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T3 Reviews Cobra & Niitestar Alpha Sleeping Bags

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T3 Reviews Cobra & Niitestar Alpha Sleeping Bags

Autumn is here and winter is not too far away, but this doesn't mean you have to pack away your camping gear just yet. With many campsites staying open later in the year and some even all year round, this can be a great time of year to get away and relax. Campsites are generally quieter after the summer rush, and you might even get lucky with the weather! The changing seasons can bring incredible views, with the leaves starting to fall and even some snow on the hills. This is the perfect chance to get out with the family and take in all that nature has to offer. Check out some of our advice for camping in autumn and beyond.

T3 Reviews Nitestar Alpha 350 Sleeping Bag

A reliable budget sleeping bag for spring summer camping

Those of you seeking a comfortable sleeping bag that does away with needless frills in order to keep the cost down will love the Vango Nitestar Alpha 350. We’ve tested Vango’s budget sleeping bag during late spring through summer camping and found it reliably warm and comfortable to sleep in. It’s soft and snug once you’re inside, and Vango has designed it with a two-way auto-lock zip so that it doesn’t unzip itself in the night while you’re sleeping – no-one wants to be woken up by a draft during the wee hours.

This Vango sleeping bag packs down reasonably small into a 4-strap compression stuffsack, so it won’t take up much room at all in your car, if car camping. That means it won’t add much weight to your pack when backpacking either. Vango has used an insulated zip baffle to retain heat when the temperature drops, so you won’t encounter any nasty cold spots in the sleeping bag. Instead, you’ll continue to feel warm and cosy throughout the night – the ideal scenario for a good night’s sleep. Need to air it? The Nitestar Alpha 350 has a hanging loop exactly for that purpose.

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 2,000g

Filling: Insulite Alpha

Temperature: -1°C (comfort), -7°C (limit), -25°C (extreme)

Shape: Mummy

REASONS TO BUY

+Plenty of warmth for 3-season camping

+Internal pocket for small items

Buy the Vango Nitestar Alpha 350 HERE

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T3 Reviews Vango Cobra 400 Sleeping Bag

The best UK autumn bag for all eventualities

The Vango Cobra 400 has all the features you could want in a Spring/Summer sleeping bag, at a wallet-friendly price. The 20D 380T Nylon Outer Shell Fabric will hold up to general abuse well, and Vango has pulled out all the technical stops to create a bag that’ll keep you in comfort below zero, yet weighs less than a kilo. 

Heat retaining tricks include an aluminimised layer that reflects heat back to the sleeper, a shoulder baffle to trap that hard-won warm air inside, while there’s also a full-length zip (with 3D baffle) for ventilation on warmer nights. Vango has deployed many of the modern tricks of the sleeping bag design trade here, with an ‘Arrow’ footbox for comfort, ‘Omega’ shaping on the upper bag (which reduces seams over core areas), as well as 3D mapping – all designed to make sure down is in the right places and giving maximum warmth.

The big warming element here is of course the down, which is premium-quality 90/10 700 Fill Power Goose Down – hydro-treated to resist damp – and it is ethically sourced to boot. Overall the Vango Cobra 400 is impressively specced and has a build quality that’ll keep going and going, just like a premium sleeping bag should. Happy camping!

SPECIFICATION

Weight: 920g

Filling: 90/10 Goose Down

Temperature: -1°C (comfort), -8°C (limit)

Shape: Mummy

REASONS TO BUY

+Relatively lightweight

+Solid build quality

+Great 3-season warmth

Buy the Cobra 400 HERE

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