Snugpak Premier IV

This synthetic sleeping bag is something of a rarity – an outdoor product made in the UK! It is also a good bag for winter campers. It is made with Snugpak’s own brand of fabrics and comes with a compression stuffsack. The layers of insulation are not stitched through, so there are no cold spots, and the shell fends of water easily, which is ideal in a typical wet winter tent. The side zip works well and has a reasonable baffle behind it. Get inside and you’ll notice that the foot is chisel-shaped so that your feet have more space where they need it. There’s a reasonable shoulder baffle and the hood fits quite well too. It’s a reasonable price for what you get, and generally ideal for most winter campers. But the bag is rated as -15 deg C but it’s definitely not as warm as others with such a rating, and the lab test proved it by rating it at -11 deg C. The zip and shoulder baffle are smaller than most and the hood fit is not as good as the best. It’s also quite heavy.

 

Size: 220x80x55cm
Shell: Partatex Xtreme
Inner: Paretex Light
Construction: two layers not stitched through
Insulation: Softie with Reflectatherm
Packed size: 43x26cm; 32x26cm compressed
Weight: 2150g bag; 2300g with stuffsack
Made in UK
Stores: England-16; Wales-3; Scotland-2; Ireland-1
Comfort ratings deg C:
Claimed -15
Tested -11

Verdict: Buy it if you want a good all-round winter bag at a good price, as only minor details let it down.