We've met many women on the trail with the Marmot Angel Fire. It is a very comfortable and warm down bag, and think it deserves a warmer EN rating than its 30.4F designation. It has additional zipper on the side that opens up the whole top of the bag to imitate a comforter, and it seems to be much larger than previous versions of the bag, fitting a 5'11 tester in it. This bag performs just a bit above average at a nice price point. It will keep you warm in most Spring, Summer, and Fall temps, but isn't particularly light or compact.It's a good introductory backpacking sleeping bag that will keep you warm on any camping trip and cozy on short backpacking trips. We wouldn't recommend it for extended backcountry missions where weight should be an important consideration. It's a good choice if you want to have a bag that two different height people can use since it really fits someone who's 5'11".
Marmot Angel Fire Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Comfortable and warm
Cons: Not light, hood draw cords hard to use, large for a women's sleeping bag
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Marmot Angel Fire
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|Pros||Comfortable and warm||Comfortable, lightweight, excellent materials, not constricting||Light and compressible synthetic, keeps you warm when wet||Comfortable, inexpensive, recycled materials||Good price for a down sleeping bag, warm, comfortable|
|Cons||Not light, hood draw cords hard to use, large for a women's sleeping bag||Comforter sometimes does not stay tucked in||Bulkier packed size, heavier, small fit||Heavy, bulky||Low quality down fill, heavy, packed size, no storage sack|
|Bottom Line||A favorite of many trail ladies out there, the Angel Fire earns high marks across the board and would be an excellent addition to any backpacker's kit||A great, high-quality choice at a relatively low price for those looking for a lightweight bag that doesn't sacrifice comfort||An inexpensive and versatile synthetic bag, this is an excellent choice for breaking into backpacking||This well priced synthetic bag is a great choice for your car camping needs||This competitively priced down sleeping bag is a good entry-level bag for backpackers looking to hit the trail on a budget|
|Rating Categories||Marmot Angel Fire||Cloud 800||Cat's Meow||Trestles Elite Eco 20||Kelty Cosmic 20 - W...|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Specs||Marmot Angel Fire||Cloud 800||Cat's Meow||Trestles Elite Eco 20||Kelty Cosmic 20 - W...|
|ISO/EN Comfort Rating (F)||30.4 F||26 F||22 F||20 F||25 F|
|Fill Type||Duck down||PFC-Free DriDown||Heatseeker™ Guide synthetic insulation||HL-ElixR synthetic fibers||550-fill duck down|
|Measured Weight (in lbs)||2.5 lb||1.7 lb||2.5 lb||2.8 lb||3.4 lb|
|Total Weight (oz)||39.8 oz||27.4 oz||40.2 oz||44 oz||54 oz|
|Women specific features||Women's Specific Fit - more Insulation in Key Areas||More insulation per square inch than men's version||Women's specific cut||Women's specific fit||Increased foot room|
|Fill Weight (oz)||23.5 oz||14.8 oz||Unspecified||Unspecified||20.7 oz|
|Material||30d 100% Nylon DWR 1.18 oz/yd | 30d 100% Nylon Ripstop DWR 1.5 oz/yd||15d nylon risptop||20D Nylon Ripstop/taffeta||20-denier recycled ripstop polyester||20D 400T nylon, PFC-free C0 DWR finish|
|Yes - Internal Stash Pocket and Heater Pocket in Footbox||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Sleeping Pad Sleeve||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Zipper Length||63 in & 13 in||N/A||59 in||53/15"||59 in|
|Shoulder Girth||57 in||59 in||58 in||58 in||58 in|
|Hip Girth||58 in||58 in||58 in||58 in||52 in|
|Foot Girth||46 in||39 in||40 in||45 in||40 in|
|Stuff Sack included?||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Compression sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack only|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Angel Fire performs well throughout all metrics and is a decent choice for shorter backpacking trips.
We are surprised to see that the Angel Fire's EN comfort rating at just 30.4. The Angel Fire kept us warm on cool and frosty nights and think it should be rated much warmer than that, maybe in the '20s. It has a 650 fill power, providing an average level of warmth. We love its cozy draft collar with a drawcord, adding more warmth. This bag feels lofty and warm in most summer and shoulder season conditions. As with most of the other bags we tested, the Angel Fire has water-resistant treated down insulation to help the bag keep its loft when damp. It's shell materials are not DWR coated.
This Marmot bag weighs in at 39.8 oz. We're surprised it is lighter than the previous version, as Marmot has added another small zipper to the other side, adding some weight. It's shell materials must have been slimmed down. Overall, it's not the lightest option out there but still functions well for short backpacking trips.
We think the Angel Fire is very comfortable. It seems like Marmot has increased this bag's size and we found it very roomy. Our tester's 5'11 husband tried it out and fit in it just fine (although a little snug in the shoulders). So, if you're a tall lady, this bag is a fine option.
The roominess increased this bag's comfort. However, it does mean more cold air to heat up and therefore potentially less warm. We like the anatomical foot box (although this could be sized down as well) and the cozy hood. It also had plenty of room in the shoulders to move around and add extra layers if necessary. We find the Angel Fire's extra zipper unnecessary as it detracts from the comfort most of the time. It is nice if you want to take your arms out of the bag and hang out in your sleeping bag, but we didn't find ourselves doing that much. We also didn't like that the second zipper would poke us in the face when mostly done up.
We like the Angel Fire's features. We were skeptical about this bag's giant "zipper garage" and thought it was a gimmick to please people who have complained about the zipper catching in the past. After some use though, we have decided that it works and is probably worth the extra grams it weighs. Many other bags now feature this type of zipper pull, including our Editors' Choice winner.
We also love the interior pocket that keeps stashed items warm and easy to access while bundled up. We wish the hood's drawcords were different materials so it would be easy to tell them apart in the dark. We didn't think the extra zipper was necessary and seemed too short to fully serve the purpose of freeing your arms, instead just making things more awkward and heavy.
Marmot keeps the Angel Fire's price at a good value by adjusting the price lower to compete with other similar products, and we appreciate that. The price is right for the Angel Fire.
The Angel Fire is a classic option that offers great comfort and warmth at a decent weight. We'd carry this with us for short backpack trips and car camping.
— Jessica Haist