RIP, Bob "The Tent Guy" Swanson
October 20, 2016
We had the pleasure of working with Bob Swanson here at Big Agnes for more than a decade. His business card included the title, ‘The Tent Guy’. And while that was fitting professionally, he meant so much more to us as a friend, role model, sage and pioneer of the outdoor industry. Sadly, Bob passed away recently after a short illness. Read more here.
Skiing the Hardrock 100
October 19, 2016
The Hardrock 100 is renowned as one of the most challenging ultra-marathon races in the world. It has 33,992 feet of vertical climbing over 100 miles. It traverses a loop from Silverton, CO through Ouray and Telluride and across ridge lines and peaks amidst the rugged San Juan mountains. Read our Q & A with competitor Jason Schlarb here.
A Backpacker's Guide to Comfort
August 30, 2016
Customer Service Representative Nikki Flamio breaks down the categories of comfort. See where you draw the line and what category you fall into. Or learn some new tricks of the trade. Read our latest blog here.
Campfire Chronicles: Becoming a Dirtbag
July 15, 2016
Kole Krieger explains exactly what is is to embody the word dirtbag. Join him as he recalls his thru-hike the Te Araroa in New Zealand as a member of The Comfort Theory. Read our blog for more.
Backcountry Chef- Real Good, Real Food.
July 8, 2016
Camp cooking doesn't all have to be dehydrated stew and granola bars. Join Chef Rob as he shares some of his favorite memories and two delicious car-camping dinner recipes. Read here.
Campfire Chronicles: Time is a friend and foe
July 5, 2016
Dan Clark's latest blog about taking his family on an epic hiking trip along the Canadian Rockies Continental Divide Trail. Learn what it takes to keep the whole family stoked as they set out. Read here.
View the Thank You video from High Fives Foundation
July 1, 2016
The High Fives Foundation features Big Agnes in a recent video for The Wave 6 surf camp. View here.
Review: Insulated Air Core Ultra
June 20, 2016
Watch the video for The Outdoor Gear Review as he reviews our new sleeping pads. View here.
National Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 24th)
June 17, 2016
Everyday is Take Your Dog to Work Day with Big Agnes, Honey Stinger, and BAP!. Read the dog blog to hear the personal accounts of the dogs that make these business run- well, at least they think they do. Read here.
The Best Double Sleeping Bag for Car-Camping Couples
June 7, 2016
The Wirecutter reviews some of the top doublewide sleeping bags in the industry. The Big Agnes Dream Island is chosen as their Top Pick. Read the whole story on the blog.
Gear Review: Little Red Kid's Sleeping Bag
June 1, 2016
Learn why getting your tot a sleeping bag can help them stay toasty warm, and help give you a better night sleep. Check out the review here.
Campfire Chronicles: Crossing Borders with Adventure Rig
May 23, 2016
Day 8-15 moto trip with Adventure Rig. Read our blog here.
Campfire Chronicles: Appalachain Trail Days
May 17, 2016
Get the lowdown on Rob & Crew's adventure in Damascus VA. Read more on the blog.
Campfire Chronicles: Mother's Day in the Great Outdoors
May 8, 2016
The Clark family gives their advice on making Mother's Day memorable and simple. Click here.
Moms of Big Agnes tell all
May 4, 2016
We asked the crew at Big Agnes and our sister company, Honey Stinger, what our mom's must-haves are. Some of their answers may surprise you. Read more here.
Section Hiker: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 mtnGLO Review
May 2, 2016
Read the review here.
Campfire Chronicles: Spring Skiing with Big Agnes
April 18, 2016
Big Agnes employee, Pete, recalls one of his favorite spring adventures. Read the story on our blog.
Review: Helinox Table One Hard Top
April 15, 2016
GoGear finds the perfect mate to their Helinox Chairs. Read the review here.
Big Agnes Athlete Jason Schlarb: Skis the Hardrock 100
April 7, 2016
Up until now, the Hardrock has only been run on foot. It has 33,992 feet of vertical climbing over 100 miles. A grueling race for anyone. Jason and crew set out to ski it. Check out the blog for the whole story.
The Gearist: Women's Late Lunch Review
March 28, 2016
Gretchen of The Gearist, reviews the Late Lunch Vest, and finds it to hold up with both form and function. Here's the whole review.
Treelinebackpacker: Review of the Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO®
March 22, 2016
Read here to learn more about the Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO, and why Treelinebackpacker gave it their "Highly Recommended" rating.
Campfire Chronicles: Why you need to go on your first hut trip
March 15, 2016
Join Big Agnes Staffer, Allison, as she explains why you need to try a hut trip for yourself. Trust us, it will be fun. Check out our blog for the details and fun pics.
Campfire Chronicles: Together on the Tundra Movie
March 9, 2016
There is a lot more to the tundra than bugs, but few visit this northern wilderness. In fact, the tundra is Canada’s least populated biome and largely unknown to those who live in the south. Could there be a better wilderness adventure destination? Watch the video here.
Big Agnes Athlete, Aaron Rice= 2.5 Million Self-Propelled Vertical Feet in a Year
March 3, 2016
Follow Aaron on his journey as he begins his goal to ski 2.5 million vertical feet. Read here to see where he is at in his climb, and why he's setting the goal.
Campfire Chronicles: Fly Creek UL- A Tramper's Best Friend
February 23, 2016
Sit down with Comfort Theory's Eric Biege, and join the rookie thru-hiker as he tramps New Zealand. Read about his experience on our blog.
Canoe & Kayak: Go-to Gear
February 17, 2016
Canoe & Kayak asks our friend Luke Kimmes about the top 6 gear pieces he needed for his team's epic paddle UP RIVER for Rediscover North America. Read more about the gear and the crew here.
Campfire Chronicles: Extreme Weather Architect
January 27, 2016
The dreaded rain storm tent pitch. We’ve all done it, but thru-hiker McKenzie and Comfort Theory rave about the easy set up experience of the Fly Creek as they trek through the unpredictable island of New Zealand. Read the blog for more.
Highlights of Winter Outdoor Retailer 2016
January 12, 2016
The whole crew is back from Salt Lake City showing off the new wares. Check out a sneak peak from The Shoulders of Giants's writer Devon Balet. Read here to learn more about the industry's hottest new gear for 2016.
Find out what Big Agnes Ambassador- Joey Schusler brings for his epic bikepacking trips
December 30, 2015
Bike Mag.com recently featured his must-have list for the ultimate bikepacking adventure. Read here for more information about his setup, and to get the inside scoop on the “Trail to Kazbegi” film.
The Zirkel Circle Skirt gets a great review
December 23, 2015
The Mountain Weekly News gives the Zirkel Circle kudos for being a new staple in their gear bag. Read more of the review to learn exactly why.
mtnGLO® Wins Top Gear Of The Year Award
December 21, 2015
GearJunkie picked their favorite gear from the last year, and mtnGLO® is ranked at the very top. Read more on our blog. to see the rest of the story.
Campfire Chronicles: The Reunion of Down and Design
December 15, 2015
Gone are the days of the ‘Michelin Man’ frumpy down jackets. Make room for the sleek and sophisticated Shovelhead and see why it's the only down you'll want to wear. Read more here.
