Top Sleeping Bags

Comparative test of 10 quilts, bags and feet of elephant top

sa result of the test published last year devoted to sleeping bags for temperatures of 0 to-10 ° C and weighing approximately 1 kg (published in CA 33 in September 2013, and in large part available here), we are this time interested in much lighter bags: ten tested here bags weigh between 470 and only 665 g , but thanks to an optimization of their insulation-to-weight ratio and the ability to use them in several ways (open in duvet or closed), most of them are usable over a very wide range of temperatures (from 0 to 20 ° C approximately).

The results of this test appeared in the issue of March 2014 of adventure books (CA 35). We publish here a general presentation of these ultralight bags (quilts, top bags and feet of elephant), a comparative table bringing together the main features of the bags, as well as an individual with description record and photos of each bag.

In CA 35, you will find:

  • A more comprehensive explanatory article
  • The result for each bag of our thermal insulation test (measures at the level of the feet and bust)
  • The encrypted comparison of 10 sleeping bags, with a rating of each of them according to 5 criteria and diagrams below

As the quilts, the top bags are not trimmed by isolating on the part that is in contact with the ground, however they are ‘closed’ by using a piece of cloth. It is an advantage to the bivouacs in the open or under a tarp: the fabric prevents entry of air and possibly insects on the sides. When it is hot, it is possible to return the bag top and sleep with this face not garnished on top: we sleep so in a bag to meat (the sheets used inside sleeping bags).

The top bags are very efficient in terms of insulation and weight, but less comfortable than the quilts by high temperatures since it is not possible to open them to use quilt.

The top sleeping bag we tested: ARKLIGHT DESIGN Walden 250 Quantum

The feet of elephant

Traditionally the feet of elephant refer to sleeping without hood and zip bags, which cover the sleeper only from the feet to the basin. They are often used by mountain climbers, or whenever it is not possible to lie down to sleep.

The three feet of elephant we tested actually CWC neck of the sleeper as the other bags tested. They are almost symmetrical upside-down, there is no area that is less dressed down, so the sleeper can turn with her purse without risk to discover a less remote area. As the quilts and top bags tested, they have an excellent weight/insulation ratio. However, they are much less versatile: since they are not opening on the side (with the exception of a tested model), they can not be used in warm or temperate nights.

The 3 feet of elephant that we tested (the lightest to the heaviest):

  • FEATHER FRIENDS Vireo UL
  • ZPACKS 10 degrees
  • CUMULUS Elephant leg

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