Kelty Salida 2 Review

One thing we all did love about the Salida was the user friendly clips. The tent sets up relatively quickly (we desired the aluminum sticks came harder somewhat easier; they felt a bit cheap, but weren’t bad to get a tent coming in at $150), and the quick”snap-style” clips made clipping the inner tent to the poles quite simple.

Camping Tent

The 88″ span was sufficient for a 5’10” hiker to lie down in, but maybe not to comfortably store a 65L pack at the base of her sleeping bag, but is a couple of inches shorter than several tents we examined, such as the NEMO Dagger 2 along with also the REI Half Dome 2 Plus.

Kelty Salida 2 Review

Kelty Salida 2 Review

Offering a medium 30.5 square feet of inside space with an additional 10 feet of storage room in its single vestibule – input Kelty Salida 2. The tent struggled a bit in our inspection, earning a score of 4 since the fly wet out through a two-hour spring rainstorm. In contrast, the Marmot Catalyst 2, in weight variety and a price, was tested in the same conditions and obtained an 8 for weather-resistance. The heavy fabric struggled to move air. This is a tent appropriate to car-camping in arid conditions.

Kelty Salida 2 Review

The Salida’s wall cloth boasted a mesh upper and a solid lower, making the tent walls vulnerable to snags and pulls. As noted above, we were not big fans of the breathability or climate resistance of this tent, and cyclists would need to carefully wash both the internal tent prior to storage to reduce mould. The Salida and the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx two scored low for durability. Our favorite pick for lifelong durability was the Hilleberg Anjan GT 2, Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO, the NEMO Galaxi, along with the Marmot Catalyst 2.

Kelty Salida 2

Kelty Salida 2

We fought while testing the Salida 2. Tested in spring conditions that are damp, the tent fly moist out at a two-hour rainstorm. While we appreciated the 10 square feet of vestibule space and effortless setup, the tent fought with air circulation in moist environments — sufficient to cause condensation on the walls. We did value. In a weight of 4 pounds. 9 ounce, the Salida can be spread between two hikers comfortably. As with all two-person tents with only 1 doorway, we missed having access on each side of the tent, and the D-shaped door did not offer quite as easy access as many of its competitors. The North Face Triarch featured colossal, triangle-shaped doorways that we adored. Because of a concerted lack of foul-weather performance, we would recommend the Salida for walkers and casual car campers in dry, warmish conditions. A large stuffed sack size (13″ x 15″ does not lend itself nicely to backpacking), which makes this not a fantastic fit for those seeking to shave weight and save space on the trail.

Conclusion

While the Salida fought in our review taking home dozens of merely 3 to both durability and packed size, it’s $150 price point implies it is an attainable beginning for toddlers in fair-weather ailments. The inside space of 30.5 square feet offers enough room to comfortably sleep , while an additional 10 square feet of vestibule space accommodates gear comfortably.

Updated: May 4, 2020 — 12:39 pm

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