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As a family we've decided that our low income isn't practical for family holidays, but what we can do with the little money we have is go camping for holidays instead. Obviously to go camping you need a sleeping bag, luckily I had my regatta mummy style sleeping bag from when I attempted to complete my D of E many years a go so that was even less money we had to pay out. If I remember correctly I think we paid £25 for my sleeping bag from Argos which was on sale at the time, the price of the sleeping bag is now around £20-30 still, depending on where you purchase it. I'd noticed ebay have some good offers on there.
DESIGN AND EASE OF USE
I opted to buy a Mummy style sleeping bag because I'm not crazy about the idea of sleeping outside where it's easier for bugs to crawl all over you! The mummy style sleeping bag allows you to cover the majority of your skin with minimal entrances for bugs to sneak their way in. This is the best feature of this bag if you're like me and need a piece of mind whilst you're camping.
The bag is a very generous size and can fit both larger and smaller people, I'm 5'7 and there is still about 30cm at the end of the sleeping bag when I get into it. So it should be fine for most but it might be worth measuring yourself and the bag before buying it. There is a double sided zip for easier access in and out of the bag, without this aspect it would probably be impossible to get in and out of the bag so try not to break it.
My favourite aspect of this bag is that you can fasten the hole around the head so it's like a snug hood, keeping your face warm too! The warmth of the bag is exceptional when it's cold outside it only takes 5 minutes in the sleeping bag to get back to a toasty warm state!
If you're buying this sleeping bag for use in extreme or less than ideal weather conditions then you'll have no problems. When I did my D of E it was storm weather and my tent leaked through, however my sleeping bag keep the water away from my skin, which I was very impressed and relieved by at the time.
I like to sleep curled up in a ball and I found that this style of sleeping bag makes it very difficult to do this, the only way to sleep in that position in this bag is to curl the bag with you. In other word pretend like the sleeping bag is your body, a bit like a catapillar. It took me a while to get the hang of it and it's still not the most comfortable ways to sleep, but if you want all the pros for this sleeping bag you have to live with the cons.
Another problem I had with this bag is that I tend to fidget a lot in my sleep and when i kick my legs I can sometimes break the zip! I'm not sure if I should blame myself or the product for this issue though so I wont complain too much about it.
This sleeping bag is great if you're a camper who likes camping in cold weathers or when its raining because it's so durable and good for these types of situations. However if you're like me and only ever use the sleeping bag for camping holidays to holiday camp sites in the summer, it may be worth getting a style of sleeping bag where you're able to move more freely as it'll be a lot more comfortable.
Unfortunately this summer we have not had much chance to go camping at all in the UK. I really enjoy being in the outdoors and exploring new places and obviously you cannot survive camping (here anyway!) without a sleeping bag to keep you warm on those chilly British evenings. Just before the summer got started I managed to get a couple of the Regatta Single Mummy Sleeping Bags for myself and my partner at half price from Argos.
Regatta Single Mummy Sleeping Bag
Regatta is a renowned and trusted specialist outdoor company set up in 1981 by members of the Black family and established in the United Kingdom. The make lots of outdoor and sports clothing as well as outdoor items and camping equipment.
The Regatta sleeping bag comes, as most do, in a small compact compression bag that you never seem to be able to get back to shape once you have taken the sleeping bag out for the first time. This bag is an overall dark green colour and is made of polyester material. The bag has bright orange webbed strapping around it, around near the top of the bag and four straps going down from this and connecting at the base of the compression bag. This is both for giving you lots of options for attaching your sleeping bag to a rucksack and also for tightening the sleeping bag and keeping it compact and in shape whilst it is not in use. The top of the compression bag has a pulley cord and stopper for opening and closing the bag.
The sleeping bag inside is the same dark green colour as its casing. This is a Mummy Sleeping bag design, which is basically a more heat effective product than a standard square sleeping bag. The shape of the sleeping bag is tapered, with a larger area on the head end and thinning down to where your toes sit in the bottom of the bag. This allows for the sleeping bag to sit very close to your body and reduces its volume and surface area so that it has better heat retention properties.
The Regatta sleeping bag has dimensions of 220 cm length, 80 cm width at the chest area and 60 cm at the foot of the sleeping bag. I would say it could be a bit too cosy for a larger built person. The top of the bag has a hood which also has a drawstring cord lock that you can close around your head to stop or prevent heat escaping; it makes the bag feel very snuggly.
Down one the side of the bag is the zipper, which is a bright orange colour like the outer compression bag. This is a really sturdy and good quality zip that you can feel won't break or stick after a couple of uses. The zip does not go all the way down and around your feet. Instead the zip stops at your ankle which again is designed to stop unnecessary heat loss. So you have a small compartment for your feet to sit in.
The sleeping bags weight is a quite substantial 2.1 kg, which would make it unhelpful for taking abroad for luggage allowance purposes. However its weight is chiefly due to the fact that is a very warm sleeping bag with it being made up of a 400 gsm hollowfibre filling. This is a really good and thick sleeping bag that is made for the British climate. I did not feel cold at all whilst using it and often have to open the hood up to let some air in.
The colour of the inside lining is a lime green colour. Both the sleeping bag shell and inside lining are made of polyester and feels very cosy and soft whilst you are inside the bag. Overall it looks great and is a really good quality sleeping bag that will keep you very toasty on those cold camp evenings.
I managed to get two of these on a very good special offer price from Argos for around £15 each delivered. They are currently retailing at £37.99 on the Argos website (Argos.co.uk) which is not unexpected due to their quality and durability. I can highly recommend the Regatta Single Mummy Sleeping Bag.