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. For that money you’ll get a good-sized hood (which is pleasingly puffy), well-designed inner shoulder baffles and hood drawcord, and a handy inner pocket around the chest area for storing small items. The compression sack and storage bag are nicely done (although the former adds 130g to the otherwise impressive 1680g weight) and the lower comfort rating of -16 deg C puts it on a par with the other sleeping bags in our test. Of course, you won’t get the same delicacy of stitching and finish that you’ll notice on the higher-priced bags. It’s also a less roomy design than some, particularly around the feet, making it a bit more restricted sleep than the average bag, and it has no protection from condensation. However, if you’re a winter newbie or looking to minimise your costs, this is a well-weighted and affordable choice.
Outer fabric micro ripstop DWR nylon
Inner fabric 300l Tactel nylon
Insulation 650 fill goose down
Compressed pack size 28x30cm
Lower comfort rating -16 deg C
The Alpkit SkyeHigh 1000 was the best budget down sleeping bag in our test.
Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine March 2013