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    Thanks, Picked up one for the kids. Seller started with 10 bags
     
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    You don't see the Wiggy's military sets come up too often...at this price they won't last long.

    The Seller has some other sets and one Overbag only that he started at a penny...
     
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    I love Wiggy's bags, they are so warm that I bought a couple of his Jackets. His styles are not "trendy" but man are they the warmest jackets I own.
     
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    Bought one his "sweaters" and a vest in 1999...have been wearing them almost exclusively from late August to May since... They have been washed 1-2 times a year and still work fine... It is in the high 30s and light rain here in NH...went shooting and wore the sweater (which is more like the old bomber jackets)...never wet, never cold.

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    ...just checked...all 10 have been sold.
     
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    ya ive got his anartica parka, smokin hot ,,ive had it out for 6-8 hours in -25 windy cold weather with a t shirt.....good gear
     
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    I just scored the 3 bag system i messaged asking if he was gonna restock and he replied saying he just got one more and that would be the last that its hard to get those ..but since i asked hed just sell it to me pretty happy
     
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    2 weeks ago I bought 2 bags from Wiggy's. Both in MARPAT, boot foot, 20*F mummy, L & R zip. $240 total shipped for two bags with accurate ratings. $120 for a US made bag is awesome. My 0*F bag was too warm for anything but winter use.
    They are still on sale until the MARPAT and ACU fabric runs out.

    I'll grab another FTRSS overbag in a week or so.
     
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    Well it finally happened....after just short of 60 years of all kinds of camping I ended up with a wet sleeping bag. I've always been very careful to always have the bag in a waterproof cover of some sort but screwed up last weekend when camping with some friends.

    The tent was a single wall Cabella's Outback Lodge that I usually have a Kelty Noah's Tarp over if it is going to rain. But I didn't and when it poured Sanday when we were away from camp everything in the tent got wet. Worse I didn't discover it until just before bed. So I moved into one of my friend's Adirondack shelters and slept on a cot.

    Now I have heard that if a Wiggy's bag gets wet, and this was my pushing 20 year old Nautilus that's been washed 30+ times, if one climbed in the bag would warm up quickly and be dry by morning. So rather than digging out the wool blankets I keep in the truck I decided to try it figuring if it didn't I'd just go get the blankets.

    Had on a t-shirt, underwear and socks, crawled into the wet bag and in a minute began to feel warm...fell right asleep as usual. Woke up a few hours later and got up to go to the bathroom to find that most of the bag was dry. When I got up in the morning the only part of the bag that wasn't dry was the area of the final foot or so of the zipper.

    Monday when I got home put the bag in the washer with a cap full of SportWash. Then put it over the deck rail for about 2-3 hours and it was like new again.

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    Any idea what these compress down to?
     
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    Roughly the size of a 72' Cutlass Supreme. They'll last forever though.
     
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    It all depends on what two bags you get. The Overbag that is rated at I believe 35* compacts down fairly small. The lower the rating you go for the inner bag the larger it is.

    The big difference between Wiggy's and other bags is he rates his bags: a) very conservatively b) sleeping with very little on. You read some of the other manufactures who rate a bag that weighs one pound, is the size of a grapefruit and is rated for zero... Of course they expect you to be sleeping in heavy socks, long underwear and your down coat.

    These are not for ultra-lite backpackers...they are made bomb-proof for the military and survivalists. I have backpacked my Desert Bag all over the White Mountains in NH and Maine...never a cold night.

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    There has been a lot of great deals on hardly used Wiggy's bags on ebay over the last couple of months. Yesterday I received a notice about a like new boat foot 35* Overbag in green with a BuyNow of only $50.00 plus $12.00 shipping... These are $172.00 from Wiggy's...so I bought it.

    I think this one is going to reside in the truck for emergency use...

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    A couple of weeks ago I washed my Wiggy's sweater and vest... They are both of the original taffeta nylon construction like the sleeping bags still are. The new ones have a Supplex outer shell making just about windproof... I just happen to like the old style more... These were bought in 1999 and washed 1-3 times a year every year since.

