Brand: Big Agnes
Model: Encampment 15
5 The 75-denier ripstop nylon shell is the test’s hardiest. “After months of bivvying all over Wyoming, the bag doesn’t have a scuff.” Nor was it fazed in our abrasion test. And the Encampment’s unique Insotect Tubic construction (synthetic sheets are nested together and folded) keeps it lofting better and longer than most other synthetics.
3 “I was warm down to the upper teens,” states our cold-sleeping (large-framed) Wyoming tester. But average-size campers had trouble heating the bag up in temps below freezing. Like many Big Agnes bags, there’s no fill on the bottom, so choose a pad with good insulation. Eco cred: The fill is 97 percent recycled PET from plastic bottles.
3 The whopping 35 inches of width in the shoulders—most bags in this test are around 30—make this a good choice for big folks or restless thrashers.
2 “The large zipper runs like butter,” our tester says. The pillow pocket—a smart feature that won over testers—fits a fleece or puffy. But the Encampment lost points for bulkiness: It compresses to 9 by 19 inches, the largest in this lineup.
1=save your money / 5=perfect gear
Overall score is not an average of others scores; it’s a gut-level assessment of performance and value.The fill is 97 percent recycled PET from plastic bottles.