Appalachian Gear Company, an outdoor lifestyle brand specializing in all-natural performance-based clothing and gear, proudly announces its second consecutive Editors’ Choice award from Backpacker Magazine. In 2019, editors recognized the All-Paca™ Fleece Hoodie for its outstanding performance and versatility. This year, the innovative All-Paca Sleeping Bag Liner has earned the prestigious accolade.

The 100% alpaca All-Paca Sleeping Bag Liner

For more than a quarter century, the Backpacker team has recognized a small group of products that stood out from the rest during their rigorous testing. Winners are typically announced twice annually at the outdoor industry’s biggest trade show–Outdoor Retailer. Since this year’s summer show was cancelled due to COVID-19, winning brands received the news via email, with an official consumer-facing reveal to come in the Fall Gear Guide special issue. Editors selected the All-Paca Sleeping Bag Liner for its unique, high-performing fabric that is unlike anything else on the market.

“The All-Paca Sleeping Bag Liner delivers an impressive dose of warmth in a supersoft, superstretchy package,” says Backpacker Gear Editor Eli Bernstein.

Featuring a proprietary All-Paca micro fleece, the All-Paca Sleeping Bag Liner is made in the USA from 100% alpaca fiber. This lightweight liner adds approximately 15-18° of warmth to cold weather sleep systems, or functions as a standalone sleeping bag in warmer weather. Like all All-Paca products, the bag liner insulates when wet, offers a superior warmth to weight ratio, and has zero added synthetics. Additionally, All-Paca micro fleece is extremely odor-resistant, durable, run-resistant, can be machine washed and dried, and won’t cling. The bag liner features a square shape for maximum movement and works with a variety of bags, including mummy-style bags.

“We’ve been working for years to develop an all-natural, 100% alpaca performance fabric so that outdoor users have more sustainable and eco-friendly options for apparel and gear,” says Appalachian Gear Company co-founder John Gage. “We knew we were onto something with our Sleeping Bag Liner, but the fact that Backpacker Magazine recognizes its incredible performance is a huge honor that we don’t take lightly.”

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About Appalachian Gear Company: Appalachian Gear Company is an outdoor lifestyle company specializing in performance-based clothing and equipment manufactured in the United States. We combine 45 years in the textile industry with countless miles logged on trails across the country to introduce innovative and environmentally friendly products that provide performance and value. Our All-Paca™ garments are made from 100% Alpaca fiber and deliver unmatched breathability, comfort, and performance with less impact on the environment than synthetics. We understand the importance of Getting Out and Staying Out, and believe time spent in the outdoors leads to a happier, healthier life. Learn more at