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Big Agnes Encampment +15 Sleeping Bag?

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Offline SA Bill

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Big Agnes Encampment +15 Sleeping Bag?
« on: November 07, 2008, 08:43:34 PM »
My current sleeping bag is turning out to be too over-rated for my tastes. It's a 45/25 rated, synthetic fill, rectangular bag. On my S Rim overnight stay in September, the air temp never got much below 50 but even in my little tent, somewhat protected from the elements, I was barely comfortable with the 25 side on top to provide the most insulation. I like the bag for the most part and it wasn't too expensive but I was expecting it to be warmer than I've experienced. Looks like it will have to be the summer bag and I'll have to find a warmer "cold weather" bag for those times I'm out in <50 weather.

Soooo...I'm looking for a decent, rectangular or semi-rectangular, synthetic fill sleeping bag that won't cost a fortune and weighs less than 4 pounds. In looking around, I checked out the Big Agnes line since several folks here have raved about the Big Agnes bags. The Encampment seems to fit the bill for what I'm looking for. I just thought I'd see if anyone had an opinion on this bag or another Big Agnes bag similar to it.

I'm open to other brands/suggestions also.
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Re: Big Agnes Encampment +15 Sleeping Bag?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008, 03:26:38 PM »
Just keep in mind the Big Agnes bags are designed to be used with a Big Agnes sleep pad.

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Underside insulation has been eliminated and replaced with a sleeve for the Big Agnes REM Air Core Pad, or any 20-in. wide pad (sold separately)

It says "or any 20" wide pad", but I would assume that Big Agnes pads fit the best.

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Re: Big Agnes Encampment +15 Sleeping Bag?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008, 07:56:43 PM »
Hi bdann!
Yeah, I did enough reading to understand about the need for a pad. Sorta makes sense to make a bag that way since you'll be carrying a pad even when using a regular bag. For my only-in-Texas camping, I figure the pad I already have might do fine. I'm just wondering if the Encampment will be any warmer than my current bag. The on-line reviews seem to be split, with some reviewers finding the Encampment plenty warm and others saying it's not warm at all. The way everyone here seems to like their BA equipment makes me lean toward giving the Encampment a try. Might do that if I can find a "deal" somewhere. :eusa_think:
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Re: Big Agnes Encampment +15 Sleeping Bag?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2008, 09:36:45 PM »
I have an REI polar pod 0 degree bag. I have gotten hot in it down to around 30 degrees and I tend to be a cold sleeper. It's not square, but it has more room than some other mummy bags I've tried.
I'm curious about how well the Big Agnes bags work, report back if you get one.
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Re: Big Agnes Encampment +15 Sleeping Bag?
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008, 05:57:34 PM »
I'm a cold sleeper, too, but I can say that it is a lot more cozy being able to be warm than it is being cold and wishing that you were warm! I have a Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30 degree bag (large) and I absolutely love it 'cause it seems to give me the MOST room inside the bag out of all the bags I've used so far...

The temps I've had this thing out for have only been down to the mid to upper 40s though. On that note, if the temps are forecast to drop close to that, I will normally have a fleece liner on hand. FWIW, I also carry a thin liner to use inside this bag since the inside of the bag is made of the same "shell" material as the outside. Being said, it can feel cooler in there than it has to if you are wearing shorts and not much else.

Keep in mind that if you want the bag to be as warm as possible, you should not get a large. You should get a more snug (confining) bag. Also be advised that you can find some good deals on this bad boy on eBay every now and then. I think there is one for sale right now, though cheaper prices can currently found just doing a google for the same bag. Far as reviews for this bag, they vary with almost all of 'em being good reviews. I think that as long as you have warm clothes already on tap for your outing and a good bag, you should sleep through the night pretty comfortably.

I've covered the mattress system before in one of these threads somewhere, but the main point of the pad fitting in the bottom of the bag is that you DON'T ROLL OFF of it anymore. That in itself made for one heck of a beautiful sleep for me on many occasions since switching to this setup. In the past after having used separate pads/bags, I've found myself half on, half off the pad more than once with a rock jutting into my knee or some other tender area. With this setup, you won't have this happen any more. I can't say enough about the system itself. It really works!

Click HERE for a link to those reviews I mentioned...
« Last Edit: November 24, 2008, 05:59:53 PM by stingrey »
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Re: Big Agnes Encampment +15 Sleeping Bag?
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2008, 02:29:12 PM »
So, SA Bill, did you buy this bag after all?  If so, how did it work out?
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Re: Big Agnes Encampment +15 Sleeping Bag?
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2008, 10:08:21 PM »
Not yet...probably after the first of the year.
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Re: Big Agnes Encampment +15 Sleeping Bag?
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2008, 05:22:50 PM »
Camping bag for two with much younger warmer (legal of course) :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
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