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Kelty rides success of AirPitch™ inflatable tent program, expands offering for 2014

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New dome-style AirLift tents, AirShade, and AirScreen set up in minutes, helping campers get to the fun faster


BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – Kelty, creators of the award-winning AirPitch™ inflatable tent technology, is expanding their inflatable tent and shelter line for 2014. The new dome-style AirLift 4 and AirLift 6 tents, AirShade sun shelter, and AirScreen bug shelter will join 2013’s tunnel-style Mach 4 and Mach 6 increasing Kelty’s offering to a total of six different models.

Expansion of the AirPitch™ line is a direct result of the overwhelming popularity of the lightning fast Mach 4 and Mach 6, which speed campsite set up, giving campers more time for fun in the outdoors. AirPole technology has evolved quickly and the new AirLift 4, AirLift 6, AirShade, and AirScreen feature a dome-style that was impossible to build until recent advancements in design and construction.

“Our AirPitch™ tents were an instant hit with families and car campers because they are so fast and simple to set up,” said Russell Rowell, VP and Brand Manager for Kelty. “As we developed this technology, we were able to create AirPoles that cross, allowing us to make a more traditional dome-style tent. Since the dome style is so popular in the US, we feel the market will be exited for these AirPitch™ advancements and new products.”

Introduced in spring 2013, AirPitch™ technology quickly took off with campers looking for a blend of comfort and simple campsite set-up. By replacing traditional fiberglass or aluminum poles with specially designed inflatable AirPoles, AirPitch™ tents eliminate the complexity that can make tent set up difficult and time consuming, especially for occasional campers.

Abundant interior space combines with lightning fast set up to create one of the most popular tent categories in the Kelty line-up. The AirLift 4 ($439), AirLift 6 ($499), AirShade ($219), and AirScreen ($249) tents and shelters pitch in under a minute with an included, high-capacity, dual-action pump, helping you set up camp in no time so you can enjoy more time with family and friends.

Both AirLift tents are designed with single doors and single vestibules for simplicity. Tall ceilings and abundant floor space add comfort and convenience for the entire family while oversized vestibules are big enough for sitting out foul weather, escaping bugs, or storing a ton of gear.

The AirShade and AirScreen give quick and easy escape from hot sun, rain showers, and biting insects, helping you get more out of any outdoor experience. Use these unique shelters at the campground, on picnics, and at the kids’ soccer game.

All four new AirPitch™ models will debut at the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show in Salt Lake City from July 31st to August 3rd in the Kelty booth #24026. For more information, please email

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