The Big Test: Three season sleeping bags reviewed (2019)

During spring, summer and autumn, the right 3-season sleeping bag can help make camping in the mountains an idyllic experience. Here’s our pick of the six best down and synthetic sleeping bags for 2019.

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The runners up


Mammut Kompakt MTI 3-Season (Women) £159 

Tester: Anna Humphries

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  • Lower comfort limit -10°C

  • Insulation Ajungilak MTI Pro polyester 

  • Size 205x80cm (Regular and Short available)

  • Men’s equivalent Kompakt MTI 3-Season (Regular, Large and Wide available) 

  • Packed size 21 x 30cmn 

  • Weight 1851g (inc 100g stuffsack)

This well-priced bag is warmer than other 3-season bags, with a temperature rating of -10°C, while others are -4°C, -6°C or -8.5°C. So not surprisingly, it’s also a little heavier and more bulky when in its stuffsack.

Synthetic insulation means it is less compact but does feel warm instantly, which was a welcome benefit over the down bag I tried, which took more time to become cosy.

The hood, shoulder baffle and zip are all well designed, and there are two sizes each for the women and men’s versions. The women’s option has the extra benefit of a fleece-lined foot area and a bigger hood.

So, what’s not to like? For me this bag’s pink colour with a green zip is a real turn-off. It also lacks the stretchy seams of other higher-priced bags, and is heavy, but of course it is warmer too. Oddly the stuffsack colour is a nice red and black, which doesn’t match the bag but at least the pinkness is hidden when the bag is packed inside!

PROS 

Price, warmth, fleecy foot in women’s option, two sizes each for men and for women

CONS 

Weight and packed size, no stretch baffles, pink colour for women’s version 

  • OVERALL SCORE 80%


Vaude Santis 800 SYN £250

Tester: Graham Thompson

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  • Lower comfort limit -4°C

  • Insulation Pinnero Mantle 100% recycled polyester

  • Size 220x80cm (one size)

  • Women’s equivalent n/a

  • Packed size 22x28cm

  • Weight 1292g (inc 75g stuffsack)

Like many Vaude products it’s the environmental benefits that shine through with this bag, as it’s made with 100% recycled polyester insulation and its water- repellent finish doesn’t use harmful fluorocarbons (PFC).

Stretch fibres are used in the knee area to allow more comfort, and the shoulder width and length are bigger than some. There’s also a unique additional side zipped arm hole, so you can be inside the bag with both arms out (one arm out via normal side zip, the other through the arm hole).

The weight and packed size are good although, of course, a down bag is even lighter. But also note this is rated as -4°C comfort limit, while other bags here are rated as -6°C comfort limit, so this isn’t quite as warm as the others. There are no extra size or women’s options here either, and the price tag is less friendly than this bag’s impressive environmental benefits.

PROS 

Environmental benefits, zipped arm opening, stretch panels in knee area, reasonable weight and packed size for a synthetic bag

CONS 

Price is relatively high compared to other synthetic bags, slightly lower temperature rating, no extra size options or women’s option

  • OVERALL SCORE 76%


Thermarest Hyperion 20F/-6C £400-£420 

Tester: Tim Butcher

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  • Lower comfort limit -6°C

  • Insulation Nikwax Hydrophobic 900 fill power goose down

  • Size 216x74cm (Long, Small and Regular available)

  • Women’s equivalent n/a

  • Packed size 16x20cm

  • Weight 688g (inc 50g stuffsack)

New for 2019, this bag is exceptionally lightweight and compact when compressed into its stuffsack. It still carries a temperature rating of -6°C and the weight-saving comes from a numbers of areas. Firstly it uses top quality 900 fill down, so you just need less of it to stay warm, and the shell fabric is very thin 10 denier ripstop nylon.

The side zip only extends to the hip, rather than the foot or calf area, and the zip itself is a lighter-weight design that seems to snag a little easier than others, and tends to open on its own if I didn’t secure the press stud at the top of the zip. There is no shoulder baffle either.

Finally you don’t get the stretch baffles of other sleeping bags. It comes with a pair of thin webbing straps that can be wrapped around a Thermarest sleeping mat for ‘optimal efficiency’, but I didn’t find this of much benefit and felt if I turned over too roughly I may have ripped out the straps.

