ROBENS Far Away 900 and 700 Sleeping Bags

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They SayFar Away 900 sleeping bag - The Far Away 900 sleeping bag features low weight and a compact pack size thanks to the lightweight construction and the compression bag that come with it. Fully featured, with high quality YKK zips, internal pockets and an insulated zip baffle, it uses the innovative siliconised MicroThermo filling, which makes for good insulation and compressibility and is also anti-microbial and does not absorb water. See more at http://www.robens.de/en/Products/SleepingBags/FarAway/FarAway900.aspx

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Far Away 700 sleeping bag - The Far Away 700 sleeping bag features low weight and a compact pack size thanks to the lightweight construction and the compression bag that come with it. Fully featured, with high quality YKK zips, internal pockets and an insulated zip baffle, it uses the innovative siliconised MicroThermo filling, which makes for good insulation and compressibility and is also anti-microbial and does not absorb water. See more at http://www.robens.de/en/Products/SleepingBags/FarAway/FarAway700.aspx

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We Say – Lamia used the 900 and Dave used the 700 during their three week camping trip to Scotland. This is what they think of them.

‘The temperatures dropped to around zero at night, which was a shock as it was high summer. The main difference between the bags is that the 900 weighs 900 g and is good to temperatures down to five degrees whilst the 700 weighs 700 g is good to around 10 degrees. So we both suffered at night on occasion and had to sleep with our clothes on. Saying that, the bags did well as they weren’t built to handle those sorts of temperatures and I dare say that if we hadn’t been using them with Robens Sleeping Mats, we might have been a lot colder what with the chill that would’ve come up from the ground. As it was, at least we got some sleep and didn’t freeze. We thought we’d chosen our kit well – these bags have a great weight/warmth ratio – but we were just caught out with the weather. Of course, heading to Scotland we expected rain, but zero degrees in the middle of July? That shocked us a bit, and the locals told us it wasn’t normal at all.

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Lamia has a low tolerance to cold so she usually woke up at 4am as that’s when the night is at it’s coldest. Her toes got cold at that point, she said. On the normal nights though, when it was about seven or eight degrees, sleep was had. So we’d say that if the weather is favourable, and summer behaves itself, then the bags are perfect.

We used them outside of the tent as blankets at times – they’re light enough to throw around and not feel bulky, like a rug really – and despite this sort of use, and us sleeping in them every night of course, they didn’t stink or look dirty even at the end of our three week trip. So, they resist dirt well; full marks for that.

The zips glide smoothly. They don’t snag on the materials like many sleeping bag zips do. When we’re sleepy, which you generally are in a sleeping bag, you don’t want to be worrying about catching the zip if you pull it too hard. You bust your sleeping bag zip whilst on tour and you’re in trouble. The bag is your sanctuary, you place to stay warm, you can’t have it malfunctioning. So it’s great that these zips never seemed in danger of snagging.

There’s useful little pockets inside the bags that can hold your phone, or other valuables. This is a good touch. Phone or camera batteries can die overnight if they get too cold so to be able to keep them in the warm with you is vital. Of course, you can do that without a pocket, but you usually end up lying on them and breaking them/feeling uncomfortable if you just put them next to you in the bag.

The silky material is comfy on the skin, and the bags can be joined together easily so if you’re super cold you can use the old body heat trick to stay safe. Here’s how ours looked zipped together.

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The bags dry off quickly. Ours got wet once when we packed the wet tent outer next to them in the rucksack all day. We got them out after hiking all day, about 5pm, and laid them in the tent, and by 8pm they were dry enough to use, even though it wasn’t that warm that day.

So, we’d say that these are great bags for the summer season. They’re very light, they pack down small (to illustrate how small, he’s the 700 on the left next to a regular water bottle and sleeping mat)…

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…they keep you snug in the temperature range described, they make good camp blankets and neither of them frayed or exhibited any negative sign of wear after our trip.

We’ve used Robens kit for a couple of years now and found it reliable and up to the job they say it can do. The brand is well worth checking out.

See more at http://www.robens.de/en/Products/SleepingBags/FarAway/FarAway900.aspx

or  http://www.robens.de/en/Products/SleepingBags/FarAway/FarAway700.aspx

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