This bad is awesome. I wish you guys would carry or rebrand the other parts of the Carinthia systems. I have the Defense one (lighter version of this one) and I am about to order a Carinthia Bivy from overseas. It is more expensive with shipping and VAT to order from overseas.
Good product from a reputable manufacturer.
Reveille Sleeping Bag
This is the "Defence 4" made by Carinthia in Austria...
A well known bag and it is used by lots of Forces in Europe -
check it out on youtube...
I used both bags down to 16 F in a tent 5 days in November and down to the mid 20's for 3 days this February without a tent. The bags worked great together. I slept in my thermals without socks and the bag combo kept my feet warm, I was not expecting that. If you want to keep some items you don't want to expose to those low temeratures you may need the longer bag as it is a snug fit with the regular size. I usually hike with the Ultra Light bag; however, I just had to get out during this pademic and both bags work great down to 16 F in my experience.
Extremely well made product.
Great zipper! It doesn't snag at all.
Bag is awesome. No problems in the 20's. I've taken it out to 16 F, and the warmth is decent, but I will need a sweater if it gets any colder.
I give this bag 4.5 stars. I have done 5 nights under 20 F now. This is a good bag.
I will be cold below 10 degrees, but I'm a desert rat and turn the heat on at the first hint of cool air. I'll wear my insulated clothing to bed and should be able to go to 0F with minimal discomfort. I would not go that low regularly with this bag though.
I am 5 10 and wish I got the tall version as I dont have enough room to shove clothes, water, and fuel cans into the foot of the bag to prevent them from freezing.
Only other complaint is the bag is little heavy; but there is no way to get around this with synthetic materials. Buy down and freeze to death on a wet night if you want a lighter bag.
I highly reccomend this bag and expect this bag to last at least a decade.
So I bought this bag in 2015 for my through hike of the AT, it’s pretty over kill for that purpose but what ever haha. It saw a fair amount of use in that time and since then it has seen many backpacking trips and holds up after 5 years virtually the same as it did when I bought it, minus a couple pin holes from fire embers.
What stands out with this pack is that from all the experiences I have used this thing in I really would trust it with my life.
I have been in practically 0 degree weather with it and it worked well enough to not have been overly bothered by the chill that made its way through. What I especially love is the wind protection this thing provides and the fact that it can insulate effectively even when wet.
A example of the wind protection is a recent over night I went on where I decided to cowboy camp at a completely exposed spot on the PCT in Southern California. This part of california is extremely windy and as the sun went down there was a constant bombardment of gusts of wind that had to have been in the 20-30 mph range. And through all of that not even a single sliver of air made its way through the bag.
Also probably my biggest shock with this bag is that after 5 years the zipper works perfectly and I have not used this bag as respectfully as I should for that to be true.
I’d recommend this bag to anyone.
It does look well build did not get chance to use it up to rated temperatures yet.