Fiery warmth on frigid nights under the stars.
From camping out in the snowy landscape of your favorite national park to setting up base camp on an icy glacier, the Big Agnes Women's Ethel Sleeping Bag retains fiery warmth when the temperature plummets on clear winter evenings. Its contoured shape maximizes interior room for a restful night's sleep, but without adding excess bulk on long treks into the backcountry. 650-fill DownTek insulation maintains superior loft in cold, damp environments, courtesy of a water-repellent treatment that fends off humidity and moisture.
Big Agnes engineered the Ethel with Isotect Flow construction to prevent down from migrating and clumping together. Because of this construction technique, the Ethel retains uniform heat distribution so cold spots don't leave you shivering inside your bag. Another innovative feature is Big Agnes' Sleep System, which allows you to slide a rectangular sleeping pad inside the bottom sleeve of the bag. This creates a secure bag-to-pad interface that keeps it from sliding around, and just as importantly, it allows the sleeping pad to insulate the bag's bottom surface where heat loss is most prevalent.
- Toasty down bag for winter camping and alpine adventures
- Rated to 0-degrees Fahrenheit for warmth on frigid evenings
- 650-fill DownTek insulation with water-repellent treatment
- Isotect Flow construction maintains even heat distribution
- Contoured shape maximizes space for restful night's sleep
- No-draft collar prevents cold air from stealing heat
- Bottom sleeve fits a rectangular sleeping pad
- Based in Colorado's Rockies, Big Agnes makes premium camping gear
- Item #BAG00A7
- Q & A
Ethel The Excellent.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I really, really dig this bag. It's warm, roomy, and comfortable. I picked up a Petite - I'm 5'3" and there's more than enough room to roll around AND fit my little, 30-pound mini heeler in it (she's a little weenie when it comes to cold temperatures, plus her snuggle game is on-point). Ultimately, it's a pretty big game changer from my old synthetic sleeping bag and is dependably cozy.
The 650-fill, water-resistant down is surprisingly lightweight and lofty. For some reason I have this preconceived notion that 650-fill is heavy like burlap, but it's not (lol I'm a dork). On its maiden voyage, I took the bag camping in the desert and at one point it started snowing in the middle of the night and with a little extra layering on my part (fleece pants and a puffy jacket in addition to my baselayers / beanie / socks), I was roasty-toasty warm. The hood is super generous and the built-in sleeve (with pillow retainer) is a huge selling factor for me. I slip and slide and wiggle in my sleep so much, so keeping all my cushion in one place was a breath of fresh air.
I'd recommend picking up an insulated sleeping pad because there's no down insulation in the backside of this bag, which is actually a really cool design feature by Big Agnes. So, yes, the bag is stuffed with lofty down in the hood, footbox, and everywhere else atop the bag, but there's nothing but a sleeping pad sleeve on the backside. For good reason, of course - when you snooze in a sleep sack, you inherently compress the insulation between you and the sleeping pad, in turn rendering the insulation a shade obsolete. So, what Big Agnes did was remove the insulation and instead equipped you with a sleeping pad sleeve that allows you to keep the insulation (in the insulated sleeping pad) directly beneath you, in turn allowing the insulation in the pad to stay lofted, and you stay warm.
However, it's in important to note that on my first go with this bag, I did not use an insulated sleeping pad - I have a set of sleeping pads that I rig together to form a mattress, so I slept atop those and shoved my Therma-Rest Prolite sleeping mat in the sleeve, and honestly the combo worked really well. Also, Ethel comes with a stuff sack and a storage sack, but I picked up a compression sack to bolster the bag's backpacking versatility, so I'm able to squish it down to a manageable size and fit it in my pack with ease.
Mini-Qualms: I do sort of wish that the pocket was on the inside of the bag, rather than the outside. Also, zipper has a propensity for getting caught on the draft tube, but it's easily un-stick-able.
But yeah, at the end of the day, this bag is great. If you're looking for something that easily waffles between car camping and backpacking, Ethel is up to the challenge.