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Snugpak Softie Technik 3 Review

Snugpak Softie Technik 3 Review

Whilst many of you shake an angry fist at Jack Frost, it’s fair to say that at WalkHikeClimb we welcome him with open arms.  The recent cold weather we’ve enjoyed (literally) has afforded us the opportunity to test the latest offering from that British outdoor stalwart, Snugpak.  Namely the Softie Technik 3 sleeping bag.

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Anyone who has spent time in great outdoors, in anything other than warm weather, will appreciate that sleeping bag selection can make or break any trip.  Turning what should be an enjoyable excursion into an icy nightmare.


Snugpak®: a true, pioneering British company...

Snugpak® is a true, pioneering British company, starting out as an original cottage industry in the 1970s, and developing into a worldwide brand. Based for over thirty years in the Yorkshire countryside, Snugpak’s success has endured through passing skills down through generations, while taking on the best that technology has to offer.

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…while doing high risk repair work on oil rigs, Brett saw his American co-workers wearing body warmers, and knew there would be a great market for them in the UK. He set to work on the designs, making patterns on his kitchen table and learning to sew. He used his free weekends to sell his products on local markets whilst paying the mortgage with his day job.

Innovation that would change the market forever
As demand grew, he started to take on sewing staff, rented a small unit in Silsden and started to advertise his products nationally at outdoor exhibitions. The range had expanded further into clothing and was about to leap into the pack size sleeping bags that have made the company famous. Before long, he approached a local engineer to produce bespoke machinery to reduce costs and save time, bringing a new level of automation to the industry. These unique techniques allowed him to competitively bring his ideas of low weight and low pack size sleeping bags to a market that would be forever changed by this kind of innovation.

In demand during military conflicts
In the 1980s, the pioneering Softie® insulated sleeping bag range was launched, and was unlike any synthetic sleeping bag on the market. Now, firmly established in the camping and outdoor market word started to spread within the military about the superior performance of Snugpak® sleeping bags and insulated clothing, and it was not long before olive green options of product were widely available. Versions of the Snugpak® Softie® product have been used in every conflict since the Falklands war and have been used by military forces around the globe including USA, Australia and Europe.

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Award-winning design
Returning to their roots in the 1990s, Snugpak® developed a synthetic fill, deep sea diving insulated suit (for another Great British company, Weezle™) which demonstrated that, along with the sleeping bags and jackets, the insulation continues to protect the user if they accidently get wet. The suit went on to win the Millennium Product Award for its design.

The 2000s have seen the company grow from a strong British manufacturing company into an internationally recognised brand, twice winning the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

2006 saw the retirement of the original company owner, but it was business as usual, with the long term company directors seamlessly carrying on the legacy and commitment to affordable, British manufacturing.

Snugpak is proud of its heritage, of its skilled, hard-working and loyal team and it’s base in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Known for quality and great customer service the world over, it’s Snugpak’s mission to keep innovating and bringing pioneering design to all lovers of the great outdoors for many years to come.

Temperature ratings
Measurements and weights are for guidance only.  Snugpak’s performance figures are drawn from over thirty years of experience and customer feedback.  Our comfort figure assumes you will be sleeping lightly clothed (thermal base layer or PJ’s) within a tent on a good quality sleep mat, at this external temperature the majority of users will feel comfortable and get a good night’s sleep.  The extreme temperature ratings are temperatures the sleeping bags have been used at by fit individuals with the minimum of discomfort.

There are many variables involved in a good nights sleep, not least fitness and metabolism, if in doubt stick to the comfort figure.


With over 30yrs experience in the manufacture of insulated clothing and sleeping bags, you really can rest easy in the knowledge that these guys know what they’re doing.  The Softie® Technik is their top of the range sleeping bag, with five different colour-coded models, all catering for different temperatures. Whatever conditions you’re planning on facing, there’s a Softie Technik for the job.

Having owned and discarded many a hasty purchase over the years, I can say hand on heart buying a sleeping bag should involve plenty of research and soul searching…

The whole range enjoys a combination of high tech Paratex fabrics and Softie® Premier Insulation to give great insulation and comfort; reflecting and trapping heat. They’re all manufactured in their West Yorkshire factory, quilted on their state of the art machinery and hand assembled by skilled sewing staff.

Snugpak have made selection a fuss free affair, with bags rated on an ascending scale 1 through 5 or 1-season through to 5-season or effectively expedition rated.  By know you’ll have realised that the the Technik 3 is in fact a 3-season bag, rated as Comfort: -7°c Extreme: -12°c

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One other very gratifying point is the fact that the Technik 3 is manufactured in the UK.  It’s fair to say this isn’t true of all their range, however it’s easy to spot the ones that are.  The product labeling is one of the best we’ve seen, with a wealth of information outlining what it can and can’t do.

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Check out the First Impressions tab for more information of visit Snugpak’s website for this and a whole host of other great products

Having owned and discarded many a hasty purchase over the years, I can say hand on heart buying a sleeping bag should involve plenty of research and soul searching.

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If you’re intent on camping out in anything other than warm climates, attention to detail could just make or break your enjoyment.  I have to admit now I tend to err on the side of caution and use as highly specified a bag my budget can afford and certainly opt for one which provides above and beyond expectations in terms of insulating properties.

