At £50 Sprayway’s Challenger 350 is the cheapest bag in this review (and I’ve found it for £30 online), but is it a worthwhile buy? Well, yes and no. On one hand it’s an affordable and comfortable bag, but its large pack size, heavy weight and some cold spots will make it unsuitable for some trips.
The Challenger 350 uses a synthetic fill that’s a double layer monofibre/polyester mix, and Sprayway says the bag will be comfortable from 14°C to -12°C, which is a huge temperature range. There’s a fleece liner in the foot box that is a lovely touch, adding to the bag’s warmth and comfort – although it contributes to the heavy weight and large pack size too.
While the bag will mostly do a good job of keeping you warm, there are areas where cold spots will develop due to a lack of insulation, in particular down the side, along the length of the zip. But it’s a spacious bag – if you’re a larger person, like me, then it will cater for you. If you’re looking for a cheap bag that you can chuck in the car at weekends, this is a good one to check out.
Pack size: 46x28cm
Comfort limit: -1°C
Extreme limit: -12°C
AT rating: 6/10