Haglöfs Goga Pro 12 2009

The Haglöfs Goga 12 sleeping  bag comes in three sizes to suit people of different sizes. The version tested was the 190, which is the medium-sized bag. But there is a 205 version that is longer and wider, plus a 175 version that is shorter and narrower at the shoulders but still wide at the hips, meaning it should be ideal for women. All these versions have waterproof material at the head and foot.


This is the warmest sleeping bag in our test, according to the manufacturer’s temperature rating of -24 deg C. This is achieved with 1400g of top-quality down, which is far more insulation than the other bags here. There is also extra insulation in the foot to make sure your toes are really warm. The bag is also a good size with a well-stuffed shoulder baffle and zip baffle. While many bags here have a completely water-resistant or waterproof shell, the Goga Pro 12 has water-resistant areas at the toe and head to keep the bag dry in the areas that are most likely to get damp when used in a small backpacking tent. The result of all this extra insulation is the heaviest packed weight of all the bags we looked at. However when you consider you get all that for a price that sits in the middle of the competition this must be seen as good value.


On the hill
This bag felt really luxurious compared to others. It is packed with insulation as the highest temperature rating suggests, and as soon as you get inside you feel far cosier than in the other bags we looked at. I used this in November in the Lake District and it did feel a little too warm for the conditions, but I was simply able to open the side zip a little to allow some venting. This means that for those of us who tend to be claustrophobic, this Haglöfs bag has a real advantage. It has waterproof material at the toe and head, which did help keep the down dry when these areas got pressed against the inside of the tent, but I felt I would still need to take care to protect the down. And the seams aren’t sealed anyway, so potentially the down can still get damp even at the head and foot. A nice, comfy bag though, which I enjoyed using. 


Size 220x80x54cm medium (long and short version also available)
Fill weight 1400g
Fill power 700+ (EU)
Comfort temperature rating -24 deg C
Packed size 35x25cm compressed
Weight of bag 1980g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 10
Stockist details tel. 0845 602 7343; www.haglofs.se

Verdict: The Haglöfs Goga Pro 12 is a relatively warm sleeping bag but it’s also relatively heavy; ideal if you want maximum comfort, can tolerate the extra weight and don’t need a higher level of waterproofness.