Product: Viking Trek4 sleeping bag
Size: 350g filling for adults and children 210cm long including the 30cm hood
Colour: Blue or black
Guarantee: Contact the seller
Rating: 9 out of 10
IT’S difficult to fault this adult and children’s sleeping bag, particularly as it has an anti-snag zipper. How many times have you bought a sleeping bag and the zipper either breaks or gets jammed in the material, so you end up sleeping with it half open with creepy crawlies getting inside.
This one is designed where the zip doesn’t get caught
Well, with this one, it is designed in such a way that the zip is able to close the sleeping bag without it getting caught. So now you are comfy inside, you want to make sure that it is waterproof and I can tell you it is 100% in that department.
No need for extra blankets, this bag keeps you warm
The other plus point that I found is that I don’t need to put extra blankets inside to keep me warm and I don’t get overheated with this sleeping bag. It has what they call “breathable fabric” which means that the inner material takes the moisture away from your body and through the breathable outer shell. The beauty of it was using it on my first trip, where I forgot to bring a pillow and was still able to sleep in it quite comfortably without getting any neck problems. However, there may be people that may need an extra pillow. I’m not one of those.
Can be fun for kids indoors
If you have children they can quite comfortably sleep in it indoors. It may be a bit hard on the floor, but I’m used to a hard surface. My mattress is a memory foam one so it does feel hard when sleeping on it. Other sleeping bags I have used have been flimsy, but I found this one quite sturdy.
Standards certificate lives up to its ratings
The makers of the product say it has been certified to EN 13537:2012 standards and awarded temperature ratings: Comfort 8°C, Limit 3°C and Extreme -11°C. In effect, this means this is camping, hiking and backpacking sleeping equipment for all weather! I have tried it out in British weather, would be interesting to see how it works in Lapland. Some of my friends have a down sleeping bag which cost four times the Viking and is not synthetic and they have had to wear socks and woollen pyjamas to keep warm.
Velcro tab that hides the zip
The only thing that let’s this sleeping bag down is the velcro tab that closes over at the top of the bag to hide the zip when closed. It doesn’t double over on itself and close so the velcro hooks don’t catch on whatever is in the sleeping bag like blankets and jumpers. It can be a bit of a struggle to get it back in the bag, but that’s due to the good quality material which adds warmth, but has the benefit of being light when strapped together to carry. A down sleeping bag which is non-synthetic would be more compressible and take less space if you tried to fit it into a backpack, but on the negative side, if it got wet would create a problem.
How long will my sleeping bags last
Synthetic versus animal products
Easier to clean
Viking is great value