Big Agnes Torchlight UL 30 Sleeping Bag Review
When it comes to sleeping bags, I have tried a healthy amount across a variety of brands. To be completely honest, I have never tried a Big Agnes bag before. Hailing from one of my favorite places, Steamboat Springs, CO, I should have known how much I would like their Torchlight UL 30 degree sleeping bag. I tried the bag in a variety of conditions and sleeping arrangements. From windy to warm and hammock to tent. I really tried letting the sleeping bag show me where it’s strengths were.
Where I thought the bag really shined due to its extra 10″ of room was sleeping in a hammock. I don’t normally partake in hammock sleeping because I can never get comfortable and toss and turn too much. With the Torchlight UL 30 I could go full fetal position inside the bag and do my normal tossing and turning and not get completely wrapped up in a knot.
Cmon’ it’s stuffed with 850 fill DownTek… it was light and warm. On a 48 degree night in the backcountry, I was warm enough to just have the bag around my waist and feet. The Torchlight UL 30 is perfect for summer camping in the Rockies. While on a 38 degree unprotected “cowboy camping” night, the nylon mini rip stop shell broke the wind swimmingly and really kept me warm with no issue of cold air drafts.
I am 6’0″ 165lbs and tried a regular. This was 100% the right size for me. Personally, I don’t like that extra long foot area, I think it collects cold air and freezes my tootsies. At a regular, there was no issue of cold feet. As far as the girth of the bag, my shoulders measure an astounding 45″ in circumference and there again, the bag fit near perfectly. I had just enough room to roll around inside when the bag was zipped to its tightest setting. In a medium Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack, it stuffs down to a tiny 8″.
Let’s now talk about the amazing expansion zippers on the bag. This is really what sets the bag apart from literally all others. On each side of the bag there are zippers, when unzipped you gain 5″ of extra room on each side… when both are unzipped that is a whopping 10″ of extra bag to snuggle in. The extra 10″ of room turn a standard backpacking sleeping bag into a proud member of our Editor’s Choice Club!
- Anti-snag zippers
- 10″ extra space when needed
- A little pricey
- Light, packable version of expandable sleeping bags for backpacking
- 850-fill down insulation maintains a 30F temperature rating
- DownTek hydrophobic coating keeps the down warm in wetness
- Dual slide zippers expand the bag’s width for extra room
- Riptsop shell treated with water-resistance for extra protection
- Draft tubes cover full-length zipper and Free Range Hood
- Storage and stuff sacks included