Q:

Which lightweight sleeping bag is best for hostelling in Europe?

I walking the Cino in Northern Spain at the beginning of April and will be staying in hostels. Can you please to recommend the lightest sleeping bag that is sufficiently warm for this time of year? Kate Faversh, Kent

Feb 19, 2008
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Marmot Arete Sleeping Bag

Arete Sleeping Bag

A:

Oh, Kate. Why do you taunt me so? Now I have to think about you wandering around the Camino de Santiago (I assume you will be on pilgrimage trail), munching tasty fried squid tapas and swigging excellent Spanish wines. You are cruel!

Anyway, a sleeping bag. You’ll be inside, so anything good to around five degrees C (41 F) will be fine. At the Gear-Zone.co.uk site, you can find the Snugpak Travelpak Xtreme (50 pounds), a synthetic bag rated to two degrees C, so that gives you a temperature cushion. Weight is 1.1kg (just over two pounds), which isn’t bad. Or at Cotswold you can find the Lifeventure Downlight 660 (70 pounds; cotswoldoutdoor.com), which weighs about half as much as the Snugpak bag. It’s not quite as warm but is definitely the best choice for light weight and packability.

You also should be able to find a Marmot Arete, a really excellent down bag rated to five degrees C. Price in your area should be around 100 pounds. Weight is about 600 grams.

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