Having previously never owned a down sleeping bag I was looking forward to testing out the Vango Venom 200. The Venom 200 is marketed as a ultralight two season down sleeping bag aimed towards the minimalist enthusiast.
Price when reviewed: £93.99
Overall the Vango Venom 200 is an excellent down Summer sleeping bag that offers comfort, warmth and minimal weight.
Regarding upper body space I was able to move comfortably in the sleeping bag even with the hood pulled in tight around me.The Vango Venom 200 is styled in the mummy shape and weighs 650g. The inner material is polar super soft mini-rip stop nylon, which is comfortable against the body. The outer material is Polar 30D mini-rip stop, which is water resistant. The Venom is filled with 95/5 700 power duck down and has single stitch throughout the bag, which helps to maintain evenly distributed insulation throughout.
The Venom’s hood is quite large with a 3D design with multi pull cords which enable you to pull the hood tighter cross the top and bottom of the hood. The hood leaves plenty of the sleeping bag over your head which helps close the barrier of warm air around the sleeping bag.
In a bid to reduce weight Vango have not included a shoulder baffle which I have not missed when I enclose the hood around my head. While some might find the width of the Venom 200 to be excessive, I was more than happy with the extra shoulder space, using any extra material to pull in around myself.
The sleeping bag has a small internal pocket which could be used to store an item such as mobile phone or torch. Alternatively items sensitive to the cold such as camera batteries could be placed here, behind the down, to protect them from the elements.
While down has an excellent warmth to size/weight ratio, it is much less robust than synthetics and requires good care. With any down product you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any washing or drying. I always store my sleeping bags in my wardrobe using the hanging tabs on the bottom. Sleeping bags should not be stored compressed as this will compromise the insulation.
The Venom 200 is small enough to wash in a washing machine with a gentle hand wash cycle using liquid soap. When drying, be sure to keep clumps from forming by placing a few clean tennis balls in the dryer to agitate the down.
Testing the Venom 200 in the mountainous environment allowed me to consider other factors such as clothing, insulation that could be incorporated whilst using the Venom 200 to increase my warmth and comfort.
|Compact and light weight||Generous comfort rating|
|Waterproof stuff sac||No shoulder baffle|
|3D hood design|
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