The starlight 250 and 250s are an exclusive sleeping bag made by Vango for GoOutdoors. Vango is a Scottish outdoor company that specialise in sleeping bags, tents, awnings and other outdoor accessories.

Features

Temperature:

Both Starlight bags have a suggested temperature range from +3 to +20 degrees but the sleeping bag can be used in extreme temperatures of -15°. This is not something that we have tested as the UK doesn’t usually go down to these sort of temperatures but we trust that Vango has correct temperature testing as it has been measured in accordance with the European standard for sleeping bags. (For those interested this comes under the EN 13537:2002).

We have been able to test in the more balmy temperatures that you would experience in the UK, and we we’re very comfortable when the temperature dropped under 10 degrees, but equally we didn’t get too hot when the temperature rose in the morning into the teens.

Colour: 

The sleeping bags come in two stylish colours, one colour for each model. The Starlight 250s being Teal and the Starlight 250 in Amber as you can see the true colours below, compared to on the GoOutdoors website.

Durability:

We spent the night with it in very humid and rainy conditions and when when we awoke the bags were still dry with no dampness. This is down to the breathability of the Microfibre polyester and its single hole siliconised hollow fibre insulation. Vango states that it will last between 2-3 camping seasons so we will update you in the future to see how both sleeping bags hold up!

Fit

We found there was plenty of space both of these mummy shaped sleeping bags, which saves on space and keeps you more insulated. Both were soft to the touch, which allowed for a much more comfortable sleep with no zips or horrible textures in your face. The bag has a pull cord to tighten at the head to get extra comfy and retain heat. Personally I enjoyed the feeling of being cocooned within the bag.

It is also very easy to pack away quickly and with a good rolling technique will fit back into its stuff sack. There are 4 useful compression straps, one on each side that help to tighten down to be more compatible for transport. The bag also has handy loops attached so you can hang out to air when needed and an internal pocket if you need to store any personal items overnight or if you are just lounging in your camp chair on a starry night.

The zips on the bag are double sided and easily accessible from the inside of the bag if needed. They are also 2 way auto lock zippers that prevent the bag from opening in the night so you stay insulated.

Tech specs from Vango – Starlight 250/250s

Suggested Use: 3° to 20°
Comfort Temperature: 5
Extreme Temperature:       -15
Season: 2 to 3 Season  
Shape: Mummy
Stuff Sack: Yes
Draught Collar: Yes
Hood: Yes
Insulation Type: Synthetic
Max. User Height: 175 cm
Packed Size: 40 x ø19
Weight: 1.4kg
Zip Side: Left Hand

Conclusion

We tested out both models of sleeping bag and overall found them to be very comfortable for camping in the UK. The fabrics are soft, giving you a much nicer feel when sleeping, and the reasonably close fit gives you that extra feeling of warmth. We also love the added extras of loops and internal pockets.

This isn’t a sleeping bag to be going on large expeditions with, but instead is much more suited for a weekend away camping, taking to a festival or on a family break. The sleeping bags would be great for first time campers who want a high quality product but on a lower budget. It does state that you can still use it down to -15° but I am sure that with the UK weather this will be unlikely to happen.


You can grab your Vango Starlight 250 or 250s now from GoOutdoors for only £26.99 with your GoOutdoors member card.