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Kelty drives tent innovation, wins highly coveted Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice Award

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Light and roomy with a unique Stargazing Fly™, the Kelty TraiLogic™ TN 2 tent blends comfort, performance, and convenience


BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – Kelty is proud to announce the innovative, new for 2014 TN 2 tent has been named a Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice Award winner in recognition of its outstanding comfort, performance, and unique Stargazing Fly™.

A member of the highly functional 2014 TraiLogic™ collection, the TN 2 is part of a broader Kelty initiative to make the backpacking experience hassle-free and more enjoyable. The complete line of intuitively-designed TraiLogic™ packs, tents, sleeping bags, and sleep pads offers lightweight organization and seamless performance for anyone looking to get more out of the backpacking experience.

“Backpacker Magazine has a team of knowledgeable and experienced gear editors who test volumes of outdoor equipment each year, so receiving this award is truly a great honor,” said Steve Nadler, VP and Brand Manager for Kelty. “We designed the TN 2 to be light, durable, and innovative to give backpackers an easier, more enjoyable backcountry experience. Winning this award tells us we hit the mark.”

To save space inside your pack, the Kelty TN 2 tent features shorter, more compact poles and a ‘Tent Cube’ stuff sack, both of which allow effortless compatibility with Kelty’s TraiLogic PK 50 pack’s dedicated tent pocket. This tent also boasts the Stargazing Fly™ feature, giving you a view of the night sky while allowing you to deploy the fly in the event of rain without ever leaving your sleeping bag. 

“Backpacker Gear reviews set the benchmark by which all others are measured,” said Dennis Lewon, Editor in Chief of Backpacker Magazine. “That’s because no other magazine or website conducts field-testing as rigorously or impartially as the crew led by our Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter. The result? Best-in-class reviews that lead consumers to best-in-class gear.”

Since their inception, the Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards have come to be regarded as the most sought-after award for outdoor equipment and apparel found in the industry. All award winners must excel under extensive field-testing conducted by Backpacker’s team of editors, who take hundreds of new products every year into the backcountry to put them to the test.

About Kelty:
Born over 60 years ago in a Glendale, CA garage, Kelty forever changed the world of backpacking with the first ever external aluminum frame backpack. Since then, Kelty has worked to make outdoors more accessible for everyone by creating high quality equipment to complement any active, outdoor lifestyle. Today, Kelty proudly offers a wide range of functional and durable packs, tents, sleeping bags, luggage, and family camping gear for anybody interested in just about any outdoor adventure. For more on Kelty, please visit

About Backpacker:
Backpacker ( brings the outdoors straight to the reader’s doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the world’s first GPS-enabled magazine and website, and the only outdoor media whose editors personally test the hiking trails, camping gear, and survival tips they publish. Backpacker’s Editors’ Choice Awards, an industry honor recognizing design, feature and product innovation, has become the gold standard against which all other outdoor-industry awards are measured. And the magazine recently launched mobile media applications that allow users to text-message hiking maps and directions to their phones. In the last five years, Backpacker has won five National Magazine Awards, the publishing industry’s highest honor. In 2008, the magazine won the NMA for General Excellence, joining The New Yorker, Mother Jones, GQ, and National Geographic as top winners in their respective size categories. In 2009, it won three awards, including General Excellence Online. Backpacker has also won numerous other print, design, and digital awards, and its writers have been recognized in prestigious contests and best-of-the-year anthologies.