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The updated and improved Salida is a great all-around ultralight backpacking tent.  With 6.5 square feet of vestibule space, a spacious interior, and higher side wall protection this tent is guaranteed to offer advanced 3-season backcountry comfort, a must have!

Kelty Salida Pitching Instructions

Kelty Tent User Manual


  • Backpack-friendly compact folding poles
  • Roll top cube carry bag
  • Easy set up
  • Free standing
  • Kelty hug clip
  • Easy entry D door
  • Color coded clip and fly attachment
  • Fully seam taped construction
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Gearloft loops
  • Fabric/mesh tent walls



  • Seasons: 3
  • Number of doors: 1
  • Number of vestibules: 1
  • Poles: 2
  • Capacity: 1
  • Minimum weight: 3 lb 6 oz / 1.53 kg
  • Packaged weight: 3 lb 14 oz / 1.76 kg
  • Floor area: 20 ft2 / 1.86 m2
  • Vestibule area: 6.5 ft2 / .6 m2
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 86 x 38/29 x 38 in // 218 x 99/74 x 97 cm
  • Packed size: 11 x 14 in /  28 x 36 cm


Pole type:
DAC Pressfit

Wall material:
68D Polyester, 40D No-See-Um Mesh

Floor material:
68D Nylon, 1800 mm

Fly material:
68D Polyester, 1800 mm

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Mountain Sports:
Sleeping Capacity: 1 Person
Intended Use: Lightweight Backpacking
Number of Doors: 1 Door
Gander Mountain:
Backcountry Edge:
Capacity: 1 Person
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  1. Quality, but Slightly Off

    The stitching, materials and overall quality are there.

    The rainfly is mis-measured, though. It's too long on the narrower sides. And it's to an extreme that it's bothersome how baggy it is on one side.

    Also, I had mild humidity issues with condensation forming on the inside of the tent.

    The clips are nice. I like that the entrance is on the side. And I like that the rainfly pulls back both ways to open the whole entrance side.

    I like the strings that were included. They make tightening the rainfly easy. Though, again, mine was way too big on one side.

    It's slightly smaller than my two-person Kelty Grand Mesa. So, it's not really an ultralight. But it is a little easier on packing. The vestibule is a little small. But, I don't see that as a design flaw.
    on Sep 12th 2018

  2. Awesome Tent!

    Avid backpacker here. I used the tent for the first time this past weekend. The bag it comes in is a little awkward to deal with. I separated the tent from the poles and put them inside my backpack. I found it easier to deal with that way and even lighter. That night I got my 50ltr pack and my 75lb dog inside. We slept comfortably snug. My pack can definitely store under the vestibule for more room inside. I struggled with a larger 2man, 4-5lb tent for a few years. I'm soooo glad I downsized! Easy and quick to set up too. Was a bit windy, tent held up great. I did not use the tie down either, just staked it out. With cooler mountain temperatures at 10,000ft, it was still pretty warm inside. Thanks Kelty! on Aug 21st 2018

  3. Nice one man tent

    I haven't had this in the field yet. Set up is instruction needed. This is my third Kelty tent; good quality and light weight. I wish the vestibule was a little larger. on Jun 6th 2017

  4. Lived in the Salida 1 for two months pedal biking from Maine to Cali!

    I chose the Salida 1 for the extra shot poles and the square bag. This tent is quite light and has plenty of space inside for yourself and a little bit of gear. I have spent some pretty hot nights and feel the ventitlation is totally there. stayed dry in total downpour and did not blow away in 40 mph winds. Great tent! She's a little worn now but ready for the next adventure on Aug 23rd 2016

  5. Customer Review

    A great value and price. It performed perfectly in the four or five nights of rain I've slept through. Everything stayed bone dry and I appreciated the ventilation in the humidity. It sets up and takes down in minutes and packs small. It's a tight squeeze for two, but I bought it for my solo treks. The positive reviews from Backpacker Mag are spot on. on May 11th 2015

  6. Customer Review

    Just received it. Set up indoors. Very easy to set up. Major complaint- no fly venting. Assume it will be very hot in summer. Other than that; well made, very good looking tent. New rectangular carry bag is different. Will have to add some sort of ties to tighten fly and tent when packed to keep size down. I'm exchanging it for the Gunnison 1.3. on Mar 24th 2015

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