Snugpak Travelpak 3 Sleeping Bag Review

by Paul Kirtley

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People seem to visibly cringe when they ask me about sleeping bags.

The conversation goes something along the lines of

“Paul, I’d like to buy a new sleeping bag, what do you recommend? What do you actually use yourself?”

“Well, I have half a dozen sleeping bags”

“What?!”

“Well it depends on where I’m going, what time of year and how I’m travelling”.

People calm down a little at this stage as they start to understand the logic.

A Sleeping Bag For All Seasons?

There is no such thing as a sleeping bag which is suitable for all seasons. You need to choose one which fits the climate you are visiting as well as other considerations such as weight and bulk.

I have three synthetic-fill sleeping bags – 3-season, 4-season and an arctic bag (so-called 5-season). I also have three down bags, a 2/3 season, a 4-season and a heavier bag I use in the north in winter.

Down sleeping bags are lighter for the same warmth but are considerably more expensive than synthetic-fill bags. Weight savings can be extremely important on many wilderness expeditions but it depends on your mode of transport. Specifically, it depends on whether you are covering distance under your own steam and, in particular, whether that weight is on your back.

Synthetic bags are much more economical and they are easier to look after. There is an accepted wisdom that you can sleep out in a wet synthetic bag and this is preferable to sleeping out in a wet down bag. Frankly, sleeping – or trying to sleep – in any wet sleeping bag, synthetic or down, is unpleasant and cold. Keep your bag dry, regardless of whether it is synthetic or down. You don’t buy a synthetic bag because you expect to get it wet. That’s dumb logic pedalled by salespeople.

Why I like 3-Season Synthetic Sleeping Bags

Synthetic bags are easier to look after in that they are easier to wash. While an expensive down bag can be taken to a dry cleaner, you are taking a risk. You are better off sending the bag to a specialist bag cleaner. But it costs about £40 per time.

A 3-season synthetic bag, on the other hand, can be washed in a domestic washing machine. It’s possible you can wash heavier bags too but check the maximum loading of your washing machine (normally 6 or 7kg) as a wet sleeping bag is pretty heavy!

For this reason alone, I tend to use a synthetic bag in the late Spring, Summer and into Autumn. I’m out a lot and when the bag gets dirty, I can wash it with a quick turnaround at home.

The exception to this is when I’m undertaking lightweight backpacking trips, particularly in mountainous country, where a reduction in weight on my back really makes a big difference. Otherwise, I use a synthetic and that’s what I generally recommend to people.

Also, at Frontier Bushcraft, I’m often teaching people on our core courses who are relatively new to bushcraft or even camping. They need a sleeping bag that will work well within the context of a bivvy bag and a tarp. They also typically don’t want to be spending lots of money on new kit.

So, I’m always interested in good value synthetic bags that I can recommend to people.

The Travelpak 3 From Snugpak

A bag which caught my attention was the Snugpak Travelpak 3. I had been contacted by Silverfox Travel & Outdoors, a Snugpak retailer, to see if I would like to review any of their products.

What I liked about the Travelpak 3 on paper was that it was relatively inexpensive at £49.99 for a 3-season bag and the performance appeared good for the price (-3 Celsius comfort rating; -7 Celsius extreme according to Snugpak). It’s also not a particularly heavy bag compared to a down bag of a similar season rating – at 1,500g it’s maybe 500-600 grams more than a synthetic bag which would cost £200 more.

There is only one way to test a sleeping bag, though, and that’s get it out in the relevant conditions and sleep in it.

All I did was swap out my regular bag and include the Travelpak 3. A risky bet if it did not perform but I had a thermal top and hat with me, so I could always make up for it.

Travelpak 3 laid out

The Travelpak 3 under on top of my bivvy bag. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

When I first unrolled this bag, I was a little concerned. It didn’t seem to loft very much and the insulation seemed quite thin.

But my concerns were unwarranted.

