Oh starry, desert night.
Fall asleep on a sandy floor with desert towers standing silhouetted against the starry sk, and the Big Agnes Women's Lulu Sleeping Bag keeping you warm in winter. Its fully recycled Hotstream insulation keeps you warm in most winter desert conditions, and it also stays warm in moisture-riddled conditions like the forest. Big Agnes treated the bag's shell to shed moisture for better use in any environment or condition.
The Lulu also features Big Agnes' Free Range un-cinched hood that moves with your head or detaches for versatile convenience, and the vaulted footbox adds extra space for more comfort. Like most Big Agnes bags, the Lulu comes with an integrated sleeve with stretch panels for full-length sleeping pads as wide as 20 inches. There are external loops for airing the bag out, internal loops for adding liners, and a zippered stash pocket for phones and alarms.
- 15F degree temperature rating
- Insotect Hotstream insulation
- Water-resistant shell
- Free Range un-cinched hood
- Draft collar and tube down zipper
- Vaulted footbox
- Integrated full pad sleeve with stretch panels
- External hanging loops
- Internal liner loops
- Zippered stash pocket
- Mesh storage and nylon stuff sacks
- Item #BAG006R
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This bag is amazing for size, weight, and leg room... But if you want to be warm I wouldn't recommend it for anything but summer camping. I used this bag with the Big Agnes Q-Core SL sleeping pad, which supposedly has an R-value of 5. I am definitely a cooler sleeper, but I was beyond freezing for 2 nights in the Santa Cruz mountains. The second night I boiled water and filled my Nalgene bottle to put at the foot of the sleeping bag, wore 2 pairs of merino wool socks, 2 pants, a base layer, a puffy jacket, and a merino wool beanie... And I was still cold in 45 degree weather!
As cool as the design is, I think they need to up their game on the comfort rating of this bag. For the ratings, I feel like a 30 degree discrepancy is inexcusable, even for a cold sleeper. I have since returned the Q-Core SL pad and gotten a Sea to Summit, and I replaced the bag with the Angel Fire from Marmot, which is actually rated at 20 degrees, but 10x warmer. I do not recommend this bag if you are a cold sleeper, unless you plan to only do summer camping. I would have returned it if I hadn't missed the 30-day money back guarantee Backcountry offers.
Now that's better!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have a 10-ish year old Slumberjack sleeping bag and while it gets the job done, it left some things to be desired. Namely, I've found that I don't like mummy bags and I was always cold. Enter the Lulu.
Not quite rectangular, but not quite a mummy bag, I was thrilled when the first night I used it I was able to move my legs around and roll over with ease. Rolling over (I'm a side sleeper) was always a carefully orchestrated maneuver in the old bag. I also loved the draft collar, cradling around my neck for that extra level of coziness. There's a liner sewn into the hood so that your travel-size pillow doesn't escape during the night. There is a zipper pocket in the chest area, but it's too small to hold a phone. Speaking of zippers, the zipper on this goes down to almost my feet, which made getting in and out a breeze. I'm 5-1 and got the petite bag, and had several inches to spare in the bottom of the bag. It was probably in the upper-50's at night and I was perfectly comfortable in capris and a tee, whereas in my other bag I'd need another layer on.
Super happy with this purchase. I haven't tried putting my thermarest pad into the sleeve on the bottom, so I'm not sure if it'll fit. If not, I'll look into one of the Big Agnes air mattresses.