Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15
EN comfort rating: 27 degrees F. Fill: 650 DownTek 49oz ($279, www.bigagnes.com)
The Big Agnes Lost Ranger is EN rated to a comfort of 27 degrees for the average male, which we found to be accurate in field testing. A durable water repellant shell is filled with 650 fill DownTek, which has a similar weight-to-warmth ratio as a high-end synthetic. With this fill it’s no surprise that at 3 pounds one ounces, it’s the second heaviest bag. The tradeoff is that it’s the most spacious sleeping bag in the review. One could say the Lost Ranger is half sleeping bag, half quilt. The bottom half has no insulation, instead using a sleeping pad sleeve matched to the Big Agnes Double Z pad. In fact there is so much room inside, that a base layer is mandatory in cooler weather because there is too much dead space.
The Lone Ranger rates high on the sleepability scale as the most comfortable option for larger sleepers or those who toss and turn. An elastic cord is used for the mummy hood and generous draft collar. We like the velcro latch to keep the zipper from coming open during the night. In the stuff sack, the Lost Ranger is on the bulkier end of the spectrum, but it’s still possible to fit it in a whitewater kayak. If you have a long trip with few or no portages and want to sleep like a king, the Lone Ranger from Big Agnes might just be the best pick. And it’s hard to ignore the significantly cheaper price when compared to other down bags.
Caveat: It only matches well with the Big Agnes Double Z insulated pad.
Best for: If you’re going to own one bag for mostly car camping with the occasional overnight trip, or canoe trips without portages.
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For those on a tight budget
Best for expeditions with lots of hiking or portaging
Not sure where your paddling will take you? This one can do it all.
Best for tall people with active legs
Best for wet conditions
Best for immobile sleepers who need the smallest-packing bag