Vango F10 Vulcan -12°

What Vango say:

The F10 Vulcan is the logical home for outdoor enthusiasts and experts. Featuring Hydro Barrier Down in a reflective V baffle construction, all wrapped in lightweight, soft, 20D nylon fabrics to ensure a sound night’s sleep in warmth and comfort. The ethically sourced down achieving a great warmth to weight ratio. This results in a low comfort temperature rating coupled with low weight, ideal for pushing the limits of minimum gear maximum adventure.

More Info:

  • V Baffle Construction - Using Thermal-Reverb reflective interlining in a V shaped cross-section throughout the bag, the pinnacle of thermal efficiency is achieved.
  • Hydro-barrier down - Premium 90/10 700 fill power duck down stays drier four times longer than untreated down
  • Ethically sourced down - Humanely collected down from birds that have not been subject to any unnecessary harm
  • Made up of 15, 20 and 40 denier yarn, Polair Enduro is an extremely lightweight, highly robust, wind resistant nylon fabric. This 34g/m² fabric ensures the down is carefully guarded and is allowed to function to full effect.
  • The tightly woven construction of the 20D, 33g/m­², nylon Polair Active fabric create a warm, soft to touch and easily compressible material which is also water and tear resistant.
  • Thermal-Reverb - Aluminised layer reflects radiated body heat back to the user for maximum warmth
  • Thermal Embrace System - Elasticated thread sewn into the inner fabric. Makes the sleeping bag gently conform close to the body. Reduces cold spots and increases loft of insulation.
  • Mesh storage sack - Allows down to loft whilst in storage, increasing the lifespan of sleeping bag
  • Insulated, adjustable shoulder baffle - Retains heat within the sleeping bag
  • 3D hood with multi-cord closure - Structured hood design keeps the head and shoulders warmer during the night. The hood's dual cord thicknesses allow easy adjustment in the dark
  • Arrow Foot - Shaped foot area allowing feet to relax into their natural position
  • Interlocking Zip Baffles - Two precision filled baffles of premium down are designed to overlap and therefore provide consistent insulation along the zip.
  • Full Length Two-Way Auto-Lock Zip with Zip Guard: Used to seal in warmth or provide ventilation and can be used from inside the bag. Anti-catch piping helps to prevent the zip from snagging on the lining.
  • Internal pocket - Provides convenient storage for small items
  • Omega shaping - Engineered to position zips and seams in the lower section of the bag. Ergonomically shaped to fit around head and shoulders for improved heat retention
  • Roll top dry bag - Expel excess air and roll 3 times for a sealed, water tight bag
  • Temperature ratings independently measured in accordance with EN 13537:2012 - Extensively tested to meet accurate temperature rating standards

Specs:

Weight: 1.25kg
Packsize: 26.0 x ø22.0cm
Suggested Usage Max: 15°
Comfort: -5°
Int Length: 217cm
Suggested Usage Min: -12°
Max User Height: 200cm
Int Foot Width: 46cm
Shape: Mummy
Fill Type: Hydro-Barrier 90/10 Duck Down 700FP
Ext Chest Width: 80cm
Int Chest Width: 70cm
Limit: -12°
Zip Side: Left
Extreme: -32°
Performance: 4 Season
Colour: Lava

On test with me:

I’m used to using Vango sleeping bags, most of what we supply on DofE and Scouting happens to be Vango and I own three myself but the F10 line is a new one for me so I was excited to be trying out Vango’s top end sleeping bag and it didn’t disappoint!

The F10 range is essentially a lighter, tougher, larger yet more compact sleeping bag to the rest of the range, using a Hydro-barrier down rather than Insulite Helix or polyester fill. The Hydro-barrier fill stays drier four times longer than untreated down making it a must in high altitudes or damp conditions - Perfect for winter expeditions and camps.

The F10 Vulcan is half the size and weight of its counter parts in the Vango range with a weight of 1.25kg and can go down to extremes of -32 but is best suited between 15 to -12 degrees. The bags pack size is 26 x 22cm but with a compression sac you can half the size of this again. I managed to get it down to 18-16cm in an Exped compression sac. Although yes the bag does come with its own dry bag and mesh bag for storage*, the dry bag lacks compression straps so remains at 26x22cm.

In comparison my Vango Latitude 400 weighs 2.1kg, is 32x26cm and is good down to the same temperatures but is a whole 12cm shorter in length. Only measuring in at 205cm internal length, whereas the F10 Vulcan is 217cm which for someone who is 6ft2 makes a huge difference.

Now I do fit in the Latitude with some space left but its snug, the F10 Vulcan felt like I could stretch out even further. Imagine going from a single bed to a double – All that space!
In all seriousness however that extra 10cm does make a huge difference and when you have been out hiking or up a mountain side it can make a lot of difference to moral and comfort.

Another benefit to the F10 Vulcan over its cheaper counterparts is the internal zipper. Rather than a Velcro pocket to store electronics and valuables the Vulcan has a ykk zipper so you have no fear of a phone falling out of the pocket and smacking you in the night or lost in your sleeping bag.

Although this time of the year is hot and some nights can very uncomfortable to try and sleep. I found the sleeping bag comfortable still to use, during the expeditions in the North Downs night temperatures dropped and with the shade of the trees during the day kept the tent cooler at approx 15degrees. Between these two I could sleep comfortable inside but any hotter I think I would had struggled but this sleeping bag is made for cold conditions, going down to as low as -32 so I feel it is a little unfair to judge the bag fully at this time of the year.

I will be continuing to use the bag over winter and will have a test it further in damp and winter conditions.

What I have really liked about the Vulcan so far has been how compact and lightweight it is. Perfect for long expeditions, hikes and mountain trips, however if you wish to save more room I would suggest buying another compression bag as the Vango supplied one doesn’t have straps on the dry bag. Personally I trust Vango and happily spend a large sum of money on their kit so I have every faith this bag will do well in winter.
Expeditions that are coming up in autumn and winter: Sugarloaf, Brecon Beacons /// Capel Curig, Snowdonia /// North & South Downs /// Dartmoor, Devon

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*For storage the bag is best left out of the dry bag and using the mesh bag to allow the down to loft up and air out when not in use. You should do this with all sleeping bags to make them last longer.

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Long term review of the Vango F10 Vulcan -12 sleeping bag:

For the past 5 months I have been using the Vango F10 sleeping bag for all expeditions and trips with Duke of Edinburgh and personal use. Covering the product I have used the bag in hot summer months with 30+ degrees to the wet and colder months this winter ranging from torrential rain to -6 degrees and frost.

As the weather deteriorated over the months the bag became more comfortable as time went on. Especially in the colder and damper months this bag is really in its element - the hydro stop down, construction of reflective materials to give the user comfort in low temperatures has been a relief at the end of hikes, especially in the rain and storms we have witnessed in the past few months.

There is nothing better than getting into a dry tent and warm bag after a day out on the hills in the wet.

A few small touches I’ve liked on the bag have been the zipper pocket on the inside and the internal wrap/layering the bag has which covers the zipper as well, meaning no hot air can escape.
This is also the same with the hood which is smaller and tighter packed to stop heat escaping and keep you inside warmer.

The zipper pocket is large enough to fit most phones and also has room to add batteries or another electrical item. As a photographer and having to carry plenty of batteries around with me, keeping these warm and protected is vital and having the zipper pocket buried inside the bag means the batteries and phone remains, A) safe and B) dry. The colder also bad for batteries and you will find typically it will zap them dry of juice faster than the summer months.

The internal layers and wrap – Extra lining and material has been stitched into the bag around the zipper, this means yes it can be annoying at times to zip up and on the occasion catches (Less than you’d have thought however, it’s only caught twice since I’ve have the bag).

This extra layer covers the zipper and elements any hot air leaking out, yes the bag features a YKK waterproof zipper but when you are inside the bag. Put your hand between the zipper and this extra material and you by surprise you will feel some cold. It’s something simple to add this extra material but it helps a great deal.

Another part to the extra material is a piece that sits just inside the hood and can be tightened with a draw string to trap the body inside the bag to reduce further heat escaping out of the hood. In addition the hood itself has a draw string to pull it in tighter to further reduce heat loss.

Without a doubt one of the best things about this bag is its weight vs product quality and the extremes it can handle. Weighing in at a small 1.2kg this bag is half the weight of some of its competitors and can stand harsher extremes, not to mention it can pack down very small. Plus the price for this bag at £330 on the Vango store makes it cheaper than some of its competitors for the same comfort rating and design.

I for one have been very happy with the F10 Vulcan bag and I look forward to a winter of expeditions and treks using this bag so if you’re looking for a new winter bag to last. I highly recommend the Vango.