Vango Supernova 5000 2011

The Vango Supernova 5000 explodes out of its stuffsack and is the closest you’re going to get to down luxury in a synthetic sleeping bag. The hollowfibre insulation lofts (fluffs up) extremely well, and you get a good compression sack, an inner pocket and a two-way zip with a good baffle running down to the feet to allow it to be opened out in warm weather. But what really makes this bag comfy is the Thermal Embrace System, where the elasticated inner lining is brought snug to your body to keep warm air where it should be, next to your body. Add this to an exceptionally well-fitting hood and shoulder baffle, and you have one of the warmest bags on test. However the Vango Supernova 5000 is big and heavy, so you’re paying for all that warmth and loft when carrying it. This is fine for campsites, but will be hard work for camping up high. Also, the large packed size means you’ll need a large rucksack to carry it, along with the rest of your kit. If you can afford it, there are smaller, lighter and more versatile sleeping bags on the market.

Size 210x69x32cm
Outer fabric Polair 40D ripstop nylon shell
Inner fabric Polair 40D mini ripstop nylon lining
Construction offset double layer
Insulation Insulite Aero hollowfibre
Minimum comfort temperature rating -8 deg C
Packed size 44x81x25cm; 28x82x27cm compressed
Weight 1900g (bag); 2050g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 450

The Vango Supernova 5000 is an innovative sleeping bag offering great-value warmth and function in a soft, luxurious package, and it won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award. It’s big, though, and heavy.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011