I wanted to write this as I was extremely impressed with the sleeping bag, it has all familiar quality of materials and construction that I have found with my Quilt 350 and performed well in various situations.
I have used the bag exclusively over the last few months in order to give a fair perspective.
First of all I would like to say that I do not own this sleeping bag. Cumulus was kind enough to loan the bag to a Facebook group of which I am one of the admins. The bag has been used and tested by a number of members, myself being one of them.
I have not been paid for writing this, nor will I be recieving anything in return once I hit publish.
Specs from Cumulus
Specs of the bag I had to test
Total Weight in Stuff Sack – 478g
Lowest temp used – 0C
Highest Temp used – +9C
Internal Length, measured from the center of footbox to where the bag would meet the chin, 204cm
When the bag arrived, as I would with any second-hand bag or quilt I washed it and treated it with Nikwax Down Proof. I have done this to all my down gear from new.
Not only does it remove any sweat and dirt,
What do you get?
Cumulus supplied the bag with a mesh storage sack as well as a nicely finished stuff sack. I received the same with my Quilt 350 and understand that these are standard with all Cumulus products.
The bag will also come with material information and care instructions.
What am I comparing the bag to?
Something that reviews often lack is a direct comparison to equivalent or similar gear.
Cumulus X-LITE 300, 900 EU Fill Goose Down, 479g – £275
- Alpkit Pipedream 400 – 750 EU Fill Goose down – 865g – £215
- Cumulus Quilt 350 (closed footbox version) – 850 EU Fill Goose Down – 585g – £205
- Enlightened Equipment Revelation 30F/-1C- 850 US Fill Power – £219 + Delivery & Import Duty.
- My MYOG Quilts
I am a fairly warm sleeper. I used my Alpkit Pipedream down to -8C without issue wearing only baselayers. Similarly, I find my Cumulus Quilt 350 a little too warm above 0/2C.
When I owned the Pipedream, I used an EXPED Winterlite pad during winter, all other bags and quilts have been used with a Thermarest Xlite mat.
Build & Construction
The X-LITE is very well made, using
The bag itself is constructed from Toray Airtastic fabric in a lime green
The zipper is a YKK no3 and runs down the
Trapezoid baffles independently filled front and back
The fill of the bag seems fairly consistent on the back, but there is more down in the torso at the front and footbox area than the leg area.
Although I washed the bag before using it, I did a spray test on the bag beforehand to test the DWR. I was impressed with the beading and no water appeared to make its way
The stitching is very nice, matched
Size and Fit
I am 6ft and weigh 86.4KG. I found the bag a fairly tight fit with its alpine style design and cut. I still had plenty of room to move around and for my arms to move freely but I am more accustomed to quilts these days.
The hood, for
I found the footbox design very roomy for my size 11UK feet with plenty of room to move them around and store gear such as my sawyer water filter, phone and
When I used the bag in Scotland the air temperature was +6/7C. I opened the zip fully and used the bag as a quilt. The shape of the bag works very well for this, effectively giving a sewn footbox with a nice wide quilt like
One of the first things I do when using a down bag or
For the size of the bag and temperature rating, it packs away to a very small size within the supplied stuff sack. You could easily compress it further but I do not like overcompressing down and tend to either use the supplied stuff sack or an XL MLD Cuben Dry bag to store my bags/quilts.
As I said above, I sleep very
For me the X-Lite 300 is a great allrounder, you could easily use this bag 3/4 seasons, being able to open the bag up and use it as a quilt is a big bonus for me. You can do this with all sleeping bags I know but the design of the X-Lite makes it feel more usable as a quilt than many. The temperature ratings are accurate in my opinion and even a cool sleeper would be comfortable to freezing without too many layers.
The build, construction
My only critisisum would be the zip baffle, I found that I kept catching it with the zip and this became a little annoying.