“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Sleeping Bag „
Review of Tesco Orkney Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags seem to something that I have an abundance of in my house. We have at least eight of them stored away and they range from cheap and cheerful basic bags to the more expensive technical style of sleeping bags.
The reason behind my slightly weird collection of portable bedding is that for many years my partner and I owned a motorhome, a narrow boat, and a static caravan, we also enjoyed camping holidays. We had sleeping bags for use in our various vehicles and on the boat as well as those used for camping.
**Tesco Orkney Sleeping Bag**
This Tesco Orkney sleeping bag was one that was used primarily in the static caravan. It was purchased around 6 years ago from a large branch of Tesco and although I cannot recall the exact price I paid, I know it was probably not more than around £15.
The sleeping bag is a lightweight, envelope style sleeping bag. This means it has a straight design, rather than the tapered 'mummy' style bags.
The bag has a sturdy zip running around the edges, a very good idea as you can, should you wish, zip two bags together to make a double sleeping bag.
My sleeping bag is a deep blue in colour with an inner lining in sort of sickly lime green, pretty lurid, but practical . I do not think there was any colour choice when I purchased this, but the blue is a pleasing tone, and to be honest with a sleeping bag the comfort and usability aspects are more important than aesthetics to me.
The outer part of the sleeping bag is made of a hard-wearing shiny polyester fabric and the insulating filler is a polyfibre material. The inner liner is again a polyester fabric and this has a slightly brushed finished which is warm to the touch and comfortable to the skin.
This sleeping bag is intended for spring and summer use and for these seasons it is ideal, although it would not really keep you very warm on anything cooler than a spring night.
**Size and Care**
This is an adult sized sleeping bag and although at 75cm wide it is not particularly generous in width, the length is 180cms which is fine for me at 5 feet 9 and a bit!
Care wise this sleeping bag has proven to be a doddle. I'm afraid the care instructions are long gone, as previously mentioned I purchased this around six years ago so really cannot recall the precise instructions. I have washed this in my washing machine on a 30 degree gentle action wash on many occasions and it has suffered no ill effects. I line dry the bag and give it a good shake once it is dry to ensure the padding does not clump together.
The weight of the sleeping bag is just over 1kg making it ideal for travel. The bag came with a very basic 'stuff sack' for storage and travelling but unfortunately this has been lost. My nephew recently borrowed this sleeping bag to use at a music festival and he simply folded it lengthways and rolled it into a tight sausage shape, covered it with a bin bag and attached it to the bottom of his rucksack. He said he was warm and comfortable, even after whatever 18 year olds get up to at festivals these days!
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I have to say that my old bones would not find the padding of this bag adequate for sleeping on the ground and I would want at least a firm camping mat or similar between me and the ground, however when used in conjunction with a thin caravan mattress, I found it to be perfectly fine.
This sleeping bag is a good basic purchase; it is thicker and more durable than the Tesco budget version. I consider this to be a hard wearing, well-made product. I have had no issues with the zip getting stuck or the fabric wearing or splitting, as has happened with my partners very expensive 4 season back packing sleeping bag, which I might add cost many times more than this one.
The bag is easy care, lightweight, warm and practical for camping and travelling. I have even unzipped mine and used it as an extra layer on the bed during a particularly cold winter night.
On the negative side, there is no hood, just a straight edged top and when I purchased this there was no choice colour ways, and it just came in blue. However, given the price, I think these negatives can be overlooked and I would recommend this sleeping bag to those looking for a good basic bag, although knowing how chilly the Orkney Islands can be I probably wouldn't use the Orkney sleeping bag there!
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 September 2013
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A few years ago, when we were still young and wild, we wrecked my best friends parents tent at Reading Festival. We also let their expensive camping stove get stolen and replaced it with a whole load of tat from the overturned Mr Whippy van. Yes, those were the days.
However, that particular weekend left me a little hesitant to return the sleeping bag I had borrowed from her sister. Not least because the washing instructions looked complicated. It was to remain in our conservatory for some time.
