Appalachian Gear Company Earns Prestigious Industry Award

All-Paca Fleece Hoodie wins Editor’s Choice from Backpacker Magazine
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Appalachian Gear Company, an outdoor lifestyle brand specializing in all-natural performance-based clothing and equipment, is thrilled to bring home one of the industry’s most prestigious awards following the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show in Denver. Backpacker Magazine has awarded the brand with a 2019 Editor’s Choice for its innovative All-Paca Fleece Hoodie.

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Twice a year, the Backpacker team selects a small number of products that outshine the rest during their extensive testing and presents Editor’s Choice awards during the industry’s biggest show: Outdoor Retailer. Editors recognized the All-Paca Fleece Hoodie for its outstanding performance and versatility.

“During a week of skiing and camping in Banff National Park, I wore the All-Paca Hoodie day and night because it’s so warm, light and breathable,” says Backpacker Editor-in-Chief Dennis Lewon.

Crafted in the U.S. from 100% Alpaca fibers, the All-Paca Fleece Hoodie is the ultimate layering piece for every season. The patent-pending fabric offers insulation, moisture management, odor resistance and breathability, while the groundbreaking knit structure is lightweight without sacrificing durability. The Hoodie dries quickly and insulates even when wet, with a thoughtful fit that maximizes air flow for peak performance.

“Even though we’ve put years of research into developing this revolutionary fabric, we’re a young brand, so receiving this honor right out of the gate has blown us away,” says Appalachian Gear Company co-founder John Gage. “We’re so excited that a venerated outlet like Backpacker recognizes the sheer innovation that went into our All-Paca Fleece Hoodie.”

For more information, go to appalachiangearcompany.com or contact Suzanne Hermann at suzanne@darbycommunications.com.

About Appalachian Gear Company


Appalachian Gear Company is an outdoor lifestyle company specializing in performance-based clothing and equipment manufactured in the United States. We combine 45 years in the textile industry with countless miles logged on trails across the country to introduce innovative and environmentally friendly products that provide performance and value. Our All-Paca garments are made from 100% Alpaca fiber and deliver unmatched breathability, comfort and performance with less impact on the environment than synthetics. We understand the importance of Getting Out and Staying Out, and believe time spent in the outdoors leads to a happier, healthier life. Learn more at appalachiangearcompany.com

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