I tested the bag in relatively cold and wet conditions for the time of year and I have to say I have slept very well in the Travelpak 3.

I used the bag in the same set up I usually use in the woods in the UK – Hilleberg tarp, MOD bivvy bag and three-quarter length Thermarest.

The bag has a nice set of features too. It has good baffles, which I’ve never needed to fully use within the seasons the bag is intended for use. I find it a warm bag.

Travelpak 3 baffles

Good baffles. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

The compactness of the fill material is actually a bonus when it comes to packing as the pack size of the bag is good for a 3-season synthetic bag. The Travelpak 3 comes in a compression stuff sac, which can be used to further reduce the size of the bag in your rucksack.

Snugpak Travelpak 3

The Travelpak 3 easily fits into the provided stuffsac. No wrestling with your sleeping bag here! Photo: Paul Kirtley.

Travelpak 3 packed in stuffsac

A decent pack size for a 3-season sleeping bag.

Interestingly the bag has an integral mesh mosquito net. The bag is intended for travellers (it’s in the name) and given the price point I’m guessing of the young, backpacking variety. The insect net is more useful than you might imagine in the UK too. Over the past few years we’ve had years with lots of mosquitoes, others with an almost plague of slugs (some of which do actually bite). Being able to cover your face at these times is a useful feature even in the relatively benign woods of the UK.

Snugpak Traelpak 3 integral mosquito mesh

Integral insect meshing. Photo: Paul Kirtley

The internal material – which feels a little strange at first if you are used to shiny, silky sleeping bag materials – is an antibacterial fabric, which is designed to reduce bacteria growth and odours. This is again well thought through in a bag which is aimed at those undertaking longer term travels. It’s also ideal for those who spend a good amount of time camping out nearer to home.

The texture of this fabric actually makes the bag feel warm as soon as you get into it, unlike the silky, nylon materials which are cold to the touch.

There are other nice features such as pull-tabs on zippers which helps prevent fumbling with zips, particularly when half-asleep.

Snugpak zip pull

Branded zip-pull tag. A nice detail. Photo: Paul Kirtley

Snugpak Travelpak 3 – Conclusions

Overall I was impressed by this bag, particularly at the price point. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good value, robust 3-season bag that lives up to its rating, whether you are headed out in the UK or further afield. Its design makes it flexible in how it can be used and the internal lining material is well suited to extended use.

Have you used this sleeping bag or others like it? Let me and other readers know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: The Snugpak Travelpak 3 sleeping bag was provided at no cost by Silverfox Travel & Outdoors for me to review. I have received no payment or reimbursement to write this blog and I am under no obligation to say anything other than what I honestly think about the product.

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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.

 

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James Harris

I’ve been using snugpak sleeping bags for about 5 years now and in that time I’ve used 3 different models. I’ve just had delivered (today actually) a new bag. It’s the snugpak elite 5, I’ve found in the past that more often than not i tend to sleep on the sleeping bag rather than in it when it gets a little warmer, and when it gets to winter I didn’t have a bag that kept me very warm, so I’m hoping that this bag will be a good all rounder especially as it has the expander panel in it. One downside is the size of it though, it’s a bit bigger than i thought it would be even when compressed. Anyway I’ve got lots of testing to do with it and if it doesn’t work out as a good all rounder then I have other bags i can use for summer months and this nice new one for the winter use, something my kit was lacking was a good winter bag.
James

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Paul Kirtley

Hi James,

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Another vote for the Elite 5 – interesting.

All the best,

Paul

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Steve Bayley

I use a Snugpak SF1 in the spring through to autumn, it is just a 1 season bag, but in combination with a good sleeping mat and bivvy-bag it keeps me warm enough for a good nights sleep. It is pushing it when there is a frost, but with a good warm layer and hat it does the job. It has a centre zip and packs down really quite small. It seems rather expensive now, but I don’t remember it being too pricey when I bought mine. The Travelpak 3 looks very good for the price and the bug net is a neat innovation.

