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Military Sleeping Bags - A Cut Above The Rest

Jan 15, 2008
The military is known to design equipment that will last longer and take on a lot of has treatment over long periods of time. The same can be said about military sleeping bags, which makes it a first choice for any one who goes on frequent camping trips. These sleeping bags have been designed to withstand the harshest of conditions and keep the user warm and comfortable at all time.

Quite a lot of the sleeping bag manufacturers have their own idea of a military sleeping bag that has all the qualities of a military sleeping bag but look a bit different. Make no mistake these look-alike sleeping bags are in no way inferior to the actual military sleeping bags.

The military style sleeping bags are generally built out of 4 units. These four parts can be used separately or together as one single unit as an all-weather sleeping bag designed for survival.

Professional campers prefer these military style sleeping bags. Some professional researchers who need to camp out in extreme conditions also prefer to include a military style sleeping bag in their camping kit.

There are two types of military sleeping bags and a typical military sleeping bag is recognized primarily by the MSS or Military Specification Modular System. These features include:

- A Patrol bag to contain the sleeping bag and manufactured from nylon or some water resistant material and is un affected in temperatures that range between 30 degrees F to 50 degrees F.
- Another bag that can withstand colder climates, primarily -30 degrees F to 10 degrees F.
- The MSS specification bag can be combined with the Patrol and the Intermediate bag for greater warmth at temperatures as low as -30 degrees F.
- Has a stuff sack complete with compression straps to pack it into smaller spaces.
- Contains Gore-Tex Bivy sack for protection against drastic weather change.
- Is insulated with polyester filament.
- Has a draft tube.
- Special 'snap' locking system for integrating the units.

Then there are the VCSS or Variable Component Sleep System bags that have the following features:

- Ability to resist water and withstand temperatures from 30 degrees F to -30 degrees F.
- A delta bag that is unaffected at temperatures up to 30 degrees F and made from nylon and is waterproof.
- Contains a Gamma bag used in colder climates, is water proof, made of nylon with a rating of 30 degrees F to -10 degrees F.
- Combines both Delta and Gamma bags with the Bivy sack for more warmth and protection.
- Keeps out bugs with the help of a bug protector mesh.
- Has Polyguard insulation.
- Does not have any 'cold spots'.
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