Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and the range (and price range) can be very confusing. So when trying to choose what sleeping bag to buy, it's worth starting from basics, and asking yourself what temperature range you want it to cover.

A very rough guide to the approximate use you might expect from a sleeping bag is given by the use of season ratings. These indicate the temperatures at which a sleeping bag should keep you comfortable if camping outside using a tent or bivibag and a reasonable mat for the conditions. We have recently revamped our season ratings to bring them in to line with other retailers. This is just a guide - you will know if you feel the cold or not so buy a bag accordingly!
 

Rating Seasons Approximate Temperature
1 UK Mid Summer and Warmer c +10ºC and above
2 UK Late Spring to Early Autumn c +10ºC to +5ºC
3 UK Spring or Autumn c 0ºC to +5ºC
4 UK Winter c -5ºC to 0ºC
5 Sub 5000m Expedition c -10ºC to -5ºC
5+ High Altitude/Polar c below -10ºC

 

Having worked out the temperature rating of the bag you want you then need to choose between down and synthetic filling. The latter is cheaper and can be dried out easily if it gets wet. However it is heavier and bulkier for the equivalent level of warmth. Good quality down will last twice as long as synthetic fibre if it is looked after properly and remains the main choice for most serious mountaineering use (though not for multiday aid routes in Yosemite where violent storms can mean down bags becoming soaked and useless very rapidly).

Rab Ascent 300
Rab Ascent 300
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Rab Ascent 500
Rab Ascent 500
From £225.00
£250.00
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Rab Ascent 700
Rab Ascent 700
From £243.00
£270.00
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Rab Ascent 900
Rab Ascent 900
From £261.00
£290.00
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Rab Ascent 1100
Rab Ascent 1100
£279.00
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Mountain Equipment Helium 250
Mountain Equipment Helium 250
From £198.00
£220.00
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Mountain Equipment Helium 400
Mountain Equipment Helium 400
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£250.00
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Mountain Equipment Helium 600
Mountain Equipment Helium 600
From £252.00
£280.00
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Mountain Equipment Helium 800
Mountain Equipment Helium 800
From £288.00
£320.00
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Rab Mythic 200
Rab Mythic 200
£360.00
£400.00
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Rab Mythic 400
Rab Mythic 400
£441.00
£490.00
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Rab Mythic 600
Rab Mythic 600
£495.00
£550.00
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Mountain Equipment Firefly
Mountain Equipment Firefly (250)
From £405.00
£450.00
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Mountain Equipment Firelite
Mountain Equipment Firelite (435)
From £450.00
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Mountain Equipment Fireflash
Mountain Equipment Fireflash (600)
From £540.00
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Mountain Equipment Kryos (750)
Mountain Equipment Kryos (750)
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£600.00
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Rab Expedition 1000
Rab Expedition 1000
£639.00
£710.00
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Rab Expedition 1200
Rab Expedition 1200
£693.00
£770.00
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Rab Expedition 1400
Rab Expedition 1400
£756.00
£840.00
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