The Angel Fire performs well throughout all metrics and is a decent choice for shorter backpacking trips.
The Marmot Angel Fire is a great choice for tall women.
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.
The Angel Fire is only EN Comfort Rated to 30 degrees, but we think it is actually much warmer than that!
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.
Jessica Haist zipping up the Angel Fire's small additional zipper. We don't think this zipper adds much additional benefit to this bag.
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.
If you will be spending lots of time in your bag, but want your arms to be able to move around freely you may like the additional zipper feature.
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 like the interior stash pocket and the warm neck baffle seen here on the Angel Fire.
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.
The Angel Fire's snaggles zipper does help to avoid most - but not all fabric snags.
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 Marmot Angel Fire is very comfortable, however, it is much larger than a standard women's bag, including the articulated foot box, which could be much smaller.
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.