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Apr

25

2012

Tested: Big Agnes Horse Thief SL

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The Claim: The Big Agnes Horse Thief SL sleeping bag promises “superlight” weight savings, plus warmth to 35 degrees. 

 

The Trial: I burrowed into the Horse Thief on summer nights in a tent near 10,000 feet, chilly fall outings at lower elevations, and on winter car-camping excursions when frost formed inside the windows. 

 

The Verdict: The medium bag weighs in at 1 pound, 11 ounces. It’s on the hefty end of the scale for pure light and fast expeditions, but if you’re not gunning for speed records, this value-packed bag saves weight and pack space. A Pertex Quantum shell (rip-stop nylon) holds up to heavy use, and it lets you pack the bag smaller than a football. The Horse Thief’s 800-fill goose down delivers three-season warmth. A nylon taffeta lining offers luxurious comfort. And of course, Big Agnes uses their trademark integrated bag and pad system. A sleeve on the underside of the bag—designed for any pad 20 inches wide—keeps you on top of your pad throughout the night. $360–$380; bigagnes.com  —Olivia Dwyer

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