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Marmot Angel Fire Review

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
Marmot Angel Fire
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Price:  $259 List | $258.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Comfortable and warm
Cons:  Not light, hood draw cords hard to use, large for a women's sleeping bag
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 19, 2018
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RANKED
#8 of 15
  • Warmth - 25% 7
  • Weight - 25% 7
  • Comfort - 20% 8
  • Packed Size - 15% 7
  • Features - 15% 8

Our Verdict

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".

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Pros Comfortable and warmComfortable, lightweight, excellent materials, not constrictingLight and compressible synthetic, keeps you warm when wetComfortable, inexpensive, recycled materialsGood price for a down sleeping bag, warm, comfortable
Cons Not light, hood draw cords hard to use, large for a women's sleeping bagComforter sometimes does not stay tucked inBulkier packed size, heavier, small fitHeavy, bulkyLow 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 kitA great, high-quality choice at a relatively low price for those looking for a lightweight bag that doesn't sacrifice comfortAn inexpensive and versatile synthetic bag, this is an excellent choice for breaking into backpackingThis well priced synthetic bag is a great choice for your car camping needsThis 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...
Warmth (25%)
7.0
5.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
Weight (25%)
7.0
10.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Comfort (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Packed Size (15%)
7.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Features (15%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
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 Heatseekerâ„¢ 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
Fill Power 650 800 Synthetic Synthetic 550
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
Neck Baffle Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Pocket 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.

Performance Comparison


The Marmot Angel Fire is a great choice for tall women.
The Marmot Angel Fire is a great choice for tall women.
Photo: Jessica Haist

Warmth


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...
The Angel Fire is only EN Comfort Rated to 30 degrees, but we think it is actually much warmer than that!
Photo: Jessica Haist

Weight


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.

Comfort


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...
Jessica Haist zipping up the Angel Fire's small additional zipper. We don't think this zipper adds much additional benefit to this bag.
Photo: Jessica Haist

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...
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.
Photo: Jessica Haist

Features


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...
We like the interior stash pocket and the warm neck baffle seen here on the Angel Fire.
Photo: Jessica Haist

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...
The Angel Fire's snaggles zipper does help to avoid most - but not all fabric snags.
Photo: Jessica Haist

Value


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...
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.
Photo: Jessica Haist

Conclusion


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