Big Agnes DownTek™ Sleeping Bag Wins Gear of the Year Award - Outdoor Industry Association

Big Agnes DownTek™ Sleeping Bag Wins Gear of the Year Award

For Immediate Release

Carl Johnson
Backbone Media
970-963-4873 x131

Steamboat Springs, Colo. — Oct 17, 2012

October 17, 2012 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) – National Geographic Adventure has named the zero-degree Big Agnes McAlpin SL sleeping bag, featuring DownTek™ water repellent down insulation, as a 2012 Gear of the Year award recipient.

“DownTek™ water repellent down will change the way that people who sleep in the dirt think about sleeping bag insulation,” says Big Agnes co-founder and president, Bill Gamber. “We’ve had tremendous interest in our new traditional mummy bags so it’s wild to have the McAlpin recognized by National Geographic Adventure as one of the top products of the year.”

DownTek™ is a proprietary nanotechnology treatment for down that makes it water repellant, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Even in the wettest of conditions, DownTek™ repels water while maintaining loft, insulation value and breathability. DownTek™ is free of both Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).

In addition to improved water repellency, the McAlpin SL features Insotect Flow™ construction which delivers uniform heat distribution and natural body contouring through its vertical baffle design. These continuous Vertical Thermal Channels™ eliminate potential cold spots and encourage rapid and uniform body heat distribution.

Known for its integrated sleeping bag and pad systems, Big Agnes has expanded its sleeping bag options and now offers traditional mummy sleeping bags. The McAlpin SL is one of ten traditional mummy sleeping bags offered by Big Agnes in 2013.  The McAlpin SL (along with the Bellyache Mountain SL, women’s Lithia Spring SL and women’s Juniper SL) is currently available at select REI locations and

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.  For more information, visit or call 1-877-554-8975.

About Down Decor: Down Decor, manufacturer of DownTek, is a Cincinnati-based wholesale supplier of down to the outdoor and home industries. For more information, please visit

About Insotect: Insotect is the originator of the ground-breaking insulation system concept that has become one of the most significant drivers of performance for sleeping bags in the outdoor gear industry. The company delivers forward-thinking innovation directly related to improved performance and comfort for outdoor gear.