The Snugpak Jungle Bag, seen here in the new Terrain Pattern camouflage, is a rectangular shaped, compact, lightweight sleeping bag, writes Bob Morrison.
By my reckoning the Snugpak Jungle Bag must have been around for close on twenty years, as from 2003 onwards I took one of these with me on many assignments in the Middle East as well as on several trips to the Sahara and Andalucia.
One tends to think of arid countries as being warm around the clock, with a temperature-regulating silk sleeping bag liner being all that is needed at night, but outdoors under clear night skies the thermometer often plunges in the early hours and this is when a lightweight sleeping bag can come in very handy. Not only in the jungle or the tropics but in drier warm climate zones too, mosquitoes and other biting nasties can sometimes be quite prolific so face netting can be very desirable, and especially so if sleeping indoors with the windows open for ventilation as once the little pests get into a room they have a tendency to stay there and gorge themselves silly.
Unfortunately we have not had a chance to try out the latest version of the Jungle Bag, which is now available in the new MultiCam/MTP-compatible* Terrain Pattern camo, on an arid theatre trip as stocks in this colourway had not arrived when Ramilla and I were down on the Costa Tropical in October with the STASHA G2 and Jungle Blanket. Therefore many of the accompanying photos show the Jungle Bag being used for ‘sofa-surfing’ in the UK shortly after Christmas; with a temperature rating of 7°C / 45°F Comfort or 2°C / 36°F Low, this compact yet well-sized bag is ideal for a good night’s kip on a spare couch.
Measuring approximately 72” or 1830mm long, plus hood, by 30” or 760mm wide, and weighing just 900g or 32oz, the Jungle Bag easily packs away to 7×6” or 180x150mm in the supplied stuff sack but if one cinches in the compression sacks it will reduce in length even more; Snugpak call it their “sleeping bag for tropical conditions that packs smaller than a coconut!” It has a double action zip down one side (both left and right zipped versions are available) and a single action zip along the bottom which allows it to be either opened up to form a quilt or be worn when on stag (sentry duty) with wet / muddy boots poking outside. The hood has a drawcord and the face mesh panel on this latest version has a 360° zip which allows it to be tucked away inside a pocket if not needed.
The outer material is Polyester Micro Diamond, the inner is Polyester Paratex with Antibacterial treatment and the insulation is Snugpak’s own Travelsoft filler which uses ultra-lightweight high loft fine fibres and retains heat even if the bag gets wet. There are internal baffles behind the zips and there is even a mesh valuable pocket on the inside above the chest when sleeping. Finally, there are hanging cords on the foot for airing and/or drying.
The Snugpak Jungle Bag seen here is in Terrain Pattern camouflage with a Coyote Tan inner, but Olive Green, Black and Coyote Tan versions are also produced. Click the following link for the full range of Snugpak Sleeping Bags.
Footnote: *Be aware that Terrain Pattern fabric, like many commercial fabrics, does not have the same IRR properties as full military specification Genuine MultiCam or UK Forces MTP garments so it may not be suitable for use in some tactical situations.