Sunday, July 8, 2012

Snugpak Jungle Bag Review

Finding heavy-down sleeping bags rated for -20 below zero is a fairly easy task, most manufacturers focus their efforts toward cold weather bags. Finding quality temperate weather bags on the other hand is like trying to find a delicious MRE. For years I've used the USGI Poncho Liner as a warm weather sleeping bag, while overseas I used it for six months straight (it didn't give off a pleasant smell to say the least) While functional, it left much to be desired. I got the Snugpak Jungle bag from ProForce Equipment and used it over a weekend excursion and I'll list out my thoughts.

The Snugpak Jungle Bag in Comparison
to a standard Poncho Liner

The Snugpak Jungle Bag solves all the problems of the poncho liner and then some. The Snugpak Jungle Bag is very compact. In the accompanying stuff sack its slightly larger than a Nalgene bottle. The stuff sack has compression straps that can be adjusted to save precious space (measuring 11.00" x 5.51" and weighing in at a mere 27 oz's).
Mosquito net deployed

Outer Fabric: The Snugpack Jungle Bag is made up of a Micro Diamond Lightweight outer fabric that is water repellent.

Inner Fabric: The inner Fabric is a Paratex Antimicrobial Fabric (It should keep the bag from smelling after extended use).

Inner-Filling: Consist of a Travelsoft an ultra lightweight high-loft insulation.
Mosquito Net rolled away and
tied down

The Jungle Bag comes with a built in mosquito net that can be zipped to seal around the hood section of the sleeping bag. When not in use it can also be rolled down and tied off to be stored out of the way. I've read some complaints of people stating the mosquito net bothered them lying on their face while they slept; and others concerned about some mosquito's being able to bite them because of the net so close to their face. The mosquito net didn't bother me lying on my face, but I'm not high maintenance. I guess you need to ask yourself whether a bite or two will bother you versus getting ate alive with no mosquito net at all. If you have to ask this question maybe you shouldn't spend time in the great outdoors. The only problem I did have was that I had gotten the zipper hung in the mosquito net; but that could have been an operator error. It was easily removed and did not harm the net or the zipper.
The hood can be cinched down around your head
for cooler nights to prevent heat loss from your head
When I used the bag it was a relatively warm night as most of the US is experiencing right now. I will say I was quite comfortable. The Jungle Bag has moisture wicking properties that definitely helped in the humidity I live in. Designed to be a 2 season bag, I can see it being stretched into a 3 season bag with a liner. Or possibly used as a modular system for cold weather outings. This may be the only sleep system one will need in some climates. The recommended temperature rating is 45°F to 36°F.
One thing I really like about the Jungle Bag was the squared-off foot box. Most sleeping bags today have a tight mummy style foot section. This give ample room for air-flow (keeping you cool) as well as if your in a combat zone and need to keep your boots on. I'm 6' 1" and 205 and I had plenty of room in the Jungle Bag (Jungle bag dimensions 86"L x  60"W). At the bottom of the bag their are two loops so the bag can be hung when wet or after washing to dry it out. Inside the bag there is a small mesh pocket to keep gear close at hand.
Dual Zipper Feature

Another pretty awesome feature of the Jungle Bag is that it has 2 separate zippers. It has the standard side zipper as well as a zipper at the squared foot section. This allows for use as a blanket or to be unzipped for air to circulate through the bag to keep the user cool.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a warm weather sleeping bag. The Snugpak Jungle Bag is an extremely comfortable sleep system and pairs great with a hammock. They come in 4 colors (Black, Tan, Olive, and Red) and retails for $89. I really wish I'd had the Snugpak Jungle Bag in my gun-fighting days. Get yours at ProForce Equipment

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14 comments:

  1. Thanx for the good review. I have been looking at thhis bag for a while now, and your review has put me over on getting one. I think this has all the features i was looking for, did not know about the foot box vent. Good review...

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    1. Thanks Mark, I'm glad the review helped you with your decision to purchase the bag. You won't be disappointed. Just make sure you get one of the tactical colors i.e. black, tan, olive. Because the red Jungle bag has a mummy style foot box and not the squared end...At least thats what I read. Good luck with the bag and let us know how it works out for you. Thanks

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  2. I've had mine for about 6 months now and it has been great. I have camped with it once, but used it about a dozen times in hotels. Still holding up great after 4 times machine washed and machine dried. Stays in the back of my Tahoe.

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  3. Thats a great place to keep it. The Jungle Bag is one of those pieces of gear I can't do without.

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  4. I've just bough a Jungle bag for my child who is going on camp tomorrow. We are in Sydney and the nightime temp is going to be about 11 degrees. Will this sleeping bag be warm enough? We have another one which is less high tech but could be warmer. Amy advice would be much appreciated. I think I bought the wrong bag!

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    1. Hi, I'm assuming you mean 11 degrees Celsius. If so this bag should be fine. To be safe you can spend a few bucks and get a fleece liner. They are small and lightweight and rather cheap. They go inside the sleeping ba and helps insulate a little more. It will raise the temp by 10 degrees. Try that out and let me know. Thanks

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    2. Thank you for replying. I did mean 11 C. She does have a fleece liner. I'll let you know.

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  5. It's great. You can solve mosquito net problems, using cup when sleeping ;) you will have enough space to breath, and enough space to don't let mosquitos to bite you. :D

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  6. Ah, having the cap on while sleeping is a brilliant idea!

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  7. Tried it last weekend. I think it was around +10 degrees C or so (maybe even more, don't think it was less) and didn't feel really warm inside of it. It says comfortable temp. is +7 degrees C and i'm sure it was not less (low temp is +2 C). Waiting for a liner to come. Will try if it will be better that way.

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing! Lots of thanks for this post.I think it is a very good post. It helps us many away. So many many thanks for this article.

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  9. The jungle bag is an interesting product. Though I haven't tried it, the features you've mentioned are worth looking into. Insulation plays a big part in making sure I buy the right sleeping bag for me. I usually camp in both summer and winter so my sleeping bag should also be flexible for both - although I have one for both cold and hot climates like the ones here http://myoutdoorslife.com/gear/camping-and-hiking/best-cold-weather-sleeping-bag.html

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