Make no bones about it, the Slumberjack Country Squire is royalty in the world of traditional sleeping bags. Coming in with an overall score of 82, it ranks number 2 on 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.
Slumberjack Country Squire 0 Review
Cons: Expensive, not water-resistant, cream-colored interior prone to stains, very large packed size
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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 four 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.
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. Scoring a 9 out of 10 for warmth, 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.
Coming in at a whopping 84 inches long and 42 inches wide, the Country Squire 0 is the second-largest bag we tested, next the 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?) Receiving a score of 9 out of 10 for comfort, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is this bag worth the price? We believe so. Especially if you like luxury and unique features. However, like our Editors' Choice, 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.
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.
— Jason Wanlass