The Mountain Equipment Starlight III is quite a wide 3-season synthetic sleeping bag for unrestricted user comfort. It has ME’s shark’s toe footbox, which is shaped to contour around the feet, maximising warmth and eliminating heat-sapping dead space. The full-length two-way zip has a glow-in-the-dark zip pull, is secured at the top by a Velcro tab and has a minimalist draught baffle. There’s a good-sized shoulder baffle and protective, contoured hood. The bag is soft and comfortable against the skin, and the soft insulation keeps the heat in once you’ve built it up inside. There’s a small external pocket too. The outer fabric repels water splashes well. But the drawcords are tricky to use, it’s hard to get the shoulder baffle tight and the hood bunches up around the face. The zip baffle barely covers the zip, potentially allowing a cold spot. The big size means it takes longer to feel warm inside this bag. It has a big packed size and is heavy too.
Shell lightweight honeycomb ripstop nylon
Insulation Polarloft Micro
Packed size 40x23cm; 25x23cm compressed
Weight 1985g (bag only); 2015g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 95
Stockists – tel. (0161) 366 5020; www.mountain-equipment.co.uk
Verdict: The Mountain Equipment Starlight III is fine for year-round campsite use, but the fit of this 3-season synthetic sleeping bag is too baggy to allow this to feel really warm.
Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine June 2009