Outwell Cloud 1900 2009

The Outwell Cloud 3-season synthetic sleeping bag has quite a slim-fitting mummy shape, while its three-quarter length zip runs very smoothly and rarely snags. The bag is soft and thick when you’re inside, and also feels warm. There’s a shoulder baffle with a mesh stuff pocket over your chest for bits and pieces. The hood drawcord is split into tape and cord sections for easy identification. At just under 2kg in weight it’s not quite the heaviest in the test, but at £46 it is easily the cheapest we looked at. However the hood bunches around the head if cinched in and the footbox has some loose fabric that caught my feet. Worse, the fabric is not as comfy as others against the skin. There is less water resistance too with any water soaking straight in. The bag is also heavier than most others.

Size 220x80x55cm
Shell 230T microfibre polyester
Inner 230T microfibre polyester
Construction double layer loose shell
Insulation 1300g Isofill
Packed size 26x42cm; 26x30cm compressed
Weight 1945 (bag only); 2060g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50
Stockists – tel. (01937) 591101; www.outwell.co.uk

Verdict: The Outwell Cloud is a low-priced 3-season synthetic sleeping bag that does the job, but there are a lots of drawbacks compared to higher-priced options. 

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine June 2009