Fiery warmth on frigid nights under the stars.
From camping out in the snowy landscape of your favorite national park to setting up base camp on an icy glacier, the Big Agnes Women's Ethel Sleeping Bag retains fiery warmth when the temperature plummets on clear winter evenings. Its contoured shape maximizes interior room for a restful night's sleep, but without adding excess bulk on long treks into the backcountry. 650-fill DownTek insulation maintains superior loft in cold, damp environments, courtesy of a water-repellent treatment that fends off humidity and moisture.
Big Agnes engineered the Ethel with Isotect Flow construction to prevent down from migrating and clumping together. Because of this construction technique, the Ethel retains uniform heat distribution so cold spots don't leave you shivering inside your bag. Another innovative feature is Big Agnes' Sleep System, which allows you to slide a rectangular sleeping pad inside the bottom sleeve of the bag. This creates a secure bag-to-pad interface that keeps it from sliding around, and just as importantly, it allows the sleeping pad to insulate the bag's bottom surface where heat loss is most prevalent.
- Toasty down bag for winter camping and alpine adventures
- Rated to 0-degrees Fahrenheit for warmth on frigid evenings
- 650-fill DownTek insulation with water-repellent treatment
- Isotect Flow construction maintains even heat distribution
- Contoured shape maximizes space for restful night's sleep
- No-draft collar prevents cold air from stealing heat
- Bottom sleeve fits a rectangular sleeping pad
- Based in Colorado's Rockies, Big Agnes makes premium camping gear
- Q & A
Big fan of BA and Ethel is great!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I really like Big Agnes' sleeping system with no insulation on the bottom of the bag. I think it is efficient and ergonomic (helps a little with the weight of the overall bag). I spent a long time looking a new sleeping bag and ended up biting the bullet on this bag and I love it so far! The sizing is perfect for me. I am 5'2 and the petite fits great with a little bit of wiggle room to spare. I haven't brought this bag into super cold weather (only around 30-40's) but it kept me super toasty on some more mild backpacking trips. We will see how things go on colder, winter camping trips, I am pretty hopeful though! Just to note, I am a warmer sleeping overall and have never had trouble getting cold. I think overall that BA tends to run a bit warmer than their ratings by a little but finding a solid pad helps out if youre a colder sleeper.
Great sleeping bag
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Bought as a gift and this is what they had to say:
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I recently did a comparison between the Ethel and the Roxy Ann, on a mountain biking trip to Grand Junction.
I own the Roxy Ann, but demoed the Ethel. The Roxy Ann has been fine for my backpacking trips, so far. But, I run super cold. So there's no question that I preferred the Ethel. I know it would take up more space in the pack, but it's worth it to me, since I really value a warm and snuggly sleep.
I typically have my dog with me who fits inside the bags, but didn't have her on this trip. Would be interesting to see if I'd have been too warm with her, but probably not. Too warm is never an issue for me.
Love the Big Agnes Sleeping system that attaches your bag to the sleeping pad, too! You can Toss and Turn, stress free!
I love this bag
I recently took this bag on a backpacking trip in the Sierras and it worked perfectly. The pad system was super helpful since I didn't have to worry about the pad shooting out underneath me while I slept. The only things I'm not in love with is the zipper tends to jam, although it's pretty easy to fix it it's still annoying when it happens in the middle of the night. Also, I'm 5'11" so even with regular size it's a little small for me. Otherwise it's lightweight, easy to pack and super comfy.
Bought this for my gf. She loves it. The pad holder is really nice if you are an active sleeper.
Women's Classic Series Down System Bags
Big Agnes Women’s Classic bags are designed to feel more like the comforter on your own bed. They provide an overall more comfortable and cozier sleeping experience than ever before with a semi-rectangle shape and Insotect Flow™ construction that keeps the insulation next to your body for more efficient heat distribution. The new polyester mini rip-stop microfiber shell fabric is softer than ever with a water repellent finish. These bags are taller across the top so you can roll over more freely while the Free Range hood allows you to move unrestricted while staying hooded. They’re so comfortable, you won’t want to go home. (note: prior year colors shown in video, otherwise, all features are current)
Ethel The Excellent.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I really, really dig this bag. It's warm, roomy, and comfortable. I picked up a Petite - I'm 5'3" and there's more than enough room to roll around AND fit my little, 30-pound mini heeler in it (she's a little weenie when it comes to cold temperatures, plus her snuggle game is on-point). Ultimately, it's a pretty big game changer from my old synthetic sleeping bag and is dependably cozy.
The 650-fill, water-resistant down is surprisingly lightweight and lofty. For some reason I have this preconceived notion that 650-fill is heavy like burlap, but it's not (lol I'm a dork). On its maiden voyage, I took the bag camping in the desert and at one point it started snowing in the middle of the night and with a little extra layering on my part (fleece pants and a puffy jacket in addition to my baselayers / beanie / socks), I was roasty-toasty warm. The hood is super generous and the built-in sleeve (with pillow retainer) is a huge selling factor for me. I slip and slide and wiggle in my sleep so much, so keeping all my cushion in one place was a breath of fresh air.
I'd recommend picking up an insulated sleeping pad because there's no down insulation in the backside of this bag, which is actually a really cool design feature by Big Agnes. So, yes, the bag is stuffed with lofty down in the hood, footbox, and everywhere else atop the bag, but there's nothing but a sleeping pad sleeve on the backside. For good reason, of course - when you snooze in a sleep sack, you inherently compress the insulation between you and the sleeping pad, in turn rendering the insulation a shade obsolete. So, what Big Agnes did was remove the insulation and instead equipped you with a sleeping pad sleeve that allows you to keep the insulation (in the insulated sleeping pad) directly beneath you, in turn allowing the insulation in the pad to stay lofted, and you stay warm.
However, it's in important to note that on my first go with this bag, I did not use an insulated sleeping pad - I have a set of sleeping pads that I rig together to form a mattress, so I slept atop those and shoved my Therma-Rest Prolite sleeping mat in the sleeve, and honestly the combo worked really well. Also, Ethel comes with a stuff sack and a storage sack, but I picked up a compression sack to bolster the bag's backpacking versatility, so I'm able to squish it down to a manageable size and fit it in my pack with ease.
Mini-Qualms: I do sort of wish that the pocket was on the inside of the bag, rather than the outside. Also, zipper has a propensity for getting caught on the draft tube, but it's easily un-stick-able.
But yeah, at the end of the day, this bag is great. If you're looking for something that easily waffles between car camping and backpacking, Ethel is up to the challenge.