I also have the SF2 for colder conditions but that is pretty bulky. The two can be used together when it is really cold. I also have a down bag but it is too warm most of the time!

I find I get a better kip with a pillow, so carry a small pillowcase (I think it is by Thermarest) into which I stuff my Sleeka jacket. I like a sleeping bag with a centre zip, I find it more convenient in a hammock and, when bivvying on the ground, I like to sit up, put my jacket and get a brew on whist my lower body is still cosy in bed. Making sure you are warm before turning in is important, your sleeping bag can’t make you warm, only keep you warm. Getting some quality sleep can make a huge contribution to a trip so it’s well worth getting it sorted.

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your comment. I agree that centre-zips are great if you can find a suitable bag with one fitted. It seems they are more common on synthetic bags.

Pillows are important, particularly if you spend any length of time outdoors. You can end up with a very stiff neck/back if you don’t have enough support. You might get away with it for a night or two, but after a week or so out, you’ll know about it. An osteopath recently explained to me that you need to have enough support to keep your spine in line while you lie on your side. This takes a bit of effort with just a pile of clothes. A stuff sack or pillow case helps in keeping the “pillow clothes” together and supportive.

You also make a good point regarding being warm before turning in. In cold conditions, it’s even worth jogging on the spot for 5 minutes to make sure you are plenty warm.

All the best,

Paul

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Joe

Hi paul,
Having just spent two nights in my local woods using my new snugpak softie elite 3 sleeping bag which arrived Thursday I can honestly say I have never been so warm at night. I just wished I heard of Snugpak a few years ago. Being on the larger size though I did find the bag a little restrictive at first but once I finally got settled it was fine.

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Joe,

It sounds like the Elite 3 is very cosy. I might have to check one out.

Warm regards,

Paul

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Matthew Mutch

I own the Snugpak 9 and Antarctica myself. It seems to cover me for most of what this country, and others, could throw at me, although not the lightest in my pack. I mix these with a MOD Bivi, and a Thermarest Trail Pro. Its a system that hasn’t failed me yet. I use a mosquito headnet when in bed most of the time as I hate the idea of things crawling over my face at night, so the integrated one on this bag really interests me! Great review Paul

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Paul Kirtley

Hey Matthew,

Thanks for your comment. It’s interesting to read what you use. It seems the Snugpaks are a popular choice. A few people on Facebook mentioned them too. It seems the Elite 5 is the most common choice.

Warm regards,

Paul

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Richard

I’ve got the 4 Season version of this bag. Excellent and can’t fault it. I’ve been down to -15 last April with the 4+mod bivi (inside a vango banshee 200).

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Richard,

Sounds like the 4-season bag is a bargain too.

Thanks for the info.

Warm regards,

Paul

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Neil Rhodes

Hi Paul, being in the UK myself what temperatures is that SP3 best suited to? In your experience? Thanks

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Neil,

I’ve used it comfortably down towards zero (Celsius) although not below. Would have been good to see how it faired lower but we haven’t had a particularly cold winter…

Cheers,

Paul

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Neil Rhodes

Appreciate it’s not a summer bag but have you used it in summer too? Thanks for any feed back. Seriously considering one…

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Paul Kirtley

Hi again Neil,

Well, technically yes I’ve used it in Summer (right at the tail end) but not over the middle of the year when it’s been particularly warm, which I’m inferring is the info you are looking for?

I’ll be able to provide more feedback on this later in the year…

Cheers,

Paul

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Neil Rhodes

Thanks for the info that helps. I used to have a massive chunky thing i bought at Tesco. It had side vent zips which not only made it roomy but well vented for warm summer sleeping as well being ok in zero degrees. (3 season) Alas whilst the bag was ok construction the zip was not. It was also too short for me. Im liking the idea of this one for most purposes in the uk. Just not so sure about it in the height of summer. Maybe ill buy a light weight one for the really warm nights… or i should get a hammock and tarp and no bivvy, to keep off the slugs. Something to consider i suppose.

