The Snugpak Softie 9 Hawk 3-season synthetic sleeping bag is a slim-fitting mummy shape, with the bare essentials for warmth and protection. The full-length two-way zip has a draught baffle plus a ribbon of stiff material to prevent snagging, and this works well. The hood is wide and roomy with a simple drawcord, and with it tightened right in you have great cocoon-like protection. The Softie insulation is thick, warm, compressible for packing and quite soft. The Paratex fabric is very water-resistant and feels tough yet is soft against skin. The well-shaped foot area has reinforcement against boots – a sign of Snugpak’s military heritage, as are the D rings for hanging the bag up to air. But there’s no shoulder baffle, which some will miss as it leaves the user relying on cinching in the basic hood to prevent heat loss. The hood drawcord is one length of cord for both halves and the cord lock isn’t retained, so adjusting it can be awkward.
Shell Paratex Extreme with DWR
Inner Paratex Light
Construction single profile
Insulation Softie Premier
Packed size 22x36cm; 22x23cm compressed
Weight 1465g (bag only); 1590g with stuffsack
Made in UK
Stores in the UK 100
Stockists – tel. (01535) 654499; www.snugpak.com
Verdict: The Snugpak Softie 9 Hawk is a comfortable, UK-made 3-season synthetic sleeping bag for users who don’t need features such as a shoulder baffle or the easiest adjustability.
Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine June 2009