YES, the camping season started now, so we have some very happy campers over here. How about you? In the Netherlands, we had some beautiful sunny weekends already. Very promising for the rest of the upcoming season. We took off a few times to nature already, where we got the chance to test our brand new shiny Robens sleeping bags. As promised, I will tell you all about it! Spoiler alert: they’re absolutely awesome. In my previous article about how to find the perfect sleeping bag, you can read how we came to choosing the Serac 600 and the Crevasse II sleeping bags of this Danish brand called Robens. Now it’s time for a review.
Let’s start with what it’s all about: warmth
Warmth is the most important thing you hope to get from a sleeping bag. Its main challenge is to keep you warm during nights in the outdoors. I’m not such an extreme seasons camper, but wanted to be able to camp with my sleeping bag in wintery days when needed. But while I want it to keep me warm in wintery nights, I don’t want it to have me sweat out of my tent during summer also. Kind of paradoxical expectations…. We tried our new sleeping bags in 2 conditions now: one time during night frost in Belgium (in March) and one time during humid and warm nights in Limburg (in the first HOT weekend of May). The Serac 600 was supposed to be comfortable in late winter, spring, summer, fall and early winter outdooring. And the Crevasse II was suitable for spring, winter and fall. Turned out that we made a very good decision: they both kept us warm during super cold nights in Belgium! The Crevasse II was totally perfect (while BAE fell in love with ‘his’ new sleeping bag, I got the VIP-chance to try ‘his’ perfect new sleeping bag for only 1 night hahaha…). Nice fabrics, enough space, good temperature: we quickly concluded that the Crevasse II is a VERY comfortable sleeping bag.
For myself, I picked the Serac 600. Mainly, because I want to bring a qualitative and functional sleeping bag on my great adventure to Canada, later this year. So I needed my sleeping bag primarily to be a small package (for which I chose down feather filling). But…… While the product description of Serac 600 states that you should have a comfortable night rest in it until -7 degrees Celsius (for the ladies), I think this applies only for survival-like conditions. I suggest to also wear thermo clothing during the night when spending frosty nights in the Serac 600. But maybe it was just me. After our ‘switch night’, BAE told me how HOT the Serac 600 was during the night. Further, really nothing to whine about from my side! ;-) I’m very enthusiastic about the extra (soft) adjustable cord inside the Serac sleeping bag, which gives the sleeping bag a hand in warming things up in there. When pulling the cord from inside the sleeping bag (very easily), the sleeping bag is tightened around your shoulders so the body heat stays in there. Not to mention the very comfortable hood to close around your face.
Sleeping bag results when risking to be boiled inside your tent
The next challenge for our new sleeping bags, was to comfort us during warm and humid nights. Especially the Crevasse II comes as a perfect solution here, since you can zip the sleeping bag both on the left and on the right side, and put away some of the large ‘blanket’ when you feel like it. Besides that, it also has a ‘secret’ exit for your feet. Just air them through the opening when your feet are too hot and tuck them in again without any effort needed when you want them to get warm again. An extra flap to prevent cold coming in covers the ‘exit’. Since I’m always shivering at nights, and would even sleep underneath a down duvet in peek summertime, I had nothing to complain about with my Serac 600 (without the special feet-exit). Nice, cosy and comfortable during summery nights.
Overall sleeping comfort from Robens
All in all I consider those sleeping bags really as a perfect add on to my camping equipment. Topnotch stuff those new sleeping bags in the collection of Robens! Well done. At the moment, I wouldn’t even consider to switch to another sleeping bag for any season. It took a few nights to get used to ‘my’ new sleeping bag, but it happened: I fell in love. The solution for more heat during really freezing nights in the Serac 600 is to just tuck in my sleeping bag liner to heat things up. Issue solved. We’ll be bringing them on our next adventure coming weekend, while sailing to England. Can’t wait! The Robens Serac 600 and Robens Crevasse are both for sale at Amazon.
Disclaimer: Robens sponsored the reviewed sleeping bags. I wrote about my personal experience with this equipment and being sponsored didn’t change my opinion.