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Robert

Interesting article, thank you.
Do you sleep “warm” or “cold”? I used to overheat regularly in sleeping bags and so used tiny ones. Since I turned forty, however, I’ve found I feel the cold a bit more and so am looking for a warmer synthetic bag for bashing about on Scout events (when “emergency homesickness issues” in the troop can mean getting damp at night and so would compromise my warmer down bags).
There is a heavier version of the Snugpak, but I’m wary of buying too much. I too have a 45 litre bag with side pockets and I’d prefer NOT to go back to huge bags when out on a weekend.
So, are you warm at night or not? If you are, what are your thoughts about the warmth of the reviewed bag, please?
Any comments welcome ahead of a likely purchase, bearing in mind that I regularly carry my kit and don’t wish to carry more than really necessary.

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Robert,

Thanks for your questions.

I sleep quite warm.

As I said in the review, I was at first surprised at how thin the bag seemed for a 3-season bag but was pleasantly reassured by having good warm sleeps in it. These were initially in wet autumnal conditions at the back end of last year.

In the conditions we are having at the moment, the bag is more than warm enough and I’m looking forward to using it more over the summer and further reducing wear and tear on my more expensive down bags.

The bag weighs around 1.5kg and I agree you would not want to be hiking with much more than that.

I hope this helps.

All the best,

Paul

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James de Ferrars

Paul, Down or synthetic? You are encouraging me to revisit that decision, especially at this price. A long time ago now, I had a synthetic bag, but it was never the same again after washing, so I have used down ever since , and that bag after 20 years is still as good as ever and in regular weekend use. I have since purchased an even warmer, but lighter, bag for Alpine use. But how do these synthetic bags, which presumably have more modern fibres stand up to washing? I have mulled over the bags sold by Woodlore, but have always been put off by the weight and bulk.
I am not entirely with you in your comments about a wet sleeping bag. I agree a wet bag is a useless bag, but surely down is more susceptible to damp, and I have read you have a much better chance in the field of drying out a synthetic bag; that is presumably if the sun shines. I have never allowed my bag to get really wet, but if everything is dripping around you the bag will get damp, and progressively less warm. And things happen, especially with water, which seems to blow, creep and track ever where! So I see down as perfect, but for its performance in the damp, which is what we have to live with in this country. What are your thoughts on this point?
I hope I have not put off too many of your foreign readers from visiting us, it is very green and beautiful here! Regards James

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Paul Kirtley

Hi James,

I can’t speak for how the TravelPak 3 stands up to washing as I have not washed it yet. The Woodlore bags wash fine. All but the 3-season Osprey are too heavy when wet to wash in a standard domestic washing machine.

I regularly use down bags in UK autumn and winter conditions, particularly a 800-weight RAB bag with Pertex Endurance outer. The Endurance fabric helps limit the permeation of condensation from between sleeping bag and bivvy bag but most moisture in any bag overnight comes from within, not outside. Airing the bag as often as possible makes all the difference.

Here’s a couple of articles I wrote over on the Frontier Bushcraft blog which you may find useful in this respect:

Tips to Maximise the Effectiveness of Your Sleeping Kit

Hang ‘Em High: Tips for Getting Organised Under Your Tarp

In the above articles you’ll see the RAB bag I use (black outer and grey inner). I also use sythetic 3-season bags in the summer, while working courses as I’m relatively static and not walking huge distances each day.

When undertaking serious hiking trips, particularly in the mountains when weight really becomes a critical factor, I always use a down bag. I find with a good mountain tent, such as a Hilleberg Akto, you don’t have a problem with moisture in your bag, however hard it’s raining.

I hope this is useful!

