“ Brand: Pro Action / Type: Sleeping Bag / Sports Genre: Camping „
When I was invited to go camping with a group of friends the one thing that I needed to buy was a sleeping bag. I wanted something of reasonable quality but fairly cheap as I wouldn't be using it very often.
The one that I chose was the Pro Action 200gsm Sleeping Bag which cost me just £9.99 from Argos, which I consider to be a bargain! I collected it from our local store and it was vacuum packed when it came to the counter which made it really easy for me to carry home. It weighed just 1.6kg so it was nice and light to carry too, although I did wonder if it was going to be warm enough.
When I got home I took it out of the packaging to take a look at it and - yes, it is fairly thin - it looked and felt as though it would be ideal for me. It has its own bag although it is a bit of a faff to get it back into the bag after use - a bit like putting a quart into a pint pot! LOL! It is worth the effort though as it does make it easier to transport when you take it on holiday.
The dimensions of the sleeping bag are 180cm long by 75cm wide. It has a polyester shell, hollow fibre filling and a polyester lining. The zip goes from the top, down the long side and across the bottom of the bag.
When I came to use the sleeping bag I found it was just the right length for me - I am about 5 feet 6 inches tall - but I would advise anyone who is much taller to seek out a longer bag!
I always feel cool when I first get into a sleeping bag as the lining is initially cold but I found that, in this bag, I warmed up very quickly and remained warm all night. I did wear light bed socks to start with each night as I find that, if my feet are cold, the rest of me is cold but I always ended up kicking them off during the night when I got too warm!
I am talking about summer nights here by the way - this sleeping bag would not be suitable for winter camping in freezing conditions. Obviously if you do feel the cold you can always put a cover of some sort on top of your sleeping bag.
I have used this sleeping bag on my camping trip, on various trips to a stone cottage which was basically camping with walls (no electricity, running water etc) and staying over at friends' houses when there isn't a spare bed to use. I have also used it at home when I was decorating my bedroom at my previous house and I slept on my sofa for a few nights.
I have always had a good night's sleep in this bag and have been comfortable and plenty warm enough despite the fact that it is quite thin - it must be the hollow fibre filling that does it!
The sleeping bag is fully washable and does come up like new when washed. It can also be used as a bed cover as well by undoing the zip completely and opening it out flat.
In conclusion I would recommend this sleeping bag - for £9.99 - you can't go wrong! As I have said I feel lovely and cosy in my bag but I am the sort of person who doesn't like to be very hot when sleeping. If you are the sort of person who likes to be very warm to sleep then I suggest trying a heavier sleeping bag as this might not be warm enough for you.
I had planned to go away with friends for a camping weekend at a music festival. I didn't have a sleeping back so had a look around various shops for something good value. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this type of product as I wouldn't be using it a great deal.
Seeing this one on the Argos online store I thought it sounded perfect for me and at only £9.99 I thought it seemed good value for money. When I picked the item up in store it was vacuum packed and very lightweight so this made it easy to carry.
When I took it out the bag it did seem to be rather thin however I wasn't too concerned about this as it was during the summer months I'd be using it anyway so thought it would be fine. When I came to try to get it back in its original bag ready for taking away with me for the weekend I did find this a bit of a struggle, the bag seemed too small for it. However, with a bit of patience I did eventually manage. It's very easy to carry as it's so compact and lightweight and doesn't take up much space which makes it good for taking away travelling and storing away in a cupboard as well.
When I came to sleep in the bag I found it was of adequate length (I'm 5ft 3") but I do think taller people would struggle to fit in this. I did find it a bit chilly to begin with so I put on a jumper and began to heat up after that. It was comfortable but the slightest movement causes quite an irritating rustling sound however I think you get this with the majority of sleeping bags. I slept well and was surprising warm in the morning. It can be unzipped and just used as a cover.
I did use the sleeping bag at home once during the winter after a pipe burst and left me without heating. Thankfully this was only for one evening. I didn't find the sleeping bag to provide much warmth to me then in extremely low temperatures.
I think this product is fine if you're looking for something cheap for occasional use in the summer months out camping or in a caravan but really don't think it would be of much use in colder weather as it's just not think enough to keep you warm. Also probably best suited for petite adults or teenagers as it's not the longest sleeping bag I've ever used. The product can be machine washed which I've done and it's been fine.
Overall I'm quite pleased with the sleeping bag, it served its purpose adequately, was a reasonable price and I intend to use it again.
* Single envelope shaped sleeping bag with a polyester shell and lining for warmth, comfort and durability
* Polyester shell
* 200gsm hollow fibre filling
* Size L180, W75cm
* Packed size L45, Diameter30cm
* Weight 1.6kg
We bought a tent awhile back that came with 4 sleeping bags and 4 mats as part of a package deal. These are the sleeping bags which were supplied. Now to be completely fair, these do state that they are only suitable for summer use. I imagine if you live in Spain or Portugal they might be suitable for outdoor use in the summer, but living in Britain, there is no way these are warm enough.
This sleeping bag measures almost 5' 11" which theoretically should leave me a few inches to spare, however I would prefer to have room to lay my pillow on the bag and have enough left to wrap around me nicely. I found this a bit too short for that. With a width of 29.5" I found this just wide enough, but husband found it much too thin. They were however better suited to the teenagers we lent them too - at least as far as size.
This is where this bag completely fails. I did not use this camping, but I did use it indoors when waiting for the landlord to get the heating fixed. As this was fall and indoors one might think it would be adequate, I found this made very little difference in regard to warmth. I found a thin fleece throw to be far warmer. My husband used to take some of the boys in the area fishing though and they did have one camping trip. My husband says he slept fully clothed with his coat on and froze his b******k's off. the extra bags were used by boys who did not own sleeping bags and all reported them to be useless. My husband made a quick trip back to the house for as many spare quilts and blankets as we could find for the second night and the boys says the blankets were far better then sleeping bags. My husband didn't even bother with a sleeping bag the next night, using only blankets. With extra bags, one boy doubled them up using two layers which he also said was useless. This was in August and basically good weather, and the kids were sleeping with layered clothing and coats on, one even kept his shoes on! That said, little by little these have disappeared, as a sleeping bag is required for a trip, and rather then not go, the kids will come along and ask for one. I didn't mind if they just kept them, saved me washing and putting them away, and we would not use them again. The last one of these was used by my son to play in indoors, but we bought him a smaller child's sleeping bag from ebay, which happens to be much warmer, and the zipper was damaged so the last one has just gone into the bin.
Of course when being used by young boys, things like this tend to come back filthy. The smooth synthetic fabric does not soak up stains too badly and these do machine wash without problems. because they are so thin, they dry fairly quickly as well, but seem even thinner after drying.
I have rated these as only 2 stars. I do realise they are very cheap, only a tenner at Argos, but do not feel they should have been advertised for outdoor use. If you are looking for a sleeping bag for camping, I would recommend that you do not even consider this. However, if you just want a sleeping bag for a sleepover indoors, or even for the children to play in inside, then this might be worth buying. I have found children often love playing in sleeping bags. My sons love hopping about the house in theirs, but I find smaller ones work better for very young children and can be found with children's characters at a very reasonable price.