After reading Chris Townsend’s article in TGO Magazine a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d found my ideal winter sleeping bag. Unfortunately my enthusiasm for the very reasonably priced Pipedream 800 was dashed, when I discovered it was only produced in black (see here).
I’ve continued searching for a winter sleeping bag, but nothing has so far managed to satisfy my requirements for, a temperature rating of, -12C, with a full length zip, weighing 1100g maximum, all for a cost of no more than £250, and after the Pipedream 800 disappointment, it must not be black!
I may be expecting a lot for my cash, but I’m sure there’s a bag out there somewhere just waiting for me. The easiest solution would be to buy a Xero 750, the warmer version of my Xero 550, but the RRP is in the region of £360, which is far too expensive for an item I’ll probably use only use a few times a year!
I woke early Saturday morning. Unable to sleep, I got up, made a brew and spent some time surfing the net. The blogs I follow hadn’t been very active, so with time to spare before breakfast I decided to check for any sleeping bag bargains.
Nothing new at my usual kit suppliers, so I Googled “Winter down sleeping bags” nothing, then I Googled “Xero 750”, and bingo I hit the jackpot! The LD Mountain Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne were offering Mountain Equipment Xero 750’s, at £263.99 in their Winter sale, that’s over £100 below list price.