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Big Agnes Cabin Creek Sleeping Bag - Doubleis rated4.4out of5by10.
Rated4out of5byLeah BfromWarm and comfy, but with some quirksIf you have ADD and you're looking for the quick and dirty:
* it's a sleeping bag for two...duh!
* pretty lightweight considering it's a double bag. For the price and temp rating, you will not be able to get 2 bags that weigh this little
* very warm, and can easily be used below it's temperature rating, especially if one of you tends to run warm
* packs very small in a 20L compression sack
* reduced weight and bulk with eliminated insulation on the bottom side of the bag (also enables you to choose the type and R-rating of the sleep pad)
* you can cinch the neck portion around your heads to keep in warmth when needed
* almost too hot!
* the flipside of the lighter weight: it is not insulated on the bottom, so you will also need to add in the cost of either an air mattress or two sleeping pads
* because it's nylon, the pillow pocket slides around on the nylon bag and it never stays under your head--pointless IMO
* my biggest complaint: only one zipper pull, so if the person on the non-zipper pull side needs to get up in the middle of the night, you either have to crawl out the top (usually what I do) or crawl over the other person.
Now the longer review:
For background, my husband and I camp once or twice a month in the spring, summer and fall, and then two or three times over the course of the winter, so we needed a decent all-season bag. Previously, we had two old hunting-style bags that were warm enough, but also big and heavy. We would put them together for body heat (wink, wink/nudge, nudge) and this was okay up until the zipper broke on one of them. We were starting to get into backpacking, so we decided to look for a lighter, synthetic bag that we could use for both car camping and backpacking.
We decided on the Big Agnes Cabin Creek mostly because it got great reviews and was a modified mummy design. When car camping, we use it over an inflatable queen mattress, and when backpacking we use it with two 66" (petite) Big Agnes insulated air pads (http://www.rei.com/product/846692/big-agnes-air-core-insulated-sleeping-pad-).
The bag has plenty of room for both of us to move around comfortably and have our own space (he is 5'11, I am 5'1).That said, after having it and using it a handful of times now, we have found it is VERY warm, especially since my husband runs hot in general. In one instance, the temps got to 25-30 deg at night and my husband had the zipper open because it was too hot for him. As mentioned in the list above, there is only one zipper pull and he gets it, so it's no fun for either of us when I have to get up at night! I don't know why they thought this was a good idea on a double sleeping bag?!?
We have found that there is not much of a difference in warmth when we sleep on the insulated queen air mattress versus the Big Agnes sleeping pads (there is a difference in comfort--obviously the mattress wins that one!). I should mention here that we purchased the shorter, petite, 66" air mattresses instead of the regular 72" ones as mentioned by another reviewer here, who said it was hard to get the regular ones into place. The petite ones are easier to get into place, but they do slide around at night, especially if you toss and turn like me. In our case, though, we are glad we got them shorter for a totally different reason: my husband hates when his feet are hot, so he can let his feet dangle a bit off the edge and they stay cooler that way.
As for the pillow pockets, we have the large Thermarest compressible pillows and those fit snugly in the pockets. IMO, though, I'd either go with a small pillow or skip the pillow altogether and just use clothes--softer and adjustable.
All in all, while the 15-degree rating is a bit warmer than we need in the summer months, it's a lot easier to open the bag (or sleep on top of it!) when it's warm than to pack along extra layers of blankets when it's cold. We do enjoy this bag and given the (lack of) double bag options out there, we would recommend this to friends. Keep in mind it does have a few quirks, though, like the one zipper pull on a two-sided bag?!
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated5out of5bymonkeyladyfromGreat for two!!This has been a gerat sleeping bag. Weve used it down to about 20 degrees and had to add a fleece blanket between us and the bag, but when it has been warmer than below freezing, it has performed well. It is roomy and comfortable for two larger ladies. The zipper does stick at times, especially if we have the hood cords tightened at all.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated5out of5byTfast78fromGreat Bag for twoMy wife and I used this bag on a backpacking trip in the Smoky Mountains. We have also used it at the deer camp and in our living room. We love it! It fits perfectly inside of our REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus tent with just enough room for a few extra things in the tent with you. I can't really comment on the warmth of the bag because every time we've used it's has been in mild temps (over 40 degrees). To be honest, the temp rating was the least of my worries because I am a warm sleeper and my wife puts off a lot of body heat. One thing I did like was that I could unzip the bottom on my side by my feet and cool off a little. We have never had any problem with the zippers snagging or anything like that. If you are a couple looking to stay close while camping then this is the bag for you. I hauled it in the bag compartment of my REI Crestrail 70 pack with a Big Agnes compression strap. It packed down very small once compresses. The bag is well used and a year old now so I am confident in my review.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated2out of5bymusiqafromdraftyI really wanted to love this bag, but we took it out on a 35ish degree night and were really cold, even with well-insulated pads. (We're used to sleeping down into the low 20s comfortably.) It's too drafty between two people even with the collar and the (rinky-dink) piece of fabric that's supposed to stop drafts. I guess if you were going to spoon all night and cinch the hood really tightly you might stay warm, but otherwise you've got a gaping hole letting out all your body heat. My partner was worried he'd be too hot, but with the draft he didn't even have to think about unzipping his side of the bag. I'm the colder sleeper and my feet were also freezing because the bag is so gigantic. So, comfy and roomy, yes. Warm, no. I'm just glad we did the test run while car camping instead of backpacking. We'll keep it for really warm nights, but it would have to be about 50 degrees to make it work.
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated5out of5bymumom0901fromMore roomy than I expectedI was leery when my husband wanted to get a double sleeping bag--I had visions of being crammed in next to each other, with no room to breathe. Boy, was I wrong! He is six feet tall, and we had plenty of room in the sleeping bag. The weather was quite nice when we used it for the first time, so we have not tested it in very cold conditions, but we were almost TOO warm in the 45-50 degree night temperatures when we did use it. The adjustable hood worked nicely, and although you have to be careful with the zippers to not get them caught in the lining, it wasn't a big deal if you just paid attention. The ONLY thing that would make it better is if the slot to insert pads was just a little wider.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated5out of5bySailor MasonfromAlmost TOO warm!I bought this to use with my fiance on our "comfortable" camping trips where weight is no issue. This thing is huge! We were able to cuddle comfortably, as well as have a ton of wiggling room. This may as well be a full sized bed. We took it with us to the mountains in 40-50 degree night temperatures and we were actually too warm. So this will be fantastic in the winter, but a little too much for spring/summer. Overall we were extremely pleased with our purchase. This would be a great gift to an adventurous couple.
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated4out of5byMotoRPfromComfortable, Lightweight, and WarmMy girlfriend and I really enjoy this sleeping bag. It doesn't seem to quite live up to it's 15F temperature rating but was comfortable and warm at 30F. I would give this bag 5 stars if it came with the sleeping pads that are required to make it achieve a 15F rating.
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated5out of5byschreiner69fromexcellent purchaseIt had the room, comfort and insulation (with the pads underneath) to reassure my girlfriend that camping is fun. She was pleasantly surprised at how warm such a lightweight bag can be. I was pleased that it packed down to a managable size since I am the pack mule.
Date published: 2013-02-13
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Big Agnes Cabin Creek Sleeping Bag - Double Customer Reviews