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Big Agnes looks back on 20 years of making sleeping bags and pads, tents and other camping staples. And on this occasion and to give away his gratitude, the brand is giving away a sleeping bag and a mat in retail outlets.
Two decades of innovation are a great achievement. and Big Agnes has made a name for himself with his tents, sleeping bags, jackets and much more. Many of his first designs are still in rotation, although they have been updated to be lighter, harder, and warmer. Whether your focus is on ultra-light gear or more casual camping, the brand has a range of products to choose from.
Here’s a look back at some of the brand’s standout products and, on the occasion, details of how to win a new sleeping bag and pad during Big Agnes 20th anniversary Celebration.
Celebrate Big Agnes’ anniversary
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Great Agnes story
Big Agnes started out with a focus on better equipment for sleeping in the backcountry. The system sleeping bag is one of the earliest innovations. The brand, now available in multiple models, moved into the spotlight by developing a way to keep campers’ sleeping bags from sliding off their sleeping mats.
With more comfortable overnight camping equipment, dedicated hikers wearing Big Agnes equipment were able to rest better on long hikes, and new campers were more likely to sleep outside.
Since then, the company has grown into an award-winning outdoor brand with more than 70 employees. It is still headquartered in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Here is a brief overview of the most important milestones along the way.
- 2001: Introduction of the first sleeping system bags as well as the Air Core Sleeping Pad, which was awarded major prizes in the following years
- 2004: Introduction of super light tents with the Seedhouse series
- 2007: Started using recycled content in his sleeping bags and pillows
- 2008: Debuted the legendary Copper Spur UL3 tent
- 2009: Launch of the Fly Creek UL1, a freestanding tent weighing less than 2 pounds
- 2013: Moved into clothes with the Hole-in-the-Wall puff jacket
- 2014: Extended use of DownTek water-repellent down in all down-filled sleeping bags
- 2017: Assumed 75 miles of the Continental Divide Trail
- 2019: Entry into the storage furniture category
- 2020: Expandable mummy bags introduced
Years of Praise: From us
GearJunkie hasn’t been around as long as Big Agnes, but we’ve certainly been among the many reviewers who have garnered praise and accolades for its gear.
In 2013 Big Agnes won industry awards for its Fishhook SL2 zipperless tent, including our tent Best in Show.
In 2015, the Rattlesnake mtnGLO backpack tents introduced integrated ambient lighting, with LEDs sewn into the tent body, and won five major industry awards.
Last year we called the Big Agnes Copper spur HV UL2 the Best overall backpack tent. We called them too Diamond Park 30 The sleeping bag “is without a doubt the most comfortable bag we tested” and came in second Best overall sleeping bag.
Win Gear: Big Agnes birthday present
Big Agnes will officially turn 20 on May 1st. The brand’s website is updated during the month and looks back on years of success.
From May 8th to May 31st, the brand is encouraging Camper to stop at one of their homes participating retailers across the country. There, they can fill out an entry form and place it in the contest box to win a Torchlight Camp 20-degree sleeping bag and Q-Core SLX sleeping mat ($ 330 retail).
Every retailer gives away a combination of bag and pad. In addition, the retailers have freebies like t-shirts, water bottles, koozies and other equipment for Big Agnes’ 20th anniversary.
What you win: Big Agnes sleeping mat / bag system
Big Agnes has redesigned that Q-Core SLX Sleeping pillow to be lighter and easier to inflate, deflate and pack smaller. It also stays warmer with PrimaLoft Silver Insulation and has an R value of 3.2 from independent third-party testers.
The three-season Q-Core SLX is 3.25 inches thick and has 3.5 inches larger outer chambers to keep you on the pad. The pad uses staggered I-beams for multidirectional support and stability. A supplied upcycling inflation sack saves you the up and down to fill your bag.
The new Torchlight Camp series The number of sleeping bags is a breeze for car campers to enjoy the customizable fit of the sleeping bag’s expandable side panels. Each panel runs from the shoulders to the footwell and can create up to 10 inches of extra sleeping space when opened. The synthetic FireLine Pro insulation traps and distributes heat and is still packable for short trips.
Celebrate Big Agnes’ anniversary
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This article is sponsored by Great Agnes. Find out more about the brand’s equipment and anniversary competition Here.