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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 | $169.49 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  ⋅  Nov 8, 2019
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Our Verdict

The Slumberjack Country Squire 0 is royalty in the world of traditional sleeping bags. It ranks at the top of our list (always has), and easily bulldozed its way to the top this year as one of our Editors' Choice Award Winners. This bag is pure luxury. It's gigantic, impeccably crafted, relentlessly warm, and is chocked full of natural-fiber materials that feel like your own bed. Additionally, it boasts several creative, consumer-focused features and conveniences found in no other bag on the market — Um, it's also gonna cost you a few bills.


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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 ratingVersatile layering system, extremely warm and comfortableCompact mummy design, warm, comfy, well-crafted
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 sackLess water-resistant, bulky, fabric is a little grabbyMore expensive, doesn't unzip completely, less versatile than general purpose bags
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.This bag has more layering options than any bag we've studied, offering many options for a large temperature range.Design and fabric choice allow this bag to be and lighter than traditional car-camping bags and perform just as well.
Rating Categories Slumberjack Country Squire 0 TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1 Frontcountry Bed 35 Duo All-Weather Multi-Layer Homestead Bed 20
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Specs Slumberjack... TETON Sports... Frontcountry Bed... All-Weather... Homestead Bed 20
Temp Rating (F) 0 degrees 0 degrees 35 degrees 0 degrees 20 degrees
Measured Weight (lbs) 12.2 lbs 8.3 lbs 8.2 lbs 10.1 lbs 7.4 lbs
Style Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Semi-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 Brushed polyester 75D cire polyester taffeta
Lining Material Poly-Cotton Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
68D polyester taffeta Brushed polyester 50D cire polyester
Insulation Slumberloft Synthetic Insulation SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber Synthetic Polyester Heatseeker Eco (synthetic)
Measured Size L x W 84" X 42" 82" X 36" 87" X 50 " 76" X 34" 85" X 32"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 5-year Lifetime

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Slumberjack Country Squire 0 is no stranger to OutdoorGearLab. We enjoyed every minute of examining this bag, especially the sleeping-in-the-bag part. 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, if you do a lot of warm or hot weather camping, this bag is too warm.

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.

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 Slumberjack. We spent several chilly nights staying completely warm in this bag and never once woke up cold.


We found the Slumberjack to have a very unique feeling of warmth when compared to the other bags we tested. This bag's cotton-based liner, 12oz cotton duck shell, Slumberloft synthetic insulation, and two-layer, offset construction are a symphony of warmth. In particular, the bag's natural fiber fabrics seem to completely absorb and neutralize cold air, leaving no cold spots. It maintains steady warmth like no other bag we've slept in.

Comfort


Coming in at a whopping 84 inches long and 42 inches wide, the Slumberjack is one of the largest bags we've tested. 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 very spacious.


The poly/cotton, bed-sheet 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 other bags on our list, the Slumberjack's dense insulation and thick exterior liner provide a noticeable 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. We rarely lost our covers because cotton doesn't really slide and the overall heaviness keeps everything in place. This bag's natural fabrics cause it to be the heaviest bag on our list. We thoroughly enjoyed pulling its top layers over us at night. Its extra weight really gave 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…need we continue?


This bag is chock full of features that don't come with any other bag. Our favorites are the removable liner, which allowed us to do a quick wash job. We also really like the large removable storage duffel. It zips off in a snap, and quite often transported various loose items from the car to camp.

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. However, in all fairness, it is normal for natural-fiber bags like the Slumberjack 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 for campers 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 ever 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 Slumberjack. Its full 42-inch width easily rolls up and flops, without effort, into its over-sized, attached duffel. We found it to be one 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.

Value


Is this bag worth the price? We believe so. Especially if you like luxury and unique features. However, in the case of our second Editors' Choice, the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1, there are other bags that may lack the luxury and craftsmanship but are just as warm, very cozy, and far 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