Helinox Chair Zero Recognized with 2017 Backpacker Editors' Choice Award

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (March 3, 2017) – Helinox by DAC, a leader in lightweight trekking poles and camp furniture, today announced it has been awarded the 2017 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award for the Chair Zero. 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.

“The Chair Zero sets a new standard for lightweight furniture, and we are proud to be recognized for its design,” said Wes Green, Helinox North American brand manager. “Weighing only one pound, this chair is equally as comfortable as it is practical for all types of activities, from backpacking trips to watching your kids’ soccer match.”

Backpacker Editor-in-Chief Dennis Lewon and his staff presented Helinox with the award at the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market on Jan. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City.

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 Chair Zero features foldable aluminum alloy poles specifically developed to deliver an industry-leading strength-to-weight-ratio. Originally designed for backcountry travel, the Chair Zero offers outstanding functionality and style for a variety of uses, such as festivals, sporting events and sunny beach days. It weighs 17 ounces with the stuff sack.

Backpacker gear reviews set the benchmark by which all others are measured,” said Backpacker 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 our new Gear Editor, Scott Yorko. Our core testers each have years of backcountry experience and expertise. Under Scott’s leadership and the diligent work of our gear team, they put new products through punishing abuse in the toughest terrain and worst weather. Our transparent process 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 complete list of Backpacker’s 2017 Editors’ Choice Award winners will be announced to the public in the magazine’s April Spring Gear Guide issue, on newsstands March 7, 2017.

For more information, please visit www.bigagnes.com.

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About Helinox: Helinox® by DAC is a leader in lightweight trekking poles and camp furniture. Using their exclusive TH72M aluminum alloy DAC is able to produce extremely lightweight gear with excellent strength and durability. The green anodizing process created for DAC tent poles is used during the manufacturing of Helinox gear to ensure a reduced ecological footprint. Helinox products are distributed exclusively in the Americas by Big Agnes.

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