Kelty Salida 2 Tent - Gear Review

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I don't know about you, but I have been itching to get out and sleep under the stars.  As the ice melts and the lakes open back up, opportunities to sneak away are getting more and more enticing.  This time of year the weather likes to try and fool you, so having a reliable place to escape is paramount.  My first choice in spring shelters is the 2-pole 2-person tent, and there are a gazillion choices out there.  One of my favorites for 2011, and a winner of this year's Backpacker Editor's Choice Award, is the Kelty Salida 2
The dependable quality of Kelty comes through in all their goods, but where they really set themselves apart is delivering value.  Many of us can't or simply won't drop $400+ on a tent, especially if we only get the chance to use it a couple of times a year.  With an MSRP of only $159, I feel like I am stealing this tent.  It may not be the lightest (still only 4lbs 8oz fully packed) or most feature loaded tent in this category, but it has everything I look for, and less is more when it comes to my gear.  30.5 sq ft of interior space plus a single 10 sq ft vestibule provide ample space for sleeping and gear storage.  The color coded clip system is as easy as it gets, set-up in less than 5 minutes start to finish.   Interior stash pockets and gear loft loops make staying organized a breeze.

A deep "Arch Edge" floor with fully taped seams, and a full coverage rain fly keeps you and your gear dry in even the most gnarly storms.  The top 2/3 of the tent is no-see-um mesh for great ventilation with the fly on or a true "sleeping under the stars" feeling (minus the mosquitoes) when the fly is not needed.  Kelty keeps helping us live true to our motto....  "normal guys looking for quality gear that won't break the bank"....

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