Wiggy’s Sleeping Bag and FTRSS Review

February 4, 2009 at 3:08 am

Originally posted on the Zombie Squad Forum, Wed Feb 04, 2009.

Updates at the bottom of this post.

Overview:

Wiggy’s makes a line of top notch synthetic sleeping bags right here in the good old US of A. They carry a lifetime warranty, keep their warranty even after machine washing, and don’t appear to loose their loft when compressed. All bags come with a compression sack and Lamilite pillow. A particularly nice feature is that you can combine two bags into the Flexible Temperature Range Sleep System, or FTRSS.

Wiggy’s uses an insulation called Lamilite. Lamilite is their proprietary blend of “a 5.5 denier continuous filament fiber which has been coated with a silicone finish”. It has been reported by many users to provide considerable warmth when wet, however it is heavier than some other synthetics available and doesn’t compress as well.

Overbag:

The Overbag is a +35 degrees F rated mummy style bag. It is available in four sizes; 33 inches wide in the torso and 82 inches long (regular regular) (weight 2 lbs.), 36 inches wide and 82 inches long (regular wide body) (weight 2 lbs.), 33 inches wide and 92 inches long (long regular) (weight 2 lbs.), and 36 inches wide and 92 inches long (long wide body) (weight 3 lbs.). Please note the larger size for the Overbag, so it will fit comfortably over any of the other bags when the FTRSS is created. Also note that a larger roomier bag is necessary for warm weather use.

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Price is $190 (Additional 20% discount as of 2/2/09)
Available in Black, Purple, Olive Drab, and Blue. Mine is Black.

Super Light:

The Super Light is a 0 degree F rated mummy style bag. It is available in four sizes; 31 inches wide in the torso and 80 inches long (regular regular) (weight is 4 lbs.), 34 inches wide and 80 inches long (regular wide body) (weight is 4 lbs.), 31 inches wide and 90 inches long (long regular) (weight 4 lbs.), and 34 inches wide and 90 inches long (long wide body) (weight 5 lbs.).

When the Overbag is added to the Super Light the temperature rating becomes -40 degrees F. When both bags are combined you have the Super Light FTRSS.

The Super Lt. has proven to be our most popular bag, both with the Armed Forces and Civilian markets.

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Price is $218.00 (Additional 20% discount as of 2/2/09)
Available in Purple, Black, and Olive Drab. Mine is Olive Drab

Photos:

My core bag, a Wiggy’s Super Light. Laid out in all its wrinkled glory.
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Wiggy’s. Made in the USA.
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Overbag, over the core bag.
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The two bags nested, but not attached.
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Showing the Overbag’s draft tube.
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Starting the zippering process. You can see how beefy the zippers are here.
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The two bags are now joined and I’m trying to give a semblance of scale. That’s a LMF Spork in my hand.
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FTRSS Laid out. It’s Beefy.
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That’s me holding up the bag. I’m 6’6″ tall, 250 lbs, and about 2′ broad at the shoulders. The door behind me is a standard height door. I was trying to hold the bag off the floor and failing. These bags in Large/Wide are Huge!
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FTRSS all Packed up into one compression sack. No, it’s not very tiny.
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Comments on the system:

What can I say? I like the system so far and recommend it to anyone who needs a single good bag or a great sleep system. Packing the FTRSS can be challenging as it’s actually two sleeping bags, but if you’re going cold weather camping this is a lifesaver. I’ve used the Overbag extensively during this past summer. It works as both a blanket and a sleeping bag with only one real downside: The extra zippers inside can get annoying. I’ve only had a chance to test the Super Light a few times and never down to 0. It is a very comfortable bag and definitely kept me extra toasty down to 20 which is the coldest I’ve gone out with it.
I’m going to test the FTRSS during the NNY09WCT this year in the Adirondacks. Last year I used a cheap zero bag inside another zero bag and still needed a blanket.

Test Results: (added Feb 27, 2009)

It didn’t get nearly as cold on this years winter trip, only around 0. I wish I had thought to take the FTRSS apart and just use the 0 bag for the trip. Ah well, maybe later this month… Here are my observations:

  • The Wiggy’s FTRSS did not cut it by itself in a Hennessey Hammock. The insulation got severely compacted underneath me and my backside started to get cold after 10 minutes. This was what I expected to happen, but it was worth doing and knowing. In order to use this setup to bug out, you’ll need the Hennessey winter kit to add more insulation under you.
  • Night one was spent on a bed made of two wool blankets and a Z-lite from Thermarest. I was completely comfortable temperature wise with no cold spots. In fact, I was overheating a bit.
  • Night two was spent on an Exped DownMat… I had the best night sleep of my camping career that night. The FTRSS was nice and toasty (again almost too warm) and the DownMat provided incredible comfort and insulation. Many thanks to WoodsWalker for suggesting this thing. It’s amazing.

My one complaint on the system is how the hood draws closed. It takes a bit of messing around to get the hoods to draw closed properly and sometimes the overbag’s hood gets lost. Not a big deal once you get the hang of it, though. Always keep the overbag’s hood slightly drawn. Once you’re in for the night, pull the inner bag drawstring first, then finish closing the overbag up.

Finally, there’s one feature I forgot to mention on all Wiggy’s bags. If you need to get out of the bag in a hurry, just give the zipper a yank upwards. It unlocks the zipper and you can get out of your bag in less than two seconds. Takes a bit of practice but it works very well.