SEA to summit
traveller tr1 Sleeping bag
Light, compact, versatile.
Not good for cold weather but it doesn't pretend to be.
The Bottom Line:
Ideal for compact travelling.
Ease of use: 5/5
I thought dispatch had made a mistake, there can’t be anything in this package. I've got a full-size adult bag and it weighs 660 grams; I can’t print a book that light.
The bag comes in a sturdy zip up storage case the size of a big shoe box; this is the bag’s long-term home so the down doesn’t get permanently compressed. There is a stuff bag too for when it’s out on the road.
The biggest advantage for me is how lightweight and compact the sleeping bag is. I use it for those weekends away when I don’t want to pack like I'm going on an expedition, just tent, sleeping bag, mattress and toothbrush. This sleeping bag complements that style of travel. I don’t doubt it will be good for longer trips, it certainly has the quality to last, in fact the workmanship is comforting in itself, it’s gratifying to own something so well made.
It’s illogical how a full-size sleeping bag compacts into the stuff sack. It’s not an easy task but if you want to circulate the blood after a chilly night this is the perfect exercise.
Once compressed it’s the size of 2 cans of beans. It measures 23cm in hight and 11cm in diameter. I've had stuff sacks in the past with brittle buckles that would snap, couldn’t handle the pressure, not this one, it’s got the feel of quality.
One of the selling points is its dual-purpose abilities, I was dubious, like a sofa bed, often something that tries to do two things doesn’t do either with comfort. It opens out like a duvet; this is due to it having a drawstring top and bottom. Incidentally that drawstring at the bottom means if your feet are cold you can stick them out nearer the camp fire or if they are getting sweaty just stick them out in the fresh air to cool off. It’s a possibility the fashion police may write you a ticket but hopefully you are camped in a remote area and no one cares what you look like.
If you’re a kit coordinated couple the bags can be zipped together for a snuggle fest and shared body heat. Unzipped, a bag can be put in a duvet cover, and actually it’s ideal guest bedding, or if you find yourself in a guesthouse with unsavoury sheets or a bonus guest, you’ve got your own duvet.
Unfolded, it wouldn’t give you a lot of protection from a cold night but in a bedroom or on a couch that single layer is adequate.
The biggest thing to bear in mind is its comfortable temperature range. It is not a winter bag. Below 10°C you may find yourself wriggling to keep warm. However a liner and/or a good mattress will give it 3 season capabilities.
The website has all the technical stuff you need to know but basically it’s 100% Nylon and has RDS duck down filling. According to its specification rating 1 oz of down will re-expand to 750 cubic inches after compression. In layman’s terms this means it’s much bigger once it’s out the stuff pack, and whether wrapped round like a blanket as you socialise outside your tent or zipped up for the night, it’s an excellent bit of kit. My only advisory would be - beware of those frosty mornings.
Overall the quality of this product shines through, it’s a pleasure to own.