Snugpak are very up front in their ratings and outline a number of assumptions: “Snugpak’s performance figures are drawn from over thirty years of experience and customer feedback.  Our comfort figure assumes you will be sleeping lightly clothed (thermal base layer or PJ’s) within a tent on a good quality sleep mat, at this external temperature the majority of users will feel comfortable and get a good night’s sleep.  The extreme temperature ratings are temperatures the sleeping bags have been used at by fit individuals with the minimum of discomfort.”

The rule of thumb being to base your selection of the comfort rating of the bag and invest in a good quality sleeping mat.  You’d be astounded at how quickly cold ground will conduct heat away from your body, leaving and cold and uncomfortable.  Now, onto the bag itself.

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The mouth of the Technik 3 sleeping has a jumbo neck baffle that really helps to reduce drafts and cold into the sleeping back thus adding to the overall comfort factor.

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There are left and right handed options available, thereby allowing two bags to be joined together should you really feel the need.

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The full length anti-snag zip allows easy operation for getting into and out of the bag, as well as providing temperature regulation if required.

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As well as the neck baffle, the snug fit hood means it’s possible to synch up the bag so just your face is visable and all the warm air is trapped inside the bag.

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There’s is a velcro strap which fixes across the zip, thereby preventing any unzipping whilst your moving around.

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There are two hanging or airing loops on the bottom of the bag, which is great when you’re out in the field or convenient after machine washing at home.

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The bag comes as standard with a compression stuff sack for transportation, however as with all synthetic bags the Technik 3 doesn’t compress as well as a down bag and suffers with a little awkwardness when packing.  That said, it’s certainly not of biblical proportions in either volume or weight.

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Lightweight Paratex fabrics are both breathable and robust and help to reduce the weight right down to less than 2 kilo’s. The sleeping bag doesn’t feel delicate in any way either and in the colder months you could easily climb in with your boots on without fear of damage, albeit the foot-bed isn’t lined as with some of their other ranges.

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As the velcro zip strap, the stuff sack also carries the technical details of the bag for all to see.  Usefully if you’ve got more than one bag!

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This UK made version is exceptionally well manufactured, but certainly not the lightest bag on the market.  At under 2kg’s it is acceptable, however in circumstances where weight to warm ratios are of the utmost importance, you may need to look elsewhere in their range.

I view this bag as being perfectly acceptable for UK (or similar) climates.  I think where the Snugpak scores over some of its competitors is durability.  It really does have a quality, robust feel to it and gives the impression it’ll last for years to come.

Snugpak Softie® Technik 3

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Extra Long No
Colours Available Snorkel Blue
Weight 1900g
Length 220cm
Width (Chest) 80cm
Width (Knee) 60cm
Width (Foot) 32cm
Pack Size 25cm(L) x 23cm(W)
Origin Manufactured in UK
Seasons Autumn
Temperature Comfort: -7°c Extreme: -12°c

Features

  • Jumbo neck baffle to prevent draughts, creating extra warmth and comfort
  • Full length two-way, anti-snag zip (left hand and right hand versions available)
  • Snugfit hood (similar to a jacket hood)
  • Compression stuff sack included for compact carrying.
  • Chisel toe foot.
  • Lightweight, tough and breathable fabrics
  • Ergonomically designed.

Technology

Outer Fabric Paratex Steelplate
Inner Fabric Paratex Light
Filling Softie® Premier

Paratex Steelplate

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Paratex Light

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Softie® Premier

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Snugpak Softie® Technik 3

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Manufactured in the UK

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The Snugpak Softie® Technik 3 is a really fantastic piece of kit.

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I think in most British (Autumn) conditions you could use this quite comfortably without concern.

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I always have reservations around the manufacturers ratings but Snugpak are quite explicit about how they measure and even stipulate the importance of a quality sleeping mat. Whilst the premium offering in this range, the Technik 5, provides double the comfort rating at around £20 more, this improvement does come at a price.  At well over 500g heavier, a whooping 2.6kg’s, you’d really have to consider your carrying options.  With careful layering and even a liner, the Technik 3 has the potential to exceed the standard comfort rating of it’s slightly better sibling, the Technik 4.

Snugpak, keep calm and stay warm!

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About us

Cotswold Outdoor started life in 1974 as Cotswold Camping, selling a range of basic camping accessories from a small outbuilding in the Cotswolds. 40 years later, the company is an award winning multi-channel retailer with stores throughout the UK.

With four decades of experience in outdoor retail, we offer one of the most extensive and comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing, products and equipment. Selecting from over 250 internationally recognised brands allows us to bring you the latest in outdoor technology and styles. Not only this, but each product is carefully selected and tested to ensure a high level of quality and value for money for our customers.

Our people

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We share your passion for the outdoors. From climbing the Old Man of Hoy to cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, our staff are brought together by a love for anything and everything outdoors. In our spare time, we are walkers, climbers, cyclists, trail runners, skiers, hikers, swimmers, kayakers – you name it, we do it…

As a company, we invest in expert training for our staff, to make sure that you get the best help and advice when you are choosing kit for your next adventure. We offer a range of expert in-store services including boot-fitting, rucksack fitting and kit talks.

You make us what we are

Without you, we would not be here. That’s why we work hard to provide the best possible service to not only exceed our customers’ needs but also make the customer experience both pleasurable and informative. Whether you choose to visit our stores, shop online or use our mail order service, you will benefit from the same high standard of service and level of expertise.

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