Your comfy home away from home.
If you’ve ever lain awake in your tent on a sweltering night, then the Kelty Salida 2-Person 3-Season Tent has your name written all over it. The Salida’s mesh walls and top provides you with plenty of fresh air so you don’t baste in your own sweat. Its lightweight and easy-to-pitch design make the Salida ideal for backpacking and desert camping, and its combination of room, simplicity, and value even earned it 2011 Editors' Choice recognition from Backpacker Magazine.
- Waterproof fly and floor fabric feature fully taped seams for added protection from rainstorms and soggy weather
- ArcEdge floor means the floor material extends a few inches up the tent walls to reduce seam-to-ground contact
- DAC Pressfit poles keep weight to a minimum without sacrificing strength or durability
- A color-coded clip construction helps make setting up the Salida easy
- Mesh-wall panels and fly vents provide you with plenty of ventilation when camping in the desert or during the summer months
- Roomy vestibule keeps your boots and gear out of the rain without having to invite them in to snuggle at night
- Gear-loft loops provide you a place to hang your headlamp or attach an optional gear-loft basket (sold separately)
- Internal storage pockets help keep your small essentials organized and easy to get to
- Noiseless zipper pulls won’t wake your partner when you have to empty your bladder in the middle of the night
- Footprint available separately
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Got this tent on sale last year. What a pick up!!! Ive used this tent in all conditions so far whether its winter camping in Northern Minnesota, a rainy weekend trip at Lake Itasca, and even a trip out to Yellowstone last May where we had 2 days of sunshine and 4 days of rain/sleet/snow. This tent held fast throughout all of it and kept me dry and comfortable. Highly recommend this tent to anyone looking for quality tent for any and all occasions. This photo is from day one of our Yellowstone trip.
It's hard to find an affordable tent that still meets lightweight requirements AND is sturdy enough to use around kids. This tent fits the bill! We got two of them for our family and are impressed so far. No wonder it won the Editor's Choice award.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Overall, this has been a great tent. It packs lighter than most (crazy light with the no-fly, no-stake setup), is very sturdy (that cross pole design held up amazingly in WY), and everything about it is simple and easy.
I would give this five stars, but I feel like for only about $30 more you can find a tent with two doors and vestibules, which seems like a small sacrifice for a very different product.
Still, I don't see any reason why we would buy a new tent. Despite some of the features it's lacking, we've never really had a "Man, if only we had 'this' or 'that'" moment.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My partner and I love this tent. We were researching backpacking tents for a month or so and had settled on MSR's Hubba Hubba, but just before we ordered it, one of our parents bought us the Salida without knowing that we were looking at higher end, double doored tents. We decided to try out the Salida anyway and after about a month of use, we realized that it did everything we needed it to do.
We've used this for about half a year now and done multiday hikes with it in NH, NC, and WY, where we've had serious wind, rain and snow, and we've had hardly any problems. We even lived out of it for a month while WWOOFing in the Sierra Nevadas.
I'm 6'2" and I have a few inches left at my feet in this. I'm actually really relieved that I didn't go for the Hubba Hubba because it would've been too short. The pockets and gearloft, though just a stupid little extra touch, have turned out to be awesome and they definitely save us room. The tent breathes really well with the mesh, although after a three day storm in CA where we couldn't open the fly for more than a few seconds, we noticed some condensation in the mornings.
The single door can be a pain, but the two of us love hiking together and we're pretty good at climbing over each other and dealing with it. And although there's only one small vestibule, we've still had enough room for the two of our packs.
I think the biggest flaw in this tent would be the lack of guy-out loops on the side of the fly. Even though we've been dry without guying out the sides, we still sometimes bring two clothes pins tied to rope and get the sides nice and taut (which also adds some ventilation).
This held up in a night of very intense Wyoming wind.We were shocked that it survived without a scratch.
This is a very good backpacking tent. It is definitely small & light. It would be perfect for one person plus gear or 2 people (that are comfortable being reeeaaally close to each other).
Super quick to set-up and take down. It does get a little condensation build up, but you get to keep dry in the rain. It did bow in quite a bit in 35+mph sustained winds, but held up overall. I recommend upgrading the stakes because any tough ground is going to bend them easily.
