Snugpak Chrysalis 3 review




Great value 3-season sleeping bag with handy light

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We’ve always had a soft spot for Snugpak’s sleeping bags. Although not the lightest available, they always seem to offer plenty of warmth and features, nice designs and quality construction, as well as an affordable pricetag. And they’re British made! So how does the new Chrysalis 3 fare?

The first thing you notice is its striking design, sporting the large ‘chrysalis’ logo on its front and a nifty two-tone blue colour scheme (also available in red). This is a 3-season bag, so it should provide enough warmth for when temperatures dip below freezing. In fact, the specs say the Chrysalis 3 will be comfortable down to -5 degrees and keep you alive at -10 degrees, though we haven’t been able to test this out definitively yet. The synthetic filling is Snugpak’s own tried-and-tested ‘softie’ insulation, and we found it pretty toasty, especially as you can double up the foot-end if you are not using the bag’s full 220cm length.

There’s some nice features here as well: the large main zip travels easily and has an anti-snag flap and a draft baffle, there’s an extra-deep collar in the hood and two sets of drawcords to keep drafts out, and there’s even a little light on the hood which is bound to get lots of use. The hood arrangement generally is good – warm and cosseting and easy to get into. The overall weight is 1.6kg, which isn’t the lightest out there for a synthetic bag, but isn’t bad either. Packsize again is respectable, especially bearing in mind the price.

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