British Army 58 Pattern Sleeping Bag (Down Filled)
British Army 58-Pattern Sleep System
3 Season, general issue sleeping bag, used by the British Army throughout the second half of the 20th century. Prior to the introduction of modern Polyester-Filled sleeping bags. A popular style, known for its quality and warmth. The bags are rated to roughly -10 Celcius. Constructed of strong but nylon upper fabric fabric and a strong waterproof base with a heavy-duty central zipper opening.This style was designed to be packed down and rolled into its own waterproof hood, allowing for easy and compact transportation. Bags are sold as 'one size' and do not include removable washable liners, sold separately.
Most of these bags date from the 1970s and 1980s and still show their original stamps and manufacurer label from CQC, the Chelsea Qulting Company.
Grade 1 means good used condition with signs of light wear typical of used military equipment - the bags are likely to feature names and unit markings written or painted onto the hood portion. They may be dusty and need a clean. It is possible they may have very small holes (such as from an ember off a fire) or have some small marks on (which would not affect the usability or functionality of the bag). Grade 1 will have fully functioning zips and are free from any large rips, tears or holes. They may just need an air out and then will be ready to use!
Grade 2 means poor used condition with heavier signs of wear, or alterations - in addition to writing, names, marks, staining and holes; Grade 2 sleeping bags may have damaged zippers, loose stitching, rips and tears. Sleeping bags may require repairs before they are fit for use and you are purchasing a Grade 2 Item in the knowledge that the item has damage. The price of a Grade 2 sleeping bag is an appropriate reflection of the item's condition. 58 Pattern sleeping bags in Grade 2 condition may be missing the original hood/compression sack part which are sometimes deliberately removed for field use.