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Montane Prism (2014)

£175.00

Not content with making award-winning clothing and rucksacks, Montane has released a range of sleeping bags. Having gained a reputation for selling products designed to take the user to the top of the hill and back again in practical comfort, the brand has a lot to live up to – and a lot to lose if this new range falls ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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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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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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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