How to put this delicately… the Snugpak Softie Technik 5 is enormous. It’s a spacious, heavy bag that will suit the tall, the broad or those unconcerned about pack weight or limited rucksack space. In many ways this is due to its synthetic filling, which despite its bulk will offer improved performance compared with down if dampened by in-tent condensation. It boasts a large, head-swallowing hood and easy-to-grasp side zip pulls, and has a lower comfort rating of -15 deg C, which all work well. However, the drawcorded baffles around the shoulder and drawcords around the hood aren’t intuitive to use, although this becomes less of an issue with practice. Comfort-wise, the Paratex Light fabric is nice and soft, which works well with the ample leg room to offer a spacious and enjoyable experience for the sleeper. The bottom of the bag is wedge-shaped, which helps keep heat trapped in this typically vulnerable section. There’s no escaping the fact that at 2600g the Snugpak Softie Technik 5 is the heaviest option in our test by some margin, and it has a relatively large pack size. But the benefits of the synthetic insulation are a low price point and a good resistance to damp and in-tent condensation.
Outer fabric Paratex Steelplate
Inner fabric Paratex Light
Insulation Softie Premier Insulation
Sizes one size
Compressed pack size 25x29cm
Lower comfort rating -15 deg C
The Snugpak Softie Technik 5 was the best budget synthetic sleeping bag in our test.
Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine March 2013