Big Agnes' Scout UL2 Tent Named Backpacker 2013 Editors' Choice

Big Agnes’ Scout UL2 tent has been honored as a recipient of a 2013 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award
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March 5, 2013 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) – Big Agnes’ Scout UL2 tent has been honored as a recipient of a 2013 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/or performance.


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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 24.

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.

Big Agnes’ Scout UL2 tent was one of 15 innovative products that have been honored with a 2012 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award. The new Scout UL2 tent is a new-school A-framed tent with ample floor space for two people. The single-walled tent requires trekking poles for support and weighs only 1lbs 9oz. The Scout UL2 retails for $279.95 and will be available this spring.

"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. Our core testers each have years of backcountry experience and expertise in multiple pursuits, from climbing to paddling to skiing. 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."

“Big Agnes is honored to be recognized by Backpacker for our Scout UL2 tent. To be surrounded by such great competition and come out on top with the 2013 Editors’ Choice is something that makes everyone at Big Agnes proud,” says Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president.

The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards are the gold standard against which all outdoor products are measured, and are a seal of approval that can help put an outdoor company or product on the proverbial map. Each year at the Outdoor Retailer show, retail buyers use the awards announcements as a must-buy shopping list, knowing that their customers will be asking for these products in the spring.

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 and tents. 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 or call 1-877-554-8975.

About Backpacker: Backpacker (www.backpacker.com) brings the outdoors straight to the reader's doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the world's first GPS-enabled magazine and website, and the only outdoor media whose editors personally test the hiking trails, camping gear, and survival tips they publish. Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, an industry honor recognizing design, feature and product innovation, has become the gold standard against which all other outdoor-industry awards are measured. And the magazine recently launched mobile media applications that allow users to text-message hiking maps and directions to their phones. In the last four years, Backpacker has won five National Magazine Awards, the publishing industry’s highest honor. In 2008, the magazine won the NMA for General Excellence, joining The New Yorker, Mother Jones, GQ, and National Geographic as top winners in their respective categories. In 2009, it won three awards, including General Excellence Online. Backpacker has also won numerous other print, design, and digital awards, and its writers have been recognized in prestigious contests and best-of-the-year anthologies.

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