Snugpak Quart (All weather Sleep System)

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They Say - The Quart System combines our Softie® 3 Merlin with our TS-1 Liner and Bivvi bag. It can be used as a one or two season sleeping bag. There is a waterproof housing built into the stuff sack to keep the bivvi separate after use in case it is wet, so you keep your sleeping bag and liner dry. With this system, you get all three components for a reduced price, rather than purchasing them all separate.

• Waterproof housing built into stuff sack to keep the bivvi separate after use to keep your sleeping bag and liner dry 
• Use in any weather 
• Reinforced foot 
• Softie Premier/Reflectatherm/Paratex fabrics & fillings 
• Can be used as a one season or two season sleeping bag 
• Reduced price verses purchasing them as separate items 
• Lightweight & low packsize 
• Tarp System 
• Made in the UK 

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We Say – This sleeping system comes in olive green and black. I got the black as you can see in the photo above (which shows me waking up in the bag in the Greek mountains), and there was a good reason for that. I travel often around the world to regions with varying degrees of security and although the local officials as a whole don’t seem as paranoid as they were in the 90′s, still, you don’t really want to be seen using olive green army lookalike kit if you can help it. The situation might have been stable when you’d left town, but all it takes is a US drone strike (and, sadly, they’re not as rare as they should be) to get the locals up in arms and then any reference to the Western miltary isn’t viewed in the best of lights…

So, black it was!

The first thing I noticed when it arrived was that the outer holding bag seemed like it was going to be too tight. Here’s a stock photo of the olive bag; it may seem as though it’s not bulging at the seams but in reality that’s exactly what it does do.

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So what this means is that once you get the sleeping system out, you’re going to have a hell of a job to get it back into the bag. There’s a lot of pushing, pulling and huffing involved. No problem if you’re just testing it out in your front room or garage but in the mountains, when you’re already a bit energy depleted from your exertions and with what was probably a broken night’s sleep behind you, it’s not something I appreciate. I know a larger bag would mean more weight, but I’ll take a few grams extra for the ease of packing it all away (yeah, you can tell, I’m not one of those guys who cuts the handle off his toothbrush to save weight).

I haven’t yet used the liner other than just to test how comfy it is, I haven’t needed it. Liners add an extra layer of warmth and since I’ve only used the bag in England and Greece during the early summer I’ve been plenty warm enough with just the sleeping bag and the bivvy (in Greece, with clear skies, I didn’t even need the bivvy after the first few hours of the first night as it was just too warm).

From a comfort point of view though, the liner is soft and feels luxurious on the skin. I used to have a silk liner and this one is every bit as comfy as that was. It’s going to add several degrees of protection in the autumn; perhaps instead of being good to 7 degrees the bag with this added will be warm to around zero. That’s a great bonus considering the liner scrunches up to nearly nothing in size.

I like the freedom that the system gives me, I know I can go anywhere off the trail and be assured of a warm, dry place to huddle down for the night. I like to explore, rarely take maps and often don’t entirely know where I am for anything up to a few days so this sort of portable sleeping system gives me great peace of mind.

Regarding fit, I’m just over 6ft and around 75kg and the bag is plenty big enough for me.

The best thing about the sleeping system though, for me, is that the bivvy is waterproof and that the individual bag (to house the bivvy bag) is also waterproof. It’s always been a hassle in the past, keeping a wet bivvy from contaminating everything else in the rucksack. Sure, you can stuff it in a bin bag, or suchlike, but it’s a great help to have a dedicated bag to house it in. If only the outer bag was a teeny bit larger, all would be perfect for me.

As it is, I’ll say that this sleeping system gets a thumbs up from me. It’s comfy, sturdy and warm enough to cope with the sort of temperature variety that you’d encounter in late spring into early autumn. It’s also very good value, and cheaper as a system than if you brought the items individually.

To discover more please see http://www.snugpak.com/outdoor/quart

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