The Ergohacks Verdict
We spent the weekend camping in the New Forest in our summer tent. Despite beautiful weather, around 2 o’clock in the morning it was a bit chilly and I wasn’t sure ‘just a sleeping bag’ would cut it. Known for sleeping in thermals with a duvet and blanket over the top of my sleeping bag, the idea of camping light started to feel like a less sensible choice. I needn’t have worried. Coleman’s Basalt Double sleeping bag is as warm as it is comfortable. It’s softer than a duvet cover, fluffy but light and because it’s a double, I never had any problems getting tangled up in it. My biggest problem was sharing it! It was so soft, comfortable and warm. The high quality zips were easy to open and it didn’t slip off the mattress like some sleeping bags do. Our night camping felt more like a night spent in bed than on a forest floor.
I value luxury and comfort when camping. I don’t want to freeze or boil, I don’t want to have to pack actual bedding to attain a sense of warmth and comfort. This is the sleeping bag that made the difference for me because it feels like a fluffy duvet – except my feet is snug and warm as well – and yet doesn’t take up the space a fluffy duvet does in our camping kit. The picture above isn’t styled and glossy, but I always think it’s in the rumple where any good bedding shines. Bed aren’t made for looking at and a well-made bed isn’t necessarily a comfortable bed. This one passes the comfort test.
The Basalt isn’t a budget choice – it’s selling on Amazon at the moment for just under £80, but £40 each it’s a good investment for regular camping trips and due to its a double layer of Coletherm insulation it offers the potential to extending the camping season into Spring and Autumn. If you’re looking for a double sleeping bag that feels like a soft, fluffy duvet – this is the one. Recommended.
Price: ± £77.66
William Coffin Coleman was a lamp seller by trade, based in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He bought the patent for a lamp in 1903, redesigned it and in 1914 produced the first Coleman Lantern. The company has since grown and diversified to become one of the most well-known brands of quality outdoor and camping gear.
Coleman is currently owned by Newell Brands. Coleman is a subsidiary of Jarden, which was acquired in 2016 by Newell Rubbermaid, which renamed itself Newell Brands. Newell Brands owns a large number of brands, including Coleman, Aerobed, Sharpie, PaperMate, Parker, Graco, Yankee Candle, Spontex, Quickie and more*.
Brief product description: look, feel, how it works, mention any noteworthy features (artistic, educational, non-violent, unique).
- Anti-Odour treatment – so far so good!
- Zip Plow that prevents snags opening and closing zips – worked great for us and we didn’t get a single snag.
- Two small inner pockets that I found perfectly sized for a phone – making it both accessible and keeping it warm on colder nights.
Product dimensions: 225 x 150 cm
Pack Size: 26 x 52 x 55cm
Fill Weight: 2265g
Total Weight: 4kg
Shell material:100% Polyester microfibre
Lining material: 100% polyester Pongee
Insulation material: 100% Coletherm polyester double layer on top, single on bottom
Colour: Grey and blue
We based our Ergohacks Verdict on a weekend camping in July 2017.This product was provided by Coleman. This article was first published on 14 July 2017.