PROS 

Weight and packed size. Attachment webbing to sleeping mat may be of benefit to some, but I wasn’t convinced as I tend to sleep on my side and move around too much

CONS 

Price, short side zip, no shoulder baffle, no stretch in bag size, no women’s specific design

  • OVERALL SCORE 72%


 
 

The top three


Deuter Exosphere -6° £170 

Tester: Graham Thompson

Is this synthetic insulated bag so good, there’s no need to spend extra on down insulation?

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  • Lower comfort limit -6°C

  • Insulation Thermo Proloft synthetic 

  • Size (Length x shoulder width) 205x68cm (Regular and Large available) 

  • Women’s equivalentDeuter Exosphere -6° SL (one size)

  • Packed size 20x23cm

  • Weight 1319g (inc 88g stuffsack)

It’s good

This sleeping bag uses synthetic insulation, so is available at a much lower price than an equivalent down insulated bag. But the weight, packed size and temperature rating are exceptionally impressive, even compared to down-filled bags.

Elasticated construction allows the whole bag to expand in width by 25%. The elastication also holds the insulation closer to the body, resulting in increased efficiency as there are less cold air pockets, so the bag warms up faster and needs less insulation.

In addition the foot and head have been treated to keep moisture at bay, such as when condensation gathers in a tent. You also get a shoulder baffle, a great hood and a side zip with a good anti-snag design.

I found this bag outstandingly comfortable and warm, and perfect for camping without the cost of a down bag. What’s even better is it comes in both regular and large sizes, as well as a women’s option, and as it is stretchy this bag should fit a wider range of people than most bags.

The compression sack has four webbing buckles to crush the contents, making it easy to create a good packed size.

However

This bag is rated as -6°C comfort, but a similar weight down bag is rated as -8.5°C. And if you have the cash, a top quality -6°C rated down bag is just 866g, so down is going to be lighter if you compare temperature ratings carefully.

If you’re really picky then this bag could be lighter, with a skimpier stuffsack that vacuum- packs the bag more efficiently. Some grams could also be shaved off by using thinner shell materials, while you could strip out the shoulder baffle and dryzones to save cash too.

There is a chance you may not like the stretchy, body-hugging design. I love it, but some people may want the more spacious feel of a wider bag that doesn’t hug you as closely as this. Finally, some other synthetic bags use more recycled content.

Verdict

An excellent synthetic-insulated bag that would suit the needs of most backpackers and mountain campers. But pay more and you can have a lighter bag, and if you can live with less features you can pay less or reduce weight.

  • Features 4/5

  • Fit 5/5

  • Comfort 5/5

  • In use 4/5

  • Value for money 5/5

  • OVERALL SCORE 92%

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Rab Ascent 700 (Women’s) £260 

Tester: Anna Humphries

This mid-priced down bag offers lots of benefits over synthetic, but is it worth the cash?

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  • Lower comfort limit -8.5°C

  • Insulation Nikwax Hydrophobic 650 fill power European duck down

  • Size 205x70cm (one size, women’s)n 

  • Men’s equivalent Rab Ascent 700 (Regular and Extra Long available)

  • Packed size 24x18cm

  • Weight 1325g (inc 66g stuffsack)

It’s good

This is relatively well-priced for a down insulated bag. It uses 650 fill power down (rather than 800 fill power down) to reduce costs, but still has a very reasonable packed size and weight. It also gives you a few extra degrees of warmth compared to some bags, which makes it more suitable for women, who on average feel the cold more than men.

This spacious bag had plenty of room for my hips and legs without feeling tight when I turned over. The side zip extends a good way down to the foot for venting, and there’s also a shoulder baffle to trap air inside.

Hydrophobic down (certified by the Responsible Down Standard to safeguard bird welfare) is used to improve the performance a little more, and is treated with Nikwax to resist moisture. I found the bag did take a little longer to warm up than the synthetic option, but once warm I was extremely cosy and comfortable.

The stuffsack is particularly good, as it allowed me to very easily vacuum-pack the bag down to a very small size.

However

It is heavier than a bag using down insulation with higher fill power, but of course that is why its price is more competitive. This bag is only available in one size for women too, so if you’re a tall woman you may find you need to look at the longer men’s version.

