The Vaude Kiowa Basic 220 is a 3-season synthetic sleeping bag with a wide mummy shape, and a roomy foot area with an extra internal baffle, for extra insulation around your feet – an area that is often the first to suffer in the cold. The full-length two-way zip has a full-length baffle to prevent heat loss and is reasonably snag-free in its own channel. It’s also secured at the hood to prevent accidental opening in your sleep. The hood itself is roomy and protective, and a shoulder baffle seals in the heat. The outer fabric feels robust and sheds initial spills well, but if not wiped up water will soak in. The inner fabric is soft, and the bag feels warm and comfy. There’s a large internal mesh pocket for your essentials. But the hood drawcords, although colour-coded and of slightly different diameters, are both made from bungee cord and are therefore hard to tell apart in the dark, while the neck baffle bungee cord is sticky in operation. Others are lighter for the same temperature rating.
Shell 20D 400T ripstop polyester
Inner 30D 270T polyester
Insulation 7D Hollofibre, 3D solid fibre, 1.4D Sensofil Microfibre
Packed size 40x24cm; 24x24cm compressed
Weight 1420g (bag only); 1540g with stuffsack
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK no info provided
Stockists – tel. (01665) 510660; www.vaude-uk.com
Verdict: The Vaude Kiowa Basic 220 is a comfortable synthetic option and it compresses down well, but it is not very warm for a 3-season sleeping bag.
Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine June 2009