Vaude Cheyenne 500 ReviewJune 19, 2013
- Toughest, most durable bag in the class
- Roomy without excess air voids (i.e. cold spots)
- Very soft, comfortable lining material
- Heaviest in class
- Heaviest in class
If you value comfort above all else, the Vaude Cheyenne should be high on your list. A soft, skin-friendly polyester lining, a somewhat generous cut and a high-loft down insulation creates a cozy nest. It also had the toughest shell in its class, a good bag for sleeping in rough country without a tent. But this a quite heavy and bulky bag compared to others in this class.
The Vaude Cheyenne focuses first and foremost on comfort. The low-grade down insulation provides a great deal of warmth, though it is somewhat heavy and not as compressible as some bags. The active sleepers in our crew—the folks who move throughout the night, from back to side to front, to back—loved the roomy cut and slick liner of the Cheyenne.
The bag packs into a fairly large 17 x 8 inch stuff sack and further compression gets that down to maybe 12×8. That makes it the bulkiest of the class by a fair margine. A good part of the comes from the stout 50-denier polyester shell.
That shell proved very tough, resisting punctures even when spread it out on a rocky slope for a mid-day nap in the autumn sunshine—something we would have been unwilling to risk with most of the other bags in the class.
Warmth to Weight ratio
The bag provides good comfort well within the stated EN range, but it was also the heaviest in the test. But because the bag features a generous cut, we found it easy to ‘layer up’ inside the bag, allowing us to press it into service as a shoulder-season bag even in temperatures well into the low 20s.
That roominess made this a comfort favorite for everyone who slept in it. It was roomy without being drafty. The lining feels smooth and soothing without being slippery and ‘greasy.’ The hood lays flat when not needed, but wraps comfortably around your head when you need to seal out the nighttime chills.