British modular "Tropen" sleeping bag, surplus
Unlike everyone else, the British army just could not make a sleeping bag deal with the Teutonic devil, which is Carinthia. So they did the next best thing and copied the Tropical bag and Defence 4 bag, and called it the Modular Sleeping Bag System. So here's some proud English vision for sale!
- A summer sleeping bag
- Durable and dependable
- Weight a bit over one kilogram, depending on the size
- Part of a modular system
A great choice for summer use, this lightweight bag also works together with the heavier bag. What separates this military bag from many civilian ones is more bulk, stronger materials and a way cheaper price, being army surplus.
The bag is almost a direct copy of the Carinthia Tropen sleeping bag, with slight alterations.
The key features of the light weight bag are the large hood section with an insect net, mesh pockets for valuables or just socks, and a zipper closure with a non-locking zipper. The zipper reaches all the way to the edge of the foot end, so this bag can be folded open as a blanket too. The mesh pockets and blanket feature are missing from Carinthia's bag.
Materials and temperature rating
Made of strong nylon material, with hollowfiber padding sandwiched on the inside. The comfort rating of this bag when new would be about 10 degrees Celsius. No accurate info, though.
This bag is a part of a modular system: if one were to put the medium weight bag over this, the result would be a four-season bag.
Machine wash in 40 degrees Celsius if you absolutely have to. Hang dry. Washing sleeping bags should be avoided unless necessary.
The British army tells us these bags can be washed 20 times until their temperature ratings drop too excessively. These haven't been washed many times, hardly even once.
Available in two sizes according to user's recommeded height. Even if you'd be a few cm taller, you should still fit inside. For those using the obsolete imperial system: if you're up to 6 ft tall, pick Medium. If taller, pick Large.
Although a shorter person can sleep inside a too large bag, there will be some extra room in the feet to be heated up, along with unnecessary bulk.
The following measurements are taken from the bag itself:
- Medium: length 195 cm, shoulder width 70 cm, weight about 1200 g
- Large: length 210 cm, shoulder width 75 cm, weight about 1400 g
Used, sometimes a bit seedy around the head but intact. We recommend washing the bag before use if you feel like it. Apparently these are made by FECSA, a Spanish company that also made sleeping bags for the Dutch army at least.
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