Big Agnes is introducing a line of technical backpacks for Spring 2022, a first for the 20-year-old brand.

The collection of six backpacks ranges from 20-liters to 63-liters, made with GRS-certified recycled nylon fabric.

Core to the collection is the “Trash Can” accessory on most models and a campaign, in conjunction with Leave No Trace, aimed at reducing litter on public lands.

“Our new pack line leverages over two decades of product design and development experience,” said Bill Gamber, co-founder and president, Big Agnes. “The market is full of some impressive products, but we’re bringing fresh new ideas and a commitment to recycled fabrics to the category. As a brand, we’re excited to finally have backpacks to complement and carry all our award-winning gear.”

The 45-liter to 63-liter packs will also be offered in women’s specific fit models. All of the packs in the collection are constructed with GRS certified, recycled Mipan regen robic high-tenacity nylon containing a solution-dyed ripstop grid.

Essential to the pack design is the proprietary Load Wrangler and Load Wrangler+ suspension systems that offer easy to set, precise fit for a well-balanced load delivered through features including the Hoist Compression System and Open Range Hip Belt System. Hydration bladder sleeves, accessible pockets, daisy chain webbing, and other core features are also included.

The Big Agnes backpack collection includes:

  • Prospector 50 liter and Women’s Sun Dog 45 liter ultralight backpacking packs designed for shorter-duration overnight pursuits;
  • Parkview 63 liter and Women’s Garnet 60 liter lightweight backpacking packs designed for extended excursions, featuring custom-injection molded frame sheets anatomically engineered to fit the body and maximize torsional stability;
  • Impassable 20 liter top-loading daypack with an internal laptop/hydration sleeve and compartmentalized storage;
  • Ditch Rider 32 liter minimalist, roll-top daypack with an internal laptop/hydration sleeve, designed for versatility on and off the trail.

The packable 7-liter Trash Can easily attaches to the backpacks for collecting litter and is made from the same fabric as the packs. It is included with the 45-liter to 63-liter packs but is also sold separately as an accessory.

“Our Trash Can has one purpose—to clean up our public lands and give back to a global organization that’s working to help make it happen,” said Gamber. “We wanted to provide an easy way to collect the large and small garbage that’s littered along trails, rivers and in campgrounds. Through some post-work product testing, our employees determined that the Trash Can holds at least 36 crushed aluminum cans.”

The Trash Can is the latest environmentally conscious offering from Big Agnes, joining the brand’s TwisterCane BioFoam Pad and Solution Dyed Fabric Tents that launched earlier in 2021 offering sustainable benefits. For the backpack launch, Big Agnes has partnered with Leave No Trace and will donate a portion of the sale from every pack and Trash Can to the organization. All Trash Cans will include an informational card to drive awareness of Leave No Trace’s mission and to educate consumers on backcountry best practices.

“Big Agnes has been a longtime partner of Leave No Trace, and we’re excited to collaborate with them on their upcoming pack launch,” said Dana Watts, Leave No Trace executive director. “We love the energy and commitment they have put into reducing trail and campground litter, and we’re excited to be a partner in their education campaign.”