VauDe Snow Cloud 350 43F
In short, all the details you'd find in much higher…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 65 USD
In short, all the details you'd find in much higher priced bags for an entry level price. This is a warm-weather bag though, so don't push your luck!
- nice features at the pricepoint
- warm-weather uses only
Forewarning, I've NOT tried this bag out in much below 50 deg. yet. It's just not meant to go much below that so why push it. Living in south Florida, there's not much opportunity anyways, which is why I got this.
I can attest to the fact that in a hammock, I slept pretty cold in this bag and I don't think it got below 55 that night. But on a similarly 'cold' night, I was toasty in a tent. Hammocks really are a lot colder.
Anyways, clearly it's a warm weather bag. Since I already had a nice Vaude pack, I figured I'd try one of their bags when it went on sale at STP. I had been using a down bag on previous trips, pushing my luck keeping it dry. Synthetic is obviously a better choice for wet and humid environments, i.e. the Everglades.
First Impressions: the zipper is excellent... engineered well for less snags, the fleece lining is nice, pull cords are quality, it has a pillow-pocket in the hood, and there's a surprise fleece pocket/insulation in the toe box...you could stuff this with clothing to warm your feet.
Also, it came with a quality 200L compression sack, not just simple stuff sack. The sack is way too big for just the bag, so it leaves ample room to throw your clothes in too! With the sack it comes to around 2.5 lbs, closer to 2 without the sack. The tag says 1050 g. It seems somewhat large for a woman's bag...I'm 5'9" and 130 lbs...plenty of room, which is not always a bad thing.
Finally, Germans generally make really nice outdoors stuff but must be color blind...the light material of this bag is bound to show dirt, oh well!