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Lightwave 2016 Firelight 250 Down Sleeping Bag

1°C Comfort Limit (EN13537:2012), 250g of 970+ Fill Power Down (US Method)
Weighs 522g
Code: SS16123
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UOG TOP PICK - Lightwave's Firelight Series Sleeping Bags - High Warmth to Weight ratio with full features - Lightwave's Firelight sleeping bags offer amazing warmth for weight, there's no mystery though, they use the very best quality ethically sourced down in a box wall constructed bag.

Lightwave says:

The Firelight 250 is a high quality, ultra-lightweight down sleeping bag that is ideal for use in temperatures down to 5°C. Manufactured wholly in Poland, the Firelight 250 is filled with the famed Polish white Goose down that is 100% ethically recovered. The down has a fill-power of 900 cubic inches as measured by the EU norm (and is equivalent to 970 cubic inches using the US standard).

The Firelight 250 has a full length zip that lies on the top of the bag. The zip is protected by a single baffle. There is a neck collar that can be adjusted to close completely around the neck to provide a complete seal.

The Firelight 250 comes in three sizes and is supplied with a compact stuff sack and a large storage bag.

Typical use: The Firelight 250 is an excellent bag for those who are travelling extremely light and do not expect cold nights. It is ideal for travelling when one is usually going to be indoors, and for trekking during the summer months at altitudes of up to 2000 metres.

Both the quality of construction and the quality of down in Lightwave's Firelight range of sleeping bags ensure that these bags achieve superior ratings when tested to the European EN 13537 standard.

Aside from this obvious quality we like some of the design features, for example the full length zip is on the top of the bag rather than the side - this seems easier to use somehow - when testing a Firelight 450 I could find the zipper much more quickly, and because it starts at the top of the bag I was less likely to turn over leaving it underneath me.

Another curious point was the lack of zip snag, every bag I have ever used snagged at some point, but the Firelight never did. I could quite work this out - but I note the zip is a smaller gauge than usual - which could be it.

Buy these bags and you are buying quality.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

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UOG TOP PICK - Lightwave's Firelight Series Sleeping Bags - High Warmth to Weight ratio with full features - Lightwave's Firelight sleeping bags offer amazing warmth for weight, there's no mystery though, they use the very best quality ethically sourced down in a box wall constructed bag.

Construction

The construction describes how the down is held in place (otherwise all the down would fall to the bottom) and what features are incorporated to maximise heat retention or, conversely, regulate your temperature. A bag as light as the Firelight 250 does not need to have sophisticated features as it is not designed for use in temperatures much below zero.

  • Baffles: Box wall throughout
  • Neck:  No baffle
  • Zip:  Full length #3 YKK
  • Zip baffle: Single

 

Fabrics

Lightweight fabrics allow the down to loft and reduce the weight of the bag.

  • Shell:  30 g/m² 15 denier nylon RS
  • Lining:  30 g/m² 15 denier nylon RS
  • Foot area: Pertex Endurance 29 g/m² 10 denier nylon RS

 

  • Short bag weighs 520g
  • Regular bag weighs 522g
  • Long bag weighs 598g
  • Left hand zip only
  • Packed size: 30cm x 15cm diameter
  • EN13537 Comfort rating: 6°C; Comfort Limit rating: 1°C
  • Fill weight: 250 g (size M)
  • Fill power: 900 EU (970 US) white Polish Goose down

 

 User HeightFill WeightTotal WeightZip LengthInternal WidthInternal Length
Short

<165cm

< 5'7"

240g520g135cm80cm175cm
Regular

165-180cm

5'7" - 5'11"

250g522g150cm80cm190cm
Long

180-200cm

5'11" - 6'6"

270g598g175cm80cm215cm


EN13537:2012 - Look for the 2012 label for the most accurate rating; In 2012 the EN system of testing sleeping bags was re-vamped - the new testing procedures are more rigorous, producing more consistent results than previous tests. 2012 results tend to rate sleeping bags as poorer performing by a few degrees when compared to previous test results, even though the sleeping bag may be identical, or even better.

This means that comparison between an EN13537:2012 rated bag and an EN13537:2002 rated bag are particularly difficult - our advice is to use the new EN13537:2012 rating to compare with other bags who have also been rated in this way.

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