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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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5 5

Excellent tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this tent; it's super light weight and holds up to significant weather. It's easy to set up and fits two comfortably. For the price, it's an incredible deal.

5 5

Always the first to Pitch!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's a weird sense of pride to get your tent up first after the canoes hit the side of the river... Maybe because you're the superior outdoorsman, or more than likely because you've got great equipment.

Certainly the case with this tent. Pops up very quickly. It's great if you've got a clear night with a totally mesh top when not using the fly. In the event of bad weather/heavy wind this thing bunkers down great.

We've taken it to the beach (where we were staked into sand!) with crazy side winds and we kept firm to the ground.

Would highly recommend!

Always the first to Pitch!
5 5

Love this tent!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I camp at the Red River Gorge just about every weekend. I bought this tent about 6 months ago! Light weight, very breathable and with the fly on I have slept peacefully and dry through numerous storms, the stakes are nice and light but will bend if not placed properly in the ground. More suitable for a couples 2 person tent as it is a tight fit. Works great with you and your dog! Foot print sold separately. Salida 2 in the middle.

Love this tent!
5 5

Great for one person + gear

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great inexpensive tent that is lightweight and very easy to set up and break down. I am 6 feet tall and it has plenty of room for me and one other person. The tent does not come with a footprint but I bought a salida 2 footprint when I got the tent and I am able to pack that and the tent into the bag that was supplied. This tent only has one door but that has not been an issue for me. I really like the mesh gear loft that is supplied with the tent. I use this mostly for summer camping without the rainfly and it is very well ventilated for hot nights in the desert. I recommend this tent to anyone that is looking for a light inexpensive tent for backpacking or anything else for that matter.

Nice place to stay over

Nice place to stay over

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4 5

Nice 2-person backpacker

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have found this to be a pretty reliable tent. Easy to setup, fairly light, relatively inexpensive. It's really quite a tight fit for two people and their gear, however. Other than that a really have no complaints whatsoever. Also, would be nice to have a footprint included.

For a single person who doesn't mind a bit of extra weight, I think this is a perfect option.

4 5

Great Price and Weight

I wanted a tent for short backpacking trips and car camping. I chose this tent because it won an award from Backpacker Magazine for being a less expensive, lightweight tent. It is actually crazy light and super easy to set up. The only bummer is that it doesn't come with the footprint. You can make do without it but it would have been nice to have.

4 5

Nice and Light

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This tent is really roomy and light. However, the vestibule is a little small for 2 people's gear. Perhaps this tent would be better suited for 1 person and a big dog or something. The next tent I buy will have 2 doors and 2 vestibules.

5 5

Bang for your buck

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This puppy isn't the lightest, most spacious, or sexiest tent out there. The vestibule isn't particularly large, and it doesn't pack down particularly small. However, I've spent more nights in this tent than any other tent/tarp, ever. It has kept me dry in monster storms and held up to high winds in exposed basins. It has enough room to sleep 2 people (without touching), and the vestibule keeps our stuff dry. So what if it's not the next new thing? It works. I like it. My friends like it. No one ever complains. It's hard to imagine that you would find something of this quality and comfort for this price.

5 5

My favorite tent so far

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.

My favorite tent so far
5 5

Great tent!

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.

4 5

surprisingly great pt. 2

  • 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.

4 5

surprisingly great

  • 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).

Vedauwoo, WY

Vedauwoo, WY

This held up in a night of very intense Wyoming wind.We were shocked that it survived without a scratch.

4 5

Great tent!

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!

Great tent!
5 5

Surpassed any ecpectations

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.

Kelty Salida Why It Won Backpacker Editors Choice

Light and a good value equal award winner