Daniel Neilson braves the cold to test some of the warmest sleeping bags on the market. On test Vaude Arctic 1200 sleeping bag

I like this synthetic sleeping bag from Vaude. It uses PrimaLoft Black Insulation Hi-loft, which is a packable and water resistant high-loft filling and is warm. This is, however, a three-season sleeping bag, with a comfort limit of -3°C. The PrimaLoft filling means that it can dry quickly and insulate even when wet, but it’s not as efficient as down. The head and feet area have extra water resistant protection and there’s a draw cord around the feet, a very good shoulder baffle and a well fitting hood. It’s a quite heavy, however for a three-season sleeping bag. Vaude also supplied a three-season down Cheyenne 700 that is just over 100g lighter. It’s also cheaper at £195.


Reviewed in January 2015 issue