Kelty Salida 4 Person Dome Tent Review

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Kelty's Salida 4 With the Fly Off
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  • Manufacturer: Kelty
  • Model: Salida
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Bicycle & Motorbike Camping
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $229.95
  • Manufacturer: Kelty
  • Model: Salida
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Bicycle & Motorbike Camping
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $229.95

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The Salida With the Fly Closed

Kelty Salida 4 With the Fly Closed
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Features


  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Gray, Green
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: None
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Zippers: Noiseless pulls
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, No
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Yes, Half
  • Footprint: Not Included, Available Separately
  • Salida 4 floor saver
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Materials and Extras


  • Inner Walls: 68D Polyester 40D No-See-Um Mesh
  • Full Fly: 68D Polyester
    Fly Waterproof Ratings: 1800 mm
  • Floor Materials: 68D Nylon
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 1800 mm
  • Pole Material: Aluminum DAC Pressfit
  • Number Of Poles: 2
  • Pole Dimensions: 11mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: Aluminium
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Dimensions


  • Floor Area: 55 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 4 foot. 8 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 7 Lbs 5 Oz
    Trail Weight: 6 Lbs. 10 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 13 x 17 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 1
    Total Vestibule Area: 11.00 sq. ft.
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

Campers who have used the tent mentioned: They were happy with the easy setup and durable construction. Color-matched clips and such may not be necessary for such a small tent but are a nice touch to make it that much easier. It has performed well in the rain and stayed dry in the fiercest of storms and wind. One thing that stood out with the Salida is the attachments that go from the tent to the poles that hold it up. I liked how they “twist on,” so if the tent is bumped or blows in the wind, etc. , there is no chance of the tent detaching from the poles.


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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

People who bought the tent noted: That the rain fly door does not open high enough to get in and out of the tent without either kneeling on the ground or rubbing the roof with your back. Some of the lines are a little short to tie around heavy enough rocks. Quite heavy. One door can be a bit of pain with more than one person.


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SPECS AND CONFIGURATIONS

The Salida 4 has one door and a maximum center height of 4' 8, which is a tiny bit smaller than the average height of the 134 different 4 person tents we have examined With 55 square feet of space inside, it is a lot smaller than some other 4-person tents, and it would be quite cramped for you and, up to three other campers during the whole of the 3-seasons, this tent is suggested for use in, smaller tents similar to this one make a nice choice for people that prefer spending plenty of hours outside of the tent enjoying the fresh air.

A few of the cool things about dome tents are, that they are for, the most part light, making them easy to carry. In near all instances, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very easy to set up. In good weather, you could do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are the most common of all the different types of tents you will see when camping. They tend to do better in the rain than other types, allowing rain to easily slide off the sloped sides, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, allowing the water to pool on the top. The simplest dome tent should have a square floor, sloped sides a couple of poles which cross in the middle of the roof. Due to their construction, it is typically thought of that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 people.

Beneath you can find an account of the tent's pros and cons.

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PROS

  1. Freestanding. The Salida can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not even have to be staked down in most cases. But in case of strong winds, it is always best to secure it to the ground with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibule. Having one vestibule. Gives you a place to store shoes and other things that can get dirty, muddy, this is a huge plus.
  3. Internal storage. It is good to see Kelty has added a gear loft and pockets in the interior to store some of your stuff.
  4. Breathable. The Salida's interior uses a mesh fabric on the inside of the tent, and this helps maximize the flow of air. With the extra ventilation, and this tent is great for use in the summer.
  5. The rainfly completely covers the tent body. The rainfly covers the entire body of the tent from the top to the bottom and has a waterproof rating of 1800mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy rain.
  6. Lots of Positive Reviews The Salida 4 has Lots of great Reviews
  7. Impressive Ratings The Salida 4 has some of the best ratings of all the tents on optimumtents.com
  8. Other sizes are available. Kelty has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  9. Low price. It is a great purchase for a 4 person dome tent that provides this much room. Not many tents available on the market provide this level of quality for only $160.97

CONS

  1. Not spacious. With a floor area of 55 square feet, the Salida 4 is smaller than quite a lot of the 134 other 4 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 7% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative thing for some campers.
  3. No windows. With no windows it is not simple to keep the tent ventilated on a hot summers night.
  4. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one sold separately designed for the Salida 4 footprint Even though the floor may be made of 68D Nylon, it is still better to protect it further with a footprint, especially on rough terrain.
  5. A little heavy for backpacking. Even though the Salida 4, looks like a small tent, it is not ideal for backpacking as it weighs 7 pounds. This is quite a lot more than many other backpacking tents
  6. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have lots of qualities to rave about. The sloping walls do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.

CONCLUSION

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Our Ratings: 4.9 STARS

Kelty's Salida 4 tent is suitable for bicycle & motorbike camping. There are a few other things not noted above which, we found and liked, while reviewing the model: The award-winning Salida 4-person tent is light enough to haul and packed with features that enhance every adventure., Backpack-friendly compact folding poles and Easy entry D door.

With superb ratings, tons of reviews and a minimum headroom of 4' and 55 square feet of space for sleeping, this tent is like your own small flat. This allows you together with 2 other people to share some real quality time exploring the great outdoors. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can study above.

If you found this page looking for recommendations about this specific tent, we think, it would make for an excellent purchase. In case you simply happened to arrive on this page while browsing for a brand new tent having never heard of this brand or this tent previously, it is possibly a good thing to look at some more similar tents.

Value for money: When contemplating value for your money, this tent is without a doubt cheaper than the average price of all the one hundred and fifty-four, four-person tents we have taken a look at, this just by itself does not make it excellent value for money. We also need to think about other areas in-depth, as we do with every tent.

When we determine the ratings of an individual tent, we regard tons of things, finding areas where the tent could outdo other similar tents and where it is not quite as good. In this case, with an overall rating of 4.9 and the price data above, It is simple to identify that with a ticket price of $160.97 Kelty's Salida 4 is a perfect deal and astonishingly competitively priced in comparison with similar tents.

The overall score shows that the build and capacity the tent gives you were not in any way skimped on to arrive at a price significantly below the usual price for comparable tents. It is also worth noting it is reduced by 30% from the manufactures suggested price. It will make a superb choice for most people looking for a comfy three-season dome tent to camp in, that should serve you well for years to come.

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COMPARE WITH OTHER SIMILAR TENTS

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Other Sizes and Variations of the Kelty Salida Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area

Kelty Salida 1
Salida 1

3' 2"20 sq ft

Kelty Salida 2
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Kelty Salida 4
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