No nonsense bag with all you need.
I purchased the Cabin Creek as a simpler way to sleep me and my girlfriend during our many adventures. Here's what I thought.
The bag has all your basic features and a few extras. Like the stow away velcro divider between heads which makes for a great way to increase the temp on cold nights. Dual zippers which work very well without catching and fussing with a stuck zipper.
On one side you can adjust the hood and the other has the adjustment for the neck. Requiring a little teamwork but certainly manageable.
Thermarest inflatable pads slide easily into the sleave providing excellent comfort and keeping you on your pad, all night. A foam pad is a bit of trouble but can be done if your budget doesn't allow for a nicer sleeping pad.
It comes with a stuff sack which is approx: 10" x 13"(stuffed) as stated in the specs, and a larger cotton sack for general storage. With a compression bag(not included) you can get the bag packed much smaller.
Pillow pockets for both sleepers have plenty of room for a large, comfortable wad of clothing or a small pack pillow. Just don't forget you fleece when stuffing!
We used this in March in the mountains of Montana and Idaho and down to about 10 degrees and night. You'll definitely be wearing the long johns but I'd rate this bag "comfortably" to 20 degrees.
The only thing I would do differently is reduce the space around the feet. My partner generally has very cold feet and mine spend most of the night with hers. In turn there's quite a bit of room left in the corner of the bag. Throw a fleece or sweatshirt down there and you'll be nice and toasty and this does leave room for both sleepers to have their own space if needed.
Overall, the Cabin Creek bag appears durable, packs easily and small, is an extremely manageable weight considering it sleeps two, and is definitely built of the finest quality from the zippers with no draft padded flaps to the collar and hood draws which work perfectly.
Ditch your old bag and tonight I'll be sleeping with Big Agnes.
The only way I can still go backpacking.
I knew that if I was going to get my wife to go backpacking with me a second time, the first time would have to be a great experience. I sprung for the Cabin Creek 15+ and two insulated Big Agnes pads. It's a knockout combo if I've ever seen one.
The first night we used the bag, temps dipped into the low 20s. I was skeptical of the lack of insulation beneath me and hoped we'd be warm enough using the insulated sleeping pads in the dedicated sleeves at the bottom of the bag. We're both pretty cold sleepers, and we were plenty warm in this bag. The pad sleeves also means that the two pads don't separate or move, so you have a crazy comfortable and warm surface all night long.
The included stuff sack works fine, but if you pick up a compression sack, you can get it mashed down even smaller. It's not a down bag, but the combination of quality synthetic insulation above you and the lack of insulation beneath you (due to the pad sleeves) means that it carries very light - definitely lighter and smaller than carrying two regular bags of the same temp rating.
Lastly, I'm a relatively big guy (6'3" and 230 lbs), and I fit in this bag surprisingly well.
Long story short? The bag is warm, comfortable, durable, compact, and light. We've used it together a ton since I picked it up last winter from the California north coast to the Trinity Alps to Yosemite and plenty of places in between. My wife hasn't let me go camping or backpacking without her since this purchase, so my expensive single down bag has gone into early retirement. If you're looking for an awesome double bag that's great for backpacking or car camping, you won't regret this purchase.
Comfortable cold weather bag for 2
We live in Minnesota and vacation in the Rockies or the Pacific Northwest, so we need products that function in a wide range of temperatures. We also participate in both car and backpack camping, so we appreciate lightness and ability to compress. Lightweight square bags work fine for us during the warm summer months, but had not found a great solution in L/R zip together mummy bags for colder outings. Our goal was to find a double bag with the same comfort and ease of use for colder spring and fall camping but would still fit our backpacks. The BA Cabin Creek/BA insulted air mattress system has proven to be the perfect solution. The bag is not a mummy style designed to move with you; it is a modified square that allows you to move within the bag. The BA insulated mattresses (which we already owned) offer warm and comfortable support and are a perfect fit for the integrated mattress sleeves. The draft prevention collars and flap do a nice job in keeping out the cold air while you move about during the night. (It difficult to find the middle flap even though I knew it was there; it is well hidden in a Velcro enclosed pocket.) As was part of our goal, the Cabin Creek fits easily into the bag compartment of my Mars 75. The bag/mattress has proved comfortable to the mid 30's, the lowest temp's we camp at. Overall, a very well designed bag system for a couple wanting a comfortable night's sleep!