There are some cons to this tent, but easy set-up and break down,being able to stay dry in the rain, and the weight definitely make it worth it.
I wanted to purchase a nice quality tent and after previously sleeping in a Kelty I decided this was a good deal.
Extremely easy to set up. You roll it out and there are two poles for you to clip the tent to. It seriously probably takes 3 minutes tops.
As well as the tent, the rain fly is also extremely easy to throw on. There are buckles and you just snap them into each corner and you're done. There's also ties to tie it back in the front if you don't want it all the way on.
The rain fly extends a decent amount near the door for storing a few bags and shoes, etc. and still having room to climb out.
The door being on the side is a lot nicer than having to climb toward the bottom where your feet rest.
Very light and small.
The tent itself is basically all screen so it's airy.
I used the rain fly and woke up to the outside being pretty wet and it stayed completely dry inside all night.
I am short, but my boyfriend is six, for and he fit pretty comfortably. It's tough to find tents long enough for that height, but he could stretch out and fit.
The stakes are pretty crappy and I already bent one after one use, but not a big deal unless you're camping somewhere with hard ground or a lot of wind and you need the stakes to be strong.
In the product review it says "noiseless zippers" and they are not noiseless at all. I honestly don't care if a zipper makes a noise, but these definitely aren't quiet.
This isn't neither a pro or con, it really just depends on the use, but it's a small tent.. as expected. If you're purchasing this for just yourself it's great and has tons of space for yourself, your sleeping bag, your bags, and is comfortable. If you're purchasing as a two person tent you better be dating that person or not needed personal space. I bought this for my boyfriend and I so it's great, but if you want a lot of space between you and the other and for your bags I suggest something bigger.
Overall I am very happy with my tent and excited to keep using it!
Took this tent out for the first time this last weekend and it surpassed any expectations I had for a two man tent at this price. I picked this tent so I would have more room for just myself and some gear, but after a buddy (who failed to pay attention to the weather reports) climbed in with me, I realized just how much room I really had. The rain fly kept both of us and our gear completely dry in an all night rainstorm. I would Highly Recommend this to anyone looking for a nice sized two man tent or a great alternative to cramming yourself and your gear into a one man tent.
Light and a good value equal award winner
I purchased this 2 person tent just for myself because a couple of the reviews I read said it was a little small for two people. Well, they were right, but it was PERFECT for me and my gear! This tent was extremely light, and easy/quick to set up. For a guy like me who likes to keep things simple, it was great. I'm 6'3" 250 lbs, and didn't have a problem with putting all my stuff and me in for the night. You'll need to buy a footprint 'cause the bottom is very thin. Even with a sleeping pad, you'll feel everything beneath you. Great value for the $$$.
I use this tent for car camping and it has been a great purchase so far. It takes a minute or two to set up and breakdown, and the fly is easy to attach. The materials all seem well made and the zippers operate very smoothly. It's also great for summer camping since it has so much mesh above sleeping level. Tough to beat for the price.
Is it possible to set this tent up with just the fly / poles / footprint for a "fast packing" set up?
Yes, the footprint has the grommet's necessary for setting up with just fly/poles/footprint.
Cool thanks Eli!
Any idea of the "fast pack" weight?
Very lightweight and great price! Comfortably fits two people. Condensation does form inside the fly on cool nights. The floor space is slightly smaller than a double bed. Overall, great compromise of price and quality.
I was looking for a three season 2 person tent in the $200 range. I was astonished to find this steal at $160. This tent has great value because it is less than 4pounds without the shipping box. I tested the rain fly with a hose. It worked great until water was sprayed under the zipper flap. Having an area under the tarp to put muddy shoes and backpacks is space saver in a small tent. The one problem I do have is the stakes it comes with are junk because they are bendable and should be replaced. I recommend the MSR Tituim stakes because they are light and very strong. I would recommend this to anyone.
Backpacking Trip in the Mark Twain National Forest.
Plenty of room for 1+gear or two people.
Backpacking Trip in the Mark Twain National Forest.
Does the Salida 2 use YKK zippers and is the nylon on the tent and fly "ripstop?"
I just looked at my Kelty Salida tent and I don't think it uses YKK zippers. None of the zippers have YKK on them. But, they do work well and are pretty quiet.