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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.

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  • 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
  • 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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Great tent!

    Nice, roomy tent; at the right price. Good weight to size ratio, quality materials as far as durability. I had a pole crack after some use and Kelty in a super fast manner, received the item, fixed it at their Alabama repair center facility, and shipped it back for free. A personal customer service note was included from the repairing technician, Kathy. I was truly pleased with Kelty's warranty service (no questions asked) and the fact that the item was fixed and processed for repair in the U.S. with outstanding customer service. I will surely continue buying their products for myself, friends, and family. This is an example that all companies should aspire to! Many thanks Kelty and especially Kathy in AL! on Jan 31st 2017

  6. best tent ever

    usually use this in NJ or Fl but took the tent with me to tasmania australia for a few hikes and it was perfect. fit me and my brother plus gear comfortably and wasn't a burdon. highly recommend it! on Oct 11th 2016

  7. Used this tent in Texas summer

    Breathed well, fit us 2 great, super light. Very happy with the purchase.
    on Aug 10th 2016

  8. Quick Set Up in Rain

    I was very pleasantly surprised how quickly my Salida 2 set up in the rain and stayed dry. Rained solid all night, and no condensation. I'm a big fellow so all that living space and ventilation were terrific. The loft was a terrific feature. I bought the older Salida 2. Tons of room to spare. on Jul 12th 2016

  9. Poor pole quality

    I had and used the tent for thirteen days and the poles stopped functioning. They didn't snap, they didn't connect at on of the connection joints. Otherwise, very good tent. on Apr 8th 2016

  10. Customer Review

    I own the Salida 2 (about 4 years old) and also bought a Salida 4 I was so pleased with the first one. So any comments would apply to both as they are identical in design and features mostly other than size. They are both used for backpacking and camping with my son who is a Boy Scout. The two person is fine for two people as long as they are not large people. Backpacking you give up some space to keep the lighter weight. Generally my son (age 16 now) and I will use the two man for backpacking and I might use it for one person backpacking...but for longer stays we will go with the Salida 4 as that extra space is really nice. PROS -The snaps to connect to the poles instead of threading the poles through sleeves (we hate that especially in the dark or when raining.) -Use of DAC aluminum poles instead of fiberglass (have had bad experiences with those). -Corner snaps for rain fly is easy and makes setup a breeze and very fast. I appreciated this last weekend when we didn't get to the camp until nearly midnight. Can be setup in dark, heavy wind, with gloves, etc. -Vestibule is adequate but not large. That being said we were able to fit both of our backpacks under the vestibule/rain fly on one side on the Salida 2 last weekend. -Light color (ours is cream) of the fly helps reflect hot sun during the day. -NEVERLEAKS....the only extra precautions I have used is waterproofing the four pullout straps (past experience shows that is the most likely place for water to migrate thru). We have had both tents sitting literally in a pool of water during huge deluges here in Michigan when other tents leaked...ours were dry as a bone. -The various pocket/s in the tents and the storage loft is handy. -The rain fly comes all the way down to the ground on all sides. -Ventilation is excellent. CONS -The stakes supplied are typical round aluminum rods with a hook at the top so OK for soft ground but will bend easily. Recommend choosing some of the higher quality more durable stakes. I use both for three season camping here in Michigan in range from 10 F degrees up to close to 100 degrees and have used before first heavy snows arrive....but for 4th season I have another heavy duty Winter tent. I always use a ground cover under the tent and often another inner cover..usually a space blanket. That serves as additional floor wear prevention, heat reflector for cold weather use, and last barricade if the tent does ever leak (no problems in that area ever though). on Sep 15th 2015

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