Dial Down The Funk: The Best Way to Wash Your Tent
December 3, 2015
Pro-tips on washing your tent from the experienced gurus at Big Agnes. Read the blog to learn what you can do to keep your tent healthy and clean.
Looking for great holiday gift ideas?
December 2, 2015
Gear Finder powered by Backpacker shares their list of must haves for the outdoors person that has everything. Visit our blog to see the whole list.
The Big Agnes Team has big plans this Friday-hint- it's not shopping.
November 23, 2015
The crew at Big Agnes has more planned than Black Friday Deals. They're heading outside for some fun adventures and family time. Find out what they're doing on our blog.
The Big Outside Reviews the Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO
November 20, 2015
Michael claims the integrated lights elevate the livability of backcountry camping. Click to read more on our blog.
Outside Online: Stocking Stuffer Ideas
November 10, 2015
The mtnGLO Tent Light Accessory Kit is a fun and easy gift this holiday season. Click here to see what else made the good list.
Fan Submission from Josh Haddox
November 5, 2015
Josh Haddox sent us a great story and a few images of his Big Agnes tent. Read our blog to see how he ran the Copper Spur through the ringer and came out warm and cozy.
Campfire Chronicles: Big Agnes goes Urban Camping
October 29, 2015
Join Big Agnes employee, Allison, on a company camp out- urban style. Read the story on our blog.
Feed The Habit reviews the Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO™
October 27, 2015
Boasting the same great durable quality of major brands, the Rattlesnake comes with creature comforts like the ambient lighting of the mtnGLO™ system. Read the review.
Campfire Chronicles: Hunting Elk in the Rocky Mountains
October 23, 2015
Big Agnes employee, Mike Kozer, weighs in on what it takes to fill your tag during archery season. Read the whole Q & A session on our blog.
Campfire Chronicles: Dan Clark’s Favorite Piece of Gear
October 13, 2015
Our friend Dan knows what it takes to sleep comfortably in the dirt. Read our blog to see what he never leaves home without.
Big Agnes Co-Founder Bill Gamber Chosen for OREC board
October 7, 2015
The Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry is a committee giving a voice to Colorado's recreation and business development. Read more here.
How a Poison Ivy Rash Earned One Lucky Dirtbag a Tent
October 2, 2015
The winner of the Instagram Dirtbag contest recalls her friend's painful, awkward, and embarrassing poison ivy story from the Appalachian Trail. Read here to see the image, and know why we picked her to win the Fly Creek UL2 Tent and a mtnGLO™ Tent Light Accessory Kit.
Lightweight Backpacking List: Insulated Double Z Pad Review
September 29, 2015
Bearfoot Theory recommends her favorite lightweight backpacking gear. Read on our blog.
Campfire Chronicles: The Clark Family Adventures
September 22, 2015
The Clark Family completes their tundra paddle. Read more on our blog.
Helinox Chair One on Top
September 8, 2015
In a recent review by Outdoor Gear TV, the Helinox Chair One is rated the best camp chair among its competitors. Watch the review and video here.
The Wirecutter reviews: Big Agnes Blacktail 3 is the winning tent!
August 26, 2015
After a thorough review and reader polls, the Wirecutter finds the Blacktail 3 to be the best tent on the market for the car-camping/occasional backpacking customer. Read more on our BLOG.
Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO™ backpacking tent review
August 21, 2015
The San Francisco Chronicle highlights the Rattlesnake SL 3 mtnGLO™ here.
Big Agnes Photographer, Krystle Wright, interview with Outside Online
August 17, 2015
Trail Blazer Krystle Wright is leading the way for female photographers in the adventure industry. Read more on our BLOG for the whole story.
Big Agnes & Burton have your back for back to school
August 14, 2015
Outfit your student with The Safari Collection and the cool new prints offered through the Big Agnes/Burton collaboration.
Rocky Peak 4 mtnGLO™ featured on Time.com
July 29, 2015
Time.com wrote an article about being prepared for any disaster. Rocky Peak made the very top of the list as one of the "must haves" in case of an emergency. Read more on the blog ..
Big Agnes announces 2016 products will meet Responsible Down Standard
July 24, 2015
Big Agnes will continue to source the down for its sleeping bags and insulated apparel from Down Decor, The supplier of DownTek™ water-repellent down, which received the RDS certification on all of its products. View more on our blog .
Trevor Thomas Blind Thru-hiker owning the Colorado Trail
July 7, 2015
Trevor Thomas, trail name Zero Zero, started hiking The Colorado Trail in June with his guide dog Tennille. His trail name refers to his vision - Trevor is blind. Read our BLOG to learn more about our friend and sponsored athlete and all the places he's been.
Clark Family Adventures
July 6, 2015
Together to the Tundra! The Clark Family is paddling the waterways of Canada. Read more on the BLOG ..
Q-Core SL Pad Review
July 1, 2015
Check out Powder Magazine's Gear Locker to hear the whole story here .
Warrior Hike Founder Sean Gobin announced as 2015 CNN Hero
June 30, 2015
We are proud supporters of the Warrior Hike Foundation and are pleased to announce Warrior Hike Founder and Executive Director, Sean Gobin, was named a 2015 CNN Hero! View the CNN video and more about the Warrior Hike Foundation HERE .
Good Housekeeping Institute declares Chimney Creek 4 mtnGLO™ Overall Winner
June 26, 2015
The Good Housekeeping Institute chose our Chimney Creek 4 mtnGLO™ as the best overall tent for a camping trip! Read more about the test HERE
Utah by Dirt - Featured on NatGeo Adventure Blog
June 18, 2015
Four friends of Big Agnes bike the White Rim Trail creating an epic experience featured on NatGeoAdventure. Click HERE to view the video and read more about their ride.
Get Dad the Gear He Wants
June 16, 2015
Getting kids in the outdoors early on gets a big high five from Big Agnes. Show your dad you appreciate him, and give him gear to keep him sleeping in the dirt. Get great ideas here .
Right Down The Middle
an essay by: Chris Reichel
June 16, 2015
Join Chris Reichel on an epic journey through Iceland by bike. Read his essay here .
Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO™ wins Best in Class
June 15, 2015
Gear Institute experts conducted a field test pinning the top tents of 2015 against each other. The Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO™ came out at the top. Read more about the grueling test.
Fly Creek UL1 Dubbed Best Tent by Peak Gear Awards
June 5, 2015
Elevation Outdoors featured the Peak Gear Awards, and the Fly Creek UL1 was THE tent to have. Read more here .
Updated Classic Series DownTek™ Bags
May 28, 2015
Comfy, cozy, warm, and compressible. You'll love the updates to the Classic Series DownTek™ Bags. Watch the video to see what's new.
How to train like B.A. Caroline Gleich
May 20, 2015
Our friend & pro skier Caroline Gleich is headed to Peru for a ski trip. Find out how she prepares her body for such an epic adventure here.
Hiking New Zealand with the La Vingne crew
May 19, 2015
Patrice & Justin La Vigne tell us about their thru-hike adventure in New Zealand. Read our blog to learn more.
12 Must Have Gear Pieces for Bikepacking
May 8, 2015
BA gets with Dejay Birtch to talk crucial gear pieces for his bike trips in the Southwest. Read more on the blog.
