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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.

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
  • 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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Backcountry Edge:
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Mountain Sports:
Sleeping Capacity: 2 Person
Intended Use: Lightweight Backpacking
Number of Doors: 1 Door
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  1. Customer Review

    This tent has many benefits that you may not find in some tents such as the quality, durability, weight, and the simplicity of setup. It also has some interesting but needed features like the aluminum poles and clips. With all of these hidden bargains, i'd definitely recommend it to someone else. on Apr 18th 2015

  2. Customer Review

    I serve as a scout master for BSA, and I never thought it was possible for a man like me to get giddy over a tent until setting this thing up. This 2015 Salida 2 is so fast and easy to set up and take down. This Salida 2 is very well made and engineered, and that fact that Kelty made it caused this to be a major selling point for me (I have a Kelty Snowfall that is nearly 20 years old, and it is still an excellent tent today). One thing I noticed once taking this tent out of its bag is that the rain fly is not that pure white color you see in the pictures. There's a bit of a greenish tint to it, but I think it looks terrific. The storage bag is quite different compared to the typical storage sacks out there, but I love how easy it is to remove and return the tent from it. on Mar 9th 2015

  3. Customer Review

    I used the Salida 2 for 2 nights on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia in September. This tent exceeded all of my expectations. It was light to carry and very easy to pitch. During this time the humidity was high and the nights were cool and I had no issues with condensation. We experienced some heavy winds and the tent held up fine just free standing. Used it one night without the fly and one night with the fly. We were on very rocky soil so when I had the fly on I used my treking poles to keep the vestibule open. That worked great. This tent is as good as many costing twice as much. on Oct 2nd 2014

  4. Customer Review

    I used this tent during a month-long road trip on the west coast. I only used it for car camping and not backpacking, but it is light and small enough to take backpacking. Stayed dry during a night of heavy rain and survived a few days of strong winds. Super easy to set up and break down. I am in general very happy with this tent. However, I have some minor issues with it. Condensation tended to build up on the inside of the fly, but I'm not sure if that's avoidable in humid environments. The door is also on the side which makes it a little inconvenient to leave or enter the tent if you are sleeping on the other side. I also had trouble emerging from the fly without getting wet if the fly was wet (from rain or condensation). The stakes that came with it were easily bent. I was too lazy to stake down the tent unless necessary, which was usually fine, but sometimes this made the door difficult to zip. Overall, it's a nice tent but with a couple of minor inconveniences. I just bought the Grand Mesa 2 which might resolve some of the issues, but it's still in the box so can't make a comparison quite yet! on Sep 28th 2014

  5. Customer Review

    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. on Jul 31st 2014

  6. Customer Review

    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. on May 14th 2014

  7. Customer Review

    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. on Oct 27th 2012

  8. Customer Review

    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. on Jun 25th 2012

  9. Customer Review

    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. on Jun 11th 2012

  10. Customer Review

    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. on Apr 11th 2012

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