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Outside Magazine Names Big Agnes as One of America’s Best Places to Work

(Steamboat Springs, Colo.) – Big Agnes, a leading manufacturer of sleeping bags, pads and tents, has been named to Outside magazine’s “Best Places to Work” list. The company is amongst the 100 most progressive businesses in the country that set the standard for healthy work-life balance.

“To be chosen as one of the best places to work in the US makes everyone at Big Agnes proud,” said Bill Gamber, founder and president of Big Agnes. “The recognition reflects our phenomenal staff who are passionate about creating a rewarding workplace and are enthusiastic about the Big Agnes work-hard, play-hard mentality.”

Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies that emphasize a work-life balance, a healthy, active lifestyle, and the willingness to give back. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.

To this end, Big Agnes donates to national and local non-profits including Leave No Trace, The Conservation Alliance and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, among others. Employees are encouraged to participate in mid-week camping trips and to take advantage of the endless backpacking, skiing, riding and running out their back door.

”We’re proud to publicize the efforts of these 100 companies,” said Outside editor Christopher Keyes. “They each show a real commitment to creating active, healthy work environments and put a premium on innovative benefits. Year after year, Outside’s Best Places to Work program demonstrates that America’s most successful companies are the ones that consistently promote true work-life balance for their employees.”

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 or call 1-877-554-8975.

About Outside
Outside is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 30 years, Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books. Visit us online and on Facebook.