Big Agnes Presented Gear of the Year Accolade by Outside Magazine

Copper Spur UL4 Tent Awarded Twice in 2011

Big Agnes® Inc., maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents, has been named recipient of Outside magazine’s 2011 Gear of the Year award for their new Copper Spur UL4 tent. Outside’s Gear of the Year recognition is one of the most prestigious awards in the outdoor industry, given annually to the very best in adventure gear.

“We’re honored to receive this very influential award,” says Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president. “To be surrounded by such great competition in the tent category and come out on top with Outside’s Gear of the Year is an incredible honor and validates the work and commitment of every person in our organization.”

The Outside Spring/Summer Buyer's Guide not only highlights the very best in adventure gear, from sports equipment, tools, and gadgets to footwear, outerwear, and sunglasses, but also calls out the best values in each class. This year’s issue contains over two-dozen Killer Values—as well as 125 products under $100—in everything from mountain-bike shoes to waterproof cameras. Organized according to sport and activity, the Spring/Summer Buyer's Guide is the ultimate resource for product reviews, technology, news, and tips.

Big Agnes’ Copper Spur UL4 tent is a freestanding, three-season, ultra-light backpacking tent featuring double doors and vestibules and weighs in at only 5lbs 10oz. The Copper Spur UL4 retails for $599.95 and will be available at specialty retailers this spring.

Now in its 16th year, Outside’s annual Spring/Summer Buyer’s reaches over 1.3 million frequent gear purchasers. It will be on newsstands all summer, from April 26th to September 27th. Plus, new this year, Outside fans will be able to purchase an enhanced Summer Buyer’s Guide iPad app from iTunes.

This marks the second major accolade for the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 tent this year. Earlier this spring, Backpacker magazine awarded the Copper Spur UL4 with a 2011 Editors’ Choice. On a roll with tent innovation and design, Big Agnes also just received a 2011 Gear of the Year award from National Geographic Adventure for their new ultra light Fly Creek UL3 tent. The Fly Creek UL3 tent weighs 3lb 3oz, retails for $449.95 and will be available at specialty retailers this spring.