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Kit Review: Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag
Our Rating: 9/10
Model
Western Mountaineering Versalite sleeping bag

Purchased September 2008

Description
Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag
The Versalite sleeping bag is a solid 3 season goose down sleeping bag from Western Mountaineering with a survival rating of -12ÂșC and a weight of only 960 grams. It has a full length zipper and a full down collar.
Review
Having used the Versalite sleeping bag frequently for 6 months, we are very impressed with them. For the majority of our tour the weather has been mild, but we did have some freezing nights in Iran and the sleeping bags were still warm and comfortable.

The big down collar is wonderfully warm at night and though we had reservations about the mummy shape we find it totally comfortable.

The shell is very thin to allow the sleeping bags to be so lightweight, and sometimes feathers push through the fabric, which is perfectly normal, so we try to push them back in as to minimise the size of the hole and save on feathers! We were initially concerned about the thiness of the fabric but we have had no issues so far.

When bagged the Versalite is compact enough to fit horizontally inside our back Ortlieb panniers and at night when unrolled it regains its usual fluffy form quickly.

Freddie in the past has been allergic to goose down but she has had no issues with the Versalite in this regard.

Pros
  • Light weight
  • Warm and cosy
  • Well made
  • Comfortable 
Cons
  • Sheds feathers periodically (normal)
  • Thin shell could be prone to ripping if not careful
Reviewed On
10th April 2011
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