Warm regards,

Paul

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Ian C

I have the softie 6 and the softie 9 sleeping bags I have had the softie 6 for about 20 years and the softie 9 about 15 years and they were used quite a bit when serving and I mainly the 9 now and its been a good sleeping bag it does get washed in the washing machine quite often as I use it when camping or night fishing and I think it might be about time that I get a new one at some time as the puller on the zip broke off this year but at present I have repaired it with some paracord so I can still do the zip up.

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your comment. It certainly sounds like you’ve got your money’s worth out of your Softies.

All the best,

Paul

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Vic

I tried to get on with a Snugpak Chrysalis 3, I really did. I have fairly wide shoulders and it was a tight fit so I had to use the expansion baffle. Snugpak bill this as a means of cooling the bag and it does that OK. In my experience, the bag not stretched tight as a bowstring works best!

I discovered that Decathlon stocks a range of bags in several sizes, so now I have several XL size bags in different temperature ranges and I’m a happy bunny. The Chrysalis had its zip surgically moved, then it was cut down to be what we called in the old days a “pied d’elephant”.

Coupled with a Snugpak softie and a lightweight breathable bivi it now has a genuine function. Removing the triangular expansion and the zips not only saved significant weight, it also produced a sawn-off bag which packs quite small. Wot is nice. On a cold day when you might pack the softie anyway and you’d take a breathable bivi as a routine safety precaution then the addition of the ol’ pied d’elephant would make the prospect of a chilly bivi recede rather.

Shame nobody manufactures elephant’s foot sleeping bags these days…..

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Vic,

That’s all useful info and opinion. I’m sure it’ll be valuable to other readers too.

Warm regards,

Paul

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Neil Rhodes (@PhotoRepair)

Hi Paul again. What size can you squash it down to? Everything i find is the manufacturers size but im sure that differs if you are trying to “pack” it small? thanks if you can help. I’m off to buy one when i know? or do you have a photo of it next to something for comparison…and thanks for the tips on the “guide line knot” in another posting of yours.! and I have one of the Army Bivy bags too, mine seems very large though, do you struggle with the cord around the head section?

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Neil,

This bag is not the most compact bag when stuffed. I think this is down to the antibacterial lining material and the durable outer rather than the filling itself. It’s not too bad for a budget synthetic bag though.

How do you mean struggle with the cord around the head section?

Cheers,

Paul

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Robert

“Struggling with cords” might mean tightening the opening to a satisfactory smallness. I had that problem with my issue bag. The answer I found was to replace the supplied cord with 2mm dyneema cord that avoids the friction build up of the supplied “thick, green, nylon bootlace”. By adding a cord lock, I can now seal the opening to just a gap for my nose and mouth, which really helps in keeping warm on cold nights but allows the moisture in one’s breath to escape rather than dampen the inside of the bivvy bag.
Hope that helps.
Robert.

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Rov

Hi Paul,

Interesting article. Like you, I have quite a few sleeping bags. Well, too be fair, I tend to buy gear for outdoors or my boat and little else, apart from beer, of course 🙂

For synthetics, I’ve been using Mountain Hardwear Lamina range, as I find the quality and weight to be spot on and they pack down to a very small size. Obviously, they’re a lot more expensive than the Snugpak. I’m, however, quite intrigued by your review and quite impressed by the price.

In the picture, it doesn’t seem to pack down very well – what are your thoughts? That would appear to be my only reservation.

I think for the money, it might be worth a punt. Handy to have a spare in case something happens to my current one.

Best regards,

Rov

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Rov,

Yes, it’s a little bulky. My perception is that this is due to the outer material being durable and the inner lining being fairly substantial too. Many mountain bags nowadays have gossamer-thin outer materials containing the lining. This Snugpak is more robustly built.

This bag is a good budget option in my view and I’ve enjoyed my nights in it. If I were carrying it any distance on serious trip, I’d be looking at lighter/less bulky – and more expensive – options if I could justify the expense. For budget travellers, though, it’s a great option.

