The Rab Ascent 500 has been restyled for 2012 and comes with a good stuffsack that allows it to be compressed smartly for easy packing into a rucksack. The bag feels like it can easily cope with its -5 deg C temperature rating. The foot of the bag is particularly spacious for increased comfort, and the side zip ends about 25cm from the end of the foot, so you can vent your calf area while keeping your feet toasty-warm inside the bag. There is a good anti-snag strip inside the zip to ensure it runs freely and it benefits from a wide and well-insulated draught baffle inside the zip. There is a shoulder baffle that is well-filled with insulation and it has an excellent drawcord design that allows it to be smoothly adjusted to trap air inside the bag. The hood is equally well-designed. A nice added extra is a small zipped internal pocket for valuables. The Rab Ascent 500 is a great bag for all-round camping and backpacking.
Outer fabric 30D Pertex Microlight
Inner fabric 30D Pertex Microlight
Insulation 650+ fill power duck down
Compression packed size 22x18cm
Lower comfort temp. rating -5 deg C
The Rab Ascent 500 is the best all-round sleeping bag in our buyer’s guide.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012