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Slumberjack Country Squire 20 Review

   
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Overall avg rating 5.0 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: November 26, 2012
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Pros:  Impressively warrm, widest and longest bag tested, most comfotable bag tested, room for two people, removable cotton sheet, zips to another bag for double width fun, very strong zipper, canvas shell fabric is less slippery than nylon or polyester, duffel
Cons:  Heaviest sleeping bag tested, canvas shell material is less water resistant than polyester or nylon, rolls into a large duffel bag but can pack twice as small, no hood or neck drawcord, can get twisted in removable sheet.
Best Uses:  Camping, around the house, as a queen sized blanket.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (2/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Slumberjack
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ September 14, 2012  
Overview
Slumberjack Country Squire sleeping bag is nearly as luxurious as a the Presidential Suite in Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel. With tons of space to sprawl about, enough insulation to keep you warm below freezing, a removable sheet, and the durability to last for a decade or more, the Country Squire takes the cake for being the best general use sleeping bag we've tested. Whether you're camping, touring the countryside in a '73 EuroVan, or crashing on a friend's floor, the Country Squire makes any night's sleep better.

If you're on a budget, the Wenzel Conquest can't be beaten. This bag isn't as warm or as comfortable as the Country Squire, but it costs as little as $50.

Also consider the Kelty Cosmic Down 20, our Best Buy Award winning backpacking sleeping bag.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Comfort
Take the most luxurious bed you've ever slept in and fold it in half. That's how comfortable the Slumberjack Country Squire is. Three things make this the most homey sleeping bag we've ever tested: 1) Its gigantic size gives you plenty of space to spread out. The bag measures a rectangular 84" by 42", which is large enough for a big and tall person or two average size people. Many people will be able to snuggle up with their lover, curl up with their child, or relish the bag's opulent comfort alone. 2) More than four pounds of synthetic insulation give the Country Squire's bottom half extra cushion. Several of our testers found the bag to be so comfortable they used it on bare ground without a sleeping pad. 3) Of the 80 sleeping bags we've tested, this is the only one that includes a removable sheet. This feature, which our testers loved dearly, keeps the bag clean and makes warm summer nights much more enjoyable because you can lie under just the sheet. These factors make the bag exceptionally comfortable; you simply can't blame a bad night's sleep on the bag.

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Snap closures secure the County Squire's removable sheet.
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Warmth
The Country Squire is the warmest rectangular sleeping bag we've tested. It has lots of insulation and is made with offset construction (the stitching that attaches the insulation to shell fabric on one side doesn't line up with the other side) so it's warmer than "sewn-through" bags, which constitute the majority of those tested in this review.

Sleeping bags that don't conform to the shape of your body, like tight fitting mummy bags do, are prone to have drafty dead air spaces. These are pockets of cold air that are separated from the warm air around your body. When you move about at night you leave the warm area and need to start over again by heating up a new area. Slimmer mummy bags are much more thermally efficient (because you never leave the warm area), but they're less comfortable than rectangular bags. Though still prone to dead air space, our testers found the Country Squire to be warmer than other rectangular bags, both through its design and because the insulation on top of you is heavy, which helps to prevent you from tossing and turning.

Rectangular sleeping bags also don't have hoods or drawcords around the neck area, so cold air can escape relatively easily. It's important, therefore, to either wear a hat or hood, or tuck your head inside the sleeping bag. Fortunately, the Country Squire is long enough that even our six-foot-tall testers can tuck into the bag. With a lightweight baselayer we were comfortable in the bag just below freezing. Despite their optimistic temperature ratings, we've found that most other rectangular bags are only warm into the low forties.

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Three of our award-winners (from left to right): Slumberjack County Squire, Wenzel Conquest, Kelty Cosmic Down 20
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Features
The removable sheet is undoubtedly the Country Squire's best feature. Next best in our opinion is its zipper, which is the strongest we've ever seen on a sleeping bag. It opens quickly and easily, rarely catches on the bag or sheet, and is of comparable size to those found on the burliest duffel bags. The Country Squire has a two-way zipper that allows you to vent your feet if they get hot, unzip the bag into a queen size blanket, or attach two Country Squires together for the ultimate in camp comfort. We also found that the County Squire was an excellent sleeping bag for house guests; the next best thing to a bed.

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The bombproof Slumberjack County Squire zipper (left) compared to the much less durable, and more prone to getting stuck, zipper on the Kelty Mistal.
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Weight and Packed Size
This bag's greatest drawback is its packed size, which is roughly equivalent to the size of three basketballs. The bag comes with a duffel bag style storage sack that zips to the bottom of the bag. We found this to be good for storage when the bag isn't in use, but inadequate for stuffing the bag down small. Any cheap stuff sack will pack the bag down smaller and save room in your car. The bag's weight, nearly 12 pounds, could be a potential drawback if you plan to carry it long distances. We don't recommend the bag for backpacking because we believe it's far too heavy and bulky. The photo below shows the bag in its duffel sack folded in half.

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size comparison, from left to right: Slumberjack County Squire 20, Wenzel Conquest 30, Kelty Cosmic Down 20, REI Travel Sack 55, and Katabatic Gear Palisade 30.
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Versatility
The Country Squire is more than just a sleeping bag. It's a complete bedding solution. Unzip it and remove the sheet and you have an excellent, and warm, setup for house guests.

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The Slumberjack County Squire doubles as a queen sized blanket.
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Best Application
The Country Squire is best suited to any and all applications except multi-day backpacking trips. In many ways, the Country Squire is the most versatile bag in its class. Use it in a tent, RV, your house, a friend's house, as a spare blanket or wrap yourself up in it for movie nights or campfire singalongs.

Value
At $169 retail price the Country Squire is the most expensive rectangular bag we've tested. Our testers believe it's worth every penny, however, because it's also the warmest, most comfortable, most durable, and arguably the most versatile bag we've tested.

Other Versions
The Country Squire 0, $250, the the same bag, but rated to 0 degrees F.

The Slumberjack Latitude 20 - Women's, $70, is a women's specific bag rated to 20 degrees F.

The Slumberjack Big Cot $105, is durable and the set up is simple and quick. This cot would be ideal for car camping.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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Most recent review: November 26, 2012
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   Nov 26, 2012 - 11:23pm
Devin Chance · Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab
This is by far the most comfortable sleeping bag I have ever slept in. Its so thick and fluffy that I don't even need a sleeping pad, although I prefer to use one. It's also very wide which is nice for me because I'm really big and am also tossing around in my sleep, and I hate to have my movements constricted by some of the sleeping coffins I've been stuck in.

This bag is also more versatile than other bags because it lets you unzip completely, basically turning it into a comforter. This is especially nice when you bring your special someone camping on a luxury cot, and it also comes in handy at home when your comforter is either not warm enough, or preoccupied with something else.

The only problem I had with this bag is that the zipper sometimes would get stuck when I was re-zipping it after it had been completely unzipped. The liner kept getting in the way and the zipper just had a lot of trouble getting through the corner section.

Other than that this is an awesome awesome sleeping bag, and all you friends will be jealous. Highly Recommended!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Nov 24, 2012 - 07:46pm
Mateo · Climber · Tahoe, CA
Living out of my primitive rig this summer invariably led to some cold and lonely nights. Getting to sleep in this bag washed away all of those sorrows. Upon crawling into the behemoth, I immediately felt like I was being hugged by a giant lumberjack/jill and dozed off with a smile. You would think that the ample room would leave create too many cold air pockets but the material is so dense it molds around your body (hence the hug effect) and keeps you very, very warm. It's more akin to a portable bed than a sleeping bag. I definitely recommend it if space and weight are nonissues.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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