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Tudor is a freelance writer, editor and author based in Cape Town, South Africa. After seven years spent working both in print and online for glossy magazines such as Men's Health, GQ, Best Life and Women's Health, he now contributes to a range of publications. While still contributing to the above magazines, Tudor writes for The Sunday Times and Red Bulletin as well as for in-house and customised publications for Fodor's SAB, Cell C, Vodacom and other brands, to name but a few.

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K-Way Chamonix 850 Eco Sleeping Bag Review

If you're looking for the best all round sleeping bag for camping in South Africa, you need to read this K-Way Chamonix 850 Eco Sleeping Bag review.

We all know the type. The person who buys the hard-core 4x4 that hardly ever leaves the garage, let alone the city limits. This tends to be the same person who gets the top of the range camera, yet tends to leave it at home and uses their smart phones instead.

We get it, we’re gear nuts after all. New stuff, especially gear, is seriously tempting. But it’s always worth tempering your brain’s urge to get the best of the best with a little moderation. What you need and what you think you need are not always the same.

How cold is camping in South Africa really?

This is perhaps more relevant with sleeping bags than with other gear. In South Africa, we have a huge variety of geographical terrain, biospheres, microclimates and temperature ranges. And in winter in places like Sutherland and Molteno (with the lowest ever recorded temperature of -20°C) you may encounter seriously cold temperatures.

But if you apply some simple common sense, who the hell would go camping there in the middle of winter? South Africa, despite what we may think, is not a cold country. We get odd spikes in cold weather and certain areas that do get cold at certain times of the year, but on average we have nothing on really cold countries up in the Northern Hemisphere. So, the majority of the time that we use sleeping bags here, we are going to be in the temperate zone.

Specifications for the K-Way Chamonix 850 Eco sleeping bag

Which brings us to the K-WAY Chamonix 850 Eco sleeping bag. Comfortable at 3° to 15° C,  it will be perfect for almost every camping situation in South Africa from summer right through to autumn.

Including the head cowl, it’s long at 220cm with a 72cm shoulder section tapering down to a 48cm foot section to create a snug cocoon for you to snooze away in. Your eco-friendly conscience will allow you to sleep even better because, instead of down (which is better for very cold conditions) it uses environmentally friendly PrimaLoft Eco insulation. Did we mention that at 850g it’s also seriously light?

So, instead of being the person who just can't resist getting a top of the range sleeping bag (and sweats away while overheating in our mild weather conditions), get the bag you actually need. In addition to this, we recommend using the K-WAY Air Lite Mattress.

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