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Big Agnes Earns Responsible Down Standard Certification

Camping gear brand is now certified to the highest down and feather standard

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 24, 2021)Big Agnes, the Steamboat Springs-based outdoor equipment brand, is proud to announce that it has officially received its Responsible Down Standard (RDS) brand certification. While the brand has purchased RDS down for all of its down sleeping bags and apparel for more than five years, this new certification assures customers that its down has documented chain of custody information throughout the entire supply chain.

“We’re incredibly proud to officially be certified by the highest sustainable down certification available,” said Bill Gamber, co-founder and president of Big Agnes. “Sourcing responsible materials is constantly at the forefront of our designs, and this certification continues to showcase our commitment. This is another big thing for us to celebrate this year, alongside our 20th anniversary and our recent backpacks launch announcement!”

The Responsible Down Standard, established in 2014, is an international, voluntary program that promotes animal welfare by ensuring that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to any unnecessary harm. The certification monitors the chain of custody and ensures that RDS down standards are maintained from the farm to the final product. 

Big Agnes, which has been sourcing RDS down since 2016, is proud to officially be RDS certified after months of work, including a physical audit of the brand’s facilities and products in its Salt Lake City distribution center. This certification is the latest sustainable commitment from Big Agnes, which launched its TwisterCane™ BioFoam Pad and Solution Dyed Fabric Tents earlier this year, offering a multitude of sustainable benefits over traditional sleeping pads and tents. 

About Big Agnes

Named for a peak in the nearby Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, Big Agnes®, Inc. is located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2021. The company produces award-winning sleeping bags, pads, tents, insulated apparel, camp furniture and now backpacks. For more information, visit or call 1-877-554-8975.

About the Responsible Down Standard

The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is an international, voluntary standard that addresses animal welfare in the duck and geese supply chain and chain of custody of down and feather material from certified farms to the final product. Individual sites are certified by independent third-party certification bodies using annual audits.

Material is tracked from the farm to the final product using transaction certificates, following the requirements of the Content Claim Standard. For more information or to apply for certification, visit:

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Calvin Bond, Backbone Media