(March 9, 2009) - Sierra Designs is proud to announce the Lightning XT
4 tent has been named a 2009 recipient of Backpacker magazine's
prestigious Editors' Choice Award in recognition of the tent's
outstanding design and performance.
Providing superior protection from extreme weather during field
tests on the wind-lashed coast of Wales, the Lightning XT 4 was honored
as one of only 19 new and innovative products selected for a 2009
Editors' Choice Award.
"When it comes to outdoor gear, the editors at Backpacker Magazine
are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. We
are ecstatic and honored to receive this recognition," said Kenny
Ballard, president of Sierra Designs. "Winning this award showcases
Sierra Designs' commitment to innovation."
Sierra Designs has been creating innovative tents for over 30
years, and the Lightning XT 4 highlights a continuation of that
Backpacker Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Dorn and his staff of editors
presented this award to Sierra Designs during the annual Outdoor
Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah on January
22. On hand to accept the award were Kenny Ballard and Sierra Designs
tent product manager Phil Mesdag.
"We had three major design goals in mind when we created the
Lightning XT 4," said Mesdag. "We wanted to build a tent that was roomy
enough for four while remaining super light and strong in adverse
weather. With plenty of headroom, over 57 square feet of floor space
and a total weight of six pounds, thirteen ounces, the Lightning XT 4
accomplishes these goals."
Backpacker's Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn agrees.
"This year's winners withstood the most rigorous testing process
yet," said Dorn. "Our test team started off with over 50 new products,
narrowing them down to a final 25 after months of trail-testing. The
finalists were then taken on extreme outdoor adventures both in the
mountains and on the coast of Wales, enduring a streak of epic weather
conditions from wind-whipped days to rain-soaked nights. In fact, three
tents alone were destroyed on this trip. Those that survived have
earned the distinction of becoming the 2009 Editors' Choice Award
Presented annually since 1993, the Backpacker Editors' Choice
designation is awarded only after a product has successfully passed
several months of rigorous testing by some of the industry's most
experienced and demanding hikers, climbers and backpackers.
Unconstrained by equipment categories or quotas, these testers are free
to present awards to only the most noteworthy products.
Sierra Designs continues to innovate in every series of tent,
including 4-Season, Ultralight, 3-Season, and Basecamp. From high
altitude mountaineering, to extended backcountry hikes, to camping with
fiends and family, Sierra Designs has a tent perfect for any adventure.
About Sierra Designs
Founded in 1965, at the beginning of the golden age of backpacking
and climbing, Sierra Designs is one of the original brands for the
eco-conscious outdoor enthusiast. We have always had a passion to
protect where we play, and our tents, sleeping bags, and apparel have
been to every corner of the world, from the highest peaks in Tibet to
your local greenway around the corner. We model and design our products
for high performance adventurers, but make it attainable for you.
Sierra Designs' gear and apparel fits in with your daily life, no
matter where it takes you. Visit us online at SierraDesigns.com or see
us on Facebook.
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 2008, Backpacker won the magazine
industry highest honor, the National Magazine Award for General
Excellence, joining The New Yorker, Mother Jones, GQ, and National
Geographic as top winners in their respective size categories. It has
won numerous other print, design, and digital awards, and its writers
have been recognized in prestigious contests and best-of-the-year
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