What Do My Customers Have To Say?
I returned from 13 days of destination camping (no amenities, bare earth, set up tent, pack everything out) at three sites in SE Utah. Your sleeping bag worked beautifully!!
First of all, I love the silky soft feel of it and its compressability into the stuff sac which also carried three pillows and a tent lantern. I had a Cabela’s XL Outfitter cot plus XL thermarest pad and one Wiggy’s mattress pad. When I added the softness of your bag, I was comfortably sleeping on this combined surface.
The [Wide] bag plus rectangular shape was plenty roomy for me. There was one night on Cedar Mesa (near Natural Bridges) where the temp dropped (I am estimating) to the high 40’s. I had only a sheet inside the bag…no jacket, just a single layer of clothing over garments. I did feel a little cold. The rest of the time, temp was 50 or greater at night and I was fine, if not toasty. I loved the (?) air baffle strip which kept cold air from coming in through the zipper. The industrial zipper worked fine. I love this bag!!!!
The classmate with all the experience who was our ‘leader’, commented on how beautifully made this bag is. He has a roof top tent and has camped the equivalent of years outdoors.
Thanks again for contributing to a great experience!! (I used only your bag – my Wiggy’s bag was left at home).”
– Joan Browning (Oregon)
(50°F Rapture Wide size with Rectangle foot)
You are a genius, wonderful, talented, smart and knowledgeable.
I slept out last night, with a ground cover on the grass. I wore cotton sweat bottoms, socks, flannel shirt and a stocking cap. Temp was 37 just after 10. I have a wireless temperature device. I put the sensor part next to my head on the grass. There was no wind.
First thing I noted was now bright it was outside, nearly a full moon. As I zippered up the side and pulled over the hood I noticed your glow in the dark zipper pull tab. Did I mention you are a genius! What a neat idea! I decided to zip up the hood and realized that I am not used to sleeping that covered up. so I unzipped it about 75% and just had the small slit for air. I pull up the draft cloth and waited for sleep. I practiced turning on my sides. I found the bag was perfect for my size. I did not feel cramped at all.
When camping the first thing that always happens to me is cold feet. Last night – NONE!!!!!!
I woke up twice. Once about mid-night (didn’t have my watch), the moon’s light was shining right were my closed eyes were through the small slit. I stuck my head out looked around and then got back in. It was cold. I awoke again when the tarp I was sleeping on was making flapping noise against the bag from the wind that was blowing. I again poked my head out and realized it was colder. I got back in and due to the wind now coming in, I zippered up about 2/3rds of the way. It got warm fast and I pulled my hat off. Slept till 4:30 which is my regular wake up time.
Came in the house and looked at the temperature. The device said that it had gone down to 25 during the night. Where I live by the Jordan river it gets colder than the surrounding areas.
I was warm all night. I wish now that I had not used the sweat bottoms. Maybe tonight.
I know that it was not really cold. But this is giving me confidence.
I am a little sore from the hard ground, but once I showered, I feel okay. I am a side sleeper so I need more cushioning and a thicker and bigger pillow.
I am really impressed. Can’t wait for a weekend with near zero temperatures.
I will be showing the bag to my friends. Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did I forget to mention that you are a genius? 🙂
Thanks so much for the bags and the time you spent showing my wife and I your bags at your folks. I really appreciate what you have done for us. Your bags have now filled a giant hole in my preps. I had good sleeping bags but this will make a big difference in waking up each day ready to go to work instead of shivering and being cold. Waiting for the sun and the camp fire to make you warm.
I look forward to sharing more of my cold weather sleeping experiences with you. Now I just need to get my wife out there. I even thought about telling her that we will turn down the thermostat and open the window and throw the bags on top of the bed for her. That will be a big step for her.
Anyway thanks again.
– Mark Gotberg 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
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