At just £170 the Robens Caucasus 600 is instantly appealing to anyone on a tight budget. It has a good temperature rating of -2 to -8 deg C, making it ideal for 3-season use. The insulation is down, like all the other bags in our test, but with just a 600 fill power it isn’t quite of the same quality as the higher-priced bags, so you need more of it to stay warm. The outer is made of nylon like most alternatives, while the inner is polyester, which doesn’t feel quite so nice but helps to keep the price down. The insulation is trapped inside a box wall construction and appears to be well distributed through the bag and its baffles. There is a side zip that extends to the calf area, and this has a good anti-snag strip and baffle inside. The shoulder baffle gets a drawcord, and there is a hood drawcord too, so there’s plenty to like about the Robens Caucasus 600. The drawback is there’s no extra water resistance at the head and foot areas, as some higher-priced bags offer; and more importantly it’s quite heavy at 1225g (1289g with stuffsack). It packs down quite small, though, thanks to a very good compression sack. Lightweight backpackers will benefit from finding some extra cash for the higher-priced bags, but if this is your budget then the Robens Caucasus 600 is great for the money.
Weight (with stuffsack) 1225g (1289g)
Length x shoulder width 220x80cm
Packed size 33x18cm
Outer fabric 30D nylon ripstop
Inner fabric micro polyester
Insulation 90% down, 600 fill power
Construction box wall
Comfort rating -2 deg C
Lower comfort limit -8 deg C
The Robens Caucasus 600 is a very good 3-season bag with a low price tag; but it’s relatively heavy, making it less than ideal for backpacking unless you really can’t stretch your bank balance.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine June 2014
Robens’ wide range of kit includes this very competitively priced down bag with a temperature rating of -9 deg C. Down insulation is more efficient than synthetic, which is why the Robens Down Lite 700 is lighter than similar-priced synthetic bags. The side zip extends to 30cm from the foot, so you can keep your feet warm while venting your legs. The zip has a wide anti-snag strip, and a draught baffle to keep the cold at bay. The bag does not feel as packed with insulation as some others; but it has elastic stitching, so it hugs your body closer than other bags without restricting movement – and thus it does feel warm. There is a reasonable shoulder baffle and a deep hood. Pricier bags have better features, but with the Robens Down Lite 700 you are getting the benefits of down at a great price.
Outer fabric 40D diamond ripstop nylon
Inner fabric 310T micro polyester
Insulation 80/20 500 fill power duck down
Compression packed size 20x23cm
Lower comfort temp. rating -9 deg C
The Robens Down Lite 700 is the best budget down sleeping bag in our buyer’s guide.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012
The Down Comfort certainly is a comfortable 3-season down sleeping bag: the inner fabric feels good next to the skin and the outer fabric feels durable. Thanks to the taped baffle, the zip can be used without too much snagging, while there‘s also a good-sized Velcro pocket to keep items such as a watch handy. For the price, you get a very warm bag that is warmer than the manufacturer suggests. The zip is slightly offset too, so it is well above the floor to prevent cold spots. This will be a good bag for using when car camping due to its heavy weight and it will keep you warm and comfy for a good portion of the year, all without breaking the bank. But at a 1604g this is 652g heavier than the Rab Quantum, yet they both have very similar temperature values. So although the Quantum is also the most expensive bag in our test, you really do get what you pay for, while for £140 you will get you the most bulky and heavy bag in our test.
Outer fabric: 44D 322T nylon double
Inner fabric: 44D 310T Dupont
Insulation: 650g of 90/10 goose down 600 fill power
Construction: box wall with horizontal stitching
Packed size: 38x18cm
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 6
Verdict: Perfect for throwing in the car for those camping weekends away, but weight and bulk are a drawback.