Vango Ultralite 700
Sleeping Bag
Product Review / Walking Gear Test

Vango Ultralite 700 Sleeping Bag Vango Ultralite 700 Sleeping Bag
Ultralite 700 Sleeping Bag

Vital Statistics:

Colours: Shell Bluestone/Black, Lining Atlantic

Weight: 1.225 kg

SRP: £55.00

Vango says:"he benchmark compact, light, synthetic sleeping bag in the market place. They are ideal for the backpacker, mountain marathon competitor, cyclist or traveller who requires a product designed for their lightweight and compact requirements"

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

In line with the industry standard Vango describe the Ultralite 700 sleeping bag as a '2 season' bag - presumably meaning Spring and Summer. I tested this bag on a camping trip to the Lake District in June 2003 and found it wanting. Despite the temperature only dropping to 10C or so I was simply too cold - being forced to don t-shirts and on the 2nd night a fleece and pair of tracksters.

Also, the zip baffles had a (very) annoying habit of getting caught in the zip - and then wouldn't budge.

Having said that, it is very lightweight and would be ideal for back-packing in countries where the night time temperature remains warm. You could use it in Britain if you are prepared to wear all your clothes at night - you just better hope they are not wet.

The bag is thin and effortlessly compresses down into a well designed bag with zip lock straps that can be easily stowed in a rucksack.

Buying Advice:

Vango gear is always good value - but the Ultralite 700 just doesn't cut the mustard. For camping in Britain, buy a higher rated bag (3 season minimum)


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• This is a light bag but it's not very warm, I used it once on a wild camping trip on Snowdon, I camped out at over 1000 feet and had a tent which leaked, it rained all night, was around 3-4°C and I was fully clothed with fleece on and freezing! Must admit though it was pretty water resistant, I'm about to use it again for an October trip to the peaks, I'm going to be fully clothed and wearing my Rab extreme duvet jacket so I think I will be ok, if I bought a new down bag it would weigh 1lb less than this bag and my duvet jacket combined, so I think it's worth the extra lb to have a warm jacket for the evening as well. By the way the bag ratings tests are conducted fully clothed, so if you like to sleep naked then you need to go for a much better (and heavier) bag.

Peter Rogers, Rushden


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