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Slumberjack Country Squire 0 Review

If you're willing to shell out the bucks, this bag will not disappoint; it's pure luxury - almost like sleeping in your own bed.
Slumberjack Country Squire 20
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Price:  $260 List | $259.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Massive/luxurious bag, several unique features, hearty zipper, exceptionally warm, removable cotton liner, convenient zip-on tote bag
Cons:  Expensive, not water-resistant, cream-colored interior prone to stains, very large packed size
Manufacturer:   Slumberjack
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 7, 2019
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  • Warmth - 35% 9
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Features - 25% 8
  • Packed Size - 15% 4

Our Verdict

Make no bones about it, the Slumberjack Country Squire is royalty in the world of traditional sleeping bags. Coming in with one of our highest overall scores, it ranks at the top of our list. This bag is pure luxury and the only true contender to challenge the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1 for the title of Editors' Choice. We found the Slumberjack to have impeccable craftsmanship, warmth, space, and comfort. Additionally, it boasts several creative, consumer-focused features and conveniences found in no other bag on the market. This is why the Country Squire 0 is our absolute Top Pick For Overall Luxury.

Looking for a little more (or less) warmth?
This great bag is also available as the Slumberjack Country Squire -20 and the Slumberjack Country Squire 20. With a great range of temperatures, this luxurious bag is sure to suit your needs, whether you'll be in mild temperatures or frigid ones.


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Pros Massive/luxurious bag, several unique features, hearty zipper, exceptionally warm, removable cotton liner, convenient zip-on tote bagVery warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature rangesDurable design, completely zipperless, lots of practical features, seemed warmer than 35-degree ratingTrue all-purpose bag, rare-to-find down-filled rectangle bag, warm, lightweightRoomy, comfortable, soft synthetic lining, small hood for warmth, water resistant
Cons Expensive, not water-resistant, cream-colored interior prone to stains, very large packed sizeGrabby liner, may be confining to larger body typesNarrow design may not fit two larger bodies, extra effort to get into its stuff sackMore expensive than synthetic bags, problematic when water-soakedDoesn't unzip into a blanket, poor quality construction, hand wash only, machine washing voids warranty
Bottom Line If you're willing to shell out the bucks, this bag will not disappoint; it's pure luxury - almost like sleeping in your own bed.This bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options.This bag has no zippers, tons of features, and could fool you into thinking you were in your own bed.Down-filled and rectangular: This is a rare bag.The Celsius's massive size, mixed with its red and black colors, make it appealing at first site, but the overall design and quality have room for improvement.
Rating Categories Slumberjack Country Squire 0 TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1 Frontcountry Bed 35 Duo Kelty Galactic 30 TETON Sports Celsius XXL 0
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Specs Slumberjack... TETON Sports... Frontcountry Bed... Kelty Galactic 30 TETON Sports...
Temp Rating (F) 0 degrees 0 degrees 35 degrees 30 degrees 0 degrees
Measured Weight (lbs) 12.2 lbs 8.3 lbs 8.2 lbs 2.3 lbs 7.1 lbs
Style Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular
Draft Tube Full length Full length Full length Full length Full length
Neck Baffle No Yes No No Yes
Shell Material 12 oz. Cotton Duck Taffeta 50d polyester ripstop 50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta Taffeta
Lining Material Poly-Cotton Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
68d polyester taffeta 50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Insulation Slumberloft Synthetic Insulation SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber Synthetic 600 Fill Dridown SuperLoft Elite 4-Channel Hollow Fiber
Measured Size L x W 84" X 42" 82" X 36" 87" X 50 " 73" X 32" 90" X 39"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Slumberjack Country Squire 0 is no stranger to OutdoorGearLab. A past Editors' Choice Award Winner, this bag has regularly been at the top of our list. Just a few points shy of tying the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1 for first place, we enjoyed every minute of examining this bag, especially the sleeping-in-the-bag part. Here's a breakdown of how this bag compared to all of the rest.

Performance Comparison


You could almost get lost in the sheer length and width of the Country Squire. That  combined with its quality construction and unique features  place it at the top of our list.
You could almost get lost in the sheer length and width of the Country Squire. That, combined with its quality construction and unique features, place it at the top of our list.

Warmth


Have you ever slept with the bedroom window open on a cool Fall night, only to wake up the next morning with that snug as a bug in a rug feeling? Your room is chilled, your pillow is cool, and you're feeling toasty and warm under your covers — that's the feeling you get after a night's rest in Country Squire 0. We spent several chilly nights in this bag and never once woke in the middle of the night shivering from head to toe. The Country Squire ranked at the top of our warmth category.


The Country Squire 0 sheet-like interior lining gives it an added layer of insulation, making this bag incredibly warm. When all was said and done, the results of our ice and laser thermometer tests showed the Country Squire 0 to have nearly identical warmth ratings as our Editors Choice Award Winner, the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1.

That being said, we found the Slumberjack to have a different feeling of warmth, as compared to the Polara 3-in-1. The Slumberjack's cotton liner has a cooler, bed-sheet feeling, whereas, the Polara's fleece liner tends to retain a more constant temperature. Both bags are equally warm; however, when we took into consideration the Slumberjack's higher price tag, it made our decision to name the Polara 3-in-1 as our top bag that much easier.

Comfort


Coming in at a whopping 84 inches long and 42 inches wide, the Country Squire 0 is the second-largest bag we tested, next to the Teton Sports Celsius XXL. In fact, one of our testers took a wrong turn inside the bag and actually got lost for an hour (You get our point, right?). This bag is cozy, soft, homey and spacious.


The poly/cotton, bed-sheet-like interior lining gave us a sense of being snuggled up in our own beds. In our testing, we found that the interior fabric allows for easy tossing and turning, even when we slept with our clothes on. Although noticeably thinner than the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1, the Slumberjack's insulation provides a decent amount of natural padding.

The Country Squire boasts the thickest exterior shell of all the bags we tested. Its weight gave us a nice tucked-in feeling.
The Country Squire boasts the thickest exterior shell of all the bags we tested. Its weight gave us a nice tucked-in feeling.

We also liked how the weight of its 12oz cotton duck shell pushed down on us during the night, giving us that tucked-in feeling.

Similar to bed sheets  we loved the feel of the Country Squire's interior lining.
Similar to bed sheets, we loved the feel of the Country Squire's interior lining.

Features


A removable interior liner that can be washed separately from the bag — brilliant. A detachable storage bag that can double as a full-size duffel to carry all kinds of camping stuff — really cool. Supersized zipper. Bed-sheet interior liner. Super thick exterior cotton duck exterior. Zipper draft tube. Velcro closure tab. Solid construction. Limited lifetime warranty…


We know you're a busy person, so we'll stop there, so you won't be reading this all day. Our point is, this bag is chock full of features that don't come with any other bag. Our favorites were the removable liner, which allowed us to do a quick wash job, and the large removable storage duffel.

We loved the Country Squire's unique  removable liner. It allowed us to freshen up our bed while on the road  without having to wash the entire bag.
We loved the Country Squire's unique, removable liner. It allowed us to freshen up our bed while on the road, without having to wash the entire bag.

The were only two features we were disappointed in: The bag's inability to resist water and the color of the interior liner. First, we found that the bag has virtually no water resistance. Check out our water test in the How We Test Section. However, in all fairness, it is normal for natural-fiber bags like the Country Squire 0 to lack the ability to repel water.

Athough the bag's interior liner is incredibly comfortable  its light cream color makes it susceptible to dirt and stains.
Athough the bag's interior liner is incredibly comfortable, its light cream color makes it susceptible to dirt and stains.

Second, although the bag's interior liner is incredibly comfortable, its light cream color makes it susceptible to dirt and stains, especially for families with young kids or people who like to unzip the bag all the way open to use as a picnic blanket.

Although incredibly warm and comfortable  one drawback to cotton-based bags is their overall inability to resist water.
Although incredibly warm and comfortable, one drawback to cotton-based bags is their overall inability to resist water.

Packed Size


Let's just address the elephant in the room. This bag has the largest packed size of any bag we've every seen — BUT — there's a reason, and it's really not that big of a deal. After all, to us, packed size isn't just about how big the bag is after it's rolled up. We also wanted to find out how easy the bag is to roll up, how easily the bag fits into its storage sack, and if the bag small enough to double as a backpacking bag (we didn't even ask that question on this bag).


Most traditional rectangular bags are folded-in-half before being rolled up, but not the Country Squire. Its full 42-inch width easily rolls up and flops, without effort, into its over-sized, attached duffel. We found it to be on of the easiest bags to roll up. All in all, we really didn't care that its packed size was triple the size of some of the bags we tested.

It's big one baby! However  the bag easily rolls up into the duffel and the duffel can be removed to transport camping items to and from the car...not a bad trade off.
It's big one baby! However, the bag easily rolls up into the duffel and the duffel can be removed to transport camping items to and from the car...not a bad trade off.

Best Applications


This bag is ideal for trailer, tent, truck-bed, or right-on-the-ground camping. Its impeccable construction makes this bag something you could use for a lifetime. However, we wouldn't recommend sleeping out under the stars if you suspect rain or snow. Also, if you do a lot of warm or hot weather camping, this bag may be too warm.

Value


Is this bag worth the price? We believe so. Especially if you like luxury and unique features. However, like our Editors' Choice, the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1, there are other bags that may lack the features and luxury, but are made just as well, are warmer, more cozy, and less expensive. We feel you really can't go wrong either way. It's kinda up to you. If you love luxury and don't mind spending a little extra, then you'll love this bag.

The Country Squire is well-constructed  tough  warm and luxurious  but it does all come at a higher price.
The Country Squire is well-constructed, tough, warm and luxurious, but it does all come at a higher price.

Conclusion


This bag is the bomb… and it's tough enough that it could probably withstand one. Not only is it tough, but it's also very roomy, very comfortable, and very warm. The Slumberjack Country Squire 0 is a perennial favorite of ours and we hope we've given you a good idea as to why we love this bag so much.

We believe the Country Squire 0 will always be a perennial favorite.
We believe the Country Squire 0 will always be a perennial favorite.


Jason Wanlass