Some bags have stretch linings to make them even more comfortable and efficient, but that isn’t on offer here. As with any down insulated bag, if it does get damp then its performance drops off rapidly compared to a synthetic bag, although at least here we do have Nikwax-treated down, so this is less of an issue. Of course, while the price is good for a down-insulated bag, if you find the performance of a synthetic bag acceptable you can save a lot of cash by choosing synthetic insulation instead of opting for feathers.

Verdict 

Mid-priced down insulated bag that compares well to costlier down bags. It has most of the key features many mountain campers will need, but pay more and you get a lighter bag, while synthetic options save money.

  • Features 4/5

  • Fit 5/5

  • Comfort 5/5

  • In use 4/5

  • Value for money 4/5

  • OVERALL SCORE 88%


Mountain Equipment Firelite £440

Tester: Tim Butcher

A top-quality down insulated bag with all the features you need, but does it justify the outlay?

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  • Lower comfort limit -6°C

  • Insulation 800 fill power Russian goose down 

  • Size 215x65cm (Regular and Long available)

  • Women’s equivalent n/a

  • Packed size 21 x 21cm (size Long)

  • Weight 866g (Long, inc 59g stuffsack)

It's Good 

Designed for ultra- light backpacking and high mountain use, this bag certainly meets its brief. At just 866g and a tiny packed size, this was a doddle to pack into my rucksack and it left plenty of space for other camping equipment.

The bag comes in two sizes, and I tested the Long version given my 198cm height. The width is closer fitting than other bags, but this bag features stretch baffles, so it can expand with your body, but also more loft space is created for the insulation when the lining hugs your body, thereby keeping you warmer.

The insulation is a top-quality down, and the shell material is extremely thin and lightweight. You also get an easy-to-adjust hood and the side zip has a good design that didn’t snag easily. A neck baffle helps prevent warm air from escaping if the hood is not fully tightened. Together this all adds up to a very comfortable bag that was slightly tight across the thigh area but otherwise unrestrictive and warm.

Insulation comes from an audited supply chain called the Down Codex, to ensure welfare standards and quality are high.

However

To make the bag match my height, sections have been added at the foot, which did mean the side zip doesn’t extend as close to the foot as other bags. So you might get overly warm feet. The bag is narrower than others too, and while it isn’t generally restrictive, a little more thigh space would have been beneficial.

Any bag with down insulation needs to be kept dry, as the insulation will not trap warm air very effectively if it gets damp, so more care is needed here to keep the bag dry compared to a synthetic insulation bag.

This is pretty much a no- compromises bag, and the result is a hefty price-tag that may cause you to, ahem, lose sleep. But for regular backpacking when all- round performance is your need then this is an acceptable price when compared to other options.

Verdict 

Top-quality backpacking bag if you want optimum performance and are prepared to stretch your budget. But the price is quite eye-watering, and synthetic bags perform better if damp.

  • Features 5/5

  • Fit 5/5

  • Comfort 5/5

  • In use 5/5

  • Value for money 3/5

  • OVERALL SCORE 92%

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Mountain Hardwear Ultra Lamina (2013)

Now here’s something new: a synthetic bag that can compete on every level with a down bag. The Mountain Hardwear Ultra Lamina just gets away with it too, packing down to a size comparable to the Rab and Marmot bags featured here, with similar EN-tested temperature ratings and the benefit of being insulated with synthetic Thermal Q fill, which – unlike down – stays warm when wet, which is an asset in the British summer. Therefore this offers exceptional value from the get-go, though there are extras that this bag doesn’t have, which will have to be forsaken as a trade-off. These include a shoulder baffle, a decent foot box (large feet? Try before you buy) and a fumble-friendly zip. The inner is also a bit clammier-feeling than some here, lacking the softness of the Pertex models; however these are fairly minor gripes considering the Mountain Hardwear Ultra Lamina is less than half the price of the most expensive bags in our test and actually has advantages over them in terms of its resistance to damp. These come in the shape of a competitive comfort temperature rating of 0 deg C, impressive weight, weather-friendly fill and a proper compression stuffsack.

 

Weight (with stuffsack) 763g (833g)
Size 198x76cm
Packed size 26x16cm
Outer fabric 100% nylon ripstop
Inner fabric 100% nylon taffeta
Insulation Thermal Q
Construction MH welded lamina
Lower comfort limit 0 deg C
Extreme temp rating -11 deg C
Website www.mountainhardwear.eu

 

Verdict

Minor gripes are forgivable given the price tag, making the Mountain Hardwear Ultra Lamina an excellent option for the UK summer.

Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine August 2013


Mammut Ajungilak Kompakt 3 Season (2012)

The Ajungilak Kompakt is an extremely well-established classic synthetic 3-season sleeping bag. At 1850g it is heavier than equivalent down bags, but as it’s filled with a good-quality synthetic insulation it feels slightly warmer than other bags of similar temperature ratings. The bag’s stuffsack comes with compression straps so it can be cranked down to a respectable size. The bag benefits from a good anti-snag strip behind the full-length side zip as well as a wide draught excluder on the inside of the zip. This makes the bag easy to use and free of cold spots in this area. The hood is packed with insulation too and it’s easy to adjust to create a good, snug fit. There is no shoulder baffle, but there is an additional shoulder drawcord that helps to trap warm air inside. The Mammut Ajungilak Kompakt 3 Season is a very warm 3-season bag with all the benefits of synthetic insulation.

Outer fabric ripstop nylon

Inner fabric Silky 13

Insulation MTI 13

Compression packed size 24x30cm

Weight 1850g

Lower comfort temp. rating -5 deg C

Website www.mammut.ch

 

Verdict

The Mammut Ajungilak Kompakt 3 Season is the best synthetic sleeping bag in our buyer’s guide.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012


Snugpak Softie Technik 5 (2012)

The Softie range of sleeping bags from Snugpak are made in Yorkshire, and they have been a proven budget option for over 30 years. The Technik 5 is Snugpak’s winter synthetic offering, and with a temperature rating of -15 deg C it’s more than capable of keeping the user warm in typical British winter conditions. You get a shoulder baffle to help trap air inside the bag, and a full-length side zip for when you overheat. The toe is a ‘chisel’ or wedge shape, so that your toes have good insulation all around them when you are lying down, and the hood is easy to adjust to fit well around the head. The drawback of such a warm bag using synthetic insulation is that the weight and packed size are pretty hefty, but that is the compromise you have to accept if your budget is limited. The Snugpak Softie Technik 5 is a great winter bag for those on a tight budget.

 

Outer fabric Paratex

Inner fabric Paratex Light

Insulation Softie Premier Insulation

Compressed packed size 29x25cm

Weight 2600g

Lower comfort temperature rating -15 deg C

Website www.snugpak.com

Verdict

The Snugpak Softie Technik 5 is the best budget warm synthetic bag in our review.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine March 2012


Marmot Wave IV (2012)

The Marmot Wave IV is a well-proven sleeping bag that manages to keep campers warm in winter for £100. To hit this price the bag has not been made to be as warm as others in our test, so it only has a temperature rating of -10 deg C.
The benefit of shaving a little off the temperature rating is that the weight, packed size and price are lower compared to warmer synthetic bags. The bag features a full-length side zip for venting and a wide shoulder baffle for preventing warm air from escaping. The bag is lined with polyester, with the foot, shoulder baffle and hood benefiting from a brushed treatment to give a much more comfortable and warmer sensation. There is also a pouch for stashing a heater pad in the footbox if you want some extra warmth. If your budget is £100 then the Marmot Wave IV is an outstanding bag, but for extra cash you do get extra warmth.

 

Outer fabric ripstop nylon

Inner fabric polyester

Insulation Spirafil

Compressed packed size 28x24cm

Weight 1927g

Lower comfort temperature rating -10 deg C

Website www.marmot.com

Verdict

The Marmot Wave IV is the best budget synthetic bag in our review.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine March 2012


Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20 2011

The Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20 is one of the lightest sleeping bags on test and, as a result, it packs down small in a good stuffsack. There’s a great two-way zip that doesn’t snag, and a substantial baffle alongside to eliminate cold spots. The hood is big but feels extremely cosy when pulled tight, and both on this and the generous shoulder baffle you get drawcords split into cord and bungee to make sure you pull the right one at night. There’s also a very small pocket on the outside. The bag feels large and roomy, which will suit some, but smaller people might prefer a snugger fit. But when done up tight, the hood ended up covering my nose and made breathing difficult. The drawcord enclosures are also insulated, meaning they felt bunched up when tightened. These two niggles are drawbacks that nudge the Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20  down the rankings a little.

