TEST SERIES BY FRANCES PENN
October 15, 2013
oldhikergirl AT yahoo DOT com
Santa Ana, California
5' 9" (1.75 m)
130 lb (59.00 kg)
I have been backpacking for six years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with two or more 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight, including food and water, is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight, including food and water, is usually 26-30 lb (12-14 kg) depending on the need for a bear canister. I have recently converted to a tarp, bivy and quilt sleeping system instead of a tent. I have experienced all night rain, hail, heavy winds, camping in snow once, but mostly fair weather.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: MusucHouse Ltda
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.selkbagworld.com
MSRP: US $259
Listed Weight: 4 lb 6 oz (1.98 kg) including compression bag
Measured Weight: 4 lb 7 oz (2.01 kg) including compression bag
Insulation: KrekranŽ 2 layers of 130g/m2 each, 100% Polyester Synthetic
Lining: 40D Nylon with a water resistant finish
Shell: 40D Nylon Ripstop with a water resistant finish
Temp Rating: Comfort 44°F (6 C); Limit 35°F (2 C); Extreme 9°F (13 C)(per EN13537 standard, see below for explanation)
Available Sizes: Medium, Large and Extra Large
Medium: 72 in (183 cm) wide by 73 in high (185 cm)
Large: 79 in (201 cm) wide by 79 in (201 cm) high
Extra Large: 84 in (213 cm) wide x 86 in (218 cm) high
Medium: 15 in (38 cm) by 9 in (23 cm)
Large:15 in (38 cm) by 10 in (25 cm) with a circumference of 25 in (64 cm)
Extra Large: 16 in (40 cm) by 10 in (25 cm)
Medium: 4.0 lb (113 g)
Large: 4.3 lb (125 g)
Extra Large: 4.7 lb (133 g)
Medium size fits 5 ft 1 in (160 cm) to 5 ft 5 in (169 cm) height
Large size fits 5 ft 6 in (170 cm) to 6 ft 0 in (184 cm) height
Extra Large size fits 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) to 6 ft 6 in (202 cm) height
Size Tested: Large
Colors Available: Black Forest
Color Tested: Black Forest
|Fran wearing bag|
The Selk'Bag Patagon is a sleep system designed by Rodrigo Alonso Schramm in Santiago, Chile. The user can walk around while wearing the bag similar to a warm pair of overalls. The bag is meant to replace the traditional sleeping bag. The bag has an anatomical two-dimensional fit. The Patagon model of Selk'Bag has zip off booties to allow the user to wear their own footwear. For comparison, all previous versions of the Selk'Bag had the booties attached permanently. The booties have 1680 D Poly Oxford on the bottom with two strips of a stronger non-slip material. The booties zip off at the ankles. There are drawstrings just above the booties zippers to adjust for a tighter fit. There are little pockets just above the drawstings to stuff the drawstrings into to prevent tripping while walking.
|booties-one tightened, one not tightened|
A quick release closure system on the sleeves uses magnets for fast hand exit and entry. The bag has hook and loop straps that serve to 'roll-up' the Patagon's sleeves for access to the hands. The bag has an insulated hood, a thermal collar around the head and neck and exaggerated draft tubes around the zippers to reduce heat loss. The hood has a drawstring around the face.
|hand opening fastened back|
The bag has double front entry zippers. The zippers also have wide reflective ribbon sewed on the draft tubes to prevent snags and make the zippers easy to locate. The zippers run on both sides of the chest from the top. The zipper on the left side is 16 in (40 cm) long. The zipper on the right side is 29 in (74 cm) long. The right zipper can be opened from the top down or the bottom up for quick access to pants pockets and for ventilation. This bag does not have any pockets.
|right long front zipper|
The bag also has vents with mesh along the outside of the legs that start at my mid-thigh and run down to my mid-shin. Both side leg vents measure 12 in ( 30 cm).
|side leg vent|
This is the information on the end of the compression sack.
|end of compression sack|
According to my internet search, the EN13537 designation is a European standard for sleeping bag manufacturers that measures four temperature ratings:
Upper Limit - the temperature at which a standard man can sleep without excessive perspiration. It is established with the hood and zippers open and with the arms outside of the bag.
Comfort - the temperature at which a standard woman can expect to sleep comfortably in a relaxed position.
Lower Limit - the temperature at which a standard man can sleep for eight hours in a curled position without waking.
Extreme - the minimum temperature at which a standard woman can remain for six hours without risk of death from hypothermia (though frostbite is still possible).
For the purpose of these measurements, a "standard man" is assumed to be 25 years old, with a height of 5'6" (1.73 m) and a weight of 161 lb (73 kg); a "standard woman" is assumed to be 25 years old, with a height of 5'2" (1.60 m) and a weight of 132 lb (60 kg).
The bag arrived packed in its compression sack. It was rolled so tight, it was very difficult to remove. I was concerned that I would not be able to get the bag back into its compression sack after that experience. After several attempts, I was finally able to stuff the bag back into its compression sack.
The bag is double padded equally in all areas. There does not appear to be any area that is padded more or less than any other area.
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
The instructions provide a lot of information about sizing and features but do not mention anything about washing details. Since the materials are all synthetic, I would expect the bag will wash under normal machine settings. The instructions indicate the booties zip together to be used as a pillow. After walking around on the ground, I can't imagine wanting to put my head on them for a pillow but I will try it in the field report portion of this test series.
TRYING IT OUT
The bag feels like a very warm pair of overalls. The bag fit my height and was loose fitting in the legs which I expect will be comfortable for sleeping. I look forward to making breakfast in the morning without having to get out of my warm sleeping bag. I look forward to sitting in camp at night knowing I am also warming my sleep system. The booties fit me very loosely and I almost tripped within the first few minutes of wearing them zipped on the bag. Once I zipped off the booties and put on my own shoes, I found this bag to be a comfortably loose fit. I was in our cabin in Big Bear so I immediately went outside for a walk around the neighborhood wearing my own shoes. The temperature was 40 F (4 C) that night and I was warm on my short walk under the stars. I then pulled the drawstring around my ankles and had less loose material between my ankles while walking. This configuration felt better and much less like a tripping hazard. The booties fit better when the drawstring is pulled tight, but the two layers of material feel too slippery under my feet. Preliminarily, I like wearing my own shoes for walking. I will see how this works in the field.
Since there is no rear trap door, I am concerned that I will have to remove the bag for nightly bathroom calls. I will report on this aspect of the bag in my field report.
I look forward to getting this interesting bag into the field for some hands-on testing in the coming winter months. I will be doing my snow dance.
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