Jack Wolfskin Touch the Cloud 2009

The Jack Wolfskin Touch the Cloud is a slim-fit, mummy-style 3-season synthetic sleeping bag with a nicely shaped foot box with room for big feet if lying on your back. There’s a large shoulder baffle with bungee adjustment and a neat hood with mixed tape and cord adjusters. The three-quarter length two-way zip runs mostly snag-free and is secured by Velcro. There are a few unusual features, including Health Guard anti-mosquito treatment, whose antibacterial effect could keep the bag fresher in the long term. Under the hood is a Velcroed pocket where you can stuff clothing to make a pillow. It feels warm and the inner fabric is okay against bare skin. The outer fabric has a good water-resistant finish too. But although the inner fabric is soft enough, the stitched seams are quite noticeable against the skin. The hood bunches around your forehead and is hard to adjust when the bag is done up due to the position of the cordlock. The bag also feels slightly tight on my torso.

 
Size 215x73x43cm
Shell 40D mini ripstop and diamond ripstop
Inner moisture control
Construction 2-layer loose layer differential cut with Thermozining
Insulation Microguard soft silver
Packed size 40x25cm; 27x25cm compressed
Weight 1567g (bag only); 1715g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50
Stockists – tel. (01434) 633363;www.jack-wolfskin.com

Verdict: The Jack Wolfskin Touch the Cloud has some good features, but packed size and weight are drawbacks for this 3-season synthetic sleeping bag, while the insect repellency makes it good for use on foreign trips.

 

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine June 2009