Rating: 5 / 5
I am a big guy (6'3, 330 lbs). My goal was to find a bag that would keep me warm but had enough room that I didn't feel like a sausage in a casing...
This bag is great! I bought the long version (which is a bit wider too) and the matching air core pad. (they make an insulated pad, but it was a bit heavier and more expensive)
Set up is very easy. There is a slit at the bottom of the sleeping bag so you can stick your arm in and pull the pad through the built in sleeve. (I found it was easier to partially inflate the pad first)
The first time I set up and slept on this sleep system, I was freezing cold and thought I had made a mistake purchasing it. Turns out, I didn't have the pad in correctly. The pad inserts inside a built in sleeve in the sleeping bag that starts about where your shoulders would be. Once the pad is all the way in the sleeve, you have to kind of bend it to put the remaining part of the pad in the sleeve where your head will be (if that description makes sence). I did not do this; I just put the pad in the bottom half of the sleeve and called it good. Well, during the night the pad shifted away from my feet and I got COLD! After figuring out that the pad has to be ALL THE WAY IN THE SLEEVE, it was the most luxurious night of backcountry sleep I've ever had!
The hood is very effective at keeping your head and face warm without making you feel like you are being suffocated. There is also a nice little sleeve positioned under your head where you can stuff a fabricated pillow or a makeshift pillow out of your sweatshirt or something.
Only downside I can even think of is the air core pad makes the sleep system a little tall. It would be absolutely perfect if big agnes made the air core pad about 1/2 as thick.