Kelty Salida 2 Tent Review

Camping out in the woods or on a beach means having the best tent possible. A good tent needs to be easy to put up in any kind of weather conditions, be it high wind or rain. You also need one with a good cover yet allows for plenty of airflow. You should be able to enter and exit it as easy as possible.

Finally, you need plenty of space to fit in a decent sized air mattress and all your supplies yet not be so hard to travel with or set-up. Kelty has been striving towards making the kind of tents that fit most if not all of these categories and their Salida 2 Tent may be their best single person tent yet.

Kelty Salida 2 Tent Features

Color-coded clip and fly Set-up Guide

Most tents make you have to deduce how to set them up as normally there’s only the pitching posts and the frame along with the tent material itself with absolutely no guidelines whatsoever.

Kelty has included a color-coded clip and fly construction guide that walks you through the set-up process. Even better, the process is so simplified and sturdy you can pitch the Salida 2 tent in high wind and low light conditions.

Livable Space

Standing at just under 4 ft. tall, it covers an floor space area of 30 sq ft. You can easily fit one queen size air mattress.

This leaves you with plenty of moving space with a single person capacity max. It also comes with a 10 sq. ft vestibule for gear storage.

Zip Door with Vestibule

Entering and exiting has been simplified with this model due to it’s easy open zip door. This door has a matching vestibule area measuring 10 sq. ft for storing your gear.

This allows you plenty of room to move around inside without both entryways getting blocked off by whatever you have inside this tent. This only accentuates the free standing design as the lightweight design increases where and in what position you can set this tent up.

Polyester Mesh Material

Being able to shield you from the elements while letting air flow create a draft is essential for any good tent. The polyester mesh material prevents water and wind from penetrating inside the tent.

But it’s porous enough to allow air to pass through it and prevent your tent from becoming too stuffy. The included rain fly helps keep out wet weather as well as unwanted insects and mosquitoes.

Travel Accessories

Many single person tents can be cumbersome to take with your wherever you go. They often offer only the barest amount of portability – meaning they take some extra time to put them back into their accompanying tote bags. Kelty’s Salida 2 tent includes a more convenient roll-top cube carry case with support poles that are backpack friendly.


  • Breathable material.
  • Easy storage and portability.
  • Lots of livable space.
  • Easy Set-up.
  • Affordable price.


  • Doesn’t come with gear loft.
  • Not the best for cold winters.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Can two people fit in this tent?

A1. As long as they share the same queen-sized mattress.

Q2. Is this an all-weather tent?

A2. It’s a wind and summer tent, not for cold weather.

Q3. Does it keep mosquitoes out?

A3. As long as you keep the door closed and don’t rip the fabric.

Final Verdict

The Kelty Salida 2 tent seems to be designed to address many of the flaws inherent in most other affordable tents as it’s easier to set-up, lightweight and flexible to place. You may have to deal with not having an included gear loft or not being able to use it in the coldest of conditions, but these are not major flaws.

 If you’re looking for a small and affordable tent that’s easy to set-up and extremely portable, then this model is definitely the exact type you’re looking for!

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