User Review: Wiggy's Antarctic
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $350 and $140 for the over bag
No frill military grade bag — no frills — just a lot of material to keep you warm the ultimate intent.
- Absent of back-up closure like snaps or velcro
- Bag has nothing to keep the baffle down like velcro so there are cold spots
This bag is no frills — it is simple and durable and can not be beat. In other words, it isn't a Cadillac — it's a 1 ton work truck. When you get the bag, take it to a seamstress and have them blind stitch velcro on the inside IOT keep the baffle down over the zipper and also install a durable fabric strip with snaps on the outside of the zipper IOT provide an extra margin of safety. After all this bag is intended to save your life. Wiggy's doesn't need to do the aforementioned because of the different styles out there and by them not doing them keeps the cost of the bag down.
I bought from Wiggy's Alaska who is not affiliated with the actual Wiggy's (I know it's confusing, but they are not). Marc Taylor at Wiggy's Alaska is very knowledgeable about the product and its uses. He will answer your questions to the best of his ability and won't BS you. It is a good idea to do your homework before you buy a bag and then shop around for the best price or best service. You aren't likely to get both at the same place.
Initially, I was looking for a Valandre Thor and stopped by Wiggy's Alaska to see if they had them. I already knew the reputation of Wiggy's Antarctic and had seen it as the best synthetic option. Wiggy's Alaska didn't have the Thor, but Marc sold me on the Antarctic.
I researched the Wiggy's bag after the fact and found the actual Wiggy's had them on sale for at 30% off. It's my own fault — I should have checked and Marc told me he is not Wiggy's, but Wiggy's Alaska. I am not upset at Marc. He's great a guy to talk with and is real knowledgeable and when on the look for more high quality gear, I'll head on over to his place and see the best gear in the world.
Marc knows his stuff and this bag will save your life.