We got our hands on some of these genuine US military issue, coveted sleep systems recently and they sold like cocaine pancakes. With good reason.
The Department of Defense no longer likes Woodland camo. Most of these sleep systems come with a Woodland camo Gore-tex bivy so its liquidation time at the DOD!
The units are sold in bulk to various disributors who plough through pallets of them at a time weeding out the good systems from those that are irreperable. They are then taken to market at sites like ebay or army surplus stores. Some even trickle onto the scene from GIs returning from service.
Weight: 10lb 6oz
Cost: $60-190 depending on the condition.
Made by Tennier Industries and sold to the DOD for anywhere between $250-400 per system, these beauties are good down to -30 degrees F when properly deployed.
The most impressive component of the system in our eyes is the high quality, extremely rugged Gore-tex bivy. It is wind and waterproof but vapor permeable with an extra large zipper and snaps up 2/3 the length of the right side. The hood has a drawstring and velcro flap. It freaking rocks. New, issued, or used, they can be had at a fraction of the cost of their civilian market counterparts.
The OD green Patrol Bag can be used alone at 30-50 degree F temperatures or it snaps into the Gore-tex bivy. It has a nylon zipper and adjustable hood.
The Intermediate Cold Weather bag is a black, more heavily insulated piece that can stand alone at -10 – 30 degrees F. It is fluffy, lightweight and flippin’ hot to crawl into. It fits inside the Patrol bag to complete the system or snaps into the bivy alone.
The compression sack with it’s interlocking H-straps can get the entire system down to 1′ diameter in order for it to fit inside a patrol pack. This is ambitious but it can be done… If there’s a weak link in this system we put it on the compression sack which generally readily shows wear, has a poor functioning cord cinch and easily frayed straps.
This system is on the heavy side but in good or new condition can be had for 1/4 the cost of brand new ccivilian systems of equal cailber. Even if you’re not interested in the entire set, do NOT pass up one of the Gore-tex bivys given the chance to grab one.