Kelty Shiro 4 tent wins 2009 Camping Life Editors’ Choice award - SNEWS

Kelty Shiro 4 tent wins 2009 Camping Life Editors’ Choice award

Shiro 4 receives high marks for separate sleeping quarters, internal size, and technologically-advanced design

The Kelty Shiro 4 tent, one of the newest members to join Kelty’s Basecamp line of family camping gear, has been selected by the editors of Camping Life Magazine as a 2009 Editors’ Choice Award winner.

Thanks to its two separate sleeping quarters with a large common area in between, ample interior space, and a healthy dose of backpacking tent technology, the Shiro 4 offers plenty of room for a family of four plus a load of camping gear.

“This recognition from Camping Life is fantastic,” said Sue Edmiston, marketing manager for Kelty. “We designed the Shiro, along with our entire Basecamp line, to accommodate the family camper looking for quality gear that performs well and lasts a lifetime. Since this is exactly the same type of person who reads Camping Life, we’re very excited about the award.”

Here’s what Camping Life had to say about the Shiro:

“[The Kelty Shiro] turned out to be one of our favorite new family sized tents for three reasons: two separate sleeping compartments divided by a common entry area, plentiful interior room (the center peak height is more than 6 feet), and a generous helping of backpacking tent-tech construction features. Four DAC DA17 aluminum poles firmly support the Shiro’s full-cover fly outer shell. The two inner “rooms” then clip into place inside the tent’s outer shell. The Shiro 4 offers a total of 70 square feet of floorspace. Two models, a 4 and 6 (person), are available. MSRP: $550 (4). Kelty: 800/423-2320;”

With such a wide variety of camping products available to today’s family camper, Camping Life strives to provide detailed, valuable information so their readers can make informed buying decisions.

“Hundreds of new outdoor products are flooding the catalogs and retail shops, with more brands and a wider selection of goods available than ever before,” said Stuart Bourdon, Editor in Chief of Camping Life. “From among this torrent of new equipment, we've selected a few choice pieces. There are plenty of great new products out there, but each piece of gear we highlight here is in some way relevant to the family camping lifestyle, and is fresh, different, better, or just incredibly useful. These qualities have made them our 2009 Camping Life Editors' Choice award winners."

Camping Life Magazine was started in 1998, and we began our Editors' Choice Awards in 2002 as a way to help focus our readership's (family campers) purchasing power and attention on products that were best suited for the family camping lifestyle.

KELTY is based in Boulder, Colorado, and uses the natural backdrop of the Rocky Mountains to test, create and continually innovate within their diverse outdoor product families of Apex, Backcountry, Trail, Basecamp and KIDS. Kelty combines the best in new technology with a healthy dose of common sense to create exceptionally made, affordably priced outdoor products. For more information on Kelty, please go to, or call 800.423.2320.