Cuddling up inside Marmot's Angel Fire 25-Degree Down Women's Sleeping Bag is a lot like bedding down with a flock of ducks, except totally different. While its 650-fill down insulation keeps you as warm as a wintertime mallard and the Down Defender treatment helps maintain loft in soggy conditions, the rest of the Angel Fire is as un-ducklike as it's possible to be.
The wrap-around footbox and Nautilus multi-baffle hood, for example, provide killer warmth in vital places, while the snagless draft tube and ground-level side seams prevent your warmth from seeping out through the zipper or into the air. Marmot also integrated an internal stash pocket for a headlamp or midnight snack, so you can enjoy easy illumination and fuel up when you wake up in the middle of the night.
- An all-around bag for camping trips and multi-days
- 650-fill down is warm and compressible
- DWR-treated fabric fights off soggy spring conditions
- 25-degree rating is ideal for spring or fall camping
- Internal stash pocket for earplugs or a headlamp
- Snagless draft tube holds your heat in
- Hood draw cord seals you in
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- Q & A
Great Sleeping Bag
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got this sleeping bag, as did one of my hiking buddies. I liked it so much that I purchased one for my grand daughter. We all love them. Warm enough for three seasons. Enough room to scrunch up your knees. Light weight for backpacking. It does have a tendency to leave a few downs on your sleeping fleece. A separate compression sack allows a better fit in your backpack than the stuff sack that comes with the sleeping bag.
Goldilocks is happy with her bed
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Let me start out by telling you all that I am a picky gear nerd and a dirtbag. I live out of my Tacoma to climb, ski, mountaineer, backpack, and bike all the land. As such, I do not have time for half-assed products. I am always looking for gear that lives at the intersection of high-quality performance, affordability, and features.
I needed to replace my beloved 20-year-old Sierra Designs bag. As an avid outdoorswoman, I was looking for a lighter bag with more compressibility. Something in the 700-850 fill range. I have checked out bags from Big Agnes, Sierra Designs, Patagonia, and the Marmot Hydrogen. Sadly, I was not impressed with any of them. The one exception is Western Mountaineering bags, but those were further out of my budget.
Enter the Angel Fire bag. The women's long fits me perfectly. I am 6'1" tall, 155lbs. The Backcountry size chart says the long will fit a woman up to 5'10" but I am very comfortable in this size with room to spare. With 650 fill down is only 1 pound heavier than most of the other bags I checked out and significantly cheaper. The 30D nylon feels very durable and has nice next to skin comfort. The only real downfall is that the 650 down does not compress as small as 700+ down filled bags, but it does feel plusher and overall cozier. I have no problem fitting this bag into any of my packs.
The interior pocket is large enough to fit my phone (I have the small sized pixel 2, not the giant one) and a headlamp. The anti-draft collar is very plush. I can easily roll around and side sleep in the bag without feeling like I am being strangled. The zipper is smooth and easy to operate while inside the bag.
The last thing to discuss is by far my favorite. The short side zipper was a feature that I rolled my eyes at when I first read about it, but it is a game changer for comfort. Leavin that unzipped allows freedom of movement for your arms while you are bundled up, giving the feeling of being in a bed vs a mummy bag. It's also a nice bonus if you have the bag fully opened to use as a quilt because you can stick your arm out and have the bag still wrapped around you.
Overall, I think that this is a great pack for the experienced alpinist and a casual backpacker or car camper. The weight to price ratio is hard to beat compared to many others on the market. I have a Marmot Ouray for winter camping that has been put through the ringer and this Angel Fire feels equally durable. I am sure this will last me many years to come.