What matters most.
We started Big Agnes 20 years ago with a back-of-the-napkin dream - build better gear for sleeping in the backcountry. The plan seemed simple; provide a comfortable night of sleep and people will come back for more. As the saying goes, ‘any good expedition can be planned on a napkin’.Fair enough, but we’d like to tweak it and add BUT expect the unexpected.
None of us could have predicted the effects as we endured a global pandemic. But as the snow melted, summer emerged and we left our homes we were all pulled by the common thread that unites our community - the urge to be outside. Finding inspiration in micro-adventures closer to home, backyard family campouts, and solo time in the backcountry became our new normal. Simple hikes became exciting. Campfire light provided hope. Distanced banter around camp warmed our spirits. This return to activity helped fill the void but wasn’t a replacement for the bonds we create when we are getting after it ‘normally’ with friends and family. We were reminded that being outdoors is what matters most and that having the right gear is critical.
The Mother of Comfort
At our core, we want to inspire you to get outside and find the same appreciation for the backcountry we have.
When you boil outdoor adventure down to its purest essence, you end up with the simple act of camping – nights spent sleeping on the ground, gazing at stars and listening to crickets are one of life's finest pleasures.
We’re different than other gear companies.
We’re based in a ski town in northwestern Colorado. Our backyard is outdoor paradise, and our testing grounds are within sight of our office. The Continental Divide Trail is home to some of our favorite trails for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking; the Mount Zirkel Wilderness beckons us with its high alpine summits. The Yampa River flows a stone’s throw from our office, and on most lunch hours the office is quiet enough to hear a pin drop while we’re out finding fresh air or fresh tracks of one kind or another.
Motivated by years of sleeping in the dirt.
Knowing we have the outdoors back again this year, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to each of you – as loyal customers you helped us push forward, you got outside, camped a lot and had some of the best nights out under the stars ever. Facing adversity we didn’t shut down, we got lean, we dug deep and emerged with a renewed focus on innovation, reducing our environmental impacts, and are more motivated than ever to share our stoke with you.
Looking forward to our next 20 years, our mission (we actually wrote it down recently) hasn’t changed but has evolved and we are ready to meet the challenges ahead. We’ll keep moving forward with our goal of outfitting all people with the gear needed to camp comfortably, explore the backcountry and have fun. We can’t wait to see you on the trail.
Big Agnes is committed.
We're a small company with the mountains just minutes from our door step. Being so close to the outdoors makes us appreciate our environment and the need to protect it every time we run, ski, climb, ride or hike. Here are just a few groups we support.Learn More
The journey is awesome.
Our urge to sleep under the stars and breathe fresh mountain air is what continually drives us and keeps us motivated. In the end, the bluebird summits and nights spent listening to raging creeks or even highway noise have made the journey awesome, and truth be told, we wouldn't want it any other way.