Published on December 11th, 2012 | by Greg0
Camping With Kids And The Deuter Starlight EXP
Sleeping bags for the younger ones might not seem like a great pair with winter in New York. After all, most local children are not planning camping trips during December, despite ample opportunity (we miss month-long holiday vacations). But whether you live in or are visiting a warmer climate during the holidays- or if you’re planning for the summer, looking forward to some future camping- then there is no time like the present to upgrade your child’s sleeping bag. Plus, it’ll be cozy for them should they decide to await Santa’s visit in the living room.
The Deuter Starlight EXP looks and feels like an adult sleeping bag- no kiddie touches here, just solid materials. The shell is Soft-nylon taffeta and the fill synthetic hollow fiber, with an nice smooth inner lining, making for warmth and light weight at only a bit over two pounds. Now, it’s not going to work outside in the dead of winter- this is a three-season bag, and ratings aren’t available for youth sleeping bags.
There’s a fun extra feature on this made-for-kids bag: an extendable section that “grows together with your little stargazers when they gain height overnight!” Basically, a zippered section at the bottom extends the bag by twelve inches, or when zipped up, offers additional insulation. The interior pocket is a nice touch, too. The loose-mummy construction offers a bit of extra warmth and less weight, but is a bit less roomy than some kids may want. The Starlight also has an adjustable hood with a drawstring to close it up a bit.
Also, the specs list it for those between 4’3″ to 5’6″, but we’d suggest it a better fit for those under five feet. It was reported to be “cozy”, and the orange-cranberry color a hue that’s gender-neutral and attractive enough that some adults on staff wanted one. At $80, it’s fairly expensive for a youth bag, but it’s from Deuter- we’ve had great luck with their gear’s durability, as in our previous reviews. Plus, the expandability means that it will grow, to some extent, with your child. Available now, online and in stores.