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.
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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.