Big Agnes & Helinox Sponsors of Get Out More Tour
May 6, 2015
The unique road tour, with over 60 stops throughout 48 states, will bring the pages of Backpacker magazine to life for outdoor enthusiasts across the nation. Read our blog to learn more.
Big Agnes Sleep System Bags updated for 2015
May 4, 2015
The sleeping bags that started it all get a face-lift and extra creature comforts for 2015. Your favorite bag is better than ever before! See our blog for more.
The Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO™ is highlighted in Men's Journal
April 30, 2015
The Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO™ gets into the top 10 for 50 Best Tools, Tech, and Toys for 2015. Click here to see more.
The Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO™ wins Outside Gear of the Year Award!
April 21, 2015
Outside magazine has honored the Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO™ tent with a coveted 2015 Gear of the Year award. Read the review, see the press release, and get more details here.
New for 2015 Sleeping Pads
April 15, 2015
Check out our featured NEW 2015 Pad VIDEOS. No matter which model you choose, we’ve designed it with comfort and durability in mind.
Gear Finder Picks Best New Tents of 2015
April 14, 2015
We’re proud to say our Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO™ and Foidel Canyon were among the top picks. Read here to see what they had to say about the best in the industry for two person tents.
Interview with Colin Arisman about the film "Only The Essential"
April 7, 2015
Visit our BLOG to read the interview with Colin Arisman, view the trailer, and get more information about his film: "Only The Essential - A Hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail."
Gear Junkie’s “First Look”: Gilpin Falls Powerhouse 4 mtnGLO™
April 3, 2015
Gear Junkie takes a sneak peak at our Gilpin Falls Powerhouse 4 mtnGLO™. Read our BLOG for the whole review.
NEW Burton x Big Agnes Safari Collection
April 1, 2015
We are excited to announce the new Burton x Big Agnes Safari Collection of camp gear. Read more about our collaboration HERE.
Inspired to Ride: A film about the Trans Am Bike Race
March 31, 2015
Big Agnes is proud to be a sponsor of Inspired to Ride film crew. Click on our BLOG to view the trailer for the film.
Devon Balet: Trail Testing the Boot Jack 24 Sleeping Bag
March 26, 2015
"The Boot Jack 24 is a great option for someone that needs to keep the bank in check, but also needs a sleeping bag they will never have to question." Read more.
Helinox Swivel Chair review by Bearfoot Theory
March 23, 2015
See why Kristen now calls the Helinox Swivel Chair her "go-to". Read the review.
The NEW Helinox Swivel Chair singled out as one of the best things to happen at Canoecopia
March 16, 2015
Canoe & Kayak select the top 9 products from Canoecopia. Read more here.
Big Agnes mtnGLO™ Collection wins 2015 Editors’ Choice Award!
March 10, 2015
Editors' Choice claims: These mini LED lights are the best thing to happen to tents since aluminum poles. Read more and see the video review here.
Congratulations to Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Teams
March 8, 2015
Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined 2015 Junior Nationals were held in right here in Steamboat Springs. Read here.
mtnGLO™ featured in Denver Business Magazine
February 25, 2015
Check out the article about Big Agnes featured in businessden.com here.
Feed The Habit Reviews the Dunkley Belay Jacket
February 23, 2015
Read more about what Feed The Habit says about the super warm Dunkley on our blog
Pedaling Nowhere loves the performance of the Sunshine Hooded Jacket
February 23, 2015
Read the review by Pedaling Nowhere to hear how the Sunshine is more than just a pretty face.
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 4 reviewed by Canoe & Kayak
February 16, 2015
Rob Lyon of Canoe & Kayak states the Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 4 excels in livability. Read more on our blog.
Modern Hiker's Casey Schreiner reviews Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO™ tent
February 12, 2015
Modern Hiker's review guy, Casey Schreiner, took the Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO™ on a beach camping trip and wrote an illuminating review on the REI blog this week. Read more.
Mountain Weekly News declares the Meaden a great item to bring on any trip
February 11, 2015
Read the whole Mountain Weekly News rave here.
Winter Camping- Do it in the Snow!
January 28, 2015
Our own Noah Freed gives his advice for a great winter backcountry experience. Check out his do's and don'ts here.
Boot Jack dubbed as Best Valued Product of 2014 by The Gear Institute
January 20, 2015
The Gear Institute selects the Boot Jack is one of the most affordable down-insulated bags on the market. Read more here.
Indefinitely Wild says Big Agnes is most comfortable sleep system they've found.
January 12, 2015
Check out the IndefinitelyWild review of our Mystic UL 15 bag and Q-Core pad here.
Wind Lip 28 Wins Best Wet-Weather Sleeping Bag
January 8, 2015
Outside Online does a freeze dunk to test three popular 3-season sleeping bags and Wind Lip comes out ahead. See what happens here.
Double Z is picked for Editor's Choice at Feed The Habit's- Gear of the Year
January 5, 2015
Kevin Glover with Feed The Habit honors the Big Agnes Double Z sleeping pad as one of their picks for “Gear of the Year”. Read more here.
Big Agnes Hole in the Wall Jacket Review – Stream Dunking Test
December 29, 2014
Outbound Dan gives the Hole In The Wall Jacket a good winter stream dunking, and is amazed with its performance. Read his review here.
Rock and Ice Magazine gives The Hot Sulphur Belay Jacket all 4 stars!
December 18, 2014
The jacket on every climber's wish list. Read more about the product review here.
Big Agnes Adds Six Key Staff to Support Future Growth
December 9, 2014
We’re excited to work with a couple of salty industry veterans who bring a wealth of experience as well as some talented, younger folks. Read more of official press release on our blog .
Only The Essential – Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with Big Agnes
December 3, 2014
“Only The Essential” is the story of a 5 month, 2668 mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon, and Washington. Big Agnes had their back every step of the way. View the video:Here
Outside online adds Big Agnes Sunshine Hooded Jacket to their ist of Best Après Ski Gear
December 1, 2014
The Women's Sunshine Hooded Jacket is ultralight and stowable, this is the ultimate approach jacket that will get you from your warm bed to first chair—so cozy you won't want to take it off, so squish it in your pack, just in case—and the perfect consolation prize after the lifts close. Read more on our blog
Section Hiker reviews Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket
November 20, 2014
Section Hiker complements the Third Pitch jacket saying it exudes warmth as soon as you put it on. The Third Pitch is an ultralight marvel that is warm enough to serve as your warmest puffy layer. Read more of the review on our blog
Canoe and Kayak reviews Big Agnes Hole in the Wall Jacket
November 13, 2014
Canoe and Kayak hearts our 700-fill Downtek treated down in the Hole in the Wall Jacket ! The Gear We Love C&K editors pay tribute to the gear we can't do without. Click Here
Backpacker magazine dubs Big Agnes Boot Jack 24 as the greatest value for winter sleeping bags!
