The Cheyenne 700 has a good temperature rating for 3-season use, being comfortable from -1 to -7 deg C. It uses an 80 per cent down with 20 per cent feather insulation, which is why the price is a little lower than some bags that use 90% down for example. This means more down is needed, however, which adds to the weight – and is in part why this bag is relatively heavy at 1441g (without the stuffsack). The down is also not from a ‘live plucking’ supply, meaning it is more welfare-friendly. The bag also does have a good feature set that includes a shoulder baffle and zip baffle that are both well-filled with insulation. The zip extends almost to the end of the foot and the zip has a good anti-snag strip to prevent it jamming in use. The drawcords on the shoulder baffle and hood are easy to find and use, and overall this is a good bag. It’s made from polyester rather than nylon, which reduces the price – but it’s not going to be as comfortable in theory or as durable, although that is also down to personal preference and how you treat the bag, so it’s not a major problem. The biggest issue is the weight, however, which really makes this bag less appealing to backpackers unless you really cannot stretch your budget.
Weight (with stuffsack) 1441g (1547g)
Length x shoulder width 220x80cm
Packed size 45x20cm
Outer fabric polyester ripstop
Inner fabric polyester ripstop
Insulation 80% down
Construction box wall
Comfort -1 deg C
Lower comfort limit -7 deg C
The weight is a little heavy for backpacking; but if you can tolerate that then this is an excellent option for the price, and ideal for camping in 3-season UK conditions.
Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine June 2014