A lightweight, synthetic 2-season bag that boasts some excellent features for fair-weather camping, including a double zip and a great hood.
Lightweight for a synthetic bag
Expensive for a synthetic bag
Heavier than down
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Fjällräven Abisko Two Seasons sleeping bag: first impressions
As soon as you hold the Fjällräven Abisko Two Seasons sleeping bag in your hands, a couple of things are immediately obvious: for a synthetic sleeping bag, it is both delightfully lightweight and pretty compact. But that doesn’t mean it can’t compete with the best 2-season sleeping bags. Far from it.
• List price: $160 (US) / £150 (UK)
• Style: Mummy
• Weight: 1,000g / 35oz
• Length: 190cm / 75in
• Max height of user: 180cm / 5ft 11in
• Packed size: 19cm x 32cm / 7.5in x 12.6in
• Variations: Long (same price; weight 1,050g / 37oz; to suit users 195cm / 6ft 4in); Women’s specific (same price; weight 1,200g / 42oz; max height 175cm / 5ft 8in; comfort rating 3°C/37°F)
• Insulation type: Synthetic fiber
• Temperature ratings: Comfort 6°C / 42°F; Limit 1°C / 34°F; Extreme –14°C / 7°F
• Colors: Atlantic blue with red inner
Once released from its stuff sack, it fluffs up nicely and offers just the right sort of thermal coverage for a summer’s night under canvas, with a great hood that can be adjusted easily.
The sleeping bag temperature rating – which is what we always strongly recommend you go by – will take you into early fall too, but this is a solidly a 2-season bag and not for winter. Armed with additional padding, which makes it a tad heavier, the women’s specific version does have a comfort temperature rating that goes down to 3°C, and the bag is also available in a long version to suit taller campers.
The Abisko is nicely designed, with a full-length two-way zip, which means you can ventilate your feet (or other body bits) if you get too hot in the night. The foot box is generous, and there’s a padded flap around the entry to keep cold drafts out.
Being synthetic, it will keep you warm even if it gets damp, and to help dry it out there are eyelets at the foot end so you can easily hang it up.
Fjällräven Abisko two-season sleeping bag: in the field
I initially trail tested this sleeping bag during a bikepacking trip in the Peak District, when storage was (obviously) pretty limited, but also the weather was unseasonably warm. It was an English summer evening, but not as we normally know it, because the temperatures barely dropped.
I thought I was going to have to sleep sans sleeping bag at first, but the Abisko provided just the right level of comfort, and the double zip allowed me to sleep inside the bag, but with my feet ventilated, which was perfect. As the mercury did finally start to dip, it was easy to do the bag up fully and get a bit more snug, which gives me confidence that it will keep me warm on much cooler summer nights.
The hood is very easy to adjust, and while it provides a reasonably good level of cushioning by itself, the sunbaked ground was rock hard and I was happy to combine this with the Fjällräven Travel Pillow, which I was testing at the same time. The two work well together, with the pillow slotting nicely into the hood, which helps keep everything where it should be, even if you toss and turn a bit.
Although it is pretty pricey for a synthetic 2-season sleeping bag, overall I was impressed with both the performance and pack weight.
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