New Primalot Black Sleeping Bags from Big Agnes Promise better warmth and compressibility from synthetics

Inspired by and dedicated to the rugged Continental Divide Trail, the 1101 Collection of Sleeping Bags uses new Primaloft Black synthetic insulation which provides better warmth, compressibility at lower weight.

Upper Slide 20, Big Agnes

Primaloft Black is a new type of insulation that utilizes and accordian like structured, which can be layered and positioned strategically to provide warm, lofty layers of light weight synthetic material. The accordion like structure not only traps more heat in it’s baffle like layers, but also compresses better than traditional, wire like synthetic insulation. It’s also made from 80% recycled materials, making more environmentally friendly than most alternatives. Being synthetic, it should also perform quite well in wet conditions, as it won’t flatten out and will dry quickly when damp.

Katherine 15 Sleeping Bag

New bags include the Supper Slide 20, weighing only 2 lbs 13 oz, which is pretty impressive for a 20 degree synthetic bag, although it’s not clear if that’s an EN comfort rating or a lower limit value. There’s also the Katherine 15, a ladies specific model, the Newcomb 0 for winter campers, and the Dumont 30 for those who need something a little lighter but not as warm.

As a bonus, a portion of the proceeds from these sleeping bags will also go the protecting the Continental Divide Trail. From their press release:

“We’re excited to launch a series of bags inspired by such an incredible trail that’s right in our backyard,”said Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president. “We’ve also adopted 75 miles of the CDT near Steamboat Springs to the Wyoming border. We’ll
assist with the maintenance and protection of the area along with nonprofit partners.
The donation to the CDTC is to further our support of a trail that is used by many of our employees, locals and Big Agnes users.”
“As we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the designation of the CDT as a National Scenic
Trail and the 50th Anniversary of the entire National Trails System, CDTC is thrilled to be working with Big Agnes in this innovative partnership,” said Teresa Martinez, Executive Director of CDTC. “The contributions from Big Agnes will help support trail stewardship and completion efforts trail wide but also serves as a model partnership that will be necessary as we move into the next era of the CDT’s development.


In times like these, it’s great to see companies stepping up to help support our public lands, and even the smallest attempt should be applauded. Their new line is available now. I’ll see about testing them myself.

For more information, check them out here (not sponsored),



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