Twelve years ago Big Agnes dove headfirst into the fray of designing gear for the outdoor world. It introduced the unique Big Agnes System (sleeping bags with a pad sleeve on the bottom instead of insulation) and defined a new level of comfort for hitting the sack at night. Now, for the first time since the brand was born, Big Agnes has revived the traditional mummy bag design and redesigned its insulation and technology from top to bottom. The result is Bellyache Mountain SL17-Degree Sleeping Bag, a technical, three-season sleeping bag that conquers wet nights in the spring and cold mornings in the fall.
Perhaps the most notable feature of the Bellyache is the Downtek Insulation. This water-repellent down retains loft, breathability, and insulation value even if the down itself gets wet from rain or moisture. This gives you a serious advantage over traditional down insulation that clumps and lies flat at the first sign of moisture. Even with high-end insulation, a sleeping bag is only as good as the baffles that hold its insulation and the Bellyache uses Flow Construction, one of the most innovative baffle constructions in the industry. Insotect Flow uses a series of vertical baffles with internal gates that eliminate vertical and lateral clumping by constantly evening the distribution of insulation from head-to-toe, thus eliminating cold spots. Along with draft-stopping features like a seal around the neck opening, a wedge between the sleeping bag and sleeping pad connection, and a no-draft tube along the zipper, this sleeping bag offers reliable, regular warmth throughout the night.
Amazingly, for all its cold-and-wet-weather advantages, this sleeping bag maintains a weight well under three pounds. Along with your insulating layer and a wool hat, this versatile 17-degree bag should be an essential part of your kit whether you're pitching a tarp in the Pacific Northwest or pitching a single-wall in the Carolinas.