The Ember from Husky is a sarcophagus sleeping bag that comes from Czechoslovakia, and you immediately see the research for simplicity. High quality synthetic fibers (Insufil thermo), it has been designed for trekking in mid-altitude mountains and temperatures that go from 0° for comfort to -6° in limited comfort, and until -14° in extreme.
As is often the case with sleeping bags, the figures are relative, because you need to know the conditions in which the testing has been carried out. In other words if the tests have been wearing underwear or “fully dressed”, obviously the results are not the same. For our tests we did both! And as usual the results varied depending on the terrain. The comfort zone is more between 4°/6°, the limit comfort zone around 0° and we didn’t push it to the extreme but by calculation it is probably under -10°.
In its “performance” zone it has a very good weight to heat ratio, with 1420g and compressible to a reasonable size: volume about 22X35cm. The great advantage with synthetic fibers is that they dry very quickly, which is an important factor especially bivouacking. It is very comfortable thanks to its Soft Nylon interior and you don’t have that horrid fabric that sticks to you when you sweat a bit. It is spacious with 220cm in length, hood included and 85cm wide at the shoulders so you can move around in it easily.
The anti-slip bands on the underside are useful especially on a mattress, even more so on an inflatable model. Another advantage is that the bands protect the bag from the ground in case of an improvised bivouac.
There are two tightening cords, one for the hood and one around the shoulders. The two enable good heat management. The only drawback is that they are both on the same side and so in the night, when you’re half asleep you don’t know which one you are tightening…
At the top of the bag there is a pocket near the hood, always handy for squishing in a few clothes to make a pillow. The pocket is large with one Velcro band, which does have a tendency to come undone when moving around too much. There is also a collapsible foot warmer, brilliant idea! When your feet are warm the rest resists the cold better.
A simple, efficient sleeping bag at a competitive price, maybe a little heavy considering the thermal performance but lightweight is very much more expensive. Good value for money.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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