Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Review of Big Agnes Little Red +15 Sleeping Bag - Kids'

Originally submitted at REI

Give them a good night's sleep in the Big Agnes Little Red 15°F kids' sleeping bag that provides softness, warmth and breathability all season long.

Perfect for my little camper

By Travis the Chemengr from knoxville, TN on 9/18/2011


4out of 5

Pros: Roomy, Durable, Adjustable Hood, Warm, Comfortable

Cons: Heavy / Bulky

Best Uses: Cold Conditions, Backpacking, Car Camping, 4 Season camping

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven

Was this a gift?: Yes

I was looking for a bag that would satisfy the following for my 3-yr old:
- Cold weather comfort while not being uncomfortable in the summer
- Kid friendly color scheme
- Also suitable for future backpacking excursions
- Provided some type of design to prevent him from rolling off his pad

This bag satisfied all those requirements. So far he has used in on probably half a dozen occasions with night temps ranging from 49 to 70 degrees. He uses this pad in conjunction with a BA Insulated Air Core, and sleeps very well in it. Even in the summer with night time temps approaching 70 degrees, I just unzipped the lower zipper to allow air circulation into the footbox.

The No-draft collar and zipper tube are fantastic, and I expect to give them a test this October in the Smoky Mountains.

The interior material is a very comfortable and stain resistant cotton/poly blend that is soft to the touch.

My Primary complaint is the overall size of the bag when compressed. It is a bit bulky for backpacking. However, I realize that this is a synthetic bag and I sacrifice pack-ability.

This is still a fantastic bag, and I would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a bag for their little camper.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

My Review of Big Agnes Cross Mountain +45 Sleeping Bag

Originally submitted at REI

The Big Agnes Cross Mountain +45°F synthetic bag is the ultimate rectangular bag for space-conscious, warm-weather hikers and travelers.

Good East TN May thru Sept bag

By Travis the Chemengr from knoxville, TN on 9/10/2011


4out of 5

Pros: Packs Small, Versatile, Lightweight, Roomy, Comfortable

Cons: Inaccurate Temp Rating

Best Uses: Backpacking, 3 Season Camping

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

Was this a gift?: No

Used this bag the first weekend I had it paired with a BA Insulated AC. Temps were predicted to get down to 59 with reasonably high humidity, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. However, I woke up around 6AM to a tent saturated in dew and 51 degrees.

Although I was not uncomfortable during the night (I had on a light base layer and Smartwool socks), I could tell that I was nearing the limit for this bag. The area of primary concern was in the foot box area, however I just threw a light fleece over my feet and all was well again. I consider myself a mildly cold sleeper, but would probably rate this bag as a 50 degree bag.

Before making this purchase I was looking at the Therm-A-Rest Tech Blanket (~55 deg) paired with a light fleece liner to achieve the 45 degree mark. I think this bag was a much better purchase. It packs down unbelievably small (7" dia x 6") and is incredibly roomy with a draw string at the top to reduce heat loss.

One additional selling feature was the fact that I can use it as an overbag for my 30 degree bag to extend it's comfort rating by another 20 degrees while still featuring that comfortable BA integrated pad sleeve design.


19" Clinch River Brown