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Mountain Equipment Xero 550 (2014)

£375.00

The Mountain Equipment Xero 550 has a slightly lower temperature rating than some bags here, being comfortable down to -8 deg C for an average man. It is also a good size, with 79cm of shoulder width and 213cm of length, but the result is that it’s slightly heavier than some bags at 1041g without the stuffsack. Inside you’re getting ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Lightwave Firelight 450 (2014)

£449.00

This is incredibly lightweight for a bag with a -5 deg C comfort limit at just 776g (792g with stuffsack). The Lightwave Firelight 450 is made with a lightweight 29 g/m² 15 denier nylon, and this helps to strip away the weight. For insulation you get 450g of 900 fill power down, while most bags have 750 to 800 fill ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Cumulus Quantum 350 (2014)

£280.00

The Cumulus Quantum 350 is an extremely lightweight bag at just 702g plus an extra 20g for the stuffsack. It also packs down very small and appears to be ideal for anyone wishing to minimise their camping kit. The bag uses a trapezoid construction, so the seams are less likely to produce cold spots, which again is ideal for efficient ...

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Rab Neutrino 600 (2014)

£420.00

Rated as having a lower comfort limit of -8 deg C, the Rab Neutrino 600 is well-placed to provide warmth. But its performance is enhanced further by using water-resistant down, so even if it does get a little damp from condensation inside the tent the down should maintain its insulating properties better than standard down. The bag is slightly longer ...

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Deuter Neosphere -4 (2014)

£230.00

Neosphere range of bags from Deuter are packed full of features, including a compression stuffsack to reduce packed size. Having elastic seams that allow this bag to maintain a closer fit enhances its warmth, and the down insulation is captured in trapezoid chambers within the bag to reduce cold spots. The performance of the down is further enhanced by the ...

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Tundra Pure -5 (2014)

£270.00

The Tundra Pure -5 tips the scales at just 793g (838g with stuffsack), yet it also has some features not provided by heavier or higher-priced bags. The 860+ fill power down helps to limit the weight (some lower-priced bags don’t have this quality of insulation). The down is held in box wall chambers inside, to reduce cold spots, but you ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Robens Caucasus 600 (2014)

£170.00

At just £170 the Robens Caucasus 600 is instantly appealing to anyone on a tight budget. It has a good temperature rating of -2 to -8 deg C, making it ideal for 3-season use. The insulation is down, like all the other bags in our test, but with just a 600 fill power it isn’t quite of the same quality ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Vango Venom 600 (2014)

£230.00

On paper the Vango Venom 600 packs a mighty punch. The temperature rating for this bag is similar to the top-end bags in our test, being in the -3 to -9 deg C comfort range; and while it’s a little heavier than bags with much higher price tags it does have a good packed size, making it very suitable for ...

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Therm-a-Rest Antares (2014)

£320.00

The Therm-a-Rest Antares is like Marmite, as you’ll either love it or hate it. It’s designed to work with a Therm-a-Rest sleeping mat, and has straps on the base that allow you to slot a mat in without the mat sliding away or you slipping off it. This is a nice theory as it means there is no need for ...

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Vaude Cheyenne 700 (2014)

£195.00

The Cheyenne 700 has a good temperature rating for 3-season use, being comfortable from -1 to -7 deg C. It uses an 80 per cent down with 20 per cent feather insulation, which is why the price is a little lower than some bags that use 90% down for example. This means more down is needed, however, which adds to ...

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Nordisk Celsius -10 (2014)

£300.00

The Nordisk Celsius -10 comes packed in a compression sack with an air-release valve so you can vacuum-pack the bag, and this helps to reduce its bulk. On first appearances it does weigh a little heavy compared to many, 3-season bags but note that it also has a slightly warmer temperature rating than many, being comfortable from -4 to -10 ...

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First test: Kelty TraiLogic Collection - SB20 sleeping bag (2014)

£250.00

The TraiLogic Collection consists of four individual products: a rucksack, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. What sets Kelty’s new range apart from other manufacturers, though, is that while the products can be purchased and used separately, each has been specially designed to work with the others as part of an integrated system. It’s not an entirely original concept. When ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Terra Nova Voyager 800 (2013)

£340.00

Striking a middle-of-the-road note on performance and a slightly on-the-heavier-side one on weight, the Terra Nova Voyager 800 comes from a design stable well used to paring high-quality products down to a minimum weight. Its lower comfort rating is freezing point, which means it’s very much a spring/summer bag if used on the tops, but would stretch to 3-season use ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Therm-a-Rest Antares (2013)

£250.00

A design that’s likely to polarise users, the revolutionary system used in the Therm-a-Rest Antares dispenses with insulation on the base of the sleeping bag, and instead features straps into which a sleeping mat (any will do, but preferably a Therm-a-Rest, naturally) slides, providing the insulation underneath. The result is an application of logic (down that is squashed flat underneath ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Rab Infinity 300 (2013)

£350.00

Rab’s heritage with down products can’t be knocked, and the Infinity 300 – while pricy – has this in its favour before it’s even left the starting blocks. On paper it’s joint warmest bag in our test with the Mountain Equipment Xero, pushing its comfort limit to a more useful -2 deg C with an extreme of -18. The shell ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mountain Equipment Xero 300 (2013)

£300.00

An impressive product from the ever-impressive Mountain Equipment, the Xero range has been redesigned for 2013 and now comes badged up with branded credentials, including a Down Codex stamp assuring that the 850+ Ukranian goose down within has been ethically sourced (as opposed to live-plucked) and features a breathable He30 shell and DC7 hood. This is all very impressive-sounding, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Marmot Plasma 30 (2013)

£400.00

The Marmot Plasma 30 has a very hefty price tag, but this is nevertheless an outstanding sleeping bag that pulls off something rare: it actually seems better than Marmot says it is. In comparison to the Rab Infinity 300 – with which it shares a similar InsoTect insulation system and Pertex outer – it manages a higher fill power of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mammut Sphere UL Spring (2013)

£310.00

Mammut’s Sphere range has been around for a while and has a proven reputation for featuring superlight, high-quality sleeping bags that are lean on features but offer robust performance. So, you don’t get a neck baffle, the zip is ¾ length and small, and the fit is slim and fitted to minimise on extra fabric and therefore weight. That said, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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