Warm regards,

Paul

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Neil Rhodes

Hi Paul. I purchased one these bags and as far as i can tell its great. Also got the last one on ebay for £30 Packs down ok although not measured. My Army Bivvy has a cotton green lace draw cord through the head section to draw the hood around your face. Seeing my chums with their Alpkit Bivvy bags a quick zip on their cords and their hood sections are drawn up tight. I seem to have to bunch a section then tighten a bit, bunch then tighten and to get a hole small enough to just poke my nose out takes a 2-3 minutes. I was thinking of replacing the cord with some thinner smaller stuff of round section rather than flat lace. Is your the same.? Thanks for the heads up on the sleeping bag. I was even considering buying a SnukPak 1 and fleece liner to cover all conditions and temperatures!

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Neil,

Sounds like you got a good deal there.

Ah, OK, you’re talking about the bivvy bag. Yes the cord around the hood of the MOD bivvy is not great. It does stick. Try adding something a little more slippery such as some paracord or something with a similar nylon outer.

Cheers,

Paul

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Paul Kirtley

PS I don’t use the drawcord unless I’m bivvying in the open in wet conditions or in sub-zero temperatures. If I’m under a tarp, I just use it laid out flat to keep my pillow materials (usually a fleece and a jacket) off the ground.

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Neil Rhodes

I agree, last i used it was Nov 25th Last year with my old bag. Frost building up on the bivvy’s as we sat round the fire. I needed it closed up tight. Skin full of red wine and (we had extinguished the fire at this point) not so fiddly things become very fiddly. So any adjustments i can make will no doubt help!

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Chip N

Paul I bought 1 of these bag’s after i read your opinion of the bag here, and it is a very good bag in my opinion, thank’s again for your help on kit..

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Chip, I’m glad this bag is working well for you.

Warm regards,

Paul

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Emily L

Thanks for the review! Do you have any idea how the Travelpak 2 would compare to the 3? It is considerably lighter and packs smaller which is very appealing for backpacking in the mountains, but I am wondering if it would still keep me warm at night as I can get cold easily. Looking for something to use mainly in the range of 5-15 degrees C, but possibly down to zero every once in awhile. I can’t afford a down sleeping bag right now so Snugpak is looking like a very good deal for the price. Any advice you can offer will help! I’m relatively new to backpacking and have used mostly borrowed gear up until now.

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Gary Jones

Hi Paul I found your site by looking for info on this sleeping bag and after reading your review I decided to go for the Travelpak 3. When it arrived last week at first I thought oh no its much bulkier than I thought it would be! but I managed to compress it enough to get it into the bottom of my big pack so all’s well. I don’t intend to be hiking miles and miles with it (probably 10 at the most) so it’s weight isn’t that much of a problem either, the main thing was that it would fit in the pack without having to go in the main section.
Any way this week I had 2 nights away in the tent with this bag and it was fine with no problems at all it was comfortable and had enough space around my feet so as not to feel like a straight jacket like some mummy style bags I have had and tried.
But the added mozi net thing really got on my nerves as it does not pack away anywhere and is just rolled up and held with 2 ties (which kept coming undone!).
All in all, though it kept me plenty warm enough without having to pull on the hood or shoulder draw-cords and the temp did dip quite a lot one night before it chucked it down with rain all night.
The tent a Vango Tempest 300 held out despite the deluge and so I was snug and dry as a bone along with Jinx my terrier asleep in the porch area. Looking forward now to doing a bit more of the same before the Welsh winter comes along.
Cheers Gary

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Gary,

Thanks for your comment and welcome to my blog.

I really appreciate you taking the time to come back after reading my review and buying the bag to let me – and other readers – know about your experience with the Travelpak 3.

It sounds as though you and Jinx had a grand time! I look forward to hearing about more of your adventures…

Warm regards,

Paul

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Neil Rhodes

Hi Paul. Ive not had the chance to try mine in the height of this years summer. Did you try the one TravelPak 3 out this summer?

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Neil,

Yes, I’ve used it a bit and was good in the warmer weather too.

