An Ideal Cadet Sleeping Bag
Of all the bits of kit you can own having a good, reliable sleeping bag for sleeping in is almost ‘essential’ and I’ve found the Snugpak range of bags to offer good value for the quality of bag you get.
I bought this bag while looking for a decent and not too expensive bag and thought I’d give it a try.
The bag comes with its own stuff sack and is a good size - I’m 5’10 tall and have a 44” chest and I can fit in the bag nice and snugly!
When packed into its stuff sack the bag measures around 23cm x 23cm. Although I personally don’t pack it like this instead keeping it in a bivi bag & dry sack stuffed into the bottom of my bergan.
According to Snugpak the bag is rated for ‘comfort’ use down to zero degrees C and ‘extreme’ to minus 7 degrees C. Now I’ve used the bag from January to November and have slept in barrack blocks, Nissan huts, bashas, tents and empty buildings in the wet & dry and have never had an issue with the warmth in the bag. I will say though that in ‘winter’ outside I would sleep in my clothes an a woolly hat on my head and outside I always used a bivi bag with it as well – having a wet sleeping bag of any type is no fun!
The bag is filled with Snugpaks IsoFibre and the outer is made from rip stop nylon with the inner lining being supersoft material – and it is very soft to the touch. The bag has a good full length zip that can be opened from inside the bag as well and it has a baffle behind the zip to help with drafts and a similar baffle around the inside top of the bag to keep the heat in as well. There is also a small pocket inside the bag where you can put your phone or similar that is closed with a Velcro tab.
The bag also has a ‘hood’ with a drawstring to allow you to fully enclose yourself in the bag like a ‘mummy’ to keep you as warm as possible.
While I’m not an ‘expert’ on the construction of sleeping bags I have used a few in my time (from cheap single season bags through exGerman army bags and issue British bags) and I’ve found the construction & build quality of the Snugpak bag to be very good – it’s also not suffered any rips or tears (although I’ve not dragged it through a thorn bush!) and have also found that it washes & dries well too.
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