In the June 2016 issue of The Great Outdoors Chris Townsend tested a range of bags for spring to autumn. Find out why he chose this as a Recommended buy
The Chrysalis 3 is the warmest of the synthetic bags tested and also the heaviest. However if you want a synthetic bag that compares in warmth with the down bags tested this is one to consider. The cost is low too.
The bag has two unusual features. The width can be varied to give more room or better thermal efficiency. In the narrow configuration there’s a thick baffle behind the zip. This baffle forms the extra section when the bag is widened. There’s then no baffle behind the zip. The extra zip adds weight of course but being able to vary the width does add versatility.
The second feature is a tiny micro torch that can be tied to the bag and stored in a little pocket on the hood. This should mean you can’t lose it. However if you put any pressure on it during the night it switches on. Not for restless sleepers then! I’ve found the Chrysalis comfortable and warm. The filling is soft and flexible. The hood fi ts round the head well. The drawcords for hood and draft collar are easy to use.
Review published June 2016
Pros: Low cost
- Price: £90
- Weight: 1595g
- Fill: Softie polyester
- Shell: Paratex Micro polyester
- Construction: double layer
- Zip: full-length
- Sizes: one
- Rating: comfort -5°C