SUPERLIGHT BAG ENDS "JUMP IN LIGHT, SLEEP COLD AT NIGHT" BLUES
In future days, if North Korea neutralizes the South's port/airfields, the only significant force the United States can deploy by parachute-forced entry is the 82nd Airborne Division, the "All Americans" and the 1-501st AirBorne Combat Task Force, the "Geronimos" from Alaska. Every Paratrooper will be irreplaceable. We cannot afford cold weather injuries to reduce combat strength. In the last Korean War, thousands of marines and Soldiers froze to death, taken out of the fight by frost or even with sleeping bags, bayonetted when caught inside.
It unzips into a long coat, short coat, poncho (using its head hole) or blanket, so Soldiers can sleep with their boots on-weapon at the ready. Using the latest insulating material, Lamilite(c), the bag is much warmer than the poncho liner and comes in different warmth ratings.
TIP #1 Enhance the LWSB-MP Stuff sack
The LWSB-MP comes with a compression stuff sack. I suggest spraying the stuff sack and LWSB-MP itself with a coat of Kiwi Camp Dry(c) silicone to further waterproof them. Sew your last nametape to the top stuff sack flap for ownership.
The sack can be tightened down to a size to make it fit into a buttpack or strap it across the top of the buttpack.
TIP # 2 Learn your LWSB-MP
Read your LWSB's operator's manual to know how to use it as a short and long coat as well as a sleeping bag and blanket.
Remove the Ecotat label for better camouflage, slight weight saving.
Tip #3: Use the LWSB-MP as expedient camouflage: the enemy does it, why not us?
The recent After Action Reviews of recent Afghanistan combat by the 10th Mountain Division reveal the enemy is using blankets to provide camouflage to hide from American firepower:
"The enemy moved in small groups of three to five fighters, making them hard to spot. "During the daylight, we watched them on the Predator," Hagenbeck told Field Artillery. "At night, when these groups heard a Predator or AC-130 coming, they pulled a blanket over themselves to disappear from the night-vision screen. They used low-tech to beat high-tech."
The Ecotat TMP and LWSB-MP could also be used as instant camouflage in the same manner by U.S. forces!
Order your LWSB-MPs NOW!
Units or DoD individuals can order directly from Ecotat(c) at government prices. Cost of the basic model, which I recommend is less than the price for a new pair of jump boots. For information about ordering the bag, contact Ecotat(c) Systems Company, Attn: Mr. Richard Haislip, 2223 Commerce Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA., 23454 (757) 340-0866 or FAX: (757) 340-1270.
1st TSG (A) Staff
MULTI-PURPOSE LIGHTWEIGHT SLEEPING BAG
MULTI-PURPOSE LIGHTWEIGHT SLEEPING BAG
Ecotat Jungle Patrol Bag (without hood) / +40 degrees F
$ 73.00 plus shipping
Ecotat Desert Bag / +40 degrees F
$ 93.00 plus shipping
Ecotat Ultra Light / +20 degrees F
$139.00 plus shipping
Ecotat Super Light / 0 degrees F
$155.00 plus shipping
Ecotat Ultima Thule / -20 degrees F
$203.00 plus shipping
Send to POC:
Ecotat Systems Company
(Attn: Mr. Haislip)
2223 Commerce Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Phone # (757) 340-0866
Fax # (757) 340-1270 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another excellent LWSB with a traditional "mummy" configuration is the Merlin Softie 3 from Ranger Joe's:
Merlin Softie 3
Weight is just 2.5 pounds and cost is $149.
Absolutely the lightest weight and smallest pack size bag we have seen on the market today. Packs to the size of a football.
Material used are:
COVER-PARA-TEX. A high performance derivative of parachute silk with millions of tiny pores. Allows perspiration to escape, yet prevents water from coming inside.
LINING-PERTEX. A high wicking, breathable fabric that is comfortable and light weight.
FILLING-SOFTIE. A superfine high thermal filler bonded with special resins to produce a luxurious down like feel.
REFLECTATHERM. This bag contains a soft and breathable reflective barrier designed to reflect back body warmth.
Carry Wt: 27 oz. Fill Wt: 3.8 oz. per yd2. Anti-Snag 2 way zipper. Length 86". Temperature Range: Comfort 41°F, Extreme 32°F.
Complete with compression bag. Liner sold separately.
Made in England. Color: Olive Green.
Philip West writes:
"This may be of interest to several of you. Been looking for something to supplement/substitute for my Snugpack Merlin Softee 3 bag in colder weather. Several ultra-light campers seem to like the Rab Topbag, and field and trek have just started stocking them, so I brought one.
First this bag is down, which may turn some of you off, although several armys ahve used down bags as standard issue. On the good side, down lasts a long time, is very warm, packs small. On the down side (ahem) it costs a bit and is near useless if you get it wet. The latter can be avoided with a bit of care.
In the pack keep the bag in a tied off plastic bag (stuff sacks are seldom water tight). In use use a bivi-bag or shelter, and if it is humid ensure a good airflow through the shelter. In very cold weather use the bag as the middle component of a vapour barrier system.
So what is special about this bag?
First, a very good quality of down -96% and a loft of 750+, for those who know what that means.
Second, all the fabric is pertex, and this is a pertex called "Quantum" that is supposed to be lighter and even less bulky.
The real innovation is the design.
Somebody had a hard think and wondered what was the point of down under a sleeper when it just gets compressed by body wieght and therefore doesn't insulate? The Topbag therefore has all of the insulation on the top, with just a sheet of pertex underneath. Idea is you use your kipmat or therma-rest to insulate your underside.
I only got it last night, and it being july I probably won't get to use it for real for a while, so just initail impressions. What really strikes you is how light it is. Label says 400gms -which if I recall right is less than a single M203 round. Feels even lighter. Yet to try the stuff sack, but that item is even smaller than the one for the merlin, which has a packed size similar to a rugby ball. Very thoughtfully, the Topbag comes with a large cotton sack (like a big pillow case with a drawcord) for storing it when not in use.
This is pretty much a dedicated sleeping item. If you sit up in it your back is going to get cold (there is a sister bag of conventional construction (the Quantum 200) -but this only has half the insulation on the top, since it is the same weight as the Quantum Topbag). You'll see the bottom of the bag described as "mesh" -but it looks like this has been changed for a sheet of pertex. The bag is of the crawl in type-it would have been nice to have a version with a zip so you can ventilate when using another bag inside.
Got my bag from field and trek
www.fieldandtrek.com -look under sleeping bags and "Rab" Cost me £100"
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