March 11, 2008 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) - Big Agnes® Inc., maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents, has been named the recipient of two 2008 Backpacker magazine Editors' Choice Awards. Both their new Copper Spur Ultralight 3 tent and Cyclone Superlight chair kit were bestowed the honor, one of the most prestigious awards in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and performance.
Copper Spur SL3 (three season series) from Big Agnes combines the
benefits of their lightest free-standing tents with roomy interiors,
two opposing doors and vestibules with D-shaped doors. The tent poles,
DAC Featherlite NSLs, feature eco-friendly anodizing made using the
latest technology in lightweight tent poles featuring improved
durability. The Cyclone SL Chair Kit, weighing only 6oz, is made with a
lightweight Cordura rip-stop fabric and aluminum tent pole stays. It
comes in one size only which fits a 20" wide pad and works with up to
78" length pads in mummy or rectangular shapes.
Editors' Choice Awards, given 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
"This year's winners show that designers in our
industry are really pushing the envelope in producing lighter, tougher,
and smarter products," says Backpacker editor-in-chief Jonathan Dorn.
"As we found in field-testing, they're making it easier and more
comfortable for anyone to get involved in trail activities. Adds gear
editor Kristin Hostetter, who has spearheaded Backpacker's Editors'
Choice testing for more than a decade: "These outstanding products
should enjoy the same sterling track record as our past winners.
Readers and retailers trust Backpacker's picks more than any other
magazine's because our testing is unrivaled in its duration and
intensity." The Copper Spur UL3 and Cyclone SL Chair Kit were two of
only 17 innovative products that have been honored with a 2008
Backpacker Editors' Choice Award.
Bill Gamber, Big Agnes
co-founder and president, in reflecting over winning these two
prestigious awards stated "Big Agnes is honored to be recognized by
Backpacker magazine. To be surrounded by such great competition,
particularly in the tent category, and come out on top as the ‘Best
All-Around' is something that makes everyone at Big Agnes feel
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.
Big Agnes Wins Two Backpacker 2008 Editors' Choice AwardsWednesday, 12 March 2008
Big Agnes Inc., maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents, has been named the recipient of two 2008 Backpacker magazine Editors' Choice Awards. Both their new Copper Spur Ultralight 3 tent and Cyclone Superlight chair kit were bestowed the honor, one of the most prestigious awards in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and performance.
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