You can quote construction details and performance ratings all day, but what really counts is how well a bag sleeps. First thing you notice with the HighLite is that it packs tiny in its supplied stuff sac, the second, when you unstuff it, is just how much loft that top quality down gives you – for a light bag, there’s an awful lot of it. You can almost see the down waking up and stretching out little arms as it expands.
Cut is sleek and not overtight, though if you’re more than medium athletic build, you’ll want to try before buying. The bag’s a ‘Mummy’ shape, with contoured toe-box, and has a decent enough hood to hide inside, but bear in mind that there’s no neck or shoulder baffle and the one-way half-length zip has no backing baffle either.
Ironically that probably wouldn’t matter if the bag weren’t quite so warm, but with a realistic – we’d say – comfort rating of 2°C, you can find yourself using at around freezing point. And when it’s that cool, you may notice the absence of baffles. Some owners add their own to increase the versatility of the bag. On the plus side, a velcro tab closure at the top of the zip means you can use it for effective venting in warmer conditions, which wouldn’t be feasible with zipless version.