With impressive packability for a synthetic bag, this is a great option for adventurers in need of a no-nonsense, hard-wearing bag to do the job throughout prime camping season.
Fairly basic design
Not the warmest
Not the lightest
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The Snugpak Softie 3 Solstice is a robust and well-made bit of kit that is a good choice for campers and backpackers who demand a lot of their outdoor gear.
The face fabric is made from a burly ripstop nylon with a double inner, consisting of a lighter-weight nylon for added comfort, backed with Reflect-a-therm fabric.
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This is a layer of polyester covered in metallic dots, designed to reflect body heat and boost warmth. This is combined with Snugpak’s own Softie Premier synthetic hollowfibre fill, which compresses very well to ensure a small pack size.
• RRP: £125 (UK)
• Weight: 900g/2lb (regular), 1kg 140g/2lb 8oz (extra long)
• Length: 200cm (regular), 250cm (extra long)
• Max user height: 183cm/6ft (regular), 220cm+/7ft 2in+ (extra long)
• Pack size: 16x16cm/6x6in
• Fill: Paratex Light (100% Nylon) and Reflectatherm (100% Polyester)
• Comfort limit: -4°C/26°F
• Limit: 32°F/0°C
• Compatibility: 2-season
In the field
According to Snugpak this bag has a comfort rating of 5 degrees Celsius and a lower limit of 0. After a couple of chilly nights wild camping in the hills, we felt the bag’s temperature ratings were a touch optimistic, even with a warm mat underneath us, though it will still keep most sleepers cosy enough to sleep in single-digit temperatures.
The long, two-way zip has a chunky baffle to guard against cold spots, and the bag’s design, consisting of a continuous sheet of insulation with minimal stitching, also helps to minimise heat loss. But we found it a little difficult to lock in warmth because of the relatively simple hood, though there are drawcords to help.
On the other hand, we loved the packability of this sleeping bag when it was crammed into its stuff sack. It's one of the most compact synthetic sleeping bags we’ve tested, making it a good choice for hardy wild campers and bivvy-baggers.
An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing kit in the field for nearly a decade. Having worked for both the Ramblers and the Scouts, he knows one or two things about walking and camping, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700 feet – that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest. Follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter.