Kelty Takes Top Honor for Outdoor Gear of the Year Awards 2016


BOULDER (May 4, 2016) –OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected Kelty as an honoree of their annual Gear of the Year Award, which recognizes the best new adventure sports gear of each season after months of rigorous testing. The TN2 was honored as the best of new tents. The entire collection of honorees appears in OUTSIDE’s Summer Buyer’s Guide, on newsstands May 3.

This year, the OUTSIDE team of adventure sports experts hit the trails on foot and on wheels, and took to rivers and lakes around the country to put all the newest shoes, bikes, boats, fitness apparel, accessories and gadgets to the test. The Summer Buyer’s Guide offers readers everything they learned from field-testing hundreds of products, making it the top resource for everyone from seasoned adventurers to venturing out for the first time. Reviews are organized by sport and activity, and include the ideal setting or experience level for each product, as well as tips for getting the most out of each gear pick. Only the best items on the market are featured in the guide.

“Receiving this award for the TN2 is a great honor and reflects what it means to be Kelty built,” said Eric Greene, Division Vice President and General Manager of Exxel Outdoors, “Whether you’re a camping novice or an outdoor veteran, delivering the best of the best to campers everywhere is what we strive to do. The Gear of the Year Award shows that we’re moving in the right direction in reaching our goal.”

“The innovations in the field of adventure and outdoor gear never cease to amaze us,” says OUTSIDE Buyer’s Guide editor Sam Moulton. “Our team of gear experts had plenty of difficult choices to make in putting together the Summer Buyer’s Guide this year, but after testing everything from hiking packs and running shoes to wearable tech and commuter bikes, we hand-picked the very best 350 products, including the fourteen very top performers that received our coveted Gear of the Year award. Once again, the issue is packed with everything you need for summer fun and adventure.

Described by OUTSIDE’s Ryan Stuart as “rock solid, dependable, and willing to lend a novice camper a hand,” the TN2 tent is loaded with useful features like shorter 14-inch aluminum poles for easier packing, innovative hug-clip technology for simple setup, and a roll-up Stargazing Flyä for nighttime enjoyment. With its light 4.8 pound weight, spacious floors, and oversized D-style door for convenient access, there’s no surprise as to why the TN2 was named Gear of the Year.

The complete list of Gear of the Year Awards winners will be featured in the OUTSIDE Summer Buyer’s Guide, available online May 15.

Contact: Charlotte Daher de Garcia
781-639-4924, Ext. 112

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 

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