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Published on September 7th, 2012 | by Kira


Kelty Salida: Getting You Outside

We re­al­ly are on a camp­ing kick at Tru­lyNet right now, and why not? Ear­ly fall is the best time to camp. The tem­per­a­ture is per­fect, the leaves are chang­ing, it is cool enough to go hik­ing- but not too cold. With win­ter ap­proach­ing, I know I like to make sure I am out­side as much as I can be. And what bet­ter way than a back­pack­ing trip?

A good tent is the just about the most im­por­tant part of an ef­fec­tive back­pack­ing trip, un­less you are okay with a mil­lion mosquito bites. The Kel­ty Sal­i­da four-per­son three-sea­son back­pack­ing tent was award­ed the 2011 Ed­i­tor’s Choice award from Back­pack­er Mag­a­zine, and we can see why. The Kel­ty Sal­i­da is very easy to put up, with its two poles and col­or cod­ed clip con­struc­tion. You al­so do not have to stake it down be­fore putting it up, its free-stand­ing de­sign means you can de­cide on the best lo­ca­tion for it af­ter it is up, help­ing to en­sure you avoid sleep­ing on that pesky rock. And if you need a sleep­ing bag, make sure you check out the one from Sier­ra De­signs that we just rec­om­mend­ed high­ly.

The Sal­i­da and the fly come with taped seams (that seem very study and well-made) to help pre­vent any wa­ter get­ting in, and once the fly is on the tent is pret­ty weath­er­proof. We didn’t get to try it out in heavy winds or se­ri­ous storms, but lighter ones were brushed right off. The on­ly is­sue we had was with the fair­ly flim­sy stakes; com­mon amongst tents in this price range and eas­i­ly re­placed with oth­ers. And we were very hap­py with ven­ti­la­tion, thanks to the large mesh win­dows that en­cir­cle the tent. Like the name in­di­cates, it is made for three sea­sons. Sor­ry- no win­ter camp­ing with this tent.

Like all four per­son tents, it is a lit­tle on the tight end for four adults, and is much more ide­al for two peo­ple plus gear or three fair­ly friend­ly folks. It won’t break your back and at the pret­ty light weight of 4 lbs and 8 oz, but you will still feel it while hik­ing. Com­par­ing with the Moun­tain­smith Gene­see 4 Per­son Tent that we re­viewed back in May, they are some­what sim­i­lar- most of the same bells and whis­tles- but this one weighs a lit­tle less though costs a bit more ($149 for the Moun­tain­smith Gene­see vs. $170 for the Kel­ty Sal­i­da). The Sal­i­da did set­up more eas­i­ly though, and of­fered bet­ter vis­i­bil­i­ty and ven­ti­la­tion- and thus is def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend­ed for any­one look­ing for a sol­id, mid-priced, all-around op­tion that’s per­fect for this last bit of camp­ing (or year-round use in warmer cli­mates).

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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