color coded clip construction that eliminates the hassle of feeding poles through cumbersome tent sleeves. Just slide the shock-corded aluminum pole sections together and attach the clips. The freestanding design of the 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.

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  • Backpack friendly compact folding poles
  • Roll top cube carry bag
  • Easy set up
  • Free standing
  • Kelty hug clip
  • Easy entry D door
  • Color coded clip and fly attachment
  • Fully seam taped construction
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Gearloft loops
  • Fabric/mesh tent walls



Best Use Backpacking
Average Min Weight 3 lb 14 oz
Average Packed Weight 4 lb 9 oz
Warranty Limited Lifetime
Vestibule Area 10 sq ft
Sleeping Capacity 2
Seasons 3
Seam Sealed Taped Seams
Pole Type Aluminum
Packed Size 13" x 16"
Number of Poles 2
Other Stuff Sack Included
Material 68D Polyester walls, 40D No-See-Um Mesh
Floor & Fly;68D Polyester, 1800 mm
Interior Storage Internal storage pockets
Interior Height 43"
Freestanding Yes
Floor Dimension 88" x 55"
Floor Area 30.5 sq ft
Doors 1
Clips or Sleeves Clips


Real Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
(based on 10 real customer reviews)

10 Items

Good Backpacking Tent
Reviewed by Richard W. - October 9, 2018

Likes: Great tent for one person. Durable well thought out twist clips, aluminum poles and easy setup!

Dislikes: Was a little heavy for backpacking, 5lbs with the footprint and pegs. Also a little small inside for 2 people more like a 1.5 person tent.

Easy to put up
Reviewed by Adrienn U. - July 8, 2018

Likes: 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!

Dislikes: only has 1 door

Great value backpacking tent
Reviewed by Jennefer M. - June 16, 2018

Likes: Incredibly easy and fast to put up
Lighweight for price point

Dislikes: Included carrying sack is awkward and not suited for backpacking

Decent tent that does the job
Reviewed by Brett C. - March 21, 2018

Likes: The first time I used this tent was near the top of Mt. Mitchell on a very windy and rainy night and it stood up to the weather like a champ. The positioning and design of the guy lines on the rainfly allow for a very resilient setup that will keep you dry through any weather. Also, the dual entry and vestibules allowed us to store our boots under the fly outside the tent and would allow for other gear as well if needed. If it's a nice night, stowing the rainfly allows for a nice open feel and is nice for stargazing as others have mentioned.

Dislikes: This tent isn't exceptionally roomy for 2 people, especially if one party is 6'+ or on the bulkier side. I am 6' even and just barely fit without touching the walls or having my sleeping bag brush against at the head or toes. This tent is also a little heavy for backpacking, and I would definitely suggest putting it in a compression sack to cut down on the space it takes up in your pack.

Additionally, sometime between the initial setup from when I first received the tent and the first time I used it outdoors, one of the male-end clips that attaches the rainfly to the main body broke and was unable to snap in. I was able to use the guy lines to setup the fly and it was fine, but it highlighted an unnecessary design flaw in the clip-in style of the rainfly- it seems convenient at first, but there's no other way to attach the fly securely to the tent if you can't clip it. Kelty customer service quickly mailed me replacement clips for free fairly quickly but it was still a hassle at the time.

Overall, despite a few negatives I will say this is a great option if you're looking for a cheap tent to backpack with. I would give it 5 stars if it weren't for the weight/size (since it's advertised as a backpacking tent) and also my mishap with the rainfly clips, which is very uncharacteristic for Kelty.

Love it great value
Reviewed by David C. - December 23, 2017

Likes: First id like to say first purchase from backcountry edge and they were great!!! sUPER FASt shipping i was shocked when ups delivered so fast.
As for the tent i really like it. It was a real bargain that performs exactly as i wanted. It actually poured rain on first use and by properly staking out fly it was bone dry. I will be using on solo hike of florida trail beginning feb 1st. It is not the lightest but much better than some others and for price concious it will be fine. I had planned to get some diff stakes no need the stakes provided are great and light shepard hook style. I saved some weight by only packing 5 they provide 10. Also i dont use the provided bags they are bulky and weighty i simply pack in a compactor bag. I weighed as packed and im down 3.4 as packed thats great for me. I like the extra room of the 2 vs 1.

Dislikes: I dont have any yet.

Reviewed by Laura F. - October 18, 2017

Likes: Super easy to assemble, spacious, super light weight, for me its perfect for my needs

Dislikes: I like everything about it

Great tent for the money
Reviewed by Emily G. - August 21, 2017

Likes: lightweight, easy to set up, and plenty roomy

Dislikes: did not pack it in the bag, which is an odd shape. Would love if it came with the footprint.

Great Value for the Price
Reviewed by Ronald R. - May 27, 2017

Likes: Light and easy to set up.

Dislikes: Does not come with the footprint.

You won't find a better price, better brand, or better tent than this one. All around one of the best tents I've slept in.
Reviewed by Marc M. - July 2, 2015

Likes: Luxurious for the single man, still roomy for the pair.

Dislikes: Can't think of any at the moment

Reviewed by Marquam W. - April 19, 2015

Likes: Took me less than five minutes to set it up the first time. Lightweight and easy to move around once erected. Great ventilation at the top; if it's a clear night, leave the rainfly off and enjoy the view. Decent headroom inside. Usual Kelty build quality (great for price) and I really appreciate how everything is color-coded and just seems to make sense. For the price, this is a great deal, but try it out in the living room first with everything you will need to have inside the tent if you are 6'+.

Dislikes: I am 6'3" and I think I am about the tallest you can sleep in here without some gymnastic ability. At my height I would not recommend sleeping in this tent without a rain-proof down sleeping bag of some sort because you will touch the sides of the tent. Zipper to main entrance in a bit difficult to get one nice easy sweep. Recommend the footprint as well because I wouldn't trust the tent alone after a few outings on very rocky terrain.

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