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Marmot Wave IV (2012)

£100.00

The Marmot Wave IV is a well-proven sleeping bag that manages to keep campers warm in winter for £100. To hit this price the bag has not been made to be as warm as others in our test, so it only has a temperature rating of -10 deg C. The benefit of shaving a little off the temperature rating is ...

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Deuter Exosphere -4 2011

£135.00

Some serious thought has gone into the Deuter Exosphere -4. It immediately feels warm and cosy, thanks to the elasticated design, which brings the insulation close to your body and eliminates cold spots. It also has extra insulation around the foot area. This means the bag feels warmer than the temperature ratings might suggest, but a good two-way zip (with ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20 2011

£100.00

The Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20 is one of the lightest sleeping bags on test and, as a result, it packs down small in a good stuffsack. There’s a great two-way zip that doesn’t snag, and a substantial baffle alongside to eliminate cold spots. The hood is big but feels extremely cosy when pulled tight, and both on this and the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Nordisk Nunaat HP 2011

£110.00

The Nordisk Nunaat HP is a well-shaped sleeping bag, offering a body-hugging mummy design, which tapers to a trapezoid shape at the feet. It also comes in five different lengths, so you can get one that fits you perfectly. The Northguard Extreme insulation felt very warm very quickly, so this is one of the better bags for cold nights. It ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Golite RS3 Mummy Sleeping Bag 2011

£125.00

The Golite RS3 Mummy Sleeping Bag is another bag made from largely recycled content, resulting in an 80 per cent reduction in energy use and greenhouse gases compared to normal manufacturing techniques. It’s a well-tapered fit and sports a three-quarter-length zip to save weight. You also get a decent baffle to protect that zip from cold spots. Inside, the bag ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Lifeventure Sleeplight 1800 2011

£90.00

The Lifeventure Sleeplight 1800 is a sleeping bag designed with an emphasis on travel, so you get something called an EX3 coating against bedbugs, mosquitoes and odour build-up. The full-length zip that runs around the feet means it’s very versatile for warmer nights or milder climates, and you can open it out to make it into a duvet. It also ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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The North Face Aleutian 2011

£85.00

The lowest-priced sleeping bag on test, the The North Face Aleutian represents excellent value. It sports a close fit that feels warm but not restrictive, and a well-cut hood, which closes comfortably around the face. Drawcords are made from substantial bungee cord and are easy to operate, while the long zip is protected from cold spots by a generous baffle. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Marmot Wave III 2011

£90.00

A really good product for the price, the Marmot Wave III is pretty much all you could want from a 3-season synthetic sleeping bag. It’s a reasonable weight and the cut manages a clever balance between spacious comfort and snug warmth. The outer shell is highly water-resistant yet soft, whereas inside you get a luxurious, velvety scrim in the head ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mammut Ajungilak Tundra 2011

£90.00

There is a truly luxurious feel to the Mammut Ajungilak Tundra, a sleeping bag that offers a brilliant balance between warmth, weight and cost. The softTX inner fabric immediately makes you feel drowsy, and pulling that hood tight gives the sort of feeling that should be reserved for the spa. The hood is perfectly shaped and, in conjunction with the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Vango Supernova 5000 2011

£90.00

The Vango Supernova 5000 explodes out of its stuffsack and is the closest you’re going to get to down luxury in a synthetic sleeping bag. The hollowfibre insulation lofts (fluffs up) extremely well, and you get a good compression sack, an inner pocket and a two-way zip with a good baffle running down to the feet to allow it to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Vango Supernova 5000 2010

£90.00

The steam from my mug of morning tea drifted up through the unzipped doorway of my tent. The sun was rising over a perfect wild camping morning. When everything goes well, there is nothing more idyllic than waking from a good sleep high on the mountains. The problem is that the weatherman’s forecast is never that reliable. Knowing how much ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Vaude Kiowa Basic 220 2009

£100.00

The Vaude Kiowa Basic 220  is a 3-season synthetic sleeping bag with a wide mummy shape, and a roomy foot area with an extra internal baffle, for extra insulation around your feet – an area that is often the first to suffer in the cold. The full-length two-way zip has a full-length baffle to prevent heat loss and is reasonably ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20 2009

£100.00

The Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20 is a mummy-shaped 3-season synthetic sleeping bag that is cut a little wider at the legs for comfort. Its two-way full-length zip runs smoothly with little snagging. A large shoulder baffle seals in the heat, and the hood, though basic, fitted well. The drawcords for the hood and shoulder baffle are split into tape and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Snugpak Softie 9 Hawk 2009

£100.00

The Snugpak Softie 9 Hawk 3-season synthetic sleeping bag is a slim-fitting mummy shape, with the bare essentials for warmth and protection. The full-length two-way zip has a draught baffle plus a ribbon of stiff material to prevent snagging, and this works well. The hood is wide and roomy with a simple drawcord, and with it tightened right in you ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Jack Wolfskin Touch the Cloud 2009

£95.00

The Jack Wolfskin Touch the Cloud is a slim-fit, mummy-style 3-season synthetic sleeping bag with a nicely shaped foot box with room for big feet if lying on your back. There’s a large shoulder baffle with bungee adjustment and a neat hood with mixed tape and cord adjusters. The three-quarter length two-way zip runs mostly snag-free and is secured by ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment Starlight III 2009

£80.00

The Mountain Equipment Starlight III is quite a wide 3-season synthetic sleeping bag for unrestricted user comfort. It has ME’s shark’s toe footbox, which is shaped to contour around the feet, maximising warmth and eliminating heat-sapping dead space. The full-length two-way zip has a glow-in-the-dark zip pull, is secured at the top by a Velcro tab and has a minimalist ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Vango Summit 5000 2009

£75.00

The Vango Summit 5000 is a very slim-cut 3-season synthetic sleeping bags that features on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommended kit list. The two-way zip is unusual as it runs from the hood all the way around the foot box. This allows you to vent your feet as well as open the bag out flat like a duvet. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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The North Face Aleutian 2009

£65.00

The Aleutian 3-season synthetic sleeping bag has a slim mummy shape and feels warm. The full-length zip has a draught baffle behind it, runs smoothly with few instances of snagging and has Velcro at the top to keep it secure. The hood is well-shaped and protective, cinching in around the face via a bungee cord to keeps its shape and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Nanok Performance -10

£120.00

1925g synthetic sleeping bag; compression stuffsack; zip does not snag easily; wide zip baffle; hood a good fit and exceptionally comfortable; base, foot and head extremely water-resistant; top of bag is more breathable than most. But no shoulder baffle so you have to do the back up fully to trap warm air inside; Trail temp rating -4 deg C.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Fjallraven Paras M12

£109.00

1900g synthetic sleeping bag; compression stuffsack; snag-free zip; wide shoulder baffle; good water resistance; reflective piping. But confusing labelling of -12 and -5 comfort temps; Trail temp rating -6, so more of a 3-season bag; small zip baffle; hood fit is poor.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Wild Country Yukon Winter

£70.00

1920g synthetic sleeping bag, compression stuffsack; zip doesn’t snag easily; good zip baffle; large shoulder baffle; reflective piping; very well-designed hood; relatively small packed size. But confusing labels give temp ratings of -6 on the label, -9 on the bag yet the Trail temp rating was only -1.5 deg C, so really just a 2-season bag.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Mountain Equipment Mithril II

£80.00

This 3-season synthetic sleeping bag is made from Polarloft synthetic insulation but it also benefits from a silver barrier liner to reduce loss of radiant heat, and it is claimed that this adds 3 degrees of extra warmth – which is probably one reason why the weight of this bag is so low at just 1540g. It is rated as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Wave III

£70.00

The Marmot Wave is a 3-season synthetic sleeping bag with a -7.5 deg C comfort limit when tested to EN13537 – and it does feel warm too, particularly around the chest. This is really noticeable as there is lots of extra insulation around the chest, while the hood and also the zip and shoulder baffles have plenty of fill in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Ajungilak Kompact 3 season

£100.00

This 3-season synthetic sleeping bag only weighs 1600g. The manufacturer rates it as -1 comfort temp when tested to EN13537 but it feels warmer. It comes in a compression stuffsack, and it compresses down well. You get a substantial zip baffle too to keep draughts at bay and there is also a good anti-snag design to the side zip, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mountain Hardwear Fuji

£85.00

At just 1445g this is a very lightweight 3-season synthetic sleeping bag yet it maintains a reasonable temperature rating and is a very competitive price for the weight. It comes packed in a compression stuffsack that also allows it to be packed down very small. It is built with shingle construction, so overlapping layers of insulation reduce cold spots. Particularly ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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