Published on September 7th, 2012 | by Kira0
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).