The Kelty Grand Mesa is a good choice for someone looking for an inexpensive tent that they can use on multi-day backpacking trips. It is on the smaller side of the tents we tested, and we think it would work well for one person or two smaller people. Kelty provides quality, durable materials for the price point, and the Grand Mesa performs relatively well in moderate winds and rain.
The advantage that the Grand Mesa has over the Kelty Salida is that its single door is in the front instead of on the side, so if there are two people in the tent you won't have to crawl over each other to get out. The Grand Mesa is slightly bigger inside, but also slightly heavier than the Salida. Spending a few more dollars on the REI Half Dome 2 Plus will get you two doors and vestibules, higher quality materials, and a more versatile tent if you want something to use for car camping and backpacking. Check out our complete Best Backpacking Tent Review to see how the Grand Mesa compares to the 23 other tents we've tested.