It arrived really quickly for a start. That already pleased me; but when I opened it and saw there were loads of instructions on the front of the bag for what to do if youre in dire straits on the mountain, and how to signal for SOS and all that, I was whooping for joy. I mean, if you are ever so unfortunate as to have to unveil the bag for matters more adverse than to use it to sit on to prevent soggy-bummage whilst consuming your meat spread sandwiches on the mountain the last thing you want is to be bored while you're waiting for the helicopter.
The story on the bag tells of hope and survival, it informs whilst keeping you entertained thus maintaining morale and if that isnt enough for us demanding ramblers, it's a jolly orange colour that I think Farrow and Ball refer to as "Dale Winton Pale". I took it on my first backpacking adventure in the Lakes a couple of weekends ago, and when my friends tent groundsheet demonstrated its wicking qualities, it kept the underside of my sleeping mat and henceforth, myself, nice and dry also! If I ever have to use if for its intended purpose, Im sure I will be incredibly glad of it. I also hope by that point that I dont take it out to find it too ripped, chewed, grass and meat-spread stained and it will still do what it was intended for! Someone really should write a book; 101 alternative things to do with a survival bag. I might start, itll keep me from writing bad reviews instead.