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.
The Kelty Salida two person backpacking tent is the perfect option for backpackers or campers who are on a budget. There are plenty of features here that balance price, weight and performance and, in my opinion, it is just a really great little tent. There is features here like shorter length poles. So you have got two cross poles here. They provide a really easy pitch. So there is a series of clips here. You just clip it to the pole and you are set up. It is a free standing tent so that also makes it very easy to set up. But once it is pitched, you have got sprawling room on the inside. For two people, or if you are one person backpacking by yourself and you want sprawling room, it is lightweight enough for that as well.
The clips here are really interesting. Instead of just having a hook on the end, there is actually two hooks that are opposite of each other. So that provides a really stable hold when you set everything up. They are aluminum poles so they are really durable. They are going to last a long time. And, again, the actual length of the pole sections is a little bit shorter than I have seen on some other backpacking tents. So that allows for a small pack size.
The materials here are very durable, but also lightweight. The floor here is completely waterproof, seam taped. It is 68 denier fabric. So it is very durable. Up here you have a lighter weight taffeta material. So that is going to provide a little bit of privacy, but also some breathability. And then up top you have no-see-um mesh. So it is very breathable. I this going to be a great option for the summer when you want a breathable tent with a cross breeze. And then you do have that taffeta material up here in the top again. So that just provides extra protection, maybe if you have condensation in the tent. That is going to protect from that. But overall just a really great design on the tent body here.
There is one door right in the front. It is a side access door so it is really easy to get in and out of, rather than having a door on the top. Big D shaped door and it is really easy to get in and out. So we will open up the door and take a look at the inside.
We have got the door rolled back here to show the room inside. And, .as I said, this is backpacking style tent, so it is pretty small, but there is certainly enough room in here for two backpackers or campers. It is 88 inches long and 55 inches wide, so certainly enough room for two 20 inch wide sleeping pads, plus a little bit of extra room. The peak height here is really nice. I have got room above my head. I am sitting up here. And it doesn't feel too claustrophobic. So if two people are sleeping in here or two people sitting next to each other, you are going to have enough room over top of your head. With that mesh it feels really open and airy. And there are some pockets and storage on the inside here. You have got two pockets in the corner so you can get some gear up off of the ground. There are loops... there is five loops here at the top so you could hang a light. You could purchase a gear loft separately and hang that in there for some extra storage up off the ground, but overall it is a really nice roomy two person backpacking tent.
We have got the rain fly set up and the material here in the fly is durable 68 denier polyester. It is fully seam taped so you are going to be protected from the elements. And you have got one door, one vestibule here in the front. There is not an extra door in the back. So you don’t have extra gear storage with a vestibule, but there is a guy out point on the back of the tent. So you can guy that out. Get a couple of gear items up under there, maybe a pair of shoes, small items like that. That also gives you a little bit more ventilation. So you have cross breeze coming up through there.
We don’t have all the guy lines and guy out points staked out right now, because it is a nice day, sunny day. We don’t need those ... all those guy out lines. But there are four guy out points here. So you can really batten everything down if you need to make everything tight. You stake out the front of the vestibule here. And we actually have one of the doors rolled back. So you have nice cross ventilation there. There is another toggle point on this side, so you can roll back this side of the vestibule as well on a nice sunny day like today. It would be very ventilated that way.
Kelty makes it easy to orient the rain fly the correct way the first time every time. You have just got one door here so you just match up the doors. But there is also color coded clips. So you just have to match up grey with grey, green with green and clip them together. The clips also cinch down. So what I normally do is I put the rain fly on and put them out pretty loosely. And then once I have everything staked out I go ahead and cinch everything down. And then if you want to tie off the guy lines, tie those off, too, and you have a really secure set up.
With everything together, the poles, the stakes, the fly and the tent body, you are under five pounds. You are around four pounds nine ounces. So that is an excellent option for a two person backpacking tent.
You have got durable materials here. There is a lot of performance, but it is a budget friendly price. So this is the perfect backpacking tent for that cost conscious backpacker or camper.
The Kelty Salida two person tent.