New Technical Sleeping Bags From Snugpak
New range of synthetic-filled bags covers year round bases from 5˚C to -15˚C.
Posted: 6 January 2011
Snugpak has launched a new range of technical sleeping bags for 2011 with five brand new Softie Technik models giving comfort temperature ratings of between +5˚C and -15˚C so covering pretty much all the seasonal bases.
Made at Snugpak's factory in West Yorkshire, in where the bags are quilted and assembled by hand, the new models combine Snugpak's tried and tested Softie Premier synthetic filling with Paratex Steelplate shell fabric – no, it's not actually made of steel, but it's claimed to be windproof, water resistant and very tough – and Paratex Light lining fabric.
The bags feature a Chisel Toe Foot, Jumbo Neck Baffle, Snugfit Hood, similar to a jacket hood they say, and Anti-Snag Zip – all technical features designed to give improved performance. They're also claimed to have low pack size, which part of an underlying trend with synthetic bags.
There are five models in the range, named Softie Technik 1 through to 5 in increasing order of warmth. The Softie Teknik 1 is the lightest of the bags at a claimed 1000g and has a comfort rating of 5˚C and an extreme rating of 0˚C.
At the opposite end of the scale, the Softie Technik 5 is comfort rated to -15˚C and extreme rated at -20˚C and tips the scales at a claimed 2600g including its compression stuff sac, so not light but far lighter than a comparable bag would have weighed just a few years ago. Pack size is 25x29cm in a fully compressed state.
Prices for the new bags range from £109.95 for the 1 through to £169.95 for the Snugpak Softie Technik 5. Snugpak is one of the few remaining companies still manufacturing insulated outdoors clothing and equipment in Europe. If you're looking for down-filled clothing and bags, PHD still manufacture in Stalybridge and while Rab's top-end insulated shells are put together in the Far East, they're still filled with down in the UK.
More details at www.snugpak.com
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