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Salida 2

Item Number: 40812211
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Winner of the 2011 Backpacker Editor's Choice Award, the Salida is a great all-around ultralight 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!

Kelty Salida 2 Pitching Instructions


Body Features:
  • Freestanding design
  • DAC Pressfit poles
  • Color Coded Clip Construction
  • Taped floor seams
  • Gear-loft loops
  • ArcEdge floor
  • No-See-Um Mesh wall panels
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Noiseless zipper pulls

Fly Features:

  • Taped seams
  • Side-release tent/fly connection
  • Noiseless zipper pulls
  • Guyout points


  • Seasons: 3
  • Number of doors: 1
  • Number of vestibules: 1
  • Capacity: 2
  • Minimum weight: 3 lb 12 oz / 1.70 kg
  • Packaged weight: 4 lb 8 oz / 2.04 kg
  • Floor area: 30.5 ft2 / 2.83 m2
  • Vestibule area: 10 ft2 / .93 m2
  • Length: 88 in / 223.5 cm
  • Width: 55 / 45 in / 139.7 / 114.3 cm
  • Height: 43 in / 109.22 cm
  • Packed diameter: 7 in / 17.78 cm
  • Packed Length: 22 in / 55.88 cm


Number of poles: 2

Pole type:
DAC pressfit

Wall material:
68D polyester

Floor material:
68D nylon, 1800 mm

Fly material:
75D polyester 1800 mm
Customer Reviews
Salida 2
Overall Rating:    based on 9 reviews
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Posted by Anthony
August 1, 2014
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I purchased the Salida 2 for backpacking trips with my 11 year old son. We took it to the Grand Tetons last week. I am loyal to Kelty as my first backpack was a Kelty and they are a good company. The Good…..The Salida 2 is one of the lightest affordable backpacking tents on the market. It was small but I appreciated the light weight as we hiked. The Bad….The tent fly sits on the body of the tent in many areas. In my experience this leads to the tent leaking. I talked to customer service at Kelty and they understood my concern and agreed it was a problem. They kindly sent me a replacement tent. However, the second tent was exactly the same with the fly touching the tent surface in many places particularly at the ends even when it was guyed out. I think this is a design flaw or manufacturing problem. I am very disappointed.
Posted by Mark
May 15, 2014
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From Jan.-March, 2014 - I spent 50 consecutive nights in this tent in Australia. Only two or three rain days, but the tent kept me dry. Don't know how extended rain would work out. The perfect tent? Nah, I'd want to design that myself. But this is a very nice and affordable shelter. The aluminum tent stakes bend too easily in hard ground, but they can be straightened easily as well. On hot muggy nights, it would be nice to have some ventilation options. The included gear loft is great. The color-coded straps on the rainfly are cute, but needed?? After all it's not rocket science to set up a two-pole tent. The floor-footprint isn't a regular rectangle, it's tapered; I'd like the symmetry of a rectangular floor. I'd like to rate it at 4 1/2 stars, but don't see that as an option.
Posted by David
October 28, 2012
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I bought this tent earlier this year to replace a 10 year old Marmot Zoid 1 as my solo backpacking tent. I needed more room without a significant increase in carry weight in a tent that wouldn't break the bank. Over the course of the last six months I have had the tent out 7 nights in the Colorado and Wyoming Rockies. Temperatures at night ranged from the mid teens to the forties and a couple of nights it rained. This is a great tent. It never leaked and I never experienced a single drop of condensation. Carry weight, with the footprint, is 5 pounds 3 ounces and it will compress down to the size of a small watermelon if you choose to use a compression sack. In my opinion, this is one of the best tent values on the market. I have three other tents by name makers, all of which cost me more than twice what I paid for the Salida, and over the course of the summer this has turned into my favorite tent. That said, the tent isn't perfect: one side door will make this tent pretty tough to live out of if there are two of you and the stakes are so bad--I bent all of them after five nights use--that Kelty might as well tell you to buy your own. But, for a very reasonable cost, I've gotten a palatial bomber solo tent that in a pinch can fit two.
Posted by Bern
June 26, 2012
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Bought this to replace a tent that was still good but I was wanting an update. Ordered it and then 2 days later had an opportunity to use it. I had UPS hold it at the local depot and picked it up there. Got to my camp site, and put it up. I had read pitching instructions online and did not need the ones in the box. VERY EASY to pitch. Good ventilation. I was in the MO Ozarks on very rocky soil. I opted not to use the stakes. THE ONE problem I had was that the vestibule MUST be staked out to be used. I could not drive one in that soil. If you don't use the vestibule it hangs over the door OR you can tie it back. Over all I loved it.
Posted by Justin
June 12, 2012
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We went on a week long trip, like most we hope for the best but unlike many we prepare for the worst. I was hopeful that this tent would hold up and provide a comfortable sleeping space for my girlfriend and I. Setup took no time at all and I do it by myself most of the time. We placed a plastic barrier under the tent and I did steak out all the corners and pulled it tight. We also staked out the rain fly that completely covers the tent and windows and also provides a small space outside the tent near the front door for shoes or whatever and keeps them dry if you don't want to put them in your tent. I also had a space blanket silver side up in the bottom of the tent and sleeping pads on top of that. On cold nights it was easy for our own body heat to bring the tent up to a more than comfortable temp. One day it poured down rain our tent wasn't in a low area as were some but even people that camped on the hill had flooded tents, ours was dry as a bone. I keep this tent in my bug out bag, use it for small trips out of my Jeep and can't wait to take it on a river trip next week.
Posted by JP
April 12, 2012
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I've been using this tent for sometime now (bought it late last year) and have been very satisfied that I can't think of anything seriously wrong about it. The tent- body, fly, ground sheet- packs to around 7" in length and maybe 4" in diameter (just slightly bigger than my deuter dreamlite sleeping bag). And the whole thing weights just around 5 lbs (including poles)! The water-proofing is superb. I live in a tropical country and rains are a normal part to camping here. So far, my Salida has not failed me even on heavy downpours. It's roomy enough for 2 persons (under 6') with 2 40-lit packs inside. The gear-loft and side pockets are also quite useful add-ons. Maybe it would've been nicer to have 2 doors and vestibules... Maybe better quality pegs should come with the tent.. but for the price, I think this is by far the best bang-for-buck ultralight tent in the market today.
Posted by April
August 25, 2011
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I work for Kelty, I can assure you that we run all these questions by our product developers and managers when they come up. In response to the comment below about the Salida 2 being 84", the designer confirmed that the tent IS 88" in length, however the box is incorrectly labeled as 84". We're working to get that changed, and thank you for bringing it to our attention. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact us. We always welcome customer feedback and suggestions!!
Posted by Damion
August 18, 2011
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The KELTY website tells the length to be 88" but who knew, get it in the mail stoked but soon disappointed with the box saying the length is 84". Pisted off now I have to pay to return product sweet.
Posted by Jason
June 21, 2011
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I purchased the Salida 2 months ago. I've used it three times in this period of time. I have been very pleased with everything from the fabric and sewing to the provided poles and stakes. Very easy setup, enough room for two people and a small amount of gear. The vestible area is pretty nice and offers enough room for two larger packs. Packs down pretty small (slightly larger than my Eureka Zues II). I wish the footprint was included, but not a big issue, I'm just still waiting for one to come in-stock. I would've given a 5-STAR rating if it was slightly lighter.
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