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Mountain Equipment Glacier 1000 (2013)

£380.00

New for 2013, this is Mountain Equipment’s prime bag for the winter hillwalker. In previous years this accolade has gone to the Snowline from the firm’s ‘Extreme’ range, but after years of service it has been rewarded with a waterproof shell and upgraded to a top-end expedition bag. Luckily, much like the Snowline, the new Glacier is an excellent all-rounder ...

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Rab Ascent 900 (2013)

£250.00

Rab is a brand that commands great customer loyalty, and the Ascent 900 is a perfect example of its quality. Using efficient down insulation it offers an excellent lower comfort rating of -19 deg C (outperforming other similarly priced bags), and all at a decent weight of 1700g: very impressive when you consider the price tag. Comfort levels are excellent, ...

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Cumulus Prime 700 (2013)

£345.00

Lightweight fans note: the Cumulus Prime 700 offers an extremely impressive weight rating of 1210g and an equally attractive lower comfort rating of -18 deg C. If these numbers leave you cold, then holding the Prime 700 in your hands certainly won’t. It’s a staggeringly light piece of kit, yet it hasn’t sacrificed noticeable levels of comfort or performance to ...

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Crux Torpedo 900 (2013)

£800.00

Made for ‘Himalayan climbing from 6000 to high-7000 metre peaks’, the Crux Torpedo 900 is a truly high-spec piece of kit. Not that it’s exclusively for use just below the death zone; its high level of waterproofing (via a tough 2-layer eVent outer) makes it ideal for more extreme British activities, such as snowholing or bivvying where high levels of ...

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Alpkit SkyeHigh 1000 (2013)

£180.00

Given the level of insulation it offers, the price tag of the Alpkit SkyeHigh 1000 is very impressive – this is a great-value bag. Alpkit is a UK-based firm that keeps its costs down by selling directly to the consumer via its website. This also means you can choose the length and zip-side of your bag as you order it online. ...

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Rab Ascent 900 (2012)

£220.00

Rab has long been one of the most tried and trusted manufacturers of down sleeping bags, and the Ascent 900 is its best value-for-money option. It features a temperature rating of -19 deg C, so it is warmer than all the lower- priced bags here, yet it still only weighs 1700g including the stuffsack. The bag is a little more ...

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Mountain Equipment Snowline (2012)

£390.00

Down is a more efficient insulator than synthetic materials, which is why it is used to create the lightest sleeping bags. But down becomes less efficient than synthetic insulation when wet. To overcome this drawback, a water-resistant outer fabric called Drilite Loft is used by Mountain Equipment on the Snowline. This means you don’t have to be so concerned about ...

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Alpkit Pipedream 800 (2012)

£220.00

Alpkit are the kings of producing superb gear at unbeatable prices, and this they achieve by keeping minimal stock levels and selling direct to the customer via their online store. The Pipedream 800 is a well-established winter sleeping bag that is insulated with down for maximum efficiency, and therefore minimal weight and packed size. With a temperature rating of -17 ...

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Ajungilak Altitude Winter (2012)

£550.00

On more adventurous expeditions when you could be sleeping in a tent for many nights, bivvying in the open or digging a snowhole to find shelter, you need the ultimate in winter sleeping bag protection. The Ajungilak Altitude Winter uses a Shelter TX fabric that is fully waterproof and breathable, so there is no way that water can dampen the ...

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The North Face Solar Flare 2009

£400.00

Designed as an expedition sleeping bag for high-altitude trips, the The North Face Solar Flare boasts an extremely warm temperature rating of -18 deg C. More importantly though it also uses trapezoidal baffles for the ultimate in construction methods, so that cold spots are reduced to a minimum. The shell is made from waterproof and breathable Hyvent fabric to help ...

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Crux Torpedo 70 2009

£395.00

The perfect winter sleeping bag would have down insulation for its efficiency and a waterproof shell to ensure the down stays dry. And that’s exactly what you get with the Crux Torpedo 70. The shell is made of eVent waterproof and breathable material, and the seams are taped – which means your down stays dry no matter how damp your ...

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Haglöfs Goga Pro 12 2009

£350.00

The Haglöfs Goga 12 sleeping  bag comes in three sizes to suit people of different sizes. The version tested was the 190, which is the medium-sized bag. But there is a 205 version that is longer and wider, plus a 175 version that is shorter and narrower at the shoulders but still wide at the hips, meaning it should be ...

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Rab Quantum 800 Endurance 2009

£330.00

Quantum sleeping bags are designed to be the lightest available for today’s weight-conscious adventurers. Rab’s Quantum 800 Endurance is packed with top-quality down that provides a comfort rating of -18 deg C while the Pertex Endurance shell provides lightweight and water-resistant protection for the insulation. The bag is cut slightly narrow to optimise efficiency while minimising weight and bulk.   ...

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Mountain Equipment Snowline 2009

£325.00

There’s comfort built in to the Mountain Equipment Snowline sleeping bag, thanks to the EXL system, which allows elastic threads to hold the inner of the bag closer to the body for fewer cold spots. At the foot a ‘shark’s toe’ shape means the top is longer than the base, for added comfort. The sculpted hood fits like a jacket ...

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