Facing my epic trek around Europe this summer, I decided we needed sleeping bags. My dad had thoughtfully offloaded the original borrowed sleeping bag (he thinks hes a minimalist) and I had to find a new candidate. There were a couple of those shiny 1960s nylon ones kicking about in the attic. Although these had escaped the cleaning frenzy, they were worn out, with loose threads, broken zips and that smell things get in the loft hung around them. Also, the dubious stains were offputting. It was time for new ones. Thats right dad, I purposely set out to bring more crap into this house. (Evil laugh.)
We decided to go abroad at the last minute, which didnt leave a lot of time for shopping. A couple of nights before we left, we were pushing a shopping trolley around our 24hr Tesco extra filled with the necessities when I spotted the sleeping bags. Camping had suddenly become chic in 2006, even Kate Moss had been wearing wellies and now Tesco was jumping on the bandwagon. A range of reasonably priced camping gear had appeared in the normally grotty seasonal aisle, sandwiched between the Bratz bouncy castle and some dangerous looking air conditioning units.
The tightly rolled Orkney sleeping bags were neither the cheapest nor the most expensive. Past experience has taught me that fabric sleeping bags retain damp and are desperately inadequate in terms of insulation and I knew that the one I wanted would have to be of the made-entirely-from-plastic variety.
The competition was between the Tesco Value sleeping bag at £7 and the Orkney at £12.97. The so called Kintyre was out of the running because the mummy shape made it look like a body bag. We were restricted in terms of money (planning a holiday of those proportions at such little notice has that effect) but we knew that we needed something substantial. We emptied the Orkney out of its cute little drawstring carry bag there was no other packaging in our way- and laid the two out side by side.
We didnt actually get in them and test them fully then and there, as looking up at the artificial lights would be enough to give anyone a headache. However, the Orkney felt a great deal more substantial and the label carried a favourable rating of 300g/sq m polyfibre insulation.
The Orkney came in three colours, red, brown and blue. So an argument began. The Boyfriend and I have the same favourite colour blue and neither of us were willing to back down and get a different one. To be fair, the red was a horrible murky colour and the brown need I say more? Eventually we realised that there was an easy solution, we could BOTH get blue. Problem solved, we skipped to the checkout and paid with our hard-earned Clubcard vouchers.
While packing our stuff (the night before) we considered ditching the sleeping bags. They weighed in at 1.2 kilograms each and seemed to be bulkier and more slippery than the Karrimor rucksack designer had in mind. We managed to squash them in somehow and by the time we caught the early ferry at Dover, wed already used them as seats. They went on to serve as invaluable pillows on night trains, bedbug defence in hostels, and a barrier between us and everyone else on Spanish trains. They were most useful in Hungary and Romania when we had to sleep on the floor due to inadequate ticket booking systems. If we wished wed left anything out, it was the Karrimor or should that be Karriless? - which broke and was uncomfortable to carry.
Initially, wed felt that the larger carry bag on this sleeping bag was a nuisance and uneconomical in terms of space. We soon realised that it has a crucial advantage - when you spot the station you need at the last minute and have to disembark from a train in less than 30 seconds, its possible to load these sleeping bags up with time to spare. There's no need to struggle with rolling it extra tight or trying to 'get the air out'. The Boyfriend got it down to a fine art, dragging me from under it with one hand and packing it with the other.
The Orkney sleeping bags fit together to make a double, although this is difficult as the zips tend to stick and catch in the fabric a bit. Its hard just to do one up, let alone two. For this reason (and because two people sealed in that much polyester is downright sticky), we found it easier to sleep with one underneath us and one on top.
Since we got back, the weather has taken a seasonal turn. Often electricity is a bit too low to have the heater on all night and The Boyfriend and I decided it might be nice to snuggle under the Orkney in the armchair and watch TV in the chilly evenings. We got into the habit of doing exactly that and smirking about just how warm we were. It has a kind of permanently wrinkled untidy look about it, but its a good size and saves dragging the duvet downstairs.
When no-one wanted to make the trip to put electricity on the key we reached for our usual contingency plan, only to find that we faced stiff competition from his dad and the dog. The Orkney now seems to count as indoor camping equipment and is more coveted than the remote control.