US Modular sleeping bag - Patrol bag, surplus
The US Army modular sleeping bag system is probably the best there is. This is the outer Patrol bag, and can be used alone in warmer weather.
About the whole system
Meant to be usable in any environment or weather, the US Army modular sleeping bag systems has it all. The innermost bag is the Intermediate bag, and it is attached to the inside of the Patrol bag. If waterproofing or additional protection is required, a Gore-tex bivy cover will snap on top of the whole thing. The intermediate bag alone offers tolerable sleeping conditions for up to -10 degrees Celsius, the Patrol bag to 10 degrees Celsius, and with the whole deal, the system should provide comfort for up to -30 degrees. The modularity has the added benefit of capturing insulating layers of air between the bags.
This particular item
This is the Patrol bag, which is a good choice for summer use down to 10 degrees Celcius, and does not take much space. The outer material is 70-denier nylon fabric, and the stuffing is polyester, which dries pretty quickly if it gets wet.
The bag closes with a heavy duty zipper, and has a large hood. The zipper can be opened from both ends, so if required, the feet can have some air too in warm weather. The zipper is accompanied by snap fasteners, to which the other components can be attached.
Size and care
The bag is about 229 cm long (suitable for up to 185 cm / 6'1" persons) and weighs about 1 kg.
Washing sleeping bags should generally be done as little as possible. If the need arises, do it in 40 degrees Celsius. However we suggest using a separate inner cloth liner bag to essentially remove the need to wash the main sleeping bag. If the bag gets wet or is washed, open the zipper and hang dry.
Used army surplus
These are used but in nice, clean and serviceable condition. Being used, we can't guarantee the condition of each and every snap fastener. Generally there are quite enough of them intact to attach other sleeping bag parts securely.
No stuff sack included!
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Kimmo S. 15.01.2018
Mike G. 18.03.2018
Adam G. 03.04.2019 (Edited 06.04.2019)
Some clarification on the differences between the two models (green and grey): They're both made for the same temperature rating, but the green ones are the older model they're slightly shorter than the newer grey ones. You won't notice that because the patrol bag is very loose-fitting, but the grey ones are also lighter and more packable than the green ones despite being longer due to the use of more modern insulation.