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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 ...

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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 ...

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Mountain Hardwear Ultra Lamina (2013)

£170.00

Now here’s something new: a synthetic bag that can compete on every level with a down bag. The Mountain Hardwear Ultra Lamina just gets away with it too, packing down to a size comparable to the Rab and Marmot bags featured here, with similar EN-tested temperature ratings and the benefit of being insulated with synthetic Thermal Q fill, which – ...

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OMM Mountain Raid (2013)

£160.00

Preposterously small (about the size of a Nalgene bottle) when packed due to its intended use in mountain marathons, on first look the OMM Mountain Raid raises quiet alarms as well as eyebrows. More worrying is that the bag isn’t temperature-rated. Its makers claim it is ‘designed for use in the last weekend in October in the UK by experienced ...

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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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Snugpak Softie Technik 5 (2013)

£180.00

How to put this delicately… the Snugpak Softie Technik 5 is enormous. It’s a spacious, heavy bag that will suit the tall, the broad or those unconcerned about pack weight or limited rucksack space. In many ways this is due to its synthetic filling, which despite its bulk will offer improved performance compared with down if dampened by in-tent condensation. ...

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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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Cumulus Ultralight 350 (2012)

£195.00

The Cumulus Ultralight 350 has a stripped-down ‘fast and light design’ that’s aimed at reducing pack weight and bulk. The commonly used trapezoidal baffle design is obvious on this model as the external stitch lines show the alternating narrow and wide faces of the baffles down the length of the bag. There is a full-length double-ended zip with an internal ...

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The North Face Gold Kazoo (2012)

£180.00

The budget price of the The North Face Gold Kazoo doesn’t mean there’s a lack of features or performance. The bag lofts (fluffs up) very well when unpacked and it has trapezoidal baffles to help stabilise the down fill. Unusually the bag also has Climashield synthetic insulation pads on the base where your body comes into contact with your sleep ...

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Rab Neutrino Endurance (2012)

£225.00

The Rab Neutrino Endurance takes inspiration from both adventure racing and mountaineering, which look for performance at minimum weight. The top half of the bag has regular trapezoidal baffles, which loft (fluff up) well; but the back has varying amounts of insulation, from very little under your torso to well-insulated around the foot. The idea is to save weight where ...

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Mammut Sphere Alpine Spring (2012)

£270.00

The Mammut Sphere Alpine Spring is the lightest bag in our test at just 622g but it still manages a -1 deg C rating. It does feel light and soft and is very compressible with its high-quality down fill and a lightweight shell fabric making it very small in your rucksack. Some of the overall weight is cut from the ...

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Mountain Equipment Xero 350 (2012)

£280.00

The Mountain Equipment Xero 350 is an interesting mix of traditional progressive features. The bag has an EXL lining, which means that the inner seams are elastic and hug your body to help eliminate cold spots in the bag. These seams feel quite pronounced if you run a hand over them, but in use I quickly got accustomed to them ...

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Mammut Ajungilak Kompakt 3 Season (2012)

£150.00

The Ajungilak Kompakt is an extremely well-established classic synthetic 3-season sleeping bag. At 1850g it is heavier than equivalent down bags, but as it’s filled with a good-quality synthetic insulation it feels slightly warmer than other bags of similar temperature ratings. The bag’s stuffsack comes with compression straps so it can be cranked down to a respectable size. The bag ...

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Robens Down Lite 700 (2012)

£160.00

Robens’ wide range of kit includes this very competitively priced down bag with a temperature rating of -9 deg C. Down insulation is more efficient than synthetic, which is why the Robens Down Lite 700  is lighter than similar-priced synthetic bags. The side zip extends to 30cm from the foot, so you can keep your feet warm while venting your ...

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Jack Wolfskin Mountain Sunrise (2012)

£260.00

While down is more efficient than synthetic insulation, it suffers more if it becomes damp (from condensation in a tent for example). To reduce the chances of moisture affecting the down, the Jack Wolfskin Mountain Sunrise has a waterproof shell at the toe and head, the two areas most likely to get wet when camping. This does increase the weight ...

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Rab Ascent 500 (2012)

£200.00

The Rab Ascent 500 has been restyled for 2012 and comes with a good stuffsack that allows it to be compressed smartly for easy packing into a rucksack. The bag feels like it can easily cope with its -5 deg C temperature rating. The foot of the bag is particularly spacious for increased comfort, and the side zip ends about ...

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Alpkit Pipedream 400 (2012)

£150.00

Alpkit is well-known for producing great kit at great prices, sold via its online store. The Pipedream 400 is an extremely popular down bag, thanks to its price and weight. It’s not quite as warm as some other bags here though and it does not get some of the extra bonus features, such as a more water-resistant shell. But it ...

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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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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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Snugpak Softie Technik 5 (2012)

£180.00

The Softie range of sleeping bags from Snugpak are made in Yorkshire, and they have been a proven budget option for over 30 years. The Technik 5 is Snugpak’s winter synthetic offering, and with a temperature rating of -15 deg C it’s more than capable of keeping the user warm in typical British winter conditions. You get a shoulder baffle ...

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Snugpak Softie Technik 3 2011Softie Technik 3 2011

£150.00

The Snugpak factory is in West Yorkshire, and the Softie Technik 3 2011 is the only sleeping bag in our test manufactured in the UK. It’s very warm with lots of insulation, and it’s big and roomy too. Restless sleepers might like the extra comfort offered by this generous cut, and for bigger people this bag is worth looking into. ...

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Therm-a-Rest Haven Top Bag 2010

£190.00

The top bag sleeping system has been tried and tested many times as a way to reduce weight and bulk. The idea came from sleeping bag designers. They thought that when a sleeping bag was used on a sleeping mat, there would be no need for the bag to have insulation along its base, as the mat already provided plenty ...

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Tundra Pure -5 2010

£220.00

Staying warm is about placing the most efficient insulation in the right place around your body. Tundra places extra down at the foot so you don’t have to wear socks in this sleeping bag! Equally it uses down that is collected from the bird’s nests rather than being plucked. The end result is happy geese and warm campers. DesignThe Tundra ...

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Mountain Equipment Xero 550 2010

£270.00

The Xero range comprises Mountain Equipment’s lightest sub-zero sleeping bags. Comfort at minimum weight is the hallmark of the range. The EXL stretch baffle system ensures the bag hugs the body, so that the top quality down can keep you warm. For 2010 this bag gets even better down. DesignThe Xero range is made to be lightweight, so the latest ...

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Rab Alpine 400 2010

£260.00

Established in 1982, Rab sleeping bags quickly dominated the performance end of the sleeping bag market. But other brands rapidly caught them up and arguably superseded their design. But for 2010 Rab is back with a stunning new range of sleeping bags that look set to place the company back at the top. DesignThe new range of Rab Alpine bags ...

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