Snugpak Softie Expansion 5 sleeping bag review: a winter-ready bag for cosy nights under canvas

When the heady days of summer are done, you could be forgiven for putting thoughts of camping trips and expeditions to the back of your mind. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
However, a winter-rated sleeping bag opens the doors to all kinds of off-season adventure. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Snugpak is a Yorkshire-based brand that has been creating quality insulated products since the 70s (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The Softie insulation is crafted from superfine polyester yarns bound with special resins to produce a luxurious, down-like feel but without the cost. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The "expansion" in its name refers to a unique system called the EEP (Elasticated Expander Panel). This allowed us to make the bag wider by fully unzipping. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
One of the drawbacks when it comes to synthetic loft is that it is generally not as packable as natural down. This is certainly true here. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
This is a seriously luxurious sleeping bag at a great price considering its temperature ratings. (image credit: The Gear Loop)