Great Bag for two
My wife and I used this bag on a backpacking trip in the Smoky Mountains. We have also used it at the deer camp and in our living room. We love it! It fits perfectly inside of our REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus tent with just enough room for a few extra things in the tent with you. I can't really comment on the warmth of the bag because every time we've used it's has been in mild temps (over 40 degrees). To be honest, the temp rating was the least of my worries because I am a warm sleeper and my wife puts off a lot of body heat. One thing I did like was that I could unzip the bottom on my side by my feet and cool off a little. We have never had any problem with the zippers snagging or anything like that. If you are a couple looking to stay close while camping then this is the bag for you. I hauled it in the bag compartment of my REI Crestrail 70 pack with a Big Agnes compression strap. It packed down very small once compresses. The bag is well used and a year old now so I am confident in my review.
Best bag ever for couples!
My husband and I used REI's gift registry for our recent wedding and this bag made it first on the list. It seemed like such a perfect choice for us. However, I was pretty concerned about the size and packability of it. I was shocked when it came in the mail and I tested how well it fit in my pack. Compared to 2 separate mummy bags, this bag packs down smaller, weighs a comparable amount, is way more affordable, so spacious, and so much more comfortable for couples. The bag fits perfectly in the sleeping bag compartment of my Osprey Aura 65 and a compression sack, I'm guessing, could get it down to about the size of an average to small watermelon. As for size and comfort, I would say four adults could fit side by side (not that I would recommend it ;) There is a lot of space. The bottom of the bag is not padded - that is, there is only a double layer of nylon between you and the floor unless you have a mat or pad. We use two Big Agnes Air Core pads that slip in to the underside pocket. It's like we're sleeping on one full size pad. So comfortable!!!
Big Agnes you are Awesome!
I already have the Big Agnes Encampment (and love it too) and I considered getting her one with the opposite zipper configuration so we could couple them together. Thank goodness I didn't. This bag is AWESOME! I use it with two BA insulated air core pads and it is perfect. It does exactly what it says and is like sleeping on a 40" wide air pad (no gap to speak of). The little flap in between our heads is perfect for those chilly nights and you can cinch the hood down to you nose if you want. I usually have to leave my zipper open so I don't burn up but hers stays zipped tight. I have a Osprey Aether 70 pack and this thing stuffs in the sleeping bag compartment easily. If you have been looking for a couples sleeping bag like I was you know there aren't a lot of choices out there. The North Face makes one but I looked at it in the store and knew right away it wasn't the ticket. I was very apprehensive about buying this thing but I tell you guys out there to make this purchase. You will be glad you did!
This thing is well worth it, i got it for my chic and i and we stay warm and comfy in it no prob! ill admit, its a tad warm, but you have dual zippers so you can leave your side open and make due with that.
its roomy, a bit noisy but what kind of bag isnt that is this make? i havent used the pillow inserts but they are there if needed, nor have i used the sleeping pad inserts, i have two 3" pads which wont fit in this but im fine with the comfort over weight. I use it for car camping/ climbing, i havent used it for backpacking but i do kno it packs pretty small and isnt too heavy. all in all id recommend it, its a bit expensive but you get what you pay for and since i have sleeping quarters at work i got to even use it as a tax write off :)
More roomy than I expected
I was leery when my husband wanted to get a double sleeping bag--I had visions of being crammed in next to each other, with no room to breathe. Boy, was I wrong! He is six feet tall, and we had plenty of room in the sleeping bag. The weather was quite nice when we used it for the first time, so we have not tested it in very cold conditions, but we were almost TOO warm in the 45-50 degree night temperatures when we did use it. The adjustable hood worked nicely, and although you have to be careful with the zippers to not get them caught in the lining, it wasn't a big deal if you just paid attention. The ONLY thing that would make it better is if the slot to insert pads was just a little wider.
Great double bag
Did quite a bit of research on double bags and kept coming back to the Big Agnes due to it features. Wanted a double bag to use backpacking and the Cabin Creek's uninsulated bottom with sleeves for sleeping pads made it lighter, more comfortable and more compact than about any other double bag or combined single bags I could find. We use Thermarest Trekker pads and they provide all the inulation we need and with the sleeves holding them in place it is like sleeping on a queen size bed. The bag is roomy and seems to be well constructed with more features than other double bags. Have used the bag several times this fall in the high desert of South central Utah with no tent and it is amazingly warm.
Great bag for couples!
I purchased this to go out with my girlfriend. I very much like this bag because of its size and weight for a synthetic double wide bag. The fact that this is a synthetic bag gives me the piece of mind in wet conditions if the bag were to get wet and it is not overwhelmingly large or heavy. It is exceptionally warm and very spacious. My girlfriend who always feel cold is event warm in this bag! The combination of the insulated air core pads and the cabin creek bag is a superb combination. I have used this on several trips from backpacking trips to car camping and is my go to bag when camping with her. I would recommend this bag to any couple who enjoy camping together.