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Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby InsaneBoost » Thu May 22, 2014 9:37 am

Has anyone ever used the Big Agnes Sleeping Bags? My girlfriend doesn't like the "tight" feeling from the standard sleeping bags, and I see Big Agnes makes a "wide" version which has more room, and was thinking about getting one for both her and I.

After camping at Marmot Rock and having it drop to the 20's at night, we learned our lesson of not having good bags.

If they aren't good, are there any other bags that have the "wide" feature?

This is what I was looking at: https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Bag/elkpark-20

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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby oldranger » Thu May 22, 2014 5:42 pm

Western Mountaineering makes a bag wide enough for markskor.

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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby maverick » Thu May 22, 2014 5:48 pm

Mike wrote:

Western Mountaineering makes a bag wide enough for markskor.


:lol: That's a good one Mike. I thought he just zipped to bags together on
the Dinkey trip. :unibrow:
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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby rlown » Thu May 22, 2014 6:15 pm

look at http://www.westernmountaineering.com/in ... ntentId=27

It gives you an idea how to size based on, well, size. Us big guys like the Badger, but she might have different dimensions. You should look on where ever the big agnes bags are sold for the same chart.

I don't think Markskor has ever zipped up his bag.


The bag you pointed us to is a -20? why?

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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby AlmostThere » Thu May 22, 2014 6:35 pm

I've heard good things about Big Agnes, and bad. A very petite person borrowed one for a trip I organized and her teeth chattered all night. The problem being - if the bag is far too large to the point that you are swimming around freely inside, there's too much airspace for you to effectively heat up with just your body.

The premise with mummy bags is that they tuck in around you, diminished wasted space, making it easier to stay warm.

I stick with quality down quilts, because they tuck in around me nicely and keep me plenty warm, but fail to be confining - easy to toss them aside.

If you get a bag, find one that fits well enough. I didn't care for the pad-in-sleeve design at all. I prefer tucking in.
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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby rlown » Thu May 22, 2014 6:41 pm

my bag measurement will be different than others. I like my arms to be at my side in a bag when i test it out. I run hot so, a little extra space doesn't bug me.. My last REI bag got a bit tight, but still useful. As AT mentions, excessive airspace in a bag is bad.

Still, you should be looking at 10-20 degree bags in the Sierra, depending on how cold or hot one sleeps.
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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby maverick » Thu May 22, 2014 7:15 pm

-20 degree bag, and less than $200. A down with a similar rating would start at
$600 and go up into $800 range depending on the down quality and shell material.
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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby AlmostThere » Thu May 22, 2014 7:32 pm

They expect you to pair that bag with one of their 25" wide pads. It's no wonder they don't claim it's a backpacking bag... the bag weighs almost 7 lbs and the most comparably rated of their pads weighs another 4 lbs 4 oz!

YOICKS. Wow.
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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby maverick » Thu May 22, 2014 7:55 pm

Did you use a tent on your trip with your girlfriend? Which matt did your use? Both
of these items have a big influence on how warm you will sleep. If the issue is
movement at night for your girlfriend then getting a wider bag is not going to address
the issue and she is going to be even colder because of what AlmostThere mention
about extra airspace your body needs to heat up.
These two bags will address the space and movement issue without adding extra
space, which would only leave the both of your shivering or worse.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q= ... 0277,d.cGU
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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby rlown » Thu May 22, 2014 8:01 pm

what the heck is an arm pocket? might as well just wear clothes an sleep in them.
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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby cmon4day » Fri May 23, 2014 7:55 am

I have a Big Agnes Lost Ranger. It's a 15* down bag with the pad in sleeve. I love having the pad insert as it keeps the bag weight down and when I toss and turn at night, the bag is always on the pad.
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Re: Opinions on Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

Postby InsaneBoost » Fri May 23, 2014 8:37 am

rlown wrote:The bag you pointed us to is a -20? why?

Russ


I noticed it was only $30 more, and figured if we ever wanted to further our camping from the Sierra, in to colder areas, it would cover it, instead of spending another $300+ for another one. Bad idea?

AlmostThere wrote:The problem being - if the bag is far too large to the point that you are swimming around freely inside, there's too much airspace for you to effectively heat up with just your body.


Good to know, didn't know that at all, thanks for pointing that out.

maverick wrote:Did you use a tent on your trip with your girlfriend? Which matt did your use?


Haha, yes, we did, buuuuuuuuuuut, we don't have sleeping bags, so we slept in layers of clothes (pants, thermals, top thermals, gloves, multiple pairs of socks, and a balaclava), had just typical egg shell foam down (probably helped let any heat escape), and then multiple layers of covers. We froze for a good hour, but then eventually got warm and were fine. Definitely a BIG mistake. Also didn't help a snowstorm was coming in.

I just moved from D.C. and she thought she knew the mountains well. Last time I listen to her.
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