An established UK based company based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Snugpak have a reputation as one of the UK and Europe's last manufacturers of sleeping bags and insulated clothing.
It started with a bodywarmer and the rest is history …
Bryony Harris, then a deep sea diver and secretary, spotted the bodywarmer trend sweeping America back in 1976 and felt sure it would catch on in the UK, so she taught her husband, Brett Harris, to sew and they produced some bodywarmers and jackets to try out on the UK market.
The couple both had jobs during the day, so they spent all their spare time making as many bodywarmers as they could, eventually with the help of a couple of outworkers. The weekly production in the early days averaged around 15 jackets.
A couple of years later, Snugpak was born. Bryony and Brett realised that they needed to branch out and produce a product with year round appeal. The sleeping bag seemed like the obvious next step.
Snugpak went from strength to strength and, by 1986, they'd outgrown their premises and moved into the listed mill they still occupy today.
Innovation was the way forward. Traditionally, man made sleeping bags were bulky. Brett realised that the company needed to produce a cheaper, man made equivalent to the more costly down filled bag.
The Softie 6 and 12 sleeping bags were manufactured in 1987 and were the smallest synthetic sleeping bags on the market. They were an instant success and are still in production today. The company has embraced new fabric and insulation technology and materials to refine and expand upon the Softie and there are now several different models to choose from.
Snugpak products combine the hi-tech with traditional human craftsmanship. Their Technik sleeping bags, for example, are quilted using the most state of the art materials and machinery and are assembled by hand by their team of highly skilled staff. The company has not lost the human touch, whilst at the same time investing in and embracing the most up-to-date technologies. This makes for fine quality products made by a proud team of dedicated workers.
The Snugpak range at Simply Hike
We stock an extensive range of Snugpak sleeping bags as well as the men's Sasquatch jacket - a windproof, water repellent, lightweight garment complete with its own stuff pouch. This jacket is perfectly suited to camping and hiking adventures because it's windproof, warm, water repellent and breathable.
Softie insulation. Exclusive to Snugpak
Softie is the brand name for the down-like polyester filling used inside most of our range of Snugpak sleeping bags, as well as the Sasquatch hiking jacket. As its name suggests, it's extremely soft.
Softie is made from staple yarns that mimic the composition of natural insulators and the result is a sleeping bag filling with super-fine filaments and a natural soft touch that retains heat even when it's wet.
Sleep sound in a Snugpak Technik sleeping bag
Snugpak sleeping bags are made for maximum comfort. The importance of a breathable, ergonomically designed sleeping bag can't be underestimated.
There are 5 models in the Technik range, each meticulously constructed in Snugpak's factory in West Yorkshire.
The outer shell of all 5 of the Technik sleeping bags is made from Paratex Steelplate fabric.
The main benefits of this highly durable fabric are:
It's highly breathable. Over the course of 24 hours, it will transmit 12 litres of moisture per m2
It quickly wicks away perspiration
Inside the sleeping bags is a combination of Paratex light and Softie Premier materials. This makes for a lightweight, highly windproof, water repellent and breathable filling.
The exceptional quality and durability of the materials used to construct them mean these sleeping bags are built to last. If you want to invest in a sleeping bag that will last you for years to come, the highly durable Technik range is hard to beat.
As well as the Techniks, there are plenty more ranges of Snugpak sleeping bags to choose from for both adults and juniors … Softie Elite, Chrysalis, Travelpak and Laponie. All Snugpak sleeping bags can be machine washed on a cool setting.
It's the innovative, breathable materials and compact size that sets Snugpak sleeping bags apart.
We're delighted to stock this established British brand and are impressed with the range and innovation of their sleeping bags. Take a look at the broad range of Snugpak products here at Simply Hike. You'll find all you need to make an informed choice about which sleeping bag to buy.