Mountain Equipment Lightline Ultra
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The Mountain Equipment Lightline Ultra down sleeping bag provides consistent performance in extreme climates. The Lightline ultra can be used in the UK during all 4 seasons and can also be used for alpine ascents between June and September. Mountain Equipment rate this bag to -9 degrees but it will go all the way down to -22 degrees at a push. Not bad for a sleeping bag weighing just over a kilo.
Mountain Equipment Lightline Ultra Reviews
Reviewed by Simon (Trail Magazine) (UK) on 2009-02-10:
General comments: The Mountain Equipment Lightline Ultra has been my primary sleeping bag for a while now. I like it a lot: the down is good quality and it lofts *luffs up) well, and the shell fabric is the shiny water-resistant variety that crackles pleasingly and washes nicely. The Lightline Ultra has got a versatile temperature range (+10 down to -9 comfort) and I've never been either too cold or hot in it - which is remarkable considering I've used this 1100g bag everywhere from the Alps to Snowdonia in winter and summer. But there are a few buts. The stuffsack is woeful: I have to rethread the compression straps all the time as they slip out of their buckles so easily. The footbox could do with some vertical leeway and it's quite a snug fit that - while adding to warmth - doesn't suit me as I tend to sprawl in the night. Little things, but irritating - as otherwise the Mountain Equipment Lightline Ultra would be perfect.
Pros: Snug. Light. Easy to clean.
Cons: Poor stuff sack. Some people may find the footbox slightly restictive.
Reviewed by Dawn (UK) on 2009-03-07:
General comments: The Mountain Equipment Lightline is vert lightweigh at just over a kilo but it's rated down to -9 deg C by the manufacturers and has been comfortable enough for me most of the time. So all that makes it ideal for summer for people who tend to feel the cold. The lightline has stretch baffles, so it tends to feel warmer than expected and it also hugs your body, making it surprisingly comfy. It's down-filled, but the feathers aren't escaping from the seams, a feature of some cheaper sleeping bags. The hood isn't the best fit around, but it's good enough for me. What is a real bonus is that the shell is very water-repellant so the down does not suffer from a drenching when the bag is squashed up against the inner of a tent on a sloppy pitch, or when the dogs decide to lie on the bag even though they are wet!
Pros: The Mountain Equipment Lightline sleeping bag is snug, comfortable and nicely water-resistant.
Cons: Hood could be better.
Reviewed by Damo (Ribble Valley) on 2011-08-31:
General comments: The Mountain equipment Lightline ultra 450 is a seriously well thought out quality sleeping bag. It is part of ME's Extreme range thus is the top end of their sleeping bag range. Don't be put off that certain other bags have a lower comfort range for less money. This bag is great for british winters down to -9 celsius and the quality of the design and the Shell material is better on this. The models above this are: snowline, Iceline and the Everest. But I would not say that camping in the U.K requires the level of Insulation and added weight of these bags. It is a great buy and the shell is Drilite Loft which is very water resistant, (copes with condensation inside a tent no prob). I had a great nights sleep right down to -7 with no issues (ontop of a thermarest prolite plus, whist wearing an Icebreaker 200 base layer).
Pros: Super comfortable, Top end bag, Warm, light, highly water resistant, 30 year guarantee
Cons: RRP £320