Our webmaster tries to respond pro-actively to the reams of keyword searches that typically bring 15,000+ hits to @1stRamsey website each month.
(click the top 3 pictures to take you to scout shops "Laponie" sleeping bag page).
Which is why, when we find a good thing we like to link to it,
& happily on this occasion we found it on the mail order Scout shops pages...
We are of course talking Sleeping Bags for children through to adults within the scouting movement & beyond.
Whilst we do have some great guides to sleeping bags & all things camping I'd like to point out a fantastic price on a trusted "snugpak" brand bag available via mail order (internet & phone sales).
I have no experience of the Laponie bag personally, (it is for childrene after all) ,...however as per our guide pages we remind you that peoples body types are vastly different, & a sleeping bag is not a one size fits all...
But, I have used & relied upon the Snugpak brand of sleeping bags for many years as a valued outdoor brand that has never failed me yet, I marvel at the pack size of my adult bag compressed smaller than that of my daughters.
Snugpak are a British company, so good "local" customer service & information from a specialist brand should you need it... this is a budget bag, but typically suited to cub & beaver camping.
What I really appreciate with this bag is the dual zipper, which has a very smooth movement to it, with wide seams to help reduce snagging, (always learn how to zip a sleeping bag up & down), the first bag I ever bought as a kid locked me in & OUT of my bag regularly, from then on I took notice of material bunching & learnt a technique which has become a lifetime habit, ..but that said it wasn't a snugpak! ..one night in a freezing bag, November in the Penines was enough for me to chew over the importance of good kit, especially as I had plenty of hours to think about it shivering the night away in an emergency situation.
Dual zippers (located top & bottom ends of the bag) work well, enabling you to allow to keep the core of your body warm without suffering overheating in the warmer months, making this bag pretty versatile for crashing on a friends floor, summer camp nights etc.
The foot warmer "box" end is deep enough to keep your farthest extremities warm without boiling off the rest of your body, (take a look at the picture to see what I mean).
Hex-ripstop wicking nylon draws moisture away from the body, so you remain cosy & dry not cold & clammy.
The hood drawstring is easy to operate with one hand, helping keep outside draughts to a minimum, ..especially if your kid is a wriggly sleeper.
The outer layer of Hex ripstop is durable under typical "kid conditions" ..grime sponges off easily, & as it is a synthetic bag it can be home laundered with care in order to keep the filling pristine & effective for a long life of happy camping, ...try not to constantly launder a sleeping bag, & only use mild, non scented laundry detergents.
"HEX RIPSTOP FABRIC The outer of the ‘Laponie Bag’ is‘ Hex Ripstop’ which provides a lightweight, water repellent casing, produced to Snugpak’s exact specification. The mini hex weave and the lustre of the yarn give a unique look and handle to this bag".
I'll take a confident punt then & recommend the brand, the sleeping bag & the price... (add to that the bonus that sales from scout shops are re-invested in scouting)!
Here are some more details on this particular "Laponie" Snugpak bag!
"Kids will love their own mummy shaped or square bottom junior sleeping bag, shaped to fit the smaller figure. The square bottom version can be opened out to make a handy quilt".
• Highly siliconised synthetic fibres give a soft touch finish and prolonged lifespan compared to traditional hollowfibre filled products.
• Adjustable, chunky neck baffle for extra cosiness.
• Hanging tabs allow easy airing and drying.
• The anti-snag zip has a full-length, insulated baffle
• Compression stuff sack included for compact carrying.
Hex Ripstop Wicking Nylon
Lightweight and low packsize
Wicking nylon lining (Draws moisture away from your body)
Technical Hex Ripstop Outer Fabric (Strong and Durable)
OUTER FABRIC : Hex Ripstop
INNER FABRIC : Wicking Nylon
FILLING : Siliconised Synthetic Hollow Fibre
EXTRA LONG: No
COLOURS AVAILABLE :Blue, Pink
PACK SIZE24(L) x 20(W) cm (Fully Compressed)
- Suggested min to max use: 10° to 20°
- Season Rating: 2
BARCODE Laponie Junior Mummy Blue RH - 8211650480223
Laponie Junior Mummy Pink RH - 8211650482920
The £23.99 price is for the blue Laponie sleeping bag only,
...otherwise you'd expect to pay £29.95 or more for the pink option
Care of your sleeping bag
All Snugpak® bags are fully washable... by hand or even by washing machine. Instructions are given on the care label sewn into one of the inner seams.
However, even the highest grade filling will eventually lose some thermal efficiency and structure after repeated wash cycles, so machine washing in particular should not be done often & really only as a last resort. Whenever possible, instead of a full wash, we recommend the sponging of both inner and outer fabrics with soap and water. Then dry and air the bag thoroughly. Alternately purchase a loose liner, which can be washed separately as often as you like, will undoubtedly extend you bags life. Some of the liners will also add warmth.
Zip up the sleeping bag and ensure any drawcords are fully in the machine and not trapped in the door before starting.
Machine wash on a cool and gentle setting (never more than 40°C/100°F) in a front loading domestic washing machine (we would advise against using a top loader as the agitator can damage the product)
Avoid the use of liquid detergent and fabric softeners as this can leave a residue on the bag, a low or fragrance free powder is idea.
After washing we recommend a cool tumble dry and that you check the process regularly to ensure that it is not overheating. It can be difficult to dry a sleeping bag (particularly some of our more extreme models) in a domestic machine a trip to the laundrette might be preferable.
We use a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish on all our Sleeping bag - water repellency can be maintained with a cool tumble day after washing and periodic re-treatment with suitable aftercare products such as Nikwax and Grangers.
Do not store the bag compressed for long periods between uses. Whilst we sometimes roll sleeping bags at the factory for despatch we would not advise emulating this without special machinery. We suggest stuffing your sleeping bag into its compression sack.