The Vango Summit 5000 is a very slim-cut 3-season synthetic sleeping bags that features on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommended kit list. The two-way zip is unusual as it runs from the hood all the way around the foot box. This allows you to vent your feet as well as open the bag out flat like a duvet. The zip is draught-baffled along its whole length and runs smoothly. The hood is well-shaped with different cords for both halves, plus a drawcorded shoulder baffle. There is a large internal chest pocket, and the fabric feels fine against bare skin. The bag feels warm and the outer is very water-resistant. But it’s a very narrow bag indeed, especially at the legs, and I actually found it too tight to sleep in. This then made the zip hard to operate because of the restriction on movement inside. The insulation feels a little lumpy with inconsistent thickness throughout the bag.
Shell Polair RSN Shell
Inner Polair mini ripstop nylon lining
Construction double layer advanced shingle
Insulation Insulite Superfine
Packed size 40x24cm; 26x28cm compressed
Weight 1796g (bag only); 1935g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100
Stockists – tel. (01475) 746000; www.vango.co.uk
Verdict: The Vango Summit 5000 is a 3-season synthetic sleeping bag that would be better suited to smaller-framed users, as it’s very narrow, while the slightly warmer comfort temperature has made the bag heavier than expected for its size.
Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine June 2009