    ...anyway when the vest and sweater came out of the washer I hung them up to dry and was about to go get the mail when I though...wonder how warm they would be wet... So I took off my sweatshirt leaving just a light wool long sleeve t-shirt. Was 29* out and the wind about 5-8 mph. When I walked to the mail box it was "cool"... After putting the mail in the house I picked up some branches that had fallen out of the trees in the back yard and within a few minutes was "warm"... Took an hours walk in the woods behind the hose and when I got back the sweater was just about dry. The vest which was still hanging in a warm dry basement was still wet...

    I have the exact same sweater from LL Bean in down that I wore from about 1990 to 1999...I wondered what it would be like in a survival situation where you dumped a canoe and all you have left is either a wet sack of feathers or a quickly drying synthetic....

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    I believe my Wiggy's bag is a 20 degree bag in Coyote Brown. Mine was purchase from Wiggy's and was on sale. Absolutely the most comfortable bag I own. The quality of the zipper can't be overstated. It works without hanging up all of the time. The only downside is that it is not the easiest to compress and carry in a pack. Spent a few nights in a cramped tent at elevation during late summer rainstorms. The Wiggy's bag was awesome. I have other sleeping bags and the zippers are always getting hung up. I feel like the "zipper whisperer" trying to coax the zipper back to the top.
     
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    I need a summer bag with some extra room. When it's warmer I despise mummy bags (body bags).

    I'm planning to buy a Nautilus 40* Rectangular bag.
    https://www.wiggys.com/sleeping-bags/nautilus-sleeping-bag/
    Has anyone here tried one? I like that it unzips into basically a square blanket.

    I have an FTRSS Over-bag rated to 35* and it packs up much smaller than their 0* and 20* bags, so this 40* should pack up quite small.
     
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    I have both the Nautilus and the Hooded Nautilus...and I'm with you about "body bags" especially during the summer.

    The Nautilus is my most slept in bag. I bought it in 1999 and it has been used both in tents and cabins at minimum 15 nights a year and has been washed 1-2 times a year every year since. Several years ago I bought a hooded Nautilus on closeout at Cabela's but for some reason only used it when I was going to need a warmer bag with the Nautilus zipped inside it. Two years ago I started using the hooded bag for camping and the standard bag for inside like at hunting camp where I'm in a cabin. I like the hood as it keeps the pillow from sliding around.

    Come to think of it I have a third Nautilus. About 10 years ago some friends who like my bag and I came up with the idea of a two sided Nautilus, as in two different temp ratings. So I called Jerry the owner and he said no problem at all. So some of the guys got 40/25 bags and others 40/0 bags. So if while out it gets cold just roll the bag over and you get warm again.

    If you need compact without the "body bag" feeling you may also want to look at the Desert Bag. It is much smaller than the Nautilus when compressed and still very roomy. I used mine for backpacking for years before the knees went... It is now down at the bottom of my BOB...

    Hope this helps...Bob
     
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    Big help. Thanks Bob!
     
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    Great deals! I've got six Wiggy's bags already but I still need to get an Antarctic.
     
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    None of these bidding options seem like a good deal to me. The sellers have a minimum to sell that we don't know. These are often on the market for months until someone meets the minimum bid. I have kept biddable items in my cart for months that were still available. With shipping, you would't like get these for under a $100. Likely, $200+. Besides my wiggy's bags and products have been dissapointing in their build and performance for their weight and price. That said, if I could get the overbag for under $50 and the combo for under $110 shipped then I would consider it for car camping.
     
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    What Wiggy's products have you bought that were such a disappointment and why?

    Wiggy's products are built like Bill Ruger built guns...overbuilt. They are not for the ultralite backpacker which 99% of the campers and sleeping bag users in this world are not.

    As to the auctions on eBay...have no clue what you are talking about. There are some Sellers who put products out at a high dollar amount and other, like all the ones I have posted here, have a very low starting bid. And the winner gets the bag... What someone decides to bid is up to that person not the Seller...

    Bob

    ps...if you check some of the auctions I have listed, many of the bags sold for well less than $100 delivered...
     

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