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Kelty Salida 2 person tent, white/tan, shown with rain fly removed

Lighten up and enjoy the epic backcountry views. The award-winning Salida 2 person tent weighs so little, you’ll almost forget it’s in your pack. But don’t be fooled. With 10 square feet of vestibule space and great features like compact folding poles for quick setup and higher mesh sidewall protection, it’s got everything you need for three seasons of the year. So lose yourself in adventure knowing you’re well prepared.


  • 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
  • Number of poles: 2
  • Capacity: 2 Person
  • Minimum weight: 3 lb 14 oz / 1.76 kg
  • Packaged weight: 4 lb 9 oz / 2.07 kg
  • Floor area: 30.5 ft2 / 2.83 m2
  • Vestibule area: 10 ft2 / .93 m2
  • Length: 88 in / 224 cm
  • Width: 55/45 in // 140/114 cm
  • Height: 43 in / 109 cm
  • Packed size: 13 x 15 in /  33 x 38 cm


Pole type:
Aluminum 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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Sleeping Capacity: 2 Person
Intended Use: Lightweight Backpacking
Number of Doors: 1 Door
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  1. Great for bikepacking and inclement weather

    I've taken this out on numerous overnighters, but last week I took this out on a 5-day bikepacking trip. The very first night, we were hit by a lightning/thunderstorm for over 90 minutes, then sustained rain for another 5 hours. Luckily, I wasn't lazy and had staked down the base, vestibule, and the rain fly. The interior stayed perfectly dry, as did my shoes in the vestibule.

    The tent packs down tightly without its bag. I put it in my 15L front roll with my sleeping bag and poncho liner without any issues.

    10/10 recommend and taking it with me on the AT soon.
    on Aug 17th 2018

  2. Great tent! Wish I would have got it sooner!

    This tent replaced a failing campmor 60 sec tent. (It served me well, just worn out).
    I was in between fire assignments and stopped in at a roadside REI. It was the only Kelty they had in stock. I was deadset on a Kelty due to excellent experience with one of their bags and a backpack.
    Very happy with this tent! Saved me a ton of weight and bulk. Fast easy setup and teardown the first and everytime. I break my tent down every morning and set it back up in the evening. Haven't tested it in the rain, but it held up to a pretty stiff wind one night. I have absolute confidence in this tent.
    Should have got it much sooner, the compact packed size is a blessing!
    on Jul 14th 2018

  3. Exceeded All Expectations

    I was looking for a tent that was light on the back and the budget. A 1-person tent just wasn't for me so the Salida 2 seemed to fit the bill. Well, I ordered the tent and it came while out of town. I was leaving for 3 1/2 days on the Timberline Trail around Mt Hood the same day I returned home. Opened the box, packed into my backpack and left for the hike. First night got into camp after dark. With head lamp, Having never put this up before; it went up in 10 minutes. Ten minutes! Slept like a champ thru windy night on the mountain. Worked great every night. Lots of room for pack and myself. Could easily sleep with my kid. I have read some people have had trouble with the snaps and moisture. Not me. Worked great. on Jul 10th 2018

  4. Salida 2

    Works great! Love the aluminum poles. Quite roomy for a two-man. Wish they made a 3 person version of the same tent, but other than that it works great! on Jun 19th 2018

  5. Salida 2 on Solo Ski Tour

    Right out of the box (bag) I took the Sal-2 on a 7-day solo ski tour (Mar/Apr 2018), did my first setup on the snow--no instructions necessary--easy to figure out! Pole clamps ('Hug Clips') are ingenious. I often camp on ridges/mtn tops so generally experience plenty of wind, 25-35mph CONSTANT one night.
    Enough room for one + gear, and length is acceptable for sleeping, though a few more inches would be nice to prevent bag/tent contact.
    I only use a fly for rain, so for me--too much breeze through the tent/mesh (used fly for extra under-bag insulation).
    After hours of searching online/brick-mortar stores, I finally settled on this model--nobody yet makes the design I need.
    This tent replaced the $19.95 (sale from $39.95) el cheapo surplus version that has been incredibly reliable through multiple ski tours (2 week), 10-day desert hikes, up to 200mi Spring/Summer BP/Climbing trips, week-long kayak tours, car camping... Their pros/cons balance each other out for value--I'd still be just as happy/secure w/El Cheapo. The EC has been *completely* flattened by winds--no problemo--fiberglass poles; can't see the aluminum enduring such stress.
    Why the unusual 'stuff sack'?
    Overall--good value.
    MANY thanks to those before me who have provided reviews!--you know who you are!
    on Apr 7th 2018

  6. Small, Lightweight, warm

    Perfect for backpacking trips. on Mar 27th 2018

  7. Fast pitch, no frills

    Fast pitch, no frills tent. Light-ish, can't beat the weight to price ratio. Spent a 15 degree night and not a drop of condensation in the morning. Held heat well, blocked wind. No rain this trip but I have every confidence I'd have been dry if it did. Little cramped for two full sized adults but I bet it could be done comfortably (provided you're super good friends and the gear stays in the vestibule). on Jan 3rd 2018

  8. great value

    there are many lightweight tents out there, but this is a great one if youre on a budget. I am very happy with this tent! i did some research beforehand and am happy i ended up choosing the salida 2. quality is great, and it is very lightweight. not a huge fan of the square storage bag, but everything fits well. no issues with poles. on Dec 20th 2017

  9. Simple, a great quality backpacking tent!

    I bought this tent during a Kelty sale and have used it several times backpacking during shoulder seasons in the Sierras. Easy and simple to set up, no gimmicks. I like the solid material in the lower sections for privacy and it resists splashback & wind during inclement weather. The poles aren't cheap & flimsy and are short enough to pack down nicely. Light enough to carry as a solo tent with plenty of room for my dog inside also (60 lb. Husky). I stake out the rainfly completely for ventilation and haven't had a problem with condensation. It would be nice if Kelty included paracord line for the ventilation loops on the rainfly, but it's cheap to buy.
    I also bought the footprint and a gearloft, but haven't needed the loft since there is a loop overhead to hang a nightlight. The bright cream color doesn't get hot in the sun and is pleasant to wake up to in the morning.
    It came with nobendium stakes which was nice, but they only work in softer soil.

    Overall it's a nice tent at a great price!
    on Oct 8th 2017

  10. This tent worked for me!

    I purchased this tent for use when I volunteer with a trail crew on the Appalachian Trail. I am not a serious backpacker but do enjoy spending a few weeks a year on the trail with other volunteers both maintaining the trail and building new trail. I knew little about tents but learned quickly on my first trip that a one man tent is really just a fantasy in that if you are larger than a small child you will likely suffer greatly during you journey. I replaced my one man tent with this Salida 2 and am quite pleased with it. It is very easy to set up and stake out and is roomy, even when I brought all of my gear into the tent with me. The vestibule is large enough for pack and boots but I opted to bring it all inside. It rained considerably during my week but the tent stayed dry except for a minimal amount of condensation and some moisture near the bottom which I plan to take care of when I add additional waterproofing, which is something I understand needs to be done occasionally with all tents. My backpacks are Kelty as well as my sleeping bags. Fine products all and I recommend this company and it products. I will note that there was a reasonable hike to our camp and the weight of this tent is very reasonable. I would have given 5 stars but I don't give anything 5 stars. Nothing is perfect. on Feb 5th 2017

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