- Initial Report on the double Jag Bag silk sleeping bag liner
Testers: Sanne Larsen and Chris Bagby (Ready and Spur)
Trailtown email addresses: skroghl@..., spur@...
The package was at home on Thursday, May 30 when we returned from our
short honeymoon. Kinda like a wedding present in the mail for us
newlyweds! A nice little letter from the owner of the company was
Our reaction to the color: The lavender (they call it violet?)
wouldn't be our first choice. We'd rather have had a nice green or
blue instead. OTOH, we'll be using it at night while we're asleep. So who cares?
A simple instruction sheet gives simple cleaning instructions. For
instance, we learn that drying it in sunlight will cause it to
yellow. Wonder if that'll
make the lavender turn a nice green or blue or maybe even yellow?
We were also cautioned that plunging into the bag with sharp toenails
may snag the silk. Duly warned, we plunged in carefully, though
stopping for a pedicure. No problems so far. We loved the soft
texture. The size was ample. Had we been interested, we could easily
have fit a third
person in with us.
We were in the bedroom at the time where the temperature was around
70 degrees. We immediately got hot! Our next testing session will be
Back downstairs we hefted it onto our postal scale, which read 5.6
ounces including the stuff sack. This is remarkable since other
liners we've owned
sized for only one person weighed up to 7 ounces when new. This looks
like it may be a good addition to our lightweight thruhiking gear.
BTW we couldn't just stuff the liner into the stuffsack. Too tight a
fit. It fit snugly into the sack after folding and rolling the liner
This may get easier with practice.
We plan to use the double Jag Bag with a pair of Rab Top Bags which
Ready is sewing together before the hike. The Rab bag uses a
top layer with lightweight mesh on the underside. A single Rab bag
weighs 17 oz. and is rated at 32 degrees F. We plan to use a cuddle
kit to link two
3/4 ultralight Thermarests together, slip both of them into the
double Rab bag and sleep directly on top of the Thermarests. We will
experimenting with including the double Jag Bag between the down top
and the Thermarests. On really warm nights we'll try sleeping in the
by itself (atop the Thermarests).
Our previous experiences in sleeping together in zipped-together
sleeping bags suggest that we'll be amply warm through most of 3
Ready sleeps cold, Spur sleeps warmly. In the past we used 20 degree
bags without a liner, weighing in around 6+ lbs. including the two 1
pads. If this system works, we'll have a 2-person sleep system that
weighs around 4-1/2 lbs including pads, with a temperature rating in
the mid 20s.
We plan to hit the A.T. on Wednesday, June 6 at Rockfish Gap, hiking
into Shenandoah Park on the first day. Spur hiked from Springer to
before getting off on May 6 to help with Ready's move from NY to
Atlanta and the wedding preparations. We'll head north from there
Katahdin, ETA early-mid September. Our daily journal info is at
http://www.spursjournal.com . Our second report will be from up the