ALPS Mountaineering Cyclone Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack
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- Three straps compress diameter; Additional strap compresses length
- Double stitched seams
- Bar-tacked stress points
- Fabric: Nylon ripstop
- Refer to sizing chart for dimensions
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I like the zippered section on top - I put my ear plugs, lip balm & an extra small flashlight in it - those little things easily lost.
I am looking around for a 2nd compression bag for my ultralight tent and noticed a lot of people complaining about compression bags failing the first time they used it. A hint... pull a little bit on each strap, keep working your way around it. When getting to the "last time around", a technique I learned is to put top against the edge of something, like a picnic table, put your body against other end, push in and gently pull each of the straps. And be realistic - you are not going to get a sleeping bag compressed into the size of a marshmallow.
I found that my bag could compress more lengthwise than the sack will allow due to the design of the strap. I can crush the bag down another 4 or 5 inches, but the compression strap will not allow me to cinch it up that far. Thus the compressed bag is slightly too long to fit easily into my pack. I have to really work to get it in there.
I think the product would be improved if I could cinch it down further lengthwise and if I had at least 2 lengthwise straps instead of just one.
UPDATE: There have been quite a few questions around the sizing of this bag. This photo is from the packaging that came with my ALPS Mountaineering Cyclone Stuff Sack.
Didn't really order this for it's compression features though. I'd bought from Amazon a Coleman White Water sleeping bag (which is a dynamite sleeping bag BTW) which didn't come with a stuff sack. This sleeping bag is a beast when it's rolled up, and it doesn't help that the "system" to "secure" the rolled up bag isn't very secure. The bag just won't stay tightly rolled up. Another reviewer of the sleeping bag voiced the same complaints and said he'd purchased this stuff sack (XLarge) for his. Since I couldn't find any compression straps large enough locally to wrap around the sleeping bag, I decided this was a no-brainer. The sleeping bag fit, but it was a tight fit. Don't really care about the compression since this is a car camping sleeping bag and I won't have to hump further than from the trunk to the tent, but it's nice to have a neat package for that.
So, bottom line, I'm giving this a 5 star rating because it meets my needs. As I said, from appearances, this compression sack is well built, should provide a lot of protection to whatever you cram into it and last for some time. My backpacking days are pretty much over (unless my son crosses over from Cub to Boy Scouts - and God help this 56 year old, out of shape body if he does), but part of me wonders just what the heck you kids are humping these days that requires a compression sack this big. ;-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This doesn't compress too much since it only compresses vertically on one side, resulting in an awkward crescent shaped bundle. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by moonchild
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