Size 202x80x34cm
Outer fabric 40D micro ripstop nylon
Inner fabric 40D polyester taffeta
Construction welded layer
Insulation Thermic Micro
Minimum comfort temperature rating -7 deg C
Packed size information not supplied
Weight 1392g (bag); 1488g with stuffsack
Made in Asia
Stores in the UK 160

The Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20 is one to look at if you want a roomy sleeping bag with a very low weight for camping. It provides a good temperature rating for 3-season use.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011

 


Mountain Equipment Starlight IV 2011

For me, the cut of the Mountain Equipment Starlight IV was excellent, being a good compromise between spacious comfort and snugness for warmth. The Polarloft insulation lofted well, too. This meant it immediately felt warm, which is what you’d expect from so much insulation. The shark’s fin toebox is lifted from Mountain Equipment’s top-of-the-range sleeping bags and provides a contoured fit around the feet. There’s a two-way, full-length zip with a glow-in-the-dark zip pull. The shoulder baffle is generous and comfy, and the outer fabric is treated with a DWR finish for extra water resistance. You also get a small internal pocket.  But the Mountain Equipment Starlight IV’s hood was big, and felt very bunched-up and restrictive when the drawcords were pulled tight. The neck baffle was hard to get small enough too, but the biggest problem was the zip baffle. It just wasn’t big enough and left a long, cold spot along the side. Also, although warm, it didn’t feel as warm as the -12 deg C comfort rating would suggest.

Size 211x72x35cm
Outer fabric lightweight nylon shell honeycomb ripstop
Inner fabric Ultrasoft nylon lining
Construction shingle
Insulation Polarloft
Minimum comfort temperature rating -12 deg C
Packed size 40x29x88cm; 27x30x90cm compressed
Weight 1972g (bag); 2100g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 80

The Mountain Equipment Starlight IV is a big, heavy sleeping bag that offers a greater degree of warmth than some on test, but it falls short on comfort around the hood.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011

 


Nordisk Nunaat HP 2011

The Nordisk Nunaat HP is a well-shaped sleeping bag, offering a body-hugging mummy design, which tapers to a trapezoid shape at the feet. It also comes in five different lengths, so you can get one that fits you perfectly. The Northguard Extreme insulation felt very warm very quickly, so this is one of the better bags for cold nights. It felt about right for its -6 deg C temperature comfort limit. You also get a full-length, two-way zip that doesn’t snag, plus an excellent baffle to eliminate cold spots. The hood also fits very snugly with the right amount of material and no bunching. But the lack of shoulder baffle means it’s harder to pull the Nordisk Nunaat HP close to your body and eliminate the movement of air around the bag at night. As a result, it loses some of its warmth potential.

Size 200x74x32cm
Outer fabric LiteCell 40
Inner fabric LiteTex 40
Construction double batt
Insulation Northguard Extreme
Minimum comfort temperature rating -6 deg C
Packed size 42x27x87cm; 30x29x88cm compressed
Weight 1712g (bag); 1858g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 12

 

The Nordisk Nunaat HP is a very good, well-shaped bag that will be perfect for 3-season UK use. The addition of a shoulder baffle would make it one of the best here, unless you don’t like them.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011

 


Millet Beyond 1200 2011

The Millet Beyond 1200 is the lightest bag on test, and it packs down fantastically small. Apart from the threads, elastic and zip, it’s all made out of fully recycled materials and so will appeal to anyone looking to reduce their environmental impact when buying a sleeping bag. In terms of fit, the bag is cut quite close for increased warmth and will suit those of a smaller build. You also get a two-way full-length zip, which is just about protected with a baffle, plus a substantial shoulder baffle and an inside pocket. The supplied compression sack is excellent. But the cavernous hood needed a tight pull of the cords to bring it snug, which in turn produced bunching. The shoulder baffle was low too, so the bag felt too short for my six-foot frame. For this price there are better bags on test, and the stitched-through design isn’t as warm as others here. Described as a 3-4 season bag, the Millet Beyond 1200 only has a temp rating of +4 deg C.

