Wenger Mummy Bag- Fail.
« on: February 04, 2015, 01:58:44 AM »
This is a throwback and more of a story than a product review.
The first sleeping bag I ever saved up for in the boyscouts was a Wenger Mummy Bag. Actually made by Wenzel but branded Wenger on the hood and bag.
Anyways its rated for 10°F with the fleece liner zipped in.
Model ; WG10071
It's 32"x86", has a black removable fleece liner that zips in. A double drawstring head hole, essentially you can tighten it around your face and again around your shoulders.
And a bat-wing bottom. Synthetic flap over a fleece bottom essentially. Which allows you to keep your feet cool on warmer nights. or I would keep the next days clothes in it so they were warm in the morning.
Anyways, it cost me 96 bucks new.
First we had it out was Defuniak Springs Florida, at our local boy scout district camp "Euchee"
For northwest florida it had been a Cold winter. Lows in the 30s were expected so I figured it was time to upgrade.
Boy did I make the wrong choice. I got in, started to close the zipper; and snap. It seperated.
Luckily, this is a bag with the STUPID seperated zipper wings at the bottom. Like the bottom of a zipper on a jacket, you slide one side Into the closer, and it zips up.
So I tried again, and instead of seperating at the closer/handle/fob. It seperated in the zipper itself.
Needless to say I sucked it up and slept on top of the zipper that night.
Again, stupid me. It reached 11°F that night. So cold, that the Troop with us left and slept in the dining hall. And by the time we woke up, ALL OF our water supply had frozen solid except for a 2 gallon insulted jug filled with water we had boiled just before bed.
I contacted Wenzel and Wenger with no luck. They claim they don't cover anything zipper related, so I fixed it myself. JB weld. And some clothes pins. Done.
Works great now, does keep you fairly warm. However our synthetic army surplus bags are still much much warmer, and they were free!
Stock photos and repair are coming.