Robens Down Lite 700 (2012)

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

Weight 1415g

Lower comfort temp. rating -9 deg C

Website www.robens.de

 

Verdict

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


Robens Down Comfort

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.

 

Size: 215x80x35cm
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
Weight: 1604g
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.