November 10, 2014
While we're proud of our Boot Jack 24, Big Agnes lists out our best cold weather bags for those of you that laugh in the face of “below freezing”. Click Here
Riding the Colorado Trail
November 5, 2014
Sometimes the most challenging and arduous adventure is the one in your own backyard. The Colorado Trail spans over 500 miles through the rugged and scenic alpine wilderness from Denver to Durango. Once summer rolls around, the trail clears of snow and those daring enough to attempt a through-ride set out into the unknown. This past summer a group of Colorado based Yeti Ambassadors set out to give it a go for themselves. Heading the charge was Olympic snowboard athlete Justin Reiter, along with good friends Craig Jones, Joey Schusler, and Sam Seward. Big Agnes was honored to sponsor the team as they encountered deep snow, high mountain passes, pristine single track, and views beautiful enough to convince all parties involved to never leave Colorado again. Check out our Blog Here
Alpine Biking the ‘Boat
October 21, 2014
Mountain Magazine with Swami’s Fat Tire Testers rallied to meet bike test directors from Breck Bike Guides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for their first purist’s dream of an Alpine Mountain Biking Test. Steamboat’s Big Agnes set them up with tents, bags, and pads and an amazing base camp at the Dry Lake campground on Buff Pass. Steamboat’s Honey Stinger supplied the waffles and energy gels. And the town and resort of Steamboat offered up their incredible trail network. Somehow they even threw in peak foliage (a week later than scheduled), short sleeve riding conditions, and rainbows. (What? No butterflies and puppies?) Envision loamy, purpose-built singletrack beneath a canopy of golden aspens and you’re getting warmer. Now ride faster and hoot and holler a bit. That’s Alpine Mountain Biking. —Marc Peruzzi/Photography by Dave Cox Look for the full test results and all the inside information on riding Steamboat in their Early Summer Gear Guide, coming June 2015. Don’t miss out—subscribe now. by: Swami’s Fat Tire Tester Check out our Blog Here
Copper Spur UL3 Review
June 20, 2014
We love a good, thorough review of our gear and the gang over at BustedWallet.com came through on this one. If you're thinking about purchasing a Copper Spur and want the super low-down on all the features that make this tent a market leader, then read up HERE
Helinox takes home two Red Dot Design Awards
March 27, 2014
The new Helinox Table One and Ground Chair have both won Red Dot Design Awards – a prestigious international design award administered by a German entity. The Chair One won this same award last year. Huge nod to the staff at Helinox! Congratulations! More information about the award here http://pitch.pe/1h9R44p
Double Z Air Pad wins Backpacker Editor's Choice Award!
March 14, 2014
It's always an honor to be recognized by Backpacker Magazine. This year we were awarded and Editor's Choice Award for our brand new Double Z Air Pad. Check out this video of editor Kristen Hostetter calling out some of the Double Z's finest features and be sure to visit the Double Z page on our website for more information.
Big Agnes Teams up with Warrior Hike
February 3, 2014
We are really excited to be able to offer product support to this tremendous organization, Warrior Hike, and sponsor their "Walk off the War" efforts. Recognizing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of long distance hiking, Warrior Hike has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association to create the “Walk Off The War” Program. The “Walk Off The War” Program is designed to support combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s National Scenic Trails. Learn more about this program on their website, WarriorHike.com
Outside Magazine Reviews the Helinox Cot One
January 13, 2014
Covet: Packable Camping Cot Check out what editor Berne Broudy thought of the deluxe camp stylin' Cot One. Available late February on bigagnes.com.
Backpacker's Editor Review of the New Shovelhead Jacket
November 20, 2013
Check out the Editor's Review of our new Shovelhead Downtek jacket. Put to the test, it "cranked out the BTUs on par with heavier, bulkier belay parkas." We'll definitely take that as a compliment. Read the full review HERE. And be sure to check out the entire insulated jacket line up on our Apparel Page.
Our Operations Director Wins an Award
November 14, 2013
Young Professional of the Year Chris Tamucci, the Operations Director for Big Agnes, won a the Navigator Award in Steamboat Springs which named him the Young Professional of the Year for 2013. Chris is a major asset to our company's growth and performance and we're very proud to work with him.
Helinox Chair One named to GearPatrol.com's Top 100 Gear List
October 22, 2013
“The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.” Check out the complete Helinox Chair One review HERE
Outside Winter Buyer's Guide says the Crosho bag is a Winter Camping Essential
October 8, 2013
"The -20 degree Crosho SL sleeping bag has a roomy cut, a cozy draft yoke, water-repellent down, and vertical baffles that distribute heat more effectively than horizontal designs." We couldn't agree more, with 700 fill power of Downtek, this bag is built for the wicked and blustery conditions of a plentiful winter. Stay warm out there. Outside Online Winter Essentials Guide
Helinox Chair One receives Red Dot Award for product design
April 9, 2013
Helinox by DAC, a leader in lightweight trekking poles and camp furniture, has been awarded a 2013 Red Dot Design Award for its Chair ONE. The international Red Dot jury recognized Helinox with the sought-after award for the superior design quality of the Chair One, a lightweight foldable camp chair.
“Design is at the heart of Helinox’s product development philosophy and this award is a testament to the hard work of our team,” said Jake Lah, Helinox founder and president. "We are thrilled that the Chair One is once again being recognized for it's excellent design, having previously been honored with the ISPO Award in February."
The Chair ONE combines comfort with a lightweight construction to make it extremely versatile. It features foldable lightweight aluminum alloy poles specifically developed to deliver an industry-leading strength-to-weight-ratio. Originally designed for backcountry travel, the chair offers outstanding functionality and style to appeal to broad based markets.
The red dot design award is one of the world’s largest and most distinguished design competitions, receiving more than 15,000 entries from 70 countries annually. A jury of renowned specialists from around the world identifies the final selection from a range of product design and architecture, represented in 19 categories. The results of the judging process thus reflect the future of the respective industry and create trends and direction for manufacturers, designers and consumers around the world. They serve as a benchmark and emphasize the link between a sustainable design policy and economic success.
About Helinox: Helinox® by DAC is a leader in lightweight trekking poles and camp furniture. Using their exclusive TH72M aluminum alloy DAC is able to produce extremely lightweight gear with excellent strength and durability. The green anodizing process created for DAC tent poles is used during the manufacturing of Helinox gear to ensure a reduced ecological footprint. Helinox products are distributed exclusively in the Americas by Big Agnes.
Scout UL2 wins Backpacker Magazine's 2013 Editors' Choice Award
March 5, 2013
Big Agnes’ Scout UL2 tent has been honored as a recipient of a 2013 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance. Backpacker Editor-in-Chief Dennis Lewon and his staff of editors and testers presented Big Agnes with the award at the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 24. The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards, bestowed annually since 1993, honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced hikers and climbers. With no set categories for the awards and no set number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the award categories. Big Agnes’ Scout UL2 tent was one of 15 innovative products that have been honored with a 2012 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award. The new Scout UL2 tent is a new-school A-framed tent with ample floor space for two people. The single-walled tent requires trekking poles for support and weighs only 1lbs 9oz. The Scout UL2 retails for $279.95 and will be available this spring. "BACKPACKER gear reviews set the benchmark by which all others are measured," said Editor-in-Chief Dennis Lewon. "That's because no other magazine or website conducts field-testing as rigorously or impartially as the crew led by Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter. Our core testers each have years of backcountry experience and expertise in multiple pursuits, from climbing to paddling to skiing. Under Kristin’s leadership, they put new products through punishing real-world abuse in the toughest terrain and worst weather. She also oversees a transparent process that has earned an unrivaled level of trust from readers, retailers, and manufacturers. The result? Best-in-class reviews that lead consumers to best-in-class gear." “Big Agnes is honored to be recognized by Backpacker for our Scout UL2 tent. To be surrounded by such great competition and come out on top with the 2013 Editors’ Choice is something that makes everyone at Big Agnes proud,” says Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president. The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards are the gold standard against which all outdoor products are measured, and are a seal of approval that can help put an outdoor company or product on the proverbial map. Each year at the Outdoor Retailer show, retail buyers use the awards announcements as a must-buy shopping list, knowing that their customers will be asking for these products in the spring.
