Vango Ultralite 200
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Ultralite 200 Sleeping Bag
Colours: Grey/Blue, Grey/Light Green
Vango says:"A great blend of technical performance and comfort for adventurers and travellers who need to travel fast and light. When packed away you will hardly notice this compact bundle but at night, you will certainly feel the benefit of the Insulite� Superfine insulation."
Features to Note:
- Suggested Usage: 5 to 20°C (Comfort 8°C, Limit 4°C, Extreme -11°C)
- Duke of Edinburgh Recommended Kit
- Updated styling for 2010
- Omega shaping
- TLS - Thermic Loft System
- Insulite® Superfine insulation
- olair® RSN shell
- Polair® mini-RSN lining
- 3-panel 3D hood
- Multi-cord hood closure
- 3/4 length 2-way autolock zip
- Insulated zip baffle
- Zip guard
- Arrow foot
- Internal pocket with velcro closure
- Supplied with 4-strap compression sac
- Temperature ratings independently measured in accordance with EN 13537:2002
The Vango Ultralite is a 'Mummy' style sleeping bag that certainly is lightweight. At just under a kilogram it is perfect for backpacking or for anyone wanting to move quickly across the ground.
There is plenty of room inside for my feet at the bottom and head inside the hood, and at a tad over 7ft long, plenty of length (I'm 5ft 10").
The two-way three-quarter length zip is nice and robust and ran smoothly without getting caught in any annoying flaps of material (there aren't any). There is a a generous baffle on the inside to prevent heatloss through the zip.
The close stitching and overall finish are of the high quality we have come to expect from Vango.
As with all Vango Sleeping Bags, the stuff sac is well designed with the standard 4 zip lock compression straps and a carrying handle so stowing the bag into its stuff sac is quick and efficient.
However, with a sleeping bag this lightweight, something has to give and it is the insulation. This is a summer only sleeping bag. The suggested usage of between 5 to 20�C is a bit generous. Even at 8�C I found myself reaching for an extra layer to remain comfortable.
Superbly lightweight and at a reasonable price - this is ideal for the summer backpacker, long distance path walker, youth hosteler or if you are touring hotter countries where a sleeping bag is essential to ensure you can keep your valuables safe at night (i.e. in the sleeping bag with you). If you are a regular camper in the UK and travel to and from campsites by car - then a warmer, heavier sleeping bag might be a better choice.
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