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Lighten the load on your next warm weather adventure with the Deuter DreamLite 500 Sleeping Bag. This synthetic-insulated summer sleeping bag packs down into an impressive little package and weighs in at a mere 1 lb 2 oz. This is an ideal lightweight sleeping bag for warm weather adventures and summer camping. Mummy bags offer the best warmth for their size, and the DreamLite 500 is rated to keep you warm down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so you'll be able enjoy a good night's rest on any summer camping trip. The synthetic insulation makes for super easy care. It dries quickly when wet and is easy to pack. The adjustable hood helps seal in the heat, while the snag free zipper is easy to operate. There's no need to carry more than you need on your next weekend escape when you've got the Deuter DreamLite 500 Sleeping Bag in your gear stash.


  • Insulation: Polydown Soft Polyester fiber
  • Temp rating: 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Material: Dura-Hexlite RS
  • Lining: Soft-nylon taffeta
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Adjustable hood with drawstring
  • Anti-catch zipper strip
  • Stuff sack included
  • Fits up to: 72 in
  • Size: 81 x 30 x 19 in, 205 x 75 x 48 cm
  • Pack-Size: 4.7 x 9.8 in, 12 x 25 cm
  • Weight: 1 lb 2 oz

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

40 Reviews

  • Great design: 4
  • Great value: 4
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Build quality: 1

  • Low performance: 1
  • Poor quality: 1
  • small: 1
  • Wears quickly: 1
Quality: 4.2 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Features: 4 / 5
Fit: 3.5 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
Weight: 1.6 / 5

40 Ratings & Reviews

Can't beat it for the price
July 02, 2008

I bought this pack this spring and have used it on a few weekend trips. It's a great warm weather bag. Keeps me nice and toasty at night. With the right clothes and/or a bag liner it does just fine in cooler weather as well.

Great Value For Money
March 07, 2008

This is GREAT sleeping bag. Packs close to nothing, holds up to 3C (35F) weight ~500g - Tested with European standard. There are no such bags except this and down ones. But as we know they are so much expensive. Great value for money, one could not get better.

Dreamlite is a 50 degree bag-- not 40
September 05, 2009

I ordered this bag based on some enthusiastic reviews for a hike in the Western Cascades and another in Sierras-- expecting to wear all my clothes (down jacket etc...) to stay toasty. I liked the idea of the 1 lb bag at this price. It didn't work for me. I am returning it. Ended up using it one night in upper 40's /50 degree weather and being uncomfortable all night. This bag is light and suitable for tent summer upper 50's camping -- not sleeping outside with a bivy. Material seems light but well made, and has potential. Just wouldn't recommend it for any altitude backpacking or temps under 50. After sleeping in it one warm night outside, we left it in the car on my backpacking trip for a Big Five Hi-Tec 15 degree Mummy --$39.98

Durability: 5 / 5
Features: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitPads: 5 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
from Kansas City, Mo
35-44 yrs

Great Summer Ultralight Bag!
August 30, 2011

Bought this bag for summer trips when I want to travel light! It is a greaty bag for hot nights as well as those with a bit of a chill. The only drawback is that it is a bit small. At 6'-1" a long version would be more appropriate. It is also snug in the shoulders when zipped up. However, I don't intend on using it in weather that would require extra warmth. For warm nights when all you need is a light cover you can't beat this bag!

Pros: lightweight, size, Cons: small

great bag
August 08, 2010

i used this bag on a weekend camping trip, and i slept like a baby. perfect bag for minimalists. can't wait to use this again in a week.

great sleeping bag!!
January 21, 2008

It's amaizing small!! Very easy to carry, fit almost anywhere. But if you are a large person even though if you are not too tall not a good pick.

June 15, 2008

If you need a summer bag this is it. Why sweat in some over insulated bag, and lug all that extra weight, when you can carry this nifty little gem.

Awesome bag, but sadly not right for me.
March 30, 2008

This bag is