User Review: U.S. Armed Forces Modular Sleep System MSS
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $99
The 4-part MSS system might be a great solution, depending on your needs.
- -30 to 50deg operational temperature range
- All weather, all climate capability
- Widely available, often only lightly used
- Dependable, low risk choice
- Heavy (10lbs!)
- Obsolete design
- Unwary buyers may pay too much
Military-grade, -30 to 50deg, all-weather, all-climate capability comes at the expense of some compromises.
First off, all 4 of the components are about 50% heavier than cutting edge civilian equivalents on the market today. Second off, the state of the art of design has progressed significantly since this was created — there's too much of the wrong kind of insulation in many places and too little of the right kind of insulation in others, so to speak...
Inefficient and heavy gear, but undeniably well-built and field-tested. For REMFs or car campers in any weather it's the business. For traditional soldiers, hikers, and mountaineers it's worth considering. For fast and light travel by special operatives, alpinists or thru-hikers, there are superior options on the market at a variety of price points.