March 12, 2015 (STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.) – Big Agnes is awarded a 2015 Backpacker magazine Editors' Choice Award for its collection of mtnGLO™ tents and accessories. The honor is one of the most prestigious awards in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of outstanding innovation in design, materials and performance. This is the ninth Big Agnes product recognized with the award.
"We are humbled to have an entire collection of products receive this award,” says Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president. “The creation of our mtnGLO Collection was the result of a lot of hard work and focus resulting in truly innovative products. Being recognized with a ninth Editors' Choice Award is evidence that our design and testing teams are firing on all cylinders and creating awesome gear."
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 21, 2015.
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.
The unique patent pending technology in the mtnGLO Collection features light emitting diodes (LEDs) integrated into the construction of a tent. The collection includes fourteen tent models, the Tent Light Accessory Kit, and the Power Case/Loft, a durable case designed for tablets and other electronic devices featuring the Joey® T55 computerized power supply. The LED lighting technology easily turns on and off with the flick of a switch so backpackers and campers no longer have to fumble for headlamps or flashlights in the dark.
"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. 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."
The mtnGLO Collection earned Outside magazine’s Gear of the Show and Gear Junkie’s Best in Show awards at the outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2014 and received National Geographic’s Gear of the Year 2014.
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, tents and insulated apparel. Big Agnes is the exclusive distributor of Helinox trekking poles and camp furniture in North and South America. For more information, visit www.bigagnes.com.