Big Agnes Husted 20 Review
Cons: Almost too heavy for backpacking, bulky, awkward stuff sack shape
Manufacturer: Big Agnes
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Big Agnes Husted 20
|Price||$120 List||$200.00 at REI||$399.95 at Backcountry|
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|$99.95 at REI||$129.95 at REI|
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|Pros||Super warm, cozy liner fabric, clever hood design, great value||Decent weight, respectable warmth, awesome bargain||Spacious, decent warmth-to-weight ratio, reasonable price||Great price, respectable weight, simple design||Inexpensive, burly, decent warmth, roomy fit|
|Cons||Almost too heavy for backpacking, bulky, awkward stuff sack shape||Average materials, limited features, basic design||Bulky, ineffective hood closure, limited versatility||Subpar warmth, annoying hood drawcords, no storage sack, mediocre versatility||Heavy, limited versatility, no storage sack, no compression sack|
|Bottom Line||A warm and affordable bag with an unfortunate weight problem||An exceptional deal for a capable and sturdy backpacking sleeping bag for those looking to get outside without breaking the bank||A mid-range double bag for weight-conscious and comfort-seeking adventure pairs||An acceptable sleeping bag at a rock bottom price||A bargain backpacking sleeping bag with mixed performance characteristics|
|Rating Categories||Big Agnes Husted 20||Mountain Hardwear B...||Big Agnes Sentinel...||REI Co-op Trailbrea...||Kelty Cosmic 20|
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|Features & Design (10%)|
|Specs||Big Agnes Husted 20||Mountain Hardwear B...||Big Agnes Sentinel...||REI Co-op Trailbrea...||Kelty Cosmic 20|
|Measured weight (size Long, in lbs)||2.75 lbs||1.98 lbs||3.25 lbs (size regular)||2.74 lbs||2.83 lbs|
|Manufacturer claimed weight (size Regular, in lbs)||2.75 lbs||1.79 lbs||3.5 lbs||2.5 lb||2.63 lb|
|Temperature rating (F)||20 F||30 F||30 F||30 F||20 F|
|EN lower limit (rating for men)/ EN Comfort Rating (rating for women)||19 (lower) F||30 F||Not rate||29 F||21 F|
|Compression/Stuff sack weight (oz)||1.6 oz||1.6 oz||1.4 oz||1.2 oz||0.6 oz|
|Measured compressed volume (size Long)||13.4 L||7.5 L||11.2 L (size Regular)||9.8 L||9.2 L|
|Fill||Synthetic - Fireline Pro||650 FP Down, RDS-certified||650 FP Down||Synthetic - Polyester||550 FP Duck Down (75%) / Polyester (25%)|
|Fill weight (size Reg, in ounces)||30.5 oz||15 oz||19.5 oz||Not listed||16.37 oz|
|Shell material||Nylon Ripstop||20D Nylon Ripstop||Polyester Ripstop||Polyester w/ DWR||20D Nylon Taffeta|
|Small organization pocket||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Zipper||Full-length / Side||3/4-Length / Left Side||Dual 3/4-Length||3/4-Length / Side||Full-length / Right Side|
|Shoulder girth (size Regular)||60 in||62 in||105 in||62 in||Not listed|
|Hip girth (size Regular)||54 in||53 in||105 in||56 in||Not listed|
|Foot girth (size Regular)||36 in||Not listed||84 in||Not listed||Not listed|
|Stuff or compression sack included?||Stuff||Stuff||Stuff||Stuff||Stuff|
|Storage sack included?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Water resistant shell?||DWR||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, CO and PFC-free|
|Total weight (size Long, in ounces)||50.2 oz||31.2 oz||52.0 oz||43.8 oz||45.3 oz|
|Manufacturer claimed weight (size Long, in ounces)||49 oz||32. 7 oz||56.0 oz||42 oz||42.1 oz|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Although the Husted is heavy and doesn't pack as small as we would like, there are still a lot of things about it to love. Read on to learn why our testers still think it's one of the best budget backpacking sleeping bags.
This bag contains 30.5 ounces of Fireline Pro synthetic insulation. It's also one of few budget sleeping bags that include a draft collar to better trap heat inside. Our testers believe its 19°F EN lower limit rating is accurate compared to other bags. This rating makes it fairly warm for a 3-season bag and warmer than all the award-winning budget bags.
The insulation that the Husted 20 uses to achieve its considerable warmth also increases its overall weight. On our scale, a size long weighed a whopping 3.14 pounds. This model is among the heaviest sleeping bags in the budget category and more than double the weight of the best premium bags filled with high-quality down. These premium bags, however, can cost almost four times as much. The comparison nonetheless highlights the Husted's subpar warmth-to-weight ratio.
This sleeping bag features slightly narrower dimensions than many budget sleeping bags. The narrowness, however, doesn't greatly detract from its comfort. Our testers like the softness of its interior polyester taffeta fabric. We are also big fans of the cozy hood. The drawstring used to close this hood is threaded beneath a clever strip of fabric that redirects the drawstring away from your face.
The Husted 20 comes with a simple nylon stuff sack that is strangely narrow cylindrical shape. At 20 inches in length, it won't fit easily across the bottom of many backpacks, which is certain to frustrate some people. Using an after-market compression sack, we were able to pack it down into a more convenient shape that measured 13.4 liters in volume. This figure makes it one of the bulkiest 3-season sleeping bags we've tried.
This bag's synthetic insulation performs much better than down when wet. Its full-length zipper is effective at letting excess heat escape on warmer nights. Our testers also appreciated the passive draft collar in colder tempts because it effectively trapped their body heat inside.
Features and Design
Although the Husted 20 is just a simple mummy bag, there are a couple of subtle design features that we like. The zipper has a great anti-snag slide with convenient pull tabs on both the outside and inside of the bag. As we mentioned above, the hood drawstring is threaded beneath a piece of fabric to keep it out of your face and adjusts with a low-profile spring clamp. The draft collar also has clever stitches on either side to keep it securely in place.
Considering the Husted's extremely affordable price, it provides outstanding comfort and warmth. The quality of its materials and construction are also noticeably higher than other similarly priced bags. For these reasons and more we think it's an awesome value.
There is a lot to like about the Husted 20. It's exceptionally warm and built incredibly well. We also think it's more comfortable than similarly priced bags. Unfortunately, though, these strengths are counteracted by its substantial weight and large packed size. We still love the Husted 20, but we don't recommend it for actual backpacking far from the road.
— Jack Cramer