Size 215x72x25cm
Outer fabric 100% recycled fibre (PET)
Inner fabric 100% recycled PET
Construction stitched through
Insulation 100% recycled Ecopet
Minimum comfort temperature rating +4 deg C
Packed size 37x21x68cm; 22x24x71cm compressed
Weight 1120g (bag); 1336g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 10

 

The Millet Beyond 1200 is a small, light bag that will suit minimalist campers or people who don’t need the extra warmth of a full 3-season bag. The fit is not the best, though, and other bags provide better value for money.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011

 


Golite RS3 Mummy Sleeping Bag 2011

The Golite RS3 Mummy Sleeping Bag is another bag made from largely recycled content, resulting in an 80 per cent reduction in energy use and greenhouse gases compared to normal manufacturing techniques. It’s a well-tapered fit and sports a three-quarter-length zip to save weight. You also get a decent baffle to protect that zip from cold spots. Inside, the bag has lots of room and so will suit those of a bigger build, but it feels warm for its weight and official temperature rating. It’s also reasonably light considering the size we tested was the long version. (Regular also available.) But the short zip doesn’t allow venting to the feet and there’s no shoulder baffle. The huge hood required some serious and not easy drawstring pulling to get tight, and then it bunched up and felt claustrophobic. Also, the stuffsack doesn’t come with compression straps. At this price the Golite RS3 Mummy Sleeping Bag feels expensive compared to others.

Size 225x32x77cm
Outer fabric recycled 50-denier polyester ripstop shell
Inner fabric 100% recycled 50 denier polyester taffeta
Construction offset hanging baffle, differentially cut, trapezoidal angled footbox
Insulation 100% recycled polyester ReFill
Minimum comfort temperature rating -4 deg C
Packed size 42x23x78cm; no compression available
Weight 1652g (long bag); 1704g with stuffsack
Made in China 
Stores in the UK 15

The Golite RS3 Mummy Sleeping Bag is a reasonable option if you want something with a lighter environmental footprint than most outdoor kit, but not the best for UK use. There are better, lower-priced alternatives.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011

 


Deuter Exosphere -4 2011

Some serious thought has gone into the Deuter Exosphere -4. It immediately feels warm and cosy, thanks to the elasticated design, which brings the insulation close to your body and eliminates cold spots. It also has extra insulation around the foot area. This means the bag feels warmer than the temperature ratings might suggest, but a good two-way zip (with decent baffle) makes it easy to ventilate. The hood is excellent and well-cut, pulling in easily and neatly, and the same goes for the shoulder baffle. The lining feels like silk. You also get water-resistant panels at the head and foot where they come into contact with tent condensation, plus an excellent compression sack. Furthermore, it comes in large, regular or women’s fit. And on top of all of that, it’s light!  But the zip snags more than others here and it’s at the higher end of the price scale. Also, the regular version of the Deuter Exosphere -4 was only just long enough for my 6ft frame.

Size 206x61x27cm
Outer fabric 44D nylon Tactel diamond ripstop and 70D nylon diamond ripstop
Inner fabric Deuter Poly-Lite Soft
Construction shingle
Insulation Deuter Thermo ProLoft
Minimum comfort temperature rating -4 deg C
Packed size 40x20x64cm; 24x21x67cm compressed
Weight 1380g (bag); 1478g with stuffsack
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK 10

The Deuter Exosphere -4 is a great bag, which is warmer than expected, light, compresses well and has a host of well-thought-out features. More expensive than some, but you get what you pay for. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011

 


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The Snugpak factory is in West Yorkshire, and the Softie Technik 3 2011 is the only sleeping bag in our test manufactured in the UK. It’s very warm with lots of insulation, and it’s big and roomy too. Restless sleepers might like the extra comfort offered by this generous cut, and for bigger people this bag is worth looking into. You get a full-length two-way zip, which is protected with a generous baffle, plus an ergonomic, chisel-toed foot area. There’s a decent shoulder baffle and a large hood that’s easy to pull snug and tight. There’s a good warmth-to-weight ratio too. But it’s the most expensive bag on test by quite a way, and you don’t get much function for your extra cash. The drawcords around the collar are not the neatest design, and the hood feels bunched when pulled tight. It’s also huge, and many sub-6ft people will not want to carry around all that extra weight. Unfortunately, the compression sack isn’t all that strong, either.

Size 230x65x34cm
Outer fabric Paratex Steelplate
Inner fabric Paratex Light
Construction profile
Insulation Softie Premier
Minimum comfort temperature rating -7 deg C
Packed size 44x22x68cm; 31x21x69cm compressed
Weight 1780g (bag); 1892g with stuffsack
Made in UK
Stores in the UK 15

 

A UK-made bag that will suit larger people and keep you warm well into the depths of autumn, but the price tag might leave you cold.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011