What do my customers have to say?These things ROCK bud...I show them to everyone...t shirt 'n boxers in
30-40 a few times in the last few weeks...
I've been posting them on my Facebook...
Thanks for a great product bud!
- Kelly Alwood (onPointTactical.com) from Indiana, USA
My wife and I got our bags from John a few weeks ago. The quality is top notch. We are both hard to impress, but the design, stitching, etc. are all perfect. I got an Expedition model while my wife got a Base camp. They are configured to zip together if we want as well.
We tried spending a night in them but they are just too warm for sleeping indoors. Another night, I removed the liner and used that. It was very comfortable. These are true 4 season bags. In fact, you get 3 bags in 1. The liner is a summer bag. The 1 inch main bag is great for Spring or Fall and you use both together for Winter.
I am no expert, but I really think the difference between these foam bags and a Wiggy's or other high end bag is comparing apples and oranges. They server different purposes. In my mind, a Wiggy's bag is great for camping, hiking, etc. If you are using your bag daily in cold weather, the moisture will build up in a non foam bag, decreasing the insulating ability and making the bag heavier. The foam bags do not retain moisture so they do not lose their insulating ability, nor do they get weighed down. However, they are not as packable because they just don't compress down like other bags and they weigh more than an ultra-light bag.
Given the uses I foresee for these, I think the foam option suits my family best. If you see any need for a long term cold weather solution I can unequivocally recommend John's bags. They are pricey, but the alternative is worse in my opinion.
- Mike Nauta from Utah, USA
I slept in a foam sleeping bag during the AZ camp out a week or so ago. Just for a little background on me, I am an AZ native. I don't like cold. I get very, VERY, cranky when I get cold. The temp drops to 50 (I know, I KNOW!, 50 isn't REALLY cold...but it is to ME)and my feet turn into blocks of ice, and I start to shiver and can't stop.
So anyway, when my husband came into the tent and took away my Wiggy's bag with the wool blanket inside, I was a little perturbed. I'd already had two slightly uncomfortable nights on that cot, and I was not looking forward to freezing through another one. I'll admit to being a bit of a skeptic. Ok, I'll even admit to rolling my eyes just a little when people talk about foam. But hey, no one ever said I wasn't up for a good adventure, so I decided to give it a shot. I even removed some of my layers that I slept in the nights before (thermal garments, thermal underwear, shirt, pants, microfleece jacket, gloves and two pairs of socks. I take staying warm serious, ok?) and only went with a couple layers of thermals and one pair of socks. Trust me, that was pushing it.
But I'm telling you people, that sleeping bag rocked.
My first concern was that it would be cold getting into it. The Wiggy's bag is cold at first....and if I start off cold, its hard for me to get warm....which is why I use a wool blanket inside. The foam bag warmed right up, the instant I got in.
My second concern would be the feet part. I don't like feeling constricted...and I especially don't like the idea of a mummy bag. The foam bag is shaped like a mummy bag, but it doesn't feel like you're strapped into a straitjacket.
Its also really comfy. Nice and padded. I really liked that. A cool feature is the little cover that goes over your face after you tighten the hood around your head. That kept things nice and warm too.
So, the night I spent in the foam bag was fabulous, right along til the point where my 3 year old had to climb in with me. Which is sort of cool...there's lots of space for another little body to snuggle in. (Or that's a detriment, depends on how you look at it. ) She really liked the little glowy zipper pull. In fact, she had to spend about 30 minutes at 3 am telling me all about it.
The only real problem I had was the zipper...I had a hard time zipping the thing up. I think that has more to do with the layers involved than anything else. The quality of the sewing and materials is excellent, and I would expect it to last for many many years. The bag is also designed to have layers put in or taken out, although I didn't mess with that, I just went for the warmest I could make it.
All in all, its a great sleeping bag. Two thumbs up!
- Rizzo Chapman from Arizona, USA