My fiancé and I took to camping this summer rather than our previously planned trip to Ireland, Scotland, and England. As we are newly engaged, we didn’t want to sacrifice the romance that the U.K. was bound to provide. So I took a friend’s advice about how comfortable, warm, and cuddly Big Agnes double sleeping bags are — and decided to try them during our camping excursions.
I am happy to report back that the Big Agnes Sentinel 30 and Big Agnes King Solomon 15 are just the ticket for a comfortable and romantic camping experience. The only difference between these two double sleeping bags is how warm the 650 fill DownTek — a water-repellent down insulation — will keep you. The Sentinel 30 is perfect for the summer, while the King Solomon 15 is great for colder conditions in the fall and winter.
To buy: amazon.com, $430
These sleeping bags are specifically made for two people. There is a full zipper on each side of the sleeping bag, which allows you to get out without disturbing your partner. And the materials are very cozy: The soft quilted polyester fabric, combined with the warm polyester taffeta lining inside, kept us warm — but not overheated — all night long.
The flex pad sleeve on the bottom of the sleeping bags might be my favorite feature. On each corner of the bag are pockets that easily attach to a sleeping pad, making it impossible to slip onto the cold ground in the middle of the night.
We combined our bags with the Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SLX sleeping pad. I would highly recommend using the 40-inch by 72-inch size for the double sleeping bags — but two 20-inch by 72-inch pads would work as well. Not only do these pads provide a very nice (and very needed) comfort layer between you and the rocks and dirt, but the insulated Q-Core technology keeps the chill of the earth away from you. The combo is practically bed-like, and it’s a big reason why these double sleeping bags are so perfect for couples.
Be sure to snag the accompanying multi-use sleeping pad air pump — it will save you so much time when blowing up the SLX sleeping pad. Plus, it’s a really cool concept. The pouch-like pump, which pretty much weighs nothing, easily gathers a large amount of air to fill up the pad in just a few pushes. Then, the pouch doubles as a stuff sack for your pad or any other loose items around camp.
Whether you’re looking for a one-night stay at a local campground or a multi-day backpacking trip deep in the wilderness, Big Agnes has your back. Its sleeping bags are packable enough to take anywhere, but comfortable enough to make you forget you’re sleeping on the ground. I have used it in the high Uintas and the southern deserts of Utah — and I can’t wait to take Big Agnes with me on all my future camping adventures.
To buy: amazon.com, $250
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