Better than bed.

With a little more room and a lot less weight, the Big Agnes Women's Ethel Sleeping will make you wonder why you haven't been sleeping outdoors all along.  The Ethel was designed without insulation on the bottom, so Big Agnes was able to make it more roomy and lighter weight at the same time. instead of insulation on the bottom of the bag, which gets smashed down and provides no warmth, Big Agnes gave the Ethel a pocket for your sleeping pad so you could capitalize on its insulating properties without ever rolling off again.

  • 0 degree rating offers lots of versatility for camping in all conditions but the hottest part of summer
  • Downtek treated water repellent down maintains loft and insulating properties when wet and provides anti-microbial and anti-bacterial protection
  • Rectangular shape for more space and greater comfort in multiple sleep positions
  • Nylon microfiber ripstop material for durability
  • Draft collar seals out cold air
  • Full-length zipper with draft tube seals out cold air and allows you to zip left- and right-zipper bags together
  • Full-length sleeping pad pocket so you never roll off your pad again
  • No insulation on the bottom of the bag, pad keeps you warmer than smashed insulation would
  • Insotect Tubic insulation system provides the maximum cubic loft for optimal thermal efficiency
  • Super-light (just 3.25 pounds)
  • Pillow pocket for maximum sleep comfort
  • Includes mesh storage sack and nylon stuff sack

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5 5

First Impression

It?s a dream. Ok, so I?ve only owned it for 3 days, but from what I can tell, it?s a good one. I have tried out the mummy shape bags and they are just not for me. I gotta move and be able to express myself in different positions when I sleep and the mummy held me back. The shape of this bag was the first thing that attracted me to it.

The second thing that I needed was warmth. I freeze easily. With a 0 degree rating, I am hoping to be warm when it?s in the 40s at night. I am also planning on having an inner blanket/liner as well.

The fact that it?s down means it?s light weight. I haven?t actually weighed it myself, but it?s said to be in the 3 pound range. It can also squish pretty small, which is what I need for backpacking. It comes with a mesh storage sack and a smaller bag? known as a stuff sack, though I will not be using it because I have a better stuff sack with straps to cinch it down.

The unusual thing about this bag is that there is no insulation on the bottom. It?s a sleep system bag and is meant to have an insulated sleeping pad slipped into the under pocket. The idea is that insulation is worthless when it?s compresses, which is what you do when you lay on something. So, there is just one layer of fabric that separates you from your sleeping pad. If you don?t have a sleeping pad with this bag, you will not be very comfortable.

The sleeve for the sleeping pad is the full length of the bag. I have seen some other Big Agnes bags where the sleeve is only half the length.

This bag has a sewn in pocket for a pillow. It also has a neck collar. Both of which are very nice.

As mentioned before, the shape of this bag is what drew me to it, right off. I can easily roll over and over. I can have one or both knees up while on my side or back.

I am 5'4 and got the regular size cause I like the extra room. I look forward to sleeping in this bag both in a tent and a hammock. I'll post another review once I use it.

Pad Size

Pad Size

This is what this size pad looks like. It sticks out of the top a bit.

The Underside

The Underside

Full length pad sleeve on a regular size.

3 5

other reviews were right...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Here's the deal with this bag: It's a sleep system bag so an inflatable mat slides into the sleeping bag on the bottom. Here's the catch for the petite size, the pad stops below the hood and below the feet. In other words, if you are 5'6, your head will not be on the pad and your heels will feel the end of the pad and the dead space beyond. The max user height for the petite is probably 5'0-5'2. It's certainly warm and reasonably light, but the design confines you to sleeping on your back or stomach. So 3 stars for today.

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Why doesn't this work for side sleeping?

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If I remember correctly, there isn't enough room for you to get lay on the side without bending the pad. I returned it.

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I have this bag's sister, Roxy Ann (rated to 15F instead of 0F), and am able to easily sleep on my side, even being able to bend my legs and bring my knees up to my midriff area with no problem. For reference, I'm 5'1" and weigh 120 pounds, and I have the petite version of the bag.

Does anyone know the compression sack size...

Does anyone know the compression sack size for this bag?

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You can possibly pull off a medium in a few brands, but large is generally the size you'll want in most. Rule of thumb is to take the original stuff size of your bag +/-(in this case, 9x20") and use that as the baseline for your compression sack sizing. You might get an inch or two more diameter, but you're not going to lose any ability to squish it down to the max lengthwise. You get too small to start, and stuffing the bag gets to be a real hassle, especially if you opt for something waterproof with a roll-top.

Looking for a bag with these larger...

Looking for a bag with these larger dimensions EN-rated to under 20F with insulation all around. Anyone know of one (or more) to suggest?

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Old question, but here you go, Neil- I'm really partial to the Western Mountaineering Badger MF. Nice, wide bag. Legitimate rating to 10 degrees -. It's a real go-to piece of gear for me.