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Tent Review: Kelty Salida 2 Person Tent

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Kelty-Salida-2-Person-Backpacking-Tent-2The Kelty Salida tent is designed for 3-season use and is a great all-around, lightweight backpacking tent.

The Kelty Salida 2 Person Tent Freestanding design Color coded clip construction Taped floor seams Gear-loft loops ArcEdge Floor Mesh wall panels Internal storage pockets Noiseless zipper pulls Taped seams Side-release tent/fly connection Noiseless zipper pulls Guyout points

A quote from the 2011 Backpacker Editors’ Choice awards:
“Tents tend to seesaw between weight and price: As one goes up, the other goes down. The light-load, low-cost Salida 2 turns that equation on its head”

  • With over 10 ft. of vestibule space and a spacious interior, this tent offers a comfortable backcountry escape.
  • Freestanding design with color-coded clip construction is easy to set up and maneuver around and mesh walls encourage good cross-ventilation.
  • DAC® Pressfit aluminum poles offer durability and longevity
  • Polyester rainfly won’t sag when wet; adjustable webbing/side-release buckles attach rainfly to tent
  • ArcEdge™ catenary floor/wall design keeps seams off the ground and watertight; taped seams ensure weather protection
  • Kelty Salida 2 tent features internal storage pockets, gear loft loops, noiseless zipper pulls and multiple guyout points
  • Includes stuff sacks, guyline/tighteners and stakes

Kelty Salida 2 Tent Specifications

 Best use  Backpacking
 Seasons  3-season
 Sleeping capacity  2-person
 Minimum trail weight  3 lbs. 12 oz.
 Packed size  7 x 22 inches
 Floor dimensions  88 x 55 inches
 Peak height  43 inches
 Number of doors  1 door
 Number of Poles  2 poles
 Pole material  Alumiinum DAC Pressfit
 Pole diameter  9 millimeters
 Canopy fabric  Polyester
 Floor fabric  Coated nylon
 Rainfly fabric  Coated polyester

Customer Comments:

Durable, Dependable, and Watertight
First of all, I’ll start by saying I’m compelled to write this review after multiple camping trips and about 2 years of ownership. Bottom line up front: this tent is bombproof and watertight, and I recommend it to everyone as a cheap, relatively lightweight, dependable backpacking tent.

Great tent for its price
My bottom line up front, if you are comparing this tent with any others within one hundred bucks or less of its price, buy the Salida 2.

 

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Kelty Salida 2 Backpacking 2 Person Tent

Kelty Salida 2 Backpacking 2 Person Tent

  • Winner of the 2011 Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards
  • Dimensions: 88 by 55 by 43 inches (L x W x H)
  • Poles: 2 DAC Pressfit aluminum
  • Freestanding design
  • Taped seams on ripstop nylon floor and rainproof dome fly
  • Mesh wall panels provide adequate ventilation with minimal condensation
  • Floor area measures 30.5 square feet with an additional 10-foot vestibule
  • Three-season, two-person backpacking tent
  • Weighs 3 pounds, 12 ounces unpackaged
  • Weatherproof and sturdy in the stormiest conditions

Winner of the 2011 Backpacker Editor’s Choice Award, the Salida is a great all-around lightweight backpacking tent. With over 10 square feet of vestibule space and a spacious interior, this tent is guaranteed to offer a comfortable backcountry escape, a must have!Winner of the 2011 Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice Award, the Kelty Salida 2 offers great value in a basic ultralight backpacking tent. This two-person, three-season tent’s weatherproof protection was tested by Backpacker gear testers in the soggy and windy conditions of the Pacific Northwest, where it provided a comfortable and dry backcountry escape. The Salida 2 features a minimalist design with one side door, a 30.5 square foot interior, and a ten square foot vestibule–its lack of frills keeps the weight, and the price, down.

The Salida 2 is well-ventilated and sturdy, thanks to mesh wall panels and a solid two-pole support system. The 68 denier ripstop nylon floor is durable, tough, and resists rips and abrasion, while the double-wall dome fly keeps campers dry no matter how wet the weather.

Body Features:

The Kelty Salida 2 withstood rigorous field testing to win a top spot in the 2011 Backpacker Editor’s Choice Awards.

  • Freestanding 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

Specifications:

  • Seasons: 3
  • Number of doors: 1
  • Number of vestibules: 1
  • Number of poles: 2
  • Capacity: 2
  • Minimum weight: 3 pounds, 12 ounces
  • Packaged weight: 4 pounds, 8 ounces
  • Floor area: 30.5 square feet
  • Vestibule area: 10 square feet

Dimensions:

  • Length: 88 inches
  • Width: 55 inches
  • Height: 43 inches
  • Packed diameter: 7 inches
  • Packed length: 22 inches

Materials

  • Pole type: DAC pressfit
  • Wall material: 68 denier polyester
  • Floor material: 68 denier ripstop nylon, 1800 mm
  • Fly material: 75 denier polyester 1800 mm

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List Price: $ 169.95

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