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Who We Are

Wonder why we call our company Big Agnes? Because, why not? Because we all have a truck drivin’ mountain mama that we know and love? Because there’s a 12,000 foot peak north of Steamboat Springs with the same name? Yeah, all that.

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Devon Balet

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Andrew Burr

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

We started Big Agnes eighteen years ago without a real plan, but with a pretty good idea: to make the best gear possible to help folks like you get outside and chase your dreams. Respected industry vets told us we were crazy. The camping market was ‘too saturated,’ they said…We were driven to make better gear and be part of some really cool adventures, so we kept at it.

The Big Agnes System, our original concept of affixing a sleeping pad and bag in a simple way, was born and everything evolved from there. We believe that innovation is born from real-world product testing, and that gear should be pushed to its limits. The photos, product reviews, stories and crazy adventures you share from all over the world are what keep us motivated. You’re using our gear exactly as intended…hard, often, and in ways we never imagined.

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.

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Devon Balet

It’s simple.

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.

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Devon Balet

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.

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Mark Wilford

Motivated by years of sleeping in the dirt.

Designing, marketing, and shipping camping gear around the globe is both invigorating and logistically challenging at the same time. We work hard day by day, but like you, getting into the backcountry is our passion. Knowing that you’re out there trusting our tents in the harshest weather or dragging our sleeping bags and pads around the globe on your adventures is what keeps our focus and motivation on designing and delivering new and improved product every year. In anticipation of next year’s adventures, we’re plotting our backcountry missions, staff campouts, and setting goals that may bring some risks or just the opportunity to enjoy the ride. Either way, we’ll see you out there!

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.

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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.