Big Agnes Pearl

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This sleeping bag is a good bag for people who are…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $189

Summary

This sleeping bag is a good bag for people who are looking for a light bag in not-too-cold weather and not-too-wet weather. I would recommend this for anyone who is looking for a cheaper bag that still offers good quality. It is a Big Agnes bag so it does require a sleeping pad.

Pros

  • Very light
  • Durable
  • Pillow sleeve

Cons

  • Does not repel water
  • Needs a sleeping pad
  • Cold sleepers may be chilly

I have been using this bag for about 2 1/2 years and it has served me well during this time. Most of my trips have been weekend trips instead of long, continued use. I have used the bag down to 35 degrees, and I was decently warm wearing my thermals to bed. However, I am a warm sleeper so a cool sleeper might be a bit cold right at the 30 degree rating. The zipper goes almost to the foot box so it makes for good ventilation for warmer nights.  It does not have a true footbox vent, though.

The fit is nice and loose without being too far from the mummy shape. I don't feel constrained as I do in most mummy bags — I am a very restless sleeper. I have the petite version. I am 5'1" so no length issues there. I can't attest to how it would fit a taller person. It's really easy to get in and out with the full zip.  

The bag's shell has some moisture resistance but it will wet out pretty quickly if water accumulates at any corner of the tent or seeps in as condensation and the bag does not dry in a hurry. The bag is down so once the down gets wet, it will lose much of its warmth factor. If you are spending a lot of time in a wet climate, some of the new drydown options might be better for you.

 The bag compresses down really well, especially with a compression sack. I can get mine down to about the size of a football, maybe a bit smaller. It takes a little time to puff back up and might need a little coaxing, but I pack mine down REALLY tightly.  

The zipper doesn't seem to have a catching problem and everything works the way it should. It has a neck baffle that helps keep cold air out of the body of the sleeping bag, but it does not cinch around your face. It has a little sleeve attached to the bag so you can stuff a fleece or camp pillow in it and it stays put. I love it because I can just throw a bunch of random clothes in it to use as a pillow and they stay together.  

The bag has lasted 2 1/2 years and hasn't gotten any rips or tears, and the zipper has held out well. Remember that Big Agnes bags do not have insulation on the bottom — just a sleeve for a sleeping pad.  It helps cut down on weight and keeps your pad in place if you toss and turn at night.  It is a discontinued bag but can be found in a lot of clearance sales, so it's a great bag for someone looking for a good deal.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Big Agnes's Pearl page.

Retailers' Descriptions

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Integrated full pad sleeve. Never roll off your pad again Extra 2" of girth in hip area Extra insulation in foot and core areas Extra 2" of length in the foot box of the petite size accommodates up to 5'6" Petite length requires a 20"x66" pad YKK #8 zipper. Mate together any of our left and right zip bags with the same size zipper. Size petite mates to bags with 60" YKK #8 zippers. Size regular mates to bags with 70" YKK #8 zippers Rectangular shape offers more room in foot box and shoulders Cotton storage sack & nylon stuff sack included Built in pillow pocket holds a fleece or Big Agnes pillow Interior fabric loops for sleeping bag liners No-draft collar seals around neck to keep cold air from sneaking in No-draft wedge insulates the connection between the bag and pad No-draft zipper tube insulates along the length of the zipper Shell: Down proof, nylon microfiber rip-stop. WR surface treatment to repel water Lining: Soft, breathable down proof nylon with stain resistant finish Pad Sleeve: Nylon rip-stop. WR surface treatment to repel water 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.

- Mountains Plus

Women are typically colder sleepers than men and most will end up buying a 20 degree warmer bag than the temperature they need. Many women also need a shorter length and a more tapered shape to eliminate the problem of heating wasted space. Big Agnes accommodated these unique needs by expanding on the popular Classic Series design and adding extra room in the waist and additional down fill in the foot and core area. They created the petite size to fit women 5ft 8in and shorter. All Big Agnes Sleeping bags require a pad for insulation on the bottom. The Petite size use a regular 20"x66" pad and the Regular size uses a regular 20"x72" pad. The Big Agnes Pearl 30 is filled with 600 Goose Down insulation and will keep you warm down to 30 degrees. The Big Agnes Pearl 30 is an excellent choice for backpacking light when comfort is also important.

- CampSaver.com

Wider than a traditional mummy bag for increased comfort, the Big Agnes Pearl +30 women's petite sleeping bag features lightweight insulation to keep you warm on all your mild-weather camping trips. Petite length accommodates sleepers up to 5 ft. 6 in. tall. Designed for women, with a narrow cut at the shoulders, more width at the hips and extra insulation in the footbox and torso where it's needed most. Mummy bag features 650-fill-power goose down that offers high loft, superior warmth and excellent compressibility. Ripstop nylon shell is treated with a Durable Water Repellent finish; soft, breathable nylon taffeta lining feels soft against skin. Underside insulation has been eliminated and replaced with a sleeve for a Big Agnes 20 in. wide rectangular pad (pad not included). Comes with a two-way, full-length, locking zipper with big, easy-to-grab zipper pull; draft tube behind the zipper prevents warm air from escaping and cold air from entering. Pillow pocket allows you to stuff extra clothing or a travel pillow inside; interior fabric loops stabilize a sleeping bag liner (liner not included). Big Agnes Pearl +30 women's petite sleeping bag includes a nylon stuff sack and large cotton storage bag. Closeout.

- REI

On Sale. Free Shipping. Big Agnes Women's Pearl 30 Degree Sleeping Bag DECENT FEATURES of the Big Agnes Women's Pearl 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Integrated full pad sleeve Rectangular shaped bag Extra 2in./5cm of girth in hip area Extra 2in./5cm of length in foot box Pillow pocket Liner loops 60in./152cm YKK #8 zipper 70in./178cm YKK #8 zipper Mate together left and right zip bags Cotton 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: M: 8 x 17.5in. / 20 x 45 cm Nylon micro fiber rip-stop Flow Construction Fill Type: 650 fill down insulation The SPECS for Petite Fit Up To: 5'8in. / 173 cm Fill Weight: 10 oz / 295 g Bag Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz / 1134 g Pad Size: 20 x 66in. / 51 x 168 cm Compressed Size: 8 x 8.5in. / 20 x 22 cm The SPECS for Regular Fit Up To: 5'10in. / 178 cm Fill Weight: 11 oz / 318 g Bag Weight: 2 lbs 13 oz / 1276 g Pad Size: 20 x 72in. / 51 x 183 cm Compressed Size: 8 x 9in. / 20 x 23 cm

- Moosejaw