Grab it here – Snugpak Stratosphere
Snugpak have been around since 1977 and are now well known within the military.
They even have the dubious honour of entering our lexicon of slang when referring to insulated jackets, theirs or otherwise.
They don’t just make the insulated jackets and well warm sleeping bags, they also make a range of tents.
The Stratosphere is a compact one-man shelter (tent) along the lines of a hooped bivvy.
I’ve been using it for the last four years when out on the training areas of Scotland, well the Pentland Hills, BBTA and Garelochhead.
Being of a certain age and of a Cavalry persuasion I’m accustomed to my comforts and, as I’ve aged these comforts have become more important to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind staying out under a thin sheet of silicon coated nylon.
When the rain comes in horizontally from all directions I like to be just a little better protected…and dry!
First off, it’s not Gore-Tex so it’s not ‘breathable’ as we understand it.
It’s made of two separate materials, the base is 70D 210T nylon and the upper of 50D 290T nylon with an 8000mm hydrostatic head.
All that means is that it’s fully waterproof.
Here’s a learning bit, the T in 210T and 290T means thread count per square inch. Combined with the Dernier, which we all understand gives us an indication of the materials strength.
Mine is a two shade of green due to the different fabric used there are some out there that have a darker green upper.
It comes with everything needed to put it up straight from delivery.
Just in case you do the ‘man thing’ and don’t bother reading the instructions, it’s fairly idiot proof involving two bendy poles and up to seven pegs what can go wrong…
In its roll top stuff sack, it weighs just over a kilo. But, that is including the two poles and seven pegs.
And the dimensions once erected…
The Snugpak warranty, also lifted directly from their site;
“All Snugpak items come with a 12-month warranty which runs from the date you purchased the item.
If you believe that your Snugpak product is covered by a warranty claim you must first contact the Retailer from whom you purchased the product as they will have a returns procedure set up to provide a hassle-free service.
We work closely with our Retail Partners and Stockists to handle all warranty claims promptly.
Should the Retailer decide that your product needs to be returned to us for inspection they will advise you how this can be done, ensuring all of the necessary information is included and that a returns number is provided.”
A worthwhile purchase, not so much as a Jock/Tom in a section on the ground, but for DS overseeing the Exercise it’s ideal.
There have been comments made on various sites about condensation forming on the inside and the need for a waterproof sleeping bag…
There’s a mesh opening at the head end combined with a sewn in mesh mossie net that you can zip to close the whole bivvy as opposed to upper material.
This creates an airflow therefore reducing the build-up of condensation.
The ventilation along with the mossie net mesh goes some way towards easing the claustrophobic feeling some people may get being totally enclosed.
I’ve had one of these for a good few years now it replaced my much heavier and bulkier Dutch hooped Bivvy Bag and now I swear by it.
I’m an antisocial grumpy old man at the best of times and this keeps me isolated which I like.
A DS purchase if ever I made one. You can have a comfortable admin set up using this and some form of shelter sheet be it issue or bought.
It’s kept me warm and dry every time and I’ve only had one mishap when I broke one of the poles.
Not just for doing military stuff but with its low profile those wild campers and bush craft types amongst you may find it worth considering.
Grab it here – Snugpak Stratosphere
• Cost – ££££: £130.50 to £149.95
• Value for money 1-5: 5, Most definitely, an encapsulated time machine and that makes for very good value.
• Ease of use 1-5: 4, two poles under tension and seven pegs can be a bit of a faff, but once it’s up it’s much easier to use. It’s up in less time than it takes to make a brew.
• Construction 1-5: 4, well made and durable. I had a ‘moment’ where I put one of the poles under serious strain and it snapped resulting in a tear in the appropriate ‘tunnel’ Sniper tape to the rescue.
• Allyness 1-5: N/A, no points awarded, it’s not really Ally but it does provide a high level of perceived comfort and makes personal admin easier when used in conjunction with a tarp/shelter sheet.
This Kit Pest Review was written by Gorgeous Jim Shoebridge. Hopefully you enjoyed it and if you have any thoughts or comments related to this article then leave a comment!