May 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm #1273904
I'm trying to find a good, SMALL, and LIGHT 2 person backpacking tent and wanted to get some feedback…
I'm looking at the Kelty Salida 2, but wanted to see if anyone knows anything lighter and cheaper?
Thanks!May 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm #1737270
Jake PalmerBPL Member
@jakep_82Locale: Pacific Northwest
Does it need to be double wall? Does it need to be freestanding? That Kelty tent may be inexpensive, but it's by no means light (4.5lb listed weight). The Double Rainbow by Tarptent is about 2 pounds lighter, but it's a single wall tent and a fair bit more money.May 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm #1737294
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Pyramid tents work pretty good. Lots of room. Maybe 1 pound plus stakes and pole. Mountain Laurel Design Duomid, for example.May 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm #1737330
@rezniemLocale: San Francisco
The Kelty Salida 2 is probably the best two-person, free-standing, double wall tent in its price range.
You can easily get it under 4 lbs, and for 2 people, that's not too shabby.
Unless you want to throw down an extra 250 to shave a 1.5 lbs and get the Fly Creek 3 (the 2 is pretty small), I don't see any other options.
Of course, there are the tarps, and etc., that most people here use.May 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm #1737342
Marc SheaBPL Member
Roughly the same internal dimensions of the Kelty Salida, can be found in the same ballpark price range, and weighs less. http://www.campsaver.com/clip-flashlight-2-2-person-3-season Downsides – Vestibule is smaller and it is not freestanding.May 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm #1737361
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Whatever tent you get, be sure the screen door is vertical, not with the bottom slanting outwards (as in the SD Clip Flashlight). Otherwise rain will come in when you unzip the door of the fly to go in and out, and you'll have to close the tent up tight even in a drizzle, resulting in considerable condensation.
I had far worse problems with condensation in my SD Clip Flashlight (moisture condensed on the fly and leaked back through the inner tent) than I have had in any single-wall tent! I gave mine away (to someone who had his tent stolen) because I didn't want to make anyone pay for such a poorly-designed (IMHO) tent. That tent did teach me a good lesson about tent design, though!May 17, 2011 at 10:20 am #1737659
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