The Snugpak factory is in West Yorkshire, and the Softie Technik 3 2011 is the only sleeping bag in our test manufactured in the UK. It’s very warm with lots of insulation, and it’s big and roomy too. Restless sleepers might like the extra comfort offered by this generous cut, and for bigger people this bag is worth looking into. You get a full-length two-way zip, which is protected with a generous baffle, plus an ergonomic, chisel-toed foot area. There’s a decent shoulder baffle and a large hood that’s easy to pull snug and tight. There’s a good warmth-to-weight ratio too. But it’s the most expensive bag on test by quite a way, and you don’t get much function for your extra cash. The drawcords around the collar are not the neatest design, and the hood feels bunched when pulled tight. It’s also huge, and many sub-6ft people will not want to carry around all that extra weight. Unfortunately, the compression sack isn’t all that strong, either.
Outer fabric Paratex Steelplate
Inner fabric Paratex Light
Insulation Softie Premier
Minimum comfort temperature rating -7 deg C
Packed size 44x22x68cm; 31x21x69cm compressed
Weight 1780g (bag); 1892g with stuffsack
Made in UK
Stores in the UK 15
A UK-made bag that will suit larger people and keep you warm well into the depths of autumn, but the price tag might leave you cold.
Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011