I can take some photos of the British army arctic sleeping bag shoved in a sting if you want? The Arctic bag is massive so pribably smaller than the modular thing (which I don’t have)
Another one eh! haha.
So it's a Large sleeping bag, I have only taken it for a test drive on the sitting room floor for about 5 mins. I was wearing jeans, t-shirt and a thick ish shirt and it was quite snug... to the point where I nearly panicked when I thought I couldn't reach the zip again! I'm 6'6" tall, about 105kg (down a little since first lockdown!!) - Round my shoulders with a metal measuring tape just now was something like 56" ish, my stomach is smaller than my chest which is 45"ish, so the main feelings of restriction were around my shoulders and arms as they were down by my side, but I still had enough room to sort of rotate a little inside, it was more unfamiliarity than anything else!
Wife and doggo tried it and they loved it, so ordered another large for them to sleep in!
As for the bag, yup it has the little pouches at the bottom on each side. The one I ordered was not the Grade A + it was just Grade A and so the shoulder straps look like they have some mileage to them, but really it suits me, I really don't want to be that guy with the brightest newest looking stuff...
Best thing I could find about the saracen pre buy, was some of the videos on youtube, this guys video was helpful to me:
I'm guessing his might be a slightly newer version as there are a few extra straps around the place and I noticed that the protective flaps for the zips on the side (where the side pouches go) have a-erm...."cut" stiched into where one of the compression straps go through, mine doesn't. Unless that was a mod?
I'll take a horde of pictures and upload them in a bit.
Yeh I can see what you're getting at, especially as when a few weighted bits go on top it'll soon squish down. I think maybe a few straps to keep it holding a relatively wrapped shape, might not go amiss.Tbh I don’t get on with compression bags, they tend to make a solid unmovable lump. I prefer just shoving mine in my ruck then it can ‘conform’ to the space available if you see what I mean
And use to movers dumping his kit in rivers/bogs/marsh or anywhere but dry by accident. you can never be too dryI watched a great YouTube vid of I guess a Scottish active duty soldier talking about how he packs his Bergen, was pretty funny, because he had dry bag in dry bag in dry bag...was Scottish I guess so used to bad weather!!