Hope you get chance to get out and use it before too long…

Warm regards,

Paul

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Neil Rhodes

I got comfortable in it, one night in the garden in my tent. My son wanted to try camping out. But we were back in side within 30 mins, “too many noises”. I did find i had to unzip it to vent it though, in my brief test. I would guess inside the bivvy bag you can do that ok without getting eaten by mosquitoes? how i you cope?

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Neil Rhodes

HI Paul

I wanted to share my experience of the SnugPak 3. I went on a 1 night Micro adventure down the ooze on a special Canoe Trial (2 man open canoes) . We stopped one night in the woods at a camp site. It was damp air and around 6 degrees i think. I felt ok in my SnugPak 3 and army bivy and thermarest. I did wake up in the night needing water and stupidly left it out of range. As the night was cool and damp id done my bivy up fairly tight. The snugpak inside baffle was done up and the sleeping bag hood was done up too. The fly net was done up out the way nice and tight but this left two dangling strings (it has two to tie it up). I was also wearing a neck tube with a toggle and string. The problems started when my head torch was nowhere to be found and I had six strings and toggles contend with. They all seemed too similar to deal with in the dark. Id tied them off in slip knot loops to stop them widening in the night causing drafts. Its very easy to get a little claustrophobic in situation like that.

Id advise any one to make modifications to their bag or strings and cords so they know what is what. Add or change the toggles, perhpas do away with the fly net strings and figure some other way roll it out the way, It really could have done with a very fine zipper and slot to tuck it into. If you shift a lot in your sleep like me you’ll find that where you thought the toggles were are most likely to be somewhere else and this i how I find myself not knowing what string was attached to what when it came to escaping my bag.

I found at times i was cool and others too hot. More experience with different temperatures and knowing what to wear would have sorted that i suppose.

Just wondered if you had any thoughts on the matter or have encountered the multiple strings issue before?

Once i get some sort of solution sorted i’m sure ill be happier with my bag. 🙂

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Paul Kirtley

Hi Neil,

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I tend not to use the net unless there are biting insects around and even then, only if they are problematic.

In colder conditions, I wear a hat or balaclava. Even in subzero conditions my face is OK outside the bag like this.

I think your idea or modding the cords is not a bad one – different types of toggles or even changing one of the cords to a different type.

That said, it is an inexpensive bag and I’m pretty happy with it for what it is.

In winter conditions, I’ll move up to a warmer bag anyway.

Warm regards,

Paul

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Neil Rhodes

Thanks Paul. Opening the bag was tried at my next night out which worked much better for me. I got a much better nights sleep. With the opening at the top wide open i was able to move about without the whole bag moving with me. (more like a bed and quilt) I did not get tangled or claustrophobic. But as you say on cold days would need to compensate with warmer layers or even change bag.

One thing that bothers me is that the pack size is quite big. I’ve been out with mates who all have down bags and when packed in their rucksacks have so much more room for everything else. Talking 35 or 40 Litre packs. My pack is pretty much filled with my sleeping bag. No problem if you are of bigger build and can carry a bigger pack. Ultimately though if I want to carry other important stuff without a huge backpack im going to have to switch to down and my new lighter bivvy “hunka”.

Keep up the good work!

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Paul Kirtley

Neil,

Yes, a synthetic bag of any given warmth will always be more bulky than the down equivalent. This is just a fact of life.

Down is much more expensive though.

For further thoughts on cutting weight and size…. http://paulkirtley.co.uk/2015/lightening-the-load-pt-1-tarp-bivvy-sleep-systems/

Warm regards,

Paul

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Mike.

Travelpak 3 now ordered as direct result of reviews on here. Many thanks Paul for an excellent review site. I look forward to adding my own experience of my first Snugpak. Mike.

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Paul Kirtley

Thanks for the feedback Mike. I’m glad you found this page useful.

I look forward to reading your thoughts.

Happy camping,

Paul

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