Helinox Chair One Selected as ISPO Award Winner 2013
February 25, 2013
February 14, 2013 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) – Helinox, the manufacturer of high quality, lightweight outdoor adventure equipment has been awarded the ISPO Award in the outdoor accessories category. The Chair One exclusively distributed by Big Agnes in the Americas, was given the industry’s most exceptional products award for those that set standards in innovation, design, functionality and sustainability. “The ISPO Award acknowledges the unique yet functional design of the Chair One. Helinox may be a newer brand but their products are awesome. We look forward to offering the Chair One and new Table One camp table to consumers this spring and to quickly building Helinox brand awareness,” said Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president. The Chair One from Helinox combines comfort with a lightweight construction to make it extremely versatile. It features foldable lightweight aluminum alloy poles specifically developed by DAC to deliver an industry-leading strength-to-weight-ratio. Originally designed for backcountry travel, the chair offers outstanding functionality and style to appeal to broad based markets. Tobias Gröber, Head of Business Unit Consumer Goods Exhibitions Messe München GmbH: “The experts agreed: these products are extraordinary innovations that will improve the backcountry travel experience." The ISPO Award identifies the best products from the multi-faceted selection of sporting goods. Selections were made by an international jury consisting of experts from various industry branches to provide in-depth evaluation. The Product division is divided into four segments including Ski, Action, Outdoor and Performance, each of which are divided into product-specific categories. The Helinox Chair ONE received the ISPO Award for the outdoor accessories category and is available now at www.bigagnes.com. About Helinox: Helinox® by DAC is a leader in lightweight trekking poles and camp furniture. Using their exclusive TH72M aluminum alloy DAC is able to produce extremely lightweight gear with excellent strength and durability. The green anodizing process created for DAC tent poles is used during the manufacturing of Helinox gear to ensure a reduced ecological footprint. About ISPO Award: Each year, ISPO MUNICH honors the sports industry‘s most exceptional products with the ISPO AWARD. Independent juries of experts evaluate hundreds of entries from exhibitors and non-exhibitors according to exactly defined criteria. This high-caliber selection is a welcome orientation tool for sports business professionals and assists retailers in making their selection for their product portfolio. The ISPO AWARD is divided into the four segments Action, Ski, Outdoor, and Performance, which are each again divided into product-specific categories. From 2013 the Eco Responsibility Division is part of the Product Division. This year the international jury selected one Product of the Year per segment and one GOLD WINNER as well as a certain amount of WINNERs, depending on the applications. SNEWS® CHAT -- Have a comment, idea, retort, or an engaging thought that was inspired by this news release? Just click here to comment now.
Fly Creek Platinum named one of Outside Magazine's Best Cycling Products of 2012
January 2, 2013
for the entire article, see http://www.outsideonline.com/blog/the-11-best-cycling-products-of-2012.html Year in Review: The 11 Best Cycling Products of 2012 By The Cycle Life We test bike gear year-round at Outside, from our desert test trip in January and endurance races like the Arizona Trail Race, Breck Epic, and Triple Bypass, to daily road and trail rides here in Santa Fe (including snow biking just this week). In the process, we beat the bejeezus out of lots of gear, and while much of it these days is very good, there are often a handful of items that we come back to again and again. With our 2013 test trip to Tucson coming up next week, we decided this was the perfect moment to highlight the top pieces of bike gear that impressed us most in 2012. 08. BIG AGNES FLY CREEK UL PLATINUM TENT A tent might seem like an odd choice for best bike gear of the year, but Big Agnes' featherweight shelter has transformed our bikepacking experience. Constructed of ultralight silicone treated ripstop and a ridiculous amount of mesh, it feels diminutive verging on flimsy when packed but sets up so strong and solid that it has gotten us through a couple of all night high-altitude thunderstorms. Full pack weight is just over two pounds—ridiculously light for a shelter that comfortably sleeps two people, including a vestibule for gear—and if you're really going barebones you trim down to just one pound, seven ounces with just the pole, footprint, and fly. Either way, the tent easily straps onto MTB handlebars and is so trim and light that it doesn't feel like an impediment at all. If bikepacking were more popular, this would be our top gear pick for the year. It's an absolute stunning piece of engineering. —Aaron Gulley
National Geographic Adventure Gear of the Year award for McAlpin
October 25, 2012
National Geographic Adventure has named the zero-degree Big Agnes McAlpin SL sleeping bag, featuring DownTek™ water repellent down insulation, as a 2012 Gear of the Year award recipient.
“DownTek™ water repellent down will change the way that people who sleep in the dirt think about sleeping bag insulation,” says Big Agnes co-founder and president, Bill Gamber. “We’ve had tremendous interest in our new traditional mummy bags so it’s wild to have the McAlpin recognized by National Geographic Adventure as one of the top products of the year.”
DownTek™ is a proprietary nanotechnology treatment for down that makes it water repellant, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Even in the wettest of conditions, DownTek™ repels water while maintaining loft, insulation value and breathability. DownTek™ is free of both Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).
In addition to improved water repellency, the McAlpin SL features Insotect Flow™ construction which delivers uniform heat distribution and natural body contouring through its vertical baffle design. These continuous Vertical Thermal Channels™ eliminate potential cold spots and encourage rapid and uniform body heat distribution.
Known for its integrated sleeping bag and pad systems, Big Agnes has expanded its sleeping bag options and now offers traditional mummy sleeping bags. The McAlpin SL is one of ten traditional mummy sleeping bags offered by Big Agnes in 2013. The McAlpin SL (along with the Bellyache Mountain SL, women’s Lithia Spring SL and women’s Juniper SL) is currently available at select REI locations and www.rei.com.
Fishhook SL2 Zipperless Tent Earns Outside Magazine's Gear of the Show
August 14, 2012
Big Agnes earned both Outside magazine’s Gear of the Show and Gearjunkie.com’s Best in Show award for the new 2013 Fishhook SL2 zipperless tent at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, UT.
“Outside Magazine and Gearjunkie.com are two media outlets in the outdoor market that we really respect because their readers actually go camping,” says Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president. “We’re humbled to see the Fishhook SL2 recognized with these two awards at our industry’s biggest trade event. It’s an incredible honor and validates the hard work and commitment of our team.”
Outside’s Gear of the Show award highlights the very best in adventure gear, from sports and camping equipment, gadgets, tools, footwear, outerwear, sunglasses and more. In addition to Big Agnes’ Fishhook SL2 tent, Gear of the Show awards were given to the following product categories: backpacks, kayaks, footwear, apparel, GPS devices and sleeping bags.
Additionally, GearJunkie.com awarded the Big Agnes Fishhook SL2 tent a second major accolade at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market with a Best in Show award. This award is reserved for the most innovative and unique products at the show and serves as an early preview for retailers planning Spring 2013 product assortments.
