A roomy bag that ensures you won’t shiver through any more cold fall nights.
- This Big Agnes bag requires a 20-inch-wide sleeping pad (sold separately) for it to be completely insulated, which makes the bag lightweight and more packable
- The tough, outer nylon ripstop shell features a water-repellent treatment to keep the frosty dew out
- Lightweight, synthetic insulation (made from 97% recycled materials) keeps you cozy as the temps dive and works after it gets a little damp
- An insulated draft collar around your head and a draft tube covering the zipper provide extra protection to keep you toasty despite the cold
- Two levels of insulation—one as a base next to your body and the other to add loft—mean that the bag traps more heat
- Built-in pillow pocket holds a fleece or pillow for an enhanced night of rest
- Interior fabric loops allow you to add a sleeping bag liner during colder spring and fall nights
- A 70-inch YKK #8 zipper down the left or right side of the bag lets you zip it together with a compatible Big Agnes bag (sold separately) for a warm night with a camp companion
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I don't recommend this bag as it is advertised. It now sits in the trunk of my vehicle as an emergency sleeping bag along with the dual core sleeping bag I had purchased with it, as a 0 degree sleeping system. I used the tall version, as I am 6' 3" 195 lbs with an athletic body. It has plenty of room but in no way is this bag rated to 0 degrees. I spent a night in the Holy Cross Wilderness and temps got a s low as the low 20's throughout the night. How do I know? I was up most of the night cold and miserable checking my watch.
In addition the inside of the bag coupled with the BA dual core pad was like a slip n slide all night. Any slight angle and you had to constantly adjust yourself as you would slide to one side of the bag. It was a good concept by BA but it needs more thought. I'm tempted to drive up to Steamboat and dump this on their doorstep.
Don't waste your money on this one, unless you plan on using for car camping in 20 degree weather or higher.
I'm going back to MontBell down fill and a separate pad and sleeping bag system. Sorry Big Agnes. I wanted it to work, I really did... :(
Okay so the picture doesn't show it unrolled, but the product image honestly says it all, really no need. However, I did want to show what my set-up was: a tarp, an Exped 26 incher, and an ultralite Z mat (which was what slid into the Big Agnes's bottom...and hopefully the only thing (hah)).
Weather was calling for 28 degree lows at night for the area code we were hiking in.
don't assume area code forecasts are relevant to people outside of the developed town
the wind was bitterly raking across the mountain all day
I wanted to test the sleeping bag (and exped mat)'s temperature rating by sleeping out under the stars.
Climax and Conclusion:
We hunkered down behind a slope to block us from some of the wind, sparked up the fire, watched our breath and dried our socks.
The technology we had said it was 22 degree's out, without accounting for windchill. I planned for 25 degrees, but thankfully I had just bought the ZERO DEGREE sleeping bag, it should keep me perfectly warm....tentless.
We got to sleep about an hour after dark. I was that giddy kind of happy getting into this sleeping bag. It was cold out, and I knew as soon as I warmed up some of the inside I'd be in heaven. With two layers of loose fitting long underwear and a pair of wool socks on I was going to sleep great!
I woke up at 1am, what little hole was left in the face area I just couldn't cover up. Happily, I wiggled around in the enormous amount of stretching space this bag provides, pulled my jacket over my face and got back to sleep.
4am I woke up from some rustling, turns out my compadres had to get up. Their 30 degree sleeping bags weren't holding any heat, and their super-lite solo tents had iced over inside. They were starting a fire so we could get a couple more hours. Although I wasn't as cold as them and the internal sleeping bag temperature hadn't reached a dangerous level, it was getting quite uncomfortable and I knew I wasn't going to be able to sleep. Needless to say, I stayed in it for another hour, then got up and guzzled tea by the fire. Damn that tea was delicious.
As for the sleeping bag, I originally wanted to give it 3 stars. The only thing I was missing was a tent, which would have blocked the windchill...but there was no way the windchill brought the temperature near zero (later learned it was 18 at it's lowest). So I'm just a little tired of a rating system that is never accurate, by nearly 20-30 degrees every time I try one.
Also, this sleeping bag isn't really the "in your pack" type, as it won't ever compress enough to fit. It's just a big bag. And when attached to the outside of the pack, the fluffy loft is a magnet for thorns and sharp sticks. There needs to be a more rip/puncture resistant stuff sack if you expect hikers to use a bag that won't fit into the internal compartments of their pack.
But then I think about ingenuity of the bag, the fact that it's a U.S. company, and the fact that there are still ways for people who don't want to sleep mummified, to sleep comfortably on the trail. So even though the temp rating was a bit off, the bag got 4 stars and Big Agnes will be getting my future business just because I know no other bag I could have bought at this price would have kept me as satisfied as this one.