Iâve got a jungle and a desert â jungle issued for TELIC 4 (pre-desert doss bag) and a desert from TELIC 8. Fine for kipping, pished, at a mates house. Fine in hot places (in fact, the whicking lining in the desert is great against the skin when itâs hot), but some of my blokes tried them in Otterburn during a monsoon and nearly died.
However, I once tried one inside the other and it was great. Maybe Iâve discovered a âmodular â approach. If so â I want my gems cash...
Every time i've been to Otterburn, i've taken my issue 6ft fart sack, Yep its bulky and heavier than Civvy versions, but feck me its lovely to climb into when every other fecker is gibbering in their wanKy softee's. And its got an inside pocket for the obvious love rag!
I may sound like an old fossil, but for performance/weight/bulk you cannot beat a down-filled bag. Before someone says , in a whinny voice, ' yeah, but they are useless when wet', get a grip of your admin. Any half decent soldier should be able to keep his doss bag dry, especially with gore-tex bivvys and Ortlieb bags. Check out Alpkit, a civvy company run by enthusiasts that does a great line in said down bags. Even do one in a faintly tactical colour, although they call is sage, or kelp, or similar.
I've used a jungle bag in the Fatherland in November time and was just about OK. I still use it year round, but I have a fleece liner with it now. Together they still take up less space than the issue bouncing bomb.