Big Agnes’ Fishhook SL2 tent is a freestanding, three-season, superlight backpacking tent with a spacious interior featuring a zipper-less door and vestibule. It weighs in at only 3lbs 4oz. Instead of zippers, the Fishhook SL2 tent door uses fifteen individual magnets, all user-friendly and quiet, which seal up the door maintaining full protection from the elements. The Fishhook SL2 will retail for $399.95.
Big Agnes Introduces DownTek™ Water Repellent Down Bags
July 22, 2012
Big Agnes will change the future of the sleeping bag market by introducing new insulation and construction technologies in down and synthetic sleeping bags at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Many of the company’s down bags will now contain DownTek™ water repellant down while key new synthetic bags will include Pinneco® Core™, a cutting edge synthetic insulation exclusive to Big Agnes.
“We are constantly on the hunt to incorporate futuristic new technologies into our products," says Bill Gamber, co-founder of Big Agnes. “Our 2013 sleeping bag line truly represents our commitment to creating the most innovative, reliable and comfortable camping gear possible.”
Big Agnes will include DownTek™ water-repellant down into eleven of its 2013 sleeping bags. Incorporating nanotechnology and a proprietary application process, DownTek™ transforms down into a water repellant, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial insulation material. Even in the wettest of conditions, DownTek™ repels water while maintaining loft, insulation value and breathability.
“DownTek™ opens new doors for down insulation,” says Daniel Guigui, President of Big Agnes’ down supplier Down Decor. “Water repellency will allow down bags to go virtually anywhere. We’re excited about future applications of DownTek™, and our partnership with Big Agnes is a great start.”
Known for its integrated sleeping bag and pad system, Big Agnes will release four traditional mummy sleeping bags with DownTek™ this August: the Bellyache Mountain SL 15°F, McAlpin SL 0°F, Juniper SL 25°F, and Lithia Spring SL 15°F. DownTek™ will also be used in several best-selling models for 2013, including the Lost Ranger 15°F and all Men’s and Women’s Classic series down bags.
Additionally, Big Agnes will introduce four synthetic sleeping bags with Pinneco® Core™, a new breathable synthetic insulation exclusive to Big Agnes. With Pinneco Core® technology, users stay dry inside and out. Pinneco Core® has several unique elements: the Core Screen™, which resists any water from outside, and the Core Fusion™ process which seals the insulation like an air pump, actively drawing sweat from inside the bag. This advanced system marries the water repellant nature of synthetic fiber with moisture management and breathability to deliver maximum comfort. These bags also feature Insotect Tubic™ construction, a unique tubular system engineered to deliver the maximum cubic loft for supreme thermal efficiency and user comfort. New models include: Shoestring SL 15°F, Beeler Gulch SL 0°F, Betty SL 25°F and the Gem Lake SL 15°F.
Big Agnes Supports Growth with Staff & Warehouse Expansions
May 22, 2012
Big Agnes® Inc., maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents, recently announced several staff and warehouse expansion steps aimed at addressing the company’s growing sales and distribution. Key staff changes and additions include the promotion of Rose Alford as Dealer Services Manager. The company has also expanded its warehouse and office space to meet the needs of its retailers and staff.
“Rose’s strong relationship with our clients, knowledge of the industry and hard work ethic, all contributed to making this a very simple decision,” says Big Agnes co-founder, Bill Gamber. “With this promotion, we’re thrilled to have Rose as our in-house lead with our existing dealership base as well as the point person for all new accounts.”
Assisting Alford in her new role, Kellie Nelson moves from customer service to Dealer Services Representative for the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest territories. Also joining the Dealer Services team in a new position is Anna Hall, who will provide support for both pro and retail sales categories.
New hires in other departments include Rob Peterson and Sarah Uhl. Peterson, who formerly managed Boa Technology’s sponsored ambassador program, joins the Customer Services team. Uhl, who formerly managed in-house events and wholesale relations at New Belgium Brewing, will join the Marketing team in the newly created role of Marketing Coordinator.
Additionally, Big Agnes recently completed its purchase of new warehouse space in Steamboat Springs. With the expansion, Big Agnes will shorten supply chain lead times and improve product availability for customers by increasing stock levels of key products and more efficiently meeting sales demands.
“We are investing in the people and processes to drive our business forward and achieve our key strategic goals,” comments Gamber. “As a result, we have expanded our office space and nearly doubled our warehouse space to accommodate recent double-digit growth. Our success over the last few years has added to the dynamic atmosphere here at Big Agnes.”
Big Agnes Occupies Wall Street with Maxim
February 14, 2012
Check out the hijinx and tomfoolery here: http://www.maxim.com/gadgets/occupy-new-york-with-this-gear
Big Agnes by air
January 16, 2012
Our local paper, The Steamboat Pilot and Today, published some short videos of our namesake and surrounding areas. If you ever wondered what Big Agnes looks like like from a bird's view, take a look here.
Outdoor Gear Review of Grouse Mountain
January 5, 2012
It's a little shaky on the audio, but anyone looking for a tutorial of our system will find this interesting. Check out the link here.
Looking for a cold weather tent?
January 4, 2012
Backpacker Magazine article on the Royal Flush as a classic cold weather tent. Check it out here.
Backcountry.com reviews the Roxy Ann
January 2, 2012
Check out the entire review here.
Backpacker Magazine gives Air Core pads a nod in January issue
December 21, 2011
In the January issue of Backpacker Magazine, check out the "How to Do Everything" article, you'll find us under tip #5, "Camp Well." Plus, a great diagram of how to orient a tent in a safe and protected campsite.
Gripped Climbing Magazine Reviews the String Ridge 2 Tent
November 2, 2011
Outside Magazine 2011 Gear of the Year: Copper Spur UL 4 Tent
April 14, 2011
04.14.2011– Big Agnes® Inc., maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents, has been named recipient of Outside magazine’s 2011 Gear of the Year award for their new Copper Spur UL4 tent. Outside’s Gear of the Year recognition is one of the most prestigious awards in the outdoor industry, given annually to the very best in adventure gear.Read the rest of the press release here.
Shout out for Big Agnes from Gear Pro Kristin Hostetter of Backpacker Magazine.
March 15, 2011
Gear Pro Kristin Hostetter discusses the merits of rectangular bags in this installment of "Ask The Expert." Read the entire post here.
Big Agnes’ Copper Spur UL4 Tent Named Backpacker 2011 Editors’ Choice
March 7, 2011
Big Agnes’ Copper Spur UL4 Tent Named Backpacker 2011 Editors’ Choice March 9, 2011 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) – Big Agnes has been honored as a recipient of a 2011 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance.Backpacker Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn and his staff of editors and testers presented Big Agnes with the award at the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, January 20th. The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards, bestowed annually since 1993, honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced hikers and climbers. With no set categories for the awards and no set number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the award categories. Big Agnes’ Copper Spur UL4 tent was one of only 13 innovative products that have been honored with a 2011 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award. The new Copper Spur UL4 tent is a free standing, three-season, ultralight backpacking tent featuring double doors and vestibules and weighs in at only 5lbs 10oz. The Copper Spur UL4 retails for $599.95 and will be available at specialty retailers this spring. "BACKPACKER gear reviews have many imitators, a few competitors, and no equals," said Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Dorn. "That's because no other magazine or website conducts in-depth field-testing as vigorously or impartially as the crew led by Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter. With a core team that has several centuries of combined trail time, along with first descents, decades of retail experience, and expertise in every backcountry discipline, Kristin puts new products through an unprecedented level of real-world abuse in every terrain and weather imaginable. She also oversees a transparent process that has earned an unrivaled amount of trust from readers, retailers, and manufacturers. The results are reviews that lead consumers to smart, durable products that consistently prove their worth with years of best-in-class performance." “Big Agnes is honored to be recognized by Backpacker for our Copper Spur UL4 tent. To be surrounded by such great competition and come out on top with the 2011 Editors’ Choice is something that makes everyone at Big Agnes proud,” says Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president. The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards are the gold standard against which all outdoor products are measured, and are a seal of approval that can help put an outdoor company or product on the proverbial map. Each year at the Outdoor Retailer show, retail buyers use the awards announcements as a must-buy shopping list, knowing that their customers will be asking for these products in the spring. 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. The impeccable outdoor credentials and rigorous field-testing standards of the Backpacker staff guarantee that these awards are an undisputed mark of quality for the companies and products selected. All 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. This rigorous process ensures that the performance of the winners is truly worthy of distinction and meets the guiding principle behind the program: gear that is of real value to the readers of Backpacker magazine, who are very active, long-term outdoor enthusiasts. The complete list of Backpacker 2011 Editors’ Choice Award winners will be officially announced to the general public in the magazine’s April Gear Guide issue, on newsstands March 9, 2011. About Big Agnes: Named for a peak in the nearby Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, Big Agnes®, Inc. is located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and produces award-winning sleeping bags, pads and tents. For more information, visit www.bigagnes.com or call 1-877-554-8975. About Backpacker: Backpacker (www.backpacker.com) 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 four 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.
Kirk Haskell and Scott Sutton of KNS Reps named Sales Reps of the year by Big Agnes
February 13, 2011
Big Agnes® Inc., maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents, recently announced the recipient of their annual award, “Sales Rep of the Year,” to Kirk Haskell and Scott Sutton of KNS Reps. Click here for more.
Backpacker Magazine profiles Big Agnes in Valentines Day Gift Guide
February 13, 2011
Cozy up with Big Agnes this Valentines Day! Check out Backpacker Magazine coverage here. Pad couplers and the new Big Creek 30° double bag made the list.
Big Agnes' Fly Creek UL2 Named Backpacker Mag's 2010 Editors' Choice Award Winner
March 2, 2010
Big Agnes, maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads, and tents has been honored as a recipient of a 2010 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance.
Backpacker Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn and his staff of editors and testers presented Big Agnes' Fly Creek UL2 tent with the award at the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, January 21st.
The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards, bestowed annually since 1993, honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced hikers and climbers. With no set categories for the awards and no set number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the award categories.
Big Agnes' Fly Creek UL2 Tent was one of only 15 innovative products that have been honored with a 2010 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award. The Fly Creek UL2 tent is a three season, free standing, ultralight backpacking tent weighing in at only 2lbs 2oz.
“In an era of dime-a-dozen digital gear reviews, consumers are looking for product evaluations that they can really trust,” said Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Dorn. “And no one does more than our test team to make sure that our selections earn the respect that Backpacker awards get. Led by Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter, the dozen or so core members of our crew hiked more than 15,000 miles this year, then finished our testing for Editors’ Choice with a 100-mile route through the Swiss Alps that entailed more than 60,000 feet of elevation gain, hours of waist-deep postholing, and weather conditions that challenged every piece of gear we packed. The result of the team’s hard work is a collection of smart, durable products that will deliver comfort and performance for many years to come.”
"Big Agnes is honored to be recognized by Backpacker for our Fly Creek UL2 tent. To be surrounded by such great competition and come out on top with the 2010 Editors' Choice is something that makes everyone at Big Agnes proud," says Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president.
The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards are the gold standard against which all outdoor products are measured, and are a seal of approval that can help put an outdoor company or product on the proverbial map. Each year at the Outdoor Retailer show, retail buyers use the awards announcements as a must-buy shopping list, knowing that their customers will be asking for these products in the spring.
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. The impeccable outdoor credentials and rigorous field-testing standards of the Backpacker staff guarantee that these awards are an undisputed mark of quality for the companies and products selected.
All 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. This rigorous process ensures that the performance of the winners is truly worthy of distinction and meets the guiding principle behind the program: gear that is of real value to the readers of Backpacker magazine, who are very active, long-term outdoor enthusiasts.
The complete list of Backpacker 2010 Editors’ Choice Award winners will be officially announced to the general public in the magazine’s April Gear Guide issue, on newsstands March 2, 2010.
Backpacker (www.backpacker.com) 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 four 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.
Men’s Journal Awards Big Agnes’ Tumble Mountain with 2010 Gear of the Year
December 10, 2009
Big Agnes® Inc., maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents, has been awarded Men’s Journal “Best Gear of the Year” for the company’s Tumble Mountain 20° sleeping bag. Awarded products are selected by Men’s Journal editors with the end goal being to offer consumers insight on the most innovative new products for 2010.
“We are honored to receive the Men’s Journal award for the Tumble Mountain,” says Big Agnes co-founder, Bill Gamber. “Being recognized at the start of the new year for a product that just launched will not only help us gain exposure and recognition for the Tumble Mountain, but a host of other recycled products from Big Agnes’ Re-Routt Collection.”
The Tumble Mountain 20° sets a new standard for sleeping bags, featuring the patented Flow Construction by Big Agnes/Insotect revolutionizing down sleeping bag design. The patented Flow Construction eliminates lateral and vertical down shifting by using vertical chambers with internal Flow Gates to regulate fill positioning and density. Strategically placed Flow Gates inside the vertical chambers minimize vertical down shifting while vertical chambers themselves minimize lateral shifting. The continuous Flow chambers eliminate potential cold spots occurring with side seams and contour to the body for increased user comfort.
Additionally, the 2lb 13oz Tumble Mountain incorporates 725 down fill and both recycled fabrics and hardware. It features a 100% recycled rip-stop nylon shell and liner fabric. Drawstring cord and stuff sacks are also derived from recycled content. The Tumble Mountain 20° will be available at specialty retailers next month. The article detailing the “Best Gear of the Year” awards can be seen in the Men’s Journal December 09/January 10 issue currently on newsstands now.
Outside Buyer's Guide Taps Gore Pass 2 as Killer Value
April 19, 2009
The good folks at Outside Magazine tap several Big Agnes products in this years' Buyer's Guide but a Killer Value recognition for the new Gore Pass 2 is especially sweet. With great interior space, two doors and two vestibules the Gore Pass series is great for backpacking, car camping and all-around use. More good news on the way!
Follow Big Agnes on Twitter! -- http://www.twitter.com/Big_Agnes
April 13, 2009
We finally got ourselves on Twitter. We'll post product news, as well as cool trips folks are taking. Be sure to submit pics through our website and we'll put Tweets out showcasing the awesome places you are using your Big Agnes gear. http://www.twitter.com/Big_Agnes
Salt Creek 2 Snags Second Award - This Time "Hotness" Award From Urban Climber
March 22, 2009
Urban Climber Magazine recently named 11 climbing and outdoor equipment manufacturers as recipients of the magazine’s Annual “Hotness” Awards. The award-winning companies and their products are honored in Urban Climber’s 2009 Gear Guide issue, based on innovation, performance, and value.
Urban Climber Magazine is published 8 times per year by Skram Media, which also publishes Climbing, the #1 climbing publication and the Mountain Gazette, the leading mountain lifestyle publication.
Fly Creek UL1 wins "Best All-Around" tent in Backpacker Gear Guide
March 11, 2009
Backpacker also praised our Fly Creek UL1 solo tent in this years' Gear Guide. Tons of other good mentions in this issue so pick it up on the stand if you're not already a subscriber. The Gear Guide is truly the ultimate comparison guide for backpacking products.
Salt Creek 2 Recycled Tent Named Backpacker Editors' Choice Green
March 2, 2009
Big Agnes has been honored as a recipient of a 2009 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Green Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance.
Backpacker Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn and his staff of editors and testers presented Big Agnes with the award at the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 22nd.
The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards, bestowed annually since 1993, honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced hikers and climbers. With no set categories for the awards and no set number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the award categories.
Big Agnes’ Salt Creek Recycled tent was one of only 19 innovative products that have been honored with a 2009 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award and the only tent named Green. The new Salt Creek Recycled 2 is a free standing, three-season, backpacking tent made with 100% recycled polyester fly, floor and mesh materials and features recycled hardware.
“This year’s winners withstood the most rigorous testing process yet,” said Editor-In-Chief Jonathan 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 Winners.”
“Big Agnes is honored to be recognized by Backpacker for our Salt Creek Recycled tent. To be surrounded by such great competition in the ‘green’ category and come out on top as the ‘Best All-Around Green Product’ is something that makes everyone at Big Agnes proud. We hope that our efforts with our Re-Routt collection spur other manufacturers to push the boundaries of what’s possible with green product in the future.”
Big Agnes Commits to 100% Wind Power
February 14, 2009
We have recently increased our commitment to wind power by increasing our energy purchase with Yampa Valley Electric to 100% up from 51%. This applies to our headquarters on Oak Street in downtown Steamboat Springs as well as our off-site warehouse.
Backpacker Editors' Choice for Copper Spur UL3 Tent
March 10, 2008
Backpacker Magazine awarded our Copper Spur UL3 an Editors' Choice Award in their April, 2008 issue. Here's an excerpt of what they had to say; "The lightest, roomiest tent we tested this year. Enough said. With legit space for three sleepers, this tent weights just a pound and change per hiker - you simply won't find anything else this light, roomy, and weatherproof."
Backpacker Awards Second Editors' Choice Award to Big Agnes for Cyclone SL Chair Kit
March 10, 2008
Backpacker Magazine also awarded our Cyclone SL Chair Kit with an Editors' Choice Award in their April, 2008 issue. Here's an excerpt of what they had to say, "Never again do you have to choose between a heavy chair and a sore butt. The Cyclone weighs less than a New York City bagel and packs smaller than a three-piece fly rod. When coupled with an inflatable mattress, it becomes an instant backcountry recliner."
Skinny Fish Sleeping Bag Named Gear of the Year by National Geographic Adventure
December 31, 2007
National Geographic Adventure magazine recognized our Skinny Fish 20 degree recycled synthetic sleeping bag as one of its 2008 Gear of the Year picks.
Rock and Ice Magazine Recognizes Big Agnes with Sprout Award
December 14, 2007
Rock and Ice magazine recently gave Big Agnes a Sprout Award - recognizing environmental product construction and the Re-Routt Collection of products. Thanks to our supplier partners at Climashield, PrimaLoft and others as well as the editorial staff at Rock and Ice for knowing a good thing when they see it.
Men's Journal Gear of the Year for Emerald Mountain SL2
November 30, 2007
The Emerald Mountain Series continues to rack up awards this year with Men's Journal giving the SL2 its Gear of the Year award.
Outside Picks Emerald Mountain SL2 as Gear of the Year
June 1, 2007
Outside Magazine bestowed its highest honor upon the Emerald Mountain SL2 tent.
Outside Taps Battle Mountain Sleeping Bag as Green Gear of the Year
June 1, 2007
Outside recently awarded the Battle Mountain sleeping bag a Green Gear of the Year award.
Backpacker Gives Editors' Choice Award to Emerald Mountain SL3
March 14, 2007
Backpacker Magazine has awarded the Emerald Mountain SL3 tent its prestigious Editors' Choice Award. If one group of editors knows gear it's the great folks at Backpacker.
Blue Ridge Outdoors Taps Seedhouse SL2
March 1, 2007
Blue Ridge Outdoors has just tapped the Seedhouse SL2 for an Editors' Choice Award.
Men's Journal Picks Stagecoach Duffel as Gear of the Year
November 10, 2006
Men's Journal magazine included the new Stagecoach Rolling Duffel as one of its Gear of the Year picks in the December, 2006 issue. Here's what they said;
"The first bag offered by Big Agnes, a well-respected tent and sleeping bag maker, the Stagecoach merges roller blade-style wheels with backpack straps, highly water-resistent fabric, waterproof zippers, and welded seams that rival a river guide's dry bag. Although we don't recommend submersing it if you don't have to, the 5,100-cu-in hauler is the first roller we've seen that can weather blizzards, hurricanes, or spilled margaritas."
Dual Core Pad Wins Camping Life Award
May 14, 2006
The editors at Camping Life magazine recently recognized our Dual Core sleeping pads with their Golden Stake Editors' Choice Award for outstanding new products of the year. The awards were published in the May, 2006 issue. Thanks to the Camping Life crew!
Backpacker Picks Seedhouse SL2 as Top New-School Shelter
September 6, 2005
Backpacker magazine features an ultralight tent review, including the Seedhouse SL2, titled 'New-School Shelters' in the October, 2005 issue. The SL2 was awarded top score of all the tents reviewed. Here's what they had to say, "Freestanding, sturdy, and barely more than 3 pounds - tents like this are as rare as bikinis on Everest. It just doesn't get any lighter than this, not without sacrificing weather protection. The Seedhouse's single-hubbed pole/clip system sets up quickly without guesswork, and the taut pitch offers impressive stability. The solid pole structure, boosted by a few well-placed external guy lines, helped the Seedhouse stand strong in guys winds from Mt. Washington's Goat Rocks Wilderness to the southern Appalachians...." For the entire review please pick up a copy of Backpacker at your specialty outdoor retailer.
Seedhouse 3 Tent Receives Backpacker Best Buy Award
March 14, 2005
Our Seedhouse 3 tent received praise this year from the editors of Backpacker magazine. They awarded the tent their Best Buy rating in the 2005 Backpacker Gear Guide. Backpacker goes to great lenghts testing and evaluating products for this annual issue so we're pleased that they recognized yet another of our tents. Our Mad House 2 also received a Best Buy rating in the 2004 Backpacker Gear Guide.
Backpacker Editor's Choice Award for Insulated Air Core
April 14, 2004
Backpacker magazine recently awarded the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core its prestigious Editor's Choice Award. The awards are given each year to gear that lives up to the standards of the editorial crew and their field tests. Many thanks to the Backpacker crew for recognizing the weight, value and durability of these pads.