March 19, 2006 (STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.)â€“ Big Agnes' Emerald Mountain Superlight 3 tent has been honored as a recipient of a 2007 Backpacker magazine Editors' Choice Award, 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.
The Emerald Mountain SL3 (three season series) from Big Agnes combines the benefits of their lightest free-standing tents with roomy interiors and two opposing doors and vestibules. The tent poles, DAC Featherlite NSLs, feature an Eco-Friendly anodizing process that significantly reduces the use of hazardous chemicals, as well as Reverse Combi pole optimization for increased strength and weight savings.
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 Emerald Mountain SL3 was one of only 16 innovative products that have been honored with a 2007 Backpacker Editors' Choice Award. â€œThis year's winners withstood the most rigorous testing process yet,â€ said Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn. â€œOur test team started off with 49 new products, narrowing them down to a final 20 after months of trail-testing. The finalists were then taken on extreme outdoor adventures from Oregon in a streak of epic weather to a wind-whipped day at Mt. Hood. Those that survived have earned the distinction of becoming the 2007 Editors' Choice Award Winners.â€
Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president, in reflecting over this prestigious award stated â€œBig Agnes is honored to be recognized by Backpacker magazine for the Emerald Mountain SL3. To be surrounded by such great competition in the tent category and come out on top as the â€˜Best All-Around' is something that makes everyone at Big Agnes feel extremely proud.â€
The complete list of Backpacker 2007 Editors' Choice Award winners will be officially announced to the general public in the magazine's April issue, released on newsstands mid-March.
Big Agnes, Inc., makers of innovative and award-winning sleeping bags, pads and tents. Named for a peak in Colorado, Big AgnesÂ®, 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.