Take cover in the trees and slide into the Pitchpine SL.
- Big Agnes bags don't have ground insulation and are meant to be used with a sleeping pad (not included) to be completely insulated
- Full-pad sleeve holds any 20-inch-wide sleeping pad and prevents you from rolling off your pad while sleeping
- Pertex Quantum shell fabric is durable but soft, highly packable, and features a water-repellent coating
- Soft, breathable, and down-proof lining feels great against your skin and features a stain-resistant finish in case the blister on your heel pops overnight
- High-quality, 800-fill down insulation features a super high warmth-to-weight ratio to save your shoulders during long days on trail
- Flow insulation system with a unique baffle design distributes heat evenly through the bag to help eliminate cold spots, eliminate bulk, and keep weight down
- Vertical baffle design prevents cold spots and degeneration of the lofty down insulation
- Vertical Thermal channels enhance uniform distribution of heat over the entire length of the bag for greater warmth and fit
- Hoodless mummy shape reduces weight and size
- YKK #5 zipper mates with other Big Agnes bag zippers of identical size to make a two-person bag
- Quilted construction means that shell materials are stitched all the way through with the insulation sandwiched between
- Internal fabric loops allow you to add a sleeping bag liner during colder nights
- Note: sleeping pad not included
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1 lb 2 oz of awesomeness
This is the third Big Agnes sleeping bag that I have purchased - I have a Horse Thief for myself and the Amber bag for my wife. That I own three of these should indicate that I am sold on the Big Agnes sleeping system. I have never been the stillest of sleepers - I tend to fall asleep on my side or stomach and then wake up on my back. In traditional sleeping bags the bag ends up all twisted around me, and getting the bag unzipped is an exercise in frustration. With the integrated pad sleeve, those days are gone. I am 5'9" and weight about 160 pounds and I am using the regular length bag. I will say that the bag is not quite as roomy as its dimensions imply - the bottom being fixed to the sleeping pad definitely restricts some of the 67.5" that is promised. However, that said and done, I can roll from side to side pretty easily. I also have to say that I think this iteration of the Big Agnes bags is superior to that of the past generations - both because they can use rectangular sleeping pads and also because only the upper part of the bag is fixed to the sleeping pad; this means that when you bend your knees or move your feet the bag can move with you. Definitely a good thing!
I have been using this bag with an Exped Synmat UL7 sleeping pad, and it seems to be a perfect pairing. I've used this bag down to the mid 40's comfortably. I do wear lightweight long underwear and socks - something which I try to do as much to protect the sleeping bag as for extra warmth. At the lower temperature range of this bag these are definitely necessary for me. The one thing I would definitely recommend is to either wear a shirt with a hood or a cap. While I personally think that ditching the hood for a 45 degree bag makes a lot of sense, I did have one night where I needed a little extra insulation on my head. A lightweight cap is good insurance to keep around.
If I could change two things about this bag: 1) I wish the regular bag length was 6' - on my stomach my feet are touching the bottom of the bag and 2) I could do without the pillow sleeve - somehow it doesn't really seem to help very much.
I had debated going with a Western Mountaineering sleeping bag instead. Really, I don't think you can go wrong either way. However, I won't be getting rid of this bag to switch over. I am really looking forward to summer camping with this bag - there are lots of nights on the east coast where the temperature doesn't drop out of the 60s, and the bags I've had in the past (rated to 25-30F) were just too warm. The Pitchpine is going to get a lot of use so I should be able to give a better review later on.
Does anybody have any experience with this...
Does anybody have any experience with this version of the Pitchpine? I'm looking for a bag that can go from mid 30's up to around 60 degrees, and weight is definitely an important factor for me. I love the integrated sleeping pad sleeve on the BA bigs as well as the integrated pillow sack. The hoodless feature also works since I like to sleep on my stomach and I never seem to really use the hood. The 9 oz difference between the Horse Thief and the Pitchpine makes me want to think about this bag seriously. As well as these two bags, I'm also considering the WM Caribou and the WM Megalite. The specs for the Pitchpine and the Caribou seem almost identical (the Pitchpine actually has a little more fill and is shorter than the Caribou), but the Caribou is rated to 35 degrees while this is rated to 45 (per BA website). I've done all of the internet spec comparisons, but real-life comparisons would be very helpful.
Write your answer here...I own the pitchpine here in Arizona. I find the temperature rating to be a bit low. I don't really feel comfortable in until about fifty degrees. The problem with the bag is that it's sewn through, no baffling, so there are cold spots.
But other than that it's a fantastic bag. I've taken to wearing extra layers when I go to bed.
I think the difference between the pitchpine and the WM bags is roomyness. I like a roomy bag, and that's what you've got in the pitchpine. I've tried the WM bags and they're pretty tight.