Carinthia Defence 4
AHOY FOLKS! Today I am comnig to you from my flat. Because I want to show you closer my new sleeping bag. It is Carinthia Defence 4. It should be a three season issue. This means the Autumn – Winter – Spring. The temperature range of this sleeping bag is : Comfort -8,8°C ( 16°F ) Limit -16,1°C ( 3°F ) Extreme -36,6 °C ( – 34°F ) This looks everytime awesome in the shop. But you have to test it by yourself, if it is true or not. Because the sense of the cold is subjective. Also it depends on the conditions- if you are tired, the weather etc. I was testing this sleeping bag at -8°C… … and I wasn’t cold. If you want to see this sleeping bag in aciton… find my video from my first overnighter with this sleeping bag. The manufacturer boasts that it is being used by special forces. If it is true or not, I don’t know. But Caritnhia is Army supplier anyway. There is also Defence 1 and Defence 6. Defence 1 is mainly for the Spring – Summer and the begining of the autumn. The Defence 6 is designed for the extreme cold. This sleeping bag is also being sold in a set with Tropen sleeping bag. Defence 4 + Tropen=extreme cold sleeping system. We can see a huge number of compressing straps on the first look. The cover is waterproof with PU coating from the inside. Let me take the yardstick. Not comprimed is 52×32 cm ( 20,5×12,5 inch) Very interesting is its compressibility. Let me show you, It will take just a while. It is also good to open the acces hole to let the air escape. Let me do it… I will not use the straps around, this time. OK It might be better, but I don’t want to fight it. Comprimed – 30x32cm ( 11,8×12,5 inch ) I think this is pretty decent. Ok, I have unpacked the sleeping bag. Let’s see the dimensions at first. The length is 230 cm ( 90,5 inch ). There is also a second version – 215 cm (84,5 inch). This is to find the right length of the sleeping bag. 230 cm for people 200 cm tall. 215 cm for people 185 cm tall. Everybody should choose the size of the bag regarding to his stature. To avoid the empty spaces in your sleeping bag. Like here in the feet portion. The weight is 2 kgs (4,4 lbs) for 230 cm version. Shorter version is 1,8 kg. The width at your shoulders is 87 cm ( 34 inch ). And 60 cm ( 23,6 inch ) at feet portion. Very interesting (on the first look) is the design of this bag. With the zipper on your chest and with a small hole for your face. I have seen this desig a lot of years ago… … on a very old army sleeping bag of my gran-dad. The insulation is G-Loft fibres (1,1 kgs – 2,4 lbs) It seems to be a good insulation. It has an memory effect. It returns to normal position very quickly… It looks like a small spirals. I have heard some voices, that is close to dawn filling. But I think that dawn filling is far different than this. But anyway G-Loft is a very good filling. The outer shell is 100% polyamide with PU coating. The inner shell is also polyamide but without coating. The outer shell looks like rip-stop fabric. So the dammages should not widen. The fabric is thick as usuall – to reduce the weight. I recommend you to use the bivi bag to protect the sleeping bag from dammages. Even by the cheapest surplus bivi bag… …where you don’t need to be worry of resin, dust, pine needles, dirt, sparks etc. It is better to dammage cheap bivi than expensive sleeping bag like this. The price of this bag is about 5000 CZK ( 185 € ) The zipper is covered by a nice wide stripe of fabric. And if you open this, you can see large velcro panels. There are also some information from the manufacturer… … like the maintenance instructions and such. And information about used materials. There is a two-way zipper. It is made of plastic with a metal rider. But it is not popular YKK. You can also open it from the other side. And gain some ventilation if you are hot. There are nice large pieces of the fabric on the raiders. It is from both sides, so the manipulation is easy. There is a ribbon sewed to side of the zipper. This prevents the zipperto get stuck by biting the fabric of the sleeping bag. On the other side of the zipper… …there are several seams, which has the same function. And I have to say it works. The hole for your face… … can be tighten by the laces. The laces have two fuses. If we open the sleeping bag… … we can see the sandwich construction. There are several eyelets inside the sleeping bag. ( 6 pcs ) Two near your head, two in the middle and two in the feet portion. You can use them to fit the thermal or hygienic insert. Which you can buy from Carinthia also. Or to hang your sleeping bag and dry it. The design is very interesting. It looks like it consists of two sleeping bags, conected together. Let me show you. Let’s open the zipper. See? Two feet portions. This helps to dry the sleeping bag, if needed. I can just simply hang the sleeping bag on the piece of cordage between two trees. Now it is obvious, I think. Two sleeping bags connected together here, nearby the zippers. There are eyelets on the outside also. You can use them to hang the bag during drying or during storage. There is one thing, which this sleeping bag doesn’t have. And it is the heat collar. This collar is usually here inside the sleeping bag. And you can tighten it around your neck… … to split the internatl space to the two parts. This is usefull during the winter. To avoid absorption of the moisture inside the sleeping bag (from your breath). But I think it is not a disadvantage. (the missing collar) If you want to see this sleeping bag in action, don’t hesitate to find my video… … where I was using this bag for the first time. My expressions from the first few tests are: – the sleeping bag is easy to pack. – the zipper on the chest is surprisingly practical. – small hole for the face is not a problem. But it might be bigger. I was trying to sleep with my head outside of the sleeping bag. With this hole around my neck. But it was too tight. But I slept without any problems with the hole around my face. It is also possible to sleep on the side. I would like to tell you more how to store your sleeping bags. You have two options: To lay it loosely somwhere. Underneath your bed for example. It will extend the lifetime of your sleeping bags. Second option is to hang it for example in your cabinet. (if it is tall enough) Using those eyelets. There is also a special storage bag for some sleeping bags. Where the sleeping bag is like this… … but I don’t like it. The best is to lay them loosely. NEVER STORE YOUR SLEEPING BAGS IN THE COMPRESSION SACKS ! So, what else folks? I will put this sleeping bag into the compression sack. I will place it to my backpack. And I will go outside. And you should do the same! So AHOY FOLKS!