Wiggy's Ultra Light
Temperature Rating: +20F
Price Paid: ~$140?
I've owned my pair of mate-able Ultra Light Wiggy bags for several years and am nothing but TOTALLY satisfied with them. For me, they have been everything as advertised and not one iota less. Their construction, quality, and perdurability have been unsurpassed by anything I've ever used -or- seen in the field. I've been nothing but happy (besides maybe warm and dry) that I chose them as a mainstay of my camping/hiking gear.
After reading several other reviews about Wiggy's here (and being somewhat surprised), I felt it only proper to jump in and at least tell of my own experiences in dealing with him. I don't doubt the truth or sincerity of the other reviews posted, after all Jerry Wigutow is opinionated.
I've probably had half a dozen conversations with Jerry yet he's always been very knowledgable, as well as helpful, and yes...at times even blunt or short with me. But my contact with him has always remained civil, as well as educational and informative. I mean where else can you dial up the owner of an Outfitters Manufacturing facility and discuss what you'd "like" made or changed about an item, and then have them create/customize it for you?
In my opinion, Wiggy's has manufacturered top-notch products for years that have performed better than claimed, and are certainly some of the longest lasting items I've had the pleasure to utilize in the field. As I've purchased more and more of his products through the years, I've continued to be impressed with each of them.(Ref: www.wiggys.com)
On the subject of Loft, Wiggy's openly suggests "Keeping the fiber clean will allow it to retain its original loft." All of Wiggy's bags are machine washable and dryable, using gentle wash and low heat settings.
On the subject of weight, the use of the oversize zippers (#10 YKK) may not be lightweight, but per his literature he's not had a zipper failure in over 10 years since going to them.
Temperature Rating: + 20 degrees
Weight: 4 lbs.
Price Paid: $150
In 1990, I purchased a Wiggy's Ultra Light (+20) bag. It came with a compression bag and a pillow.
I have NEVER froze my butt off in this bag. It's washable and still looks good. I was a scoutmaster for most of the '90s so it has had plenty of use. If I am sleeping out of doors you can bet I'll be in my Ultra Light.
I have the mummy model with the overbag. Use the overbag in place of blankets at home, and the core bag in Gifford Pinchot. No problems. Good all around sleeping bag.
Temperature Rating: 20F
Price Paid: $125
This Wiggy has performed Excellent through the two Short Years That I have owned it. I have been in tempatures ranging from +10F to +65F and have been very comfortable. This is due to the duel zipper that allows you to unzip from the bottom or the top. Just last Summer I was caught without a tent in a heavey downpour that lasted through the nite at the base of Mt. Washington. I was sopping wet but very warm even with a puddle that was growing at the base of my bag. In the morning drenched to the bone I was able to dry the bag in a half hour via a hand blow dryer in the mens room of a local lodge. Once dryed the bag and I set off on our journey through the Presidential Range.
I would recomend Wiggy bag for people who who don't want to worry about the bag getting wet and people who don't want to worry about how to wash there bag The wiggy is tough and rugged enough to take the abuse of any hike and washer &
on a final wiggy has a contracted with the navy seals to supply them with their Sleeping bags which I assume is a good would suggest that this were made for the harshest conditions this earth has to offer.
Temperature Rating: +20F
Price Paid: $146
When the bag was new, it worked ok. I never slept in it at its temperature rating, but it was ok at +30 or thereabouts. Ice had just formed on the water buckets in the morning. After it was washed a couple of times the Lamilite insulation started clumping up in the foot of the bag causing cold spots.
I sent it back to Wiggy for a replacement. He said no, and was rude about it. He returned the bag and refused to honor the warranty. I sold it to a student at the U who didn't know any better and got a North Face Cat's Meow and have been happy ever since. I recommend you pass on this bag. The customer service is terrible, and the bag is only mediocre. This happened two years ago, and since then I have discovered this board and another. Not much good is being said about Wiggy.
Temperature Rating: 25
Price Paid: $140
Fantastic bag. I have had this bag in the Canadian Rockies right at the temp rating and in the damp Shenandoah and it has performed amazingly. You can almost feel the bag drawing the moisture out of it but not letting coldness in. I had Kelty and North Face lite loft and other fills and they are a joke compared to this marvelous invetion of Wiggys. Moreover, if you ever expect to get your bag wet, there is no bag like a Wiggys bag for keeping you warm. Im serious, they are truly amazing. I would be more than happy to answer any questions via email.
Temperature Rating: 20F
Price Paid: $146
I have had my Ultralight for about 4 years now and am completely satisfied with it in every sense of the word. I have actually tested it in winter here in the midwest in January and have been comfortable down to about 5 degrees F in a tent, wearing just a hat lightweight long johns and Wiggy's booties. This, considering I'm a cold sleeper, is evidence that Wiggy's bags are at the least, true to their ratings, however I've found them to actually be conservative ratings. This bag has performed FAR beyond it's intended purpose and, at $146 is a definite value.
Price Paid: about $130
It works--just like he said--wet or dry, amazing isn't it? I've returned one bag and other things and he's always come thru. Unfortunately he's a very gruff individual and always seems like he has a chip on his shoulder or perhaps that the world owes him something. If as an individual he were as good/pleasant as his products he would have a super co. I do recommend his products but forewarn others of his temper/attitude. Lighten up wiggy -- happy pappy
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