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 79, it ranks number 2 on our list. This bag is pure luxury and the only true contender to challenge the Wenzel Grande 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 two points shy of tying the Wenzel Grande 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 warmth category, surpassed only by the Wenzel Grande.
The Country Squire 0 didn't rank as highly in warmth as the Wenzel Grande because of its thinner construction. Additionally, we felt the Slumberjack's sheet-like interior lining just isn't as insulative as the Wenzel's flannel lining. And when all was said and done, the results of our ice and laser thermometer tests showed the Wenzel Grande to simply have better insulative abilities.
That being said, the Slumberjack is still an incredibly warm bag. In fact, at first glance, we thought it would be the warmest when we took into consideration its price tag compared to the Wenzel Grande's price tag. To our surprise, we assumed wrong. You know what they say about assuming.
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 Wenzel Grande, 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 and the Wenzel Grande 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, 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