Why are we talking about sleeping bags in July? Because now’s the time to get yourself set up with a 3 season bag. That said, DTG exclusively recommends the ‘Wiggys’ system, found at www.wiggys.com because, quite simply, it’s the best system we’ve used, and we’ve used several brands in severe cold, wet weather, and just about everything Michigan can throw at someone living in the bush.
For general use, we’d pick the Super Light FTRSS, and a bivy bag as a back up to a tarp shelter (we are not fans of tents in any weather when dealing with a SHTF situation or when planning to be on foot and carrying the weight). We only use the bivy bag in extremely wet situations, because in the cold, your bag will get wet, because the bivy is waterproof. We know this from seeing it happen to our own bags (in freezing weather, it’s easily remedied by letting the bag air so the condensate freezes, then brushing it from the bag before using again).
But, that’s the good thing about a Wiggy’s bag. It has superb insulation qualities, and from his web site, the material used, ‘lamilite’ is antistatic and hydrophobic, meaning it returns to full loft very quickly and water cannot attach itself to the fiber. In fact, it wicks perspiration from your body to the outside of the bag. Youtube has several examples of people taking their Wiggy’s bag and submersing it completely in water, draining it, and getting inside the bag, with only a lean-to wind break in 38 degree weather while wearing boxer shorts and a knit cap, and waking up dry and very comfortably warm. Here’s an example:
Wiggy’s guarantee also sets his bags apart: It’s a lifetime guarantee: If a seam opens, the zipper breaks or the Lamilite insulation deteriorates (such as losing its loft or separating, clumping in one place or another), Wiggy’s will repair or replace the bag at no charge to the owner.
It doesn’t get any better than that!
Get your Wiggy’s bag from GreatLakeSurvival.com or direct from Wiggys.com