While down is more efficient than synthetic insulation, it suffers more if it becomes damp (from condensation in a tent for example). To reduce the chances of moisture affecting the down, the Jack Wolfskin Mountain Sunrise has a waterproof shell at the toe and head, the two areas most likely to get wet when camping. This does increase the weight and price, but it’s also slightly warmer than the other bags here too – another reason why it is a little heavier and carries a higher price tag. The bag comes with a compression stuffsack for easier storage in a rucksack. The side zip works well thanks to a good anti-snag design, and there is a decent baffle inside to protect against cold spots. There is a particularly wide and well-insulated shoulder baffle to trap air inside the bag, and the hood is also well-designed. The Jack Wolfskin Mountain Sunrise is a great bag for when there is a high risk of dampness affecting the down.
Outer fabric 30D Argrid; Stormlock Hyproof on hood and foot
Inner fabric 30D Moisture Control
Insulation 90/10 700+ fill power down
Compression packed size 23x22cm
Lower comfort temp. rating -9 deg C
The Jack Wolfskin Mountain Sunrise is the sleeping bag with the best water resistance in our buyer’s guide.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012
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.
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