- Hello Christopher,
Here is my final installment for your green pen.
The text version is below.
Long Term Report
During this phase I camped out at Margaret River for three nights in the
Cape Naturaliste region some 3 hours car drive south of Perth.
Elevation was around 80 metres (263 ft). Temperatures of an evening
when I went to bed around 9.30 pm ranged from 12.3 C (54 F) to 18.4 C
(65 F) at 6.30 am when I rose. [Source: Bureau of Meteorology]
This was a car base camp and I slept in a one person tent.
Fortunately I was blessed with some cooler weather of an evening. I even
had light rain on my final evening.
Performance in the Field
During this phase I was able to spend the whole night inside the bag as
the outside temperature was just chilly enough to give me a comfortable
night's sleep. I was only dressed in my underpants.
The bag is a tad long for me when walking around. I had to hang onto the
legs and pull them up so that my feet inside the "booties" section of
the bag were hard up against the soles of my feet. If I did not hang
onto the sides of the bag opposite my hips, the "booties" would flop to
one side with my feet not inside them and I was walking on the leg
section just above the "booties". See photo.
I did not wear the bag around the camp as the evening was still pleasant
for shorts and a T shirt. I would have been too hot to wear it around
camp. When I went to bed the temperature had dropped to a pleasant level
with a slight chill from the wind blowing from a SSE direction ranging
between 15 km/h to 22 km/h (9.3 mph to 14 mph).
Laying on my sleeping mat and pillow inside my bag I was very
comfortable and was not conscious of any crushing of the fill between my
body and the sleeping platforms mentioned above. I did not experience
any cold spots. What I did never overcome was having my hands inside the
sleeve. I always sleep with my hands out side, even in a sleeping bag
near my face. With this bag I just tucked them under the arm pit region
and they kept warm.
What I did miss in this bag was a little pocket to put say a key for the
ablution block or button LED torch away in.
Speaking of ablutions, I had to be very careful when passing urine that
I did not accidentally wash the inside ends of the sleeves as they are
very close to the plumbing especially when only using partial moonlight
(last quarter phase) which was just bright enough to see where I was going.
On my final night, there was a period of light rain that wet the ground
and my tent. Water did pool on my groundsheet under the tent near the
foot end. I was in two minds as to whether to get out of the bag and go
to my tent in just my underpants and bare feet (the shoes were in the
tent's vestibule) or chance it and see how wet the soles of the bag got.
For the sake of the test, I walked on the wet grass to my tent, unzipped
the fly, knelt on the dry groundsheet and entered the tent head first. I
checked the soles of the bag and found that they were wet but the water
did not penetrate the lining as far as I could tell. I certainly felt no
wetness by my feet. The sleeping mat got a bit wet from the surface of
the bag but nothing to worry about.
I have had the misfortune to experience the hottest summer temperatures
on record for our region so I was limited to my use of this wonderful
concept. Fortunately I did manage to jag three consecutive cool nights
after relatively warm days whereby I could sleep the whole night inside
the bag. What would I like to see changed? I would like to see a little
pouch/pocket for small items that would be close to hand and minimize
the chance of dropping something in the dark. The second thing that came
to me when it was raining was a facility for the feet to exit the legs
similar in fashion to the hands being able to exit through the slits on
the inner of the arms.
I will continue to use this bag when camping and I am really looking
forward to see how it will perform in my colder climate in May/June when
temperatures get down to -3 C (27 F). I am happy to add an addendum to
this report after that experience.
I have nothing further to add to my "Likes" and "Dislikes" that appear
in the Initial Report.
Many thanks to Selk'Bag USA and BackPackGearTest for allowing me to test