Big Agnes Amber SL 30º
I like the Big Agnes design in general, but this bag…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150
I like the Big Agnes design in general, but this bag falls a little short in a lot of respects.
- Fairly lightweight
- Roomy in the shoulders
- Pad sleeve system works great
- Leaked a lot of down through seams
- No full zipper or foot venting
- Zipper snags
I have the 2011 version (wine with yellow stripes). In general the pad sleeve system is great. I toss and turn a lot and you never get tangled up in a Big Agnes.
I have another Big Agnes Yampa that has the full length pad sleeve and was sceptical of the half sleeve with a strap to secure the pad on the amber, but it works very well and allows your legs to be unrestrained to curl up or move around.
Also the bag has a good cut with a lot of room in the shoulder area, but trimmer in the foot to keep heat in. This is a 800 fill bag (recomended) and weighs 2 lbs 4 oz in reg size (fits to 5'10" well).
Drawbacks, I have found the temp rating on both my Big Agnes bags optimistic. I would say this is 15 degrees colder than the rating or a 45 degree bag (not 30) ( I would say the same about the Yampa at 55-60 degrees, not 45 as rated). Maybe I sleep cold, but compared to my other Marmot and MTN Hardwear bags they seem colder for the same rating. This alone is OK if you know it in advance and get a bag with a warmer rating by about 15-20 degrees warmer or are using it as a summer only bag.
This bag has a 3/4 zipper that is not a two way. I have warm feet and found I had to hang them out the side up by my knees for a while till later in the night, meantime I could only drape the top over my torso not just unzip the foot like a two way zipper will allow.
Also the zipper would pop off track at the bottom if you unzip completly, so now you have to rethread in the dark to zip it up again (sucks). Also the zipper snagged all the way up, but to its credit was very smooth opening down toward your feet! (It should be full length and two way all around the bottom of the foot or have a separate foot zip.)
Also the attached pad sleeve is set up to end at the end of your neck, this can make your head hang off the pad if you use a separate pillow and don't zip the hood around your face. If you try to put the pillow inside it must be tiny otherwise when you zip up the bag and draw the hood it forces your face is down into the bag body and your mouth and nose don't match the opening.
There is a small built-in pillow sleeve on the inside, but it is attached kinda funky, I tried stuffing my Primaloft sweater in it but it has no closure so it pops out in the night. It could be a better design if it was attached under the head of the bag, and more securely and zipped up. Then it would stay in place all night and not take up room in the hood. I have an Exped mat over cover/chair kit designed like this and it works super!
The only way I could get this to work was to stuff my inflatable pillow between the bag and pad (but it slipped around and was annoying!). I guess I will modify it somehow.
Anyway, hope to find a replacement in the Big Agnes design that's built better.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Big Agnes System is different than the traditional sleeping bag on top of a sleeping pad. With Big Agnes, the pad slides into an integrated sleeve on the bottom of the bag, and the top two-thirds of the bag is insulated in the traditional style. We el
- Teton Village Sports
Integrated half pad sleeve with unique design keeps you securely attached to the pad from the hips up while allowing freedom of movement for your legs, more like a traditional mummy bag. Never roll off you pad again Half pad sleeve with adjustable strap holds ANY 20" wide rectangular or mummy shaped pad Mummy shape decreases weight & packed size Recycled mesh storage sack & nylon stuff sack included Built in pillow pocket holds a fleece or Big Agnes pillow Interior fabric loops for sleeping bag liners Petite SL bags feature a 60" YKK #5 zipper. Regular SL bags feature a 70" YKK #5. Mate together any of our left and right zip bags with the same size zipper. No-draft collar seals around neck to keep cold air from sneaking in No-draft wedge insulates the connection betwen the bag and the pad No-draft zipper tube insulates along the length of the zipper Shell and Pad Sleeve: Pertex Quantum rip-stop nylon. Featherweight, high thread-cout fabric that is soft as silk with a small packing volume. WR surface treatment to repel water Lining: Ultralight, high thread count, soft nylon taffeta Flow(TM) Construction: Insotect Flow(TM) is a flow-optimized insulation system that delivers uniform heat distribution and natural body contouring through its revolutionary baffle design. Flow Construction eliminates lateral and vertical down shifting by using vertical chambers with Flow Gates to regulate fill positioning and density. Strategically placed Flow Gates minimize vertical down shifting while vertical chambers minimize lateral shifting. With continuous vertical Flow chambers in place of traditional side seams, Flow bags eliminate potential cold spots which can occur with side seams. Vertical baffles now flow with your body for more rapid and uniform body heat distribution. petite/up to 5'8" regular/up to 5'10" Pad Size Any 20" wide Any 20" wide Color gray/turquoise gray/turquoise Fill Type 800 fill goose down 800 fill goose down Fill Weight 9oz 10oz Bag Weight 1lb 12oz 2lb Shoulder Girth 65.5" 67.5" Hip Girth 53" 55" Foot Girth 42" 43" Stuff Sack Size S-7.5"x15" S-7.5"x15" Compressed Bag Size 7"x6" 7"x6.5"
- Mountains Plus
On Sale. Free Shipping. Big Agnes Women's Amber SL 30 Degree Sleeping Bag DECENT FEATURES of the Big Agnes Women's Amber SL 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Integrated half pad sleeve design Mummy shaped bag Pillow pocket Liner loops 60in./152cm YKK #5 zipper 70in./178cm YKK #5 zipper Mate together left and right zip bags Mesh storage sack and nylon stuff sack No-draft collar, No-draft wedge, No-draft zipper The SPECS Temperature Rating: 30deg F / -1deg C Stuff Sack Size: S: 7.5 x 15in. / 19 x 38 cm Pad Size: 20in. / 51 cm wide Pertex Nylon shell fabric Nylon taffeta lining Flow Construction Fill Type: 800 fill down insulation The SPECS for Petite Fit Up To: 5'10in. / 178 cm Fill Weight: 9 oz / 250 g Bag Weight: 1 lb 12 oz / 794 g Compressed Size: 7 x 6in. / 18 x 15 cm The SPECS for Regular Fit Up To: 5'8in. / 173 cm Fill Weight: 10 oz / 280 g Bag Weight: 2 lbs / 907 g Compressed Size: 7 x 6.5in. / 18 x 17 cm
The Big Agnes Amber Women's Sleeping Bag is a superlight, technical sleeping bag designed for women. Like all Big Agnes Sleeping Bags the Amber uses The Big Agnes integrated pad and sleeping bag system. You'll want to use a mummy shaped Big Agnes pad in either the regular or petite size. The Amber is great for backpacking when high quality, lightweight and comfort are key.