Big Agnes Sleeping Bag Temp Ratings

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by markjenn, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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    The biggest hurdle to a goods nights sleep is to not have to a leak at O dark thirty, 10 degrees........:lol3
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  2. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    I have the BA synthetic 0 degree bag. My shoulders would not fit in the standard bag, so I resorted to buying the bigger bag. I really like the idea, but i also have a +15 degree bag that is synthetic bag of another (el-cheapo) brand. It is MUCH warmer than the BA bag, has more hollofill in it ect. I put a liner in it that is suppose to make a 15 degree differance, but still freeze at anything below 30F. I'm 58 yrs old and i know that i don't sleep as warm as I used to, but this last hunting trip was almost too cold. We packed in about 4 miles and high altitude,nights were low 30's F and i wans't too warm in it. I use thier insulate air core as well.
    I like the idea, of the BA system, but not enough holofill in it, and their customer support SUCKS. But thats another story.
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  3. Jaws

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    I have two 30 deg bags. One is a 20 year old Slumberjack and the other is a new BA. I froze my a** off in the BA but thought it was just me. The BA is a nice compact bag for packing but I'll be using the Slumberjack in the cooler temperatures.
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  4. boxermoose

    boxermoose Now fully goosed

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    It's really simple - The same guy who does EPA mileage estimates for cars moonlights as a sleeping bag temp inspector
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  5. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    What pad are you using?

    Is there too much dead space in the bag? Are you "filling" a park series bag?

    Also, you really need to get a bag thats rated for around 20 degrees less than your anticipated temps.

    But every person is different. You say you were cold in 55-60 degree temps. I'd be comfortable in those temps with just a fleece sleeping bag liner.
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  6. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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  7. MTC

    MTC n00b

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    I have been useing a BA Skinny Fish that is rated to 20F BUT its not even close to that :cry
    I do admit that I have NOT tried useing a better air pad ?
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  8. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    This is important -- there really can be no objective measure of comfort, as everyone is a little different -- further, most folks wind up being "colder" sleepers as they age (you don't have to ask how I know) . . ... .
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  9. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    Ba summit park and exped 9dxl here.

    I am fairly warm blooded. Earlier this fall I had it to about 30 degrees F.
    by morning my toes were just the tinyest chilly. A pair of socks would have done the trick, or perhaps I should have usef my cocoon coolmax liner.


    I think the comment about adding 15-20 degrees F is about right..

    K
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  10. Ghostyman

    Ghostyman Been here awhile

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    I've got a BA Hog Park (20deg) and insulated large pad. I'm 6'1" and 230lbs and I'm debating getting one of the normal sized bags. The Hog Park is very comfortable and I like having extra room but I find that there is definitely a lot of air space to warm up when I get in.

    I've started putting a bottle of water near my campfire to warm up and then tossing it into the bag before I get in. Warming up a cold bag takes a lot of energy so if your bag is warm before you get in, you will be much more comfortable.

    Anybody around my size who can comment on the fit with the "normal" size bags?
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  11. Dr Klaun

    Dr Klaun Been here awhile

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    All intersesting comments. I've been using the BA sleep system (insulated air pad and 15 deg. bag) for about 5 years and agree that I tend to be cold even in mild temps (40's). I'm glad to know it's not just me... I've stayed away from down, due to previously living on the PNW wet side for 15 years, but now that I'm "dry" I may go that route.

    I've had many bags over the years and have always had a tough time finding the right "fit" for temperature. Someday in hell I'll meet the persons responsible for this problem.:evil

    I also agree that most temps are the ratings in which you won't die from exposure, rather than have a comforable sleep. Damn, now I'm going to have to spend more $$.
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  12. bikefree

    bikefree misadventurer

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    I have a 30 degree Silver Creek BA bag with insulated BA pad. Best sleeping experience ever. Extremely comfy, lots of room, comfortable pad and I have been warm at 35 degrees. Haven't tried at lower temps. The pad is great. I never roll off and is thick enough for me as a side sleeper. Only complaint with the Silver creek is that it packs extra large. Can't hike in with this bag and takes up pretty much room on the bike but well worth it.
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  13. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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  14. TTTom

    TTTom some guy on a bike

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    I've got exactly the same bag and I'd agree it might be better rated at 45-50 degrees.

    I like a lot of other things about it... it's roomy and comfortable, it packs really light and small, etc. but it's definitely a summer weight bag.
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  15. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    All the Park bags are long I think. On cold nights I fill that extra space with my clothes for the next day.
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