Wiggy s Ultra Light Sleeping Bags

Wiggy s Ultra Light Sleeping Bags 

DESCRIPTION

+20 F

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 08, 2001]
Spencer
Backpacker

I purchased this bag three years ago and have been nothing but impressed. It is very warm for a 20 degree bag with no cold spots. On the other hand it’s comfortable in warm climates too. The bag keeps loft like it is going out of style. There is little to no maintenance needed. If you are not a gram counter this is the best synthetic bag on the market.

Customer Service

Customer Service is vert impressive

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North Face Blue Kazoo
North Face Cats Meow

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 03, 2000]
m. baxter
Backpacker


Conducted a Field Test of my brand-new Wiggy's Ultra Light sleeping bag March 17, used with a Thermarest Classic full-length sleeping pad. Temperature was 21F; I wore only briefs and a pair of socks. I purchased this bag in response to several anecdotal testimonials read at Wiggy’s site and other websites’ gear reports that claimed the users were comfortable in this bag even when it was wet! Found the bag to be slightly roomier than mummy bags I've previously owned; the drape was not as good as down, but adequate.
This bag is rated at +20F: I was comfortable and warm, and I 'sleep cold'! The bag is obviously rated accurately at +20F.
Went back in the house and tossed the bag in the shower, and fully wetted it down. I rolled and compressed it to remove excess water (the bag did not seem to retain as much water as I expected) and went back outside, still clothed in my briefs and socks, and fully prepared to freeze my ass off.
As expected, the bag was uncomfortable and clammy. With experimentation, I found the best way to conserve heat was to lie flat on my back; this allowed the upper part of the bag to drain and ventilate, and the sleeping pad conserved heat even though the bag sides and bottom were soaking wet. I was chilled but not cold: my head and feet never did get cold, a sure sign of adequate heat retention. Amazingly, after two hours I noted that the inner liner of the upper part of the bag was dry!
The hood drawstring arrangement is a bit primitive (Wiggy responded and claimed his hood and drawstring were the same as other bags. If accurate, then I would claim primitive for other bags as well). The zipper is massive (a bonus in my books). At 3-1/2 pounds this bag is a bit heavier than I would like for summer solo canoeing, though I think it might possibly be required for my trip to north-central Quebec this year. (Alternatively, I could have selected Wiggy's overbag of slightly greater dimensions rated at +35F and weighing 2-1/2 pounds). Never having owned one of the highly technical bags produced within the past ten years, I can't make an accurate comparison. But as far as I'm concerned this one's a keeper.

Customer Service

Wiggy responded with an e-mail; this guy is definately tuned into his products, and genuinely beleives he produces the best sleeping bags.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 19, 2000]
Scott
Backpacker

Bought new bag from Wiggy. I was impressed with website and catalog material, and friend recommended the bag based on stuff size, weight, comfort and warranty. My friend has an older bag. What follows are comparisons I have noticed. Surprisingly, and I think unfortunately, the new bag's lining, not fill, seems like slightly heavier material, thus requiring a little larger stuff sack (included) and thus a bit heavier than original. The hood is anatomical now, which is an improvement and 2 draft baffles surround the zipper to prevent air leaking in. The drawcord around the neck region is a little improved though when you use the drawcord the hood compresses first and most, the body part you have to manipulate. The intention of the lamilite and contruction as described in the brochure/catalog, website is to eliminate weight, size, bulk, and increase warmth, decrease heat loss, prevent decontruction of materials as result of water vapor, sweat, etc., and just plain perform better than Polarguard and Down and Gore-Dryloft and other fabrics used by other companies. Perhaps the bag performs better (I don't know cause I have not actually used it on trail yet), but I do question why the bag seems heavier and bulkier than competing companies who have made advanced improvements in their constructions to reduce weight (some polarguard bags are even 2.2 lbs. and 7.5x15 stuffsack at same 20 degree rating). The new bag's zipper, like the old, also catches on the fabric unless used slowly; other companies have added a fabric lining to accomodate for that problem. My friend has considered sending his back for replacement; he said Mr. Wiggy(?) actually talks with you and will exchange if loft or other part is unrepairable.. As soon as I find out how well it performs, I'll rewrite another review. The bag is a bit cheaper in price than rival models.

Customer Service

Friend highly recommends.

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OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 24, 1999]
Adam
Backpacker

This is an adequate bag, and since I bought mine used, was really cheap. It lost much of its loft after two uses, so it is no longer much good in temperatures below 40 degrees, but the overbag is nice for summer use. The bag is nice and long, which is a big plus, but it is fairly narrow, so if you are broad-shouldered or you toss and turn a lot in your sleep, this bag is not for you. The hood is poorly designed and uncomfortable with the drawstring tightened. The bag is well-constructed and durable, but it's poor design and diminishing loft limit its usefulness.

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North Face Cat's Meow. My bag of choice due to its superior warmth and lighter weight.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 26, 2000]
Michael
Backpacker

Bought this sleeping bag in 1990 for a trip to arctic Alaska. Then on to West Africa, East Africa, southern Africa, Guatemala, northern Maine and New Hampshire in winter, Adirondacks in dead of summer, Acadia in summer. Do you see the pattern? This bag can be used at any time, any temperature, and I never knew about the system deal. I keep looking for a small down bag, or replacement synthetic, but everything is just so much larger when stuffed, and at the same rating. The loft definitely has diminished a bit, but if you wash and dry correctly, and keep it unstuffed hanging in closet, loft stays pretty well. The hood area does suck, and the archaic drawcord is functionless. My feet also do feel the cold a bit since there appears to be little insulation at the end, bot overall from 10 degrees in snow to 65 degrees on the beach, never failed me. Primarily, the suff size and weight, and price, is outstanding for the temperature rating, and we all need the extra room for the lexan glasses and wine!

Customer Service

Never used it, but might considering the loss of loft and complaints above.

Similar Products Used:

None, I've had this bag for over 10 years!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 19, 2000]
T. Plaster
Backpacker

I've had the ultralight for about a year now and absolutely love it. Been used for various hikes, ascensions, shows and for the previous 4 months slept in every night at various points around the globe including in the middle of the Himalayas where it kept me toasty. It has held up through all the rigors of being stuffed in and out of my backpack (usually without included compression stuffsack). I'm pretty tall with wide shoulders so I got the wide body XL and it's very comfy. Looks like an 'old school' bag which kinda adds to the charm of owning a bag named Wiggy.

Customer Service

Haven't had to deal with Wiggy the person or his people yet.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 07, 2000]
Jay Santos
Backpacker

I have used this bag extensively in three season weather. I appreciate the roominess and the loft, even after numerous washings. The extra beefy zippers are a bit much and can get snagged easily if you aren't careful.

Warning: if you plan to wash the bag in your washing machine take extra precautions when drying the bag. Be sure not to use heat-just air dry or fluff or your bag will significantly shrink. I had to return mine for a replacement due to major shrinkage.

All in all a decent 3 season bag, easy to compress and a breeze to clean, as long as you follow the instructions!

Customer Service

Very informative sales staff, actually talked to Mr. Wiggy himself. Had no problem returning first bag.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 21, 1999]
Aaron
Backpacker

I love this Wiggy's bag! It works great for canoe trips when your bag may see a bit of moisture. The Lamilite insulation is very comfortable. It is a bit heavier than a comparable synthetic bags but my guess is that it will last much longer than the two to three year lifespan my last few bags has gone until they became pancakes.

Customer Service

Wiggy's was nice when I ordered from them.

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Caribou-good construction but the Primaloft 2 went flat very quickly.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 24, 1999]
Hayduke
Backpacker

This is really a three bag system. It comes with a +35 overbag and the +20 Ultralight. Either of these bags can be purchased seperatly as well. The two bags combined create a -20 bag. This bag replaced my flat Caribou and they seem to loft up as well as a down bag (Wiggy's actually guarentees that they won't lose their loft). They look crude compared to other bags on the market, but don't be fooled, they are solid. I don't expect to buy another bag for a while.

Customer Service

I spoke to Jerry Wigutow (the owner) for 45 minutes and found him to be a nice and helpful person when ordering my bag.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 26, 2000]
Bill Anderson
Backpacker

Back in '93 or '94 I was attending Montana State University in Bozeman Montana. I wanted to do some backpacking with my wife (then girlfriend), but she needed a bag. My roommate worked at an outdoor shop in South Dakota and sold Wiggy's bags there. He said they were a great bomb-proof bag for the money. I said "sounds good" He jumps on the phone and starts talking to some guy named Jerry and orders a bag and shot the breeze for almost an hour! I assumed it was the order guy he used back at his store. When he got off the phone he told me it was the owner, Jerry Wiggatow. Cool!

The bag came and my SO and I headed out. It was in the mountains and clear the first night out. I was a bit worried about the SO as the Wiggy's was a +20 bag and I had my Slumberjack 0 deg bag. I woke up cold a few times that night, but was proud of my girlfriend as she didn't whine at all. In the morning I find out she was warm and comfey all night! How do you like that.

I used my Slumberjack several more times, but its Holofill just kept breaking down more and more. If I pulled it out today, I would freez using it in my house!

I was out of school now, but called up my old roommate and said I needed another Wiggys bag. He said no problem and had one ordered [long (I am 6'3") and the zipper on the oposite side from my wifes so they will mate]. I have used it several times an it is great. The only time we have gotten cold was in the middle of August in the Sawtooths when the temp droped into the zeros. We were cold, but made it through the night. Not bad for a +20 bag!

Customer Service

Hey, you can call up and talk to the owner. How cool is that! This is a guy who is proud of his products, not some corporation who's accountant says take out some insulation to beef up profits. I have to respect that!

Similar Products Used:

Slumberjack 0 degree bag (now a +70 degree bag).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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