Just Plain Dangerous – Fjallraven Wind Sack 3 Emergency Shelter FAILURE – Real Review

This is the Fjallraven Wind Sack 3 and this is my Agenda Free Review of this Emergency Shelter. It’s a complete failure in so many ways and I can’t help but think that the Marketing Arm of Fjallraven is to blame.

Verdict – Don’t put your life into the hands of this product.

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Fjallraven Wind Sack Emergency Shelter – Agenda Free Review

Agenda Free Link : https://www.fjallraven.com/us/en-us/bags-gear/tents-sleeping-bags/tent-accessories/wind-sack-3

Versions : 1 person and 3 person :

Materials : 100% polyamide 40D TripleRip Sil/Sil 3000 mm
100% polyamide

Dimensions : 7.5 x 7.5 x 4”

Weight : 1lb 6oz

Price : $150

Addressing Company Claims and Features :

Protects against wind, snow and rain. The product does a great job of blocking wind. It does a great job of block snow. It does a terrible job at blocking rain. In fact, it will leak substantially in anything other than a light mist. Moisture will make its way through the vents at the top even when they are closed and the zippers are covered.

Review Cons :
First big problem, it isn’t waterproof so it can’t be used in the rain or in wet snow events.

Second big problem, condensation is Atrocious with one person inside of it; I can’t even imagine what it would be like with 3. With just one person inside of this, with all 3 vents open and a gap at the ground with the wind blowing, you will have condensation running down the walls in no time.

If you simply pull this over your head and use it as a sack, you better put your rain gear on as well as it will soak you.

If setting this up as a shelter, setting it up so you can stand inside of it and stay away from the walls, you may need your rain gear! If it is above freezing, moisture will form on the walls and will rain down on you in windy situations. If below freezing, all of that moisture will freeze on the walls.

Not enough Tie off Points : This product was designed to be used in numerous ways and because of that there are numerous tie off points; unfortunately there needs to be more and the existing ones need to be placed in better locations. As it stands, the product is difficult to setup in a way so that you aren’t put into a dangerous situation. Condensation is terrible even with excellent ventilation and if you don’t come up with ways to keep the fabric off you, you will be soaked in no time.

For my use, I have had to create my own anchor points and that has been the only way I could use this product safely.

When using the product as a shelter, it is a real pain to get into it and out of it.

Vents : the top vents aren’t as useful as they should be; if it is being used as a shelter, the storm flap on the outside covers the zippers and limits airflow….big time!

If using the product as a sack the vents are certainly more open but won’t stop rain from coming inside.

In warm conditions this product is brutal to use. Hot, humid, blocks wind and even with the vents open and the bottom off of the ground….Stifling.

Really expensive : If this product was designed differently, if it was a good emergency shelter I would say that $150 would be a fair price but as it stands right now, it’s insanely overpriced for what it does and what it offers the users.

Review Pros :

Easy to deploy when being used in a short duration event; this is what I call the body bag. In other words, you unfold the product and pull it over your head.

Can be used as a tarp.
Can be used as a shelter.

Overall build quality is top notch.

Top notch materials –

Extremely strong – I used this in a shelter setup in sustained winds of over 40mph and it held up with no problems. Even with my makeshift anchor points, I never felt like it was going to come apart.

The sil nylon does stretch and that’s a good thing. If setting this up as a shelter, you have some Leeway as the material will stretch so you can more easily get the setup that you want. Also, the stretch of the material allows for it to handle strong winds with easy; it can stretch and adapt to the wind – materials that don’t do this can rip and tear as they have no give and take in windy conditions.

Fairly lightweight for the size of the shelter

Color is very visible in virtually all conditions. Forest, Desert, Snow, and so on.

Product is 100% windproof

The wind sack holds in a fair amount of heat – I recorded a 10 degree difference between outside and inside.

Folds up rather easily and is quick to store.

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