Lifeventure Sleeplight 1800 2011

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 comes with a waterproof stuffsack with a one-way air valve, so you can compress the air out of it to some degree. Finally, the stiff material either side of the zip means it rarely snags when it is used. You also get a small outer pocket for stashing a watch or phone. But the zip baffle is small and leads to multiple cold spots, which is a big drawback. The body of the Lifeventure Sleeplight 1800 was too short for six-foot me, but the hood was enormous and difficult to pull in, and it felt very bunched-up when I did manage to improve the fit. The shoulder and hood drawcords were frustratingly hard to use, and it was large when packed as there were no stuffsack compression straps.

Size 210x74x41cm
Outer fabric lightweight ripstop nylon
Inner fabric Tactel nylon and micro-polyester
Construction shingle
Insulation Thermofibre
Minimum comfort temperature rating -3 deg C
Packed size 49x93x32cm; no compression provided
Weight 1708g (bag); 1880g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 200+

The Lifeventure Sleeplight 1800 is a low-priced sleeping bag that is better for travel in temperate climates than cold camping, but there are smarter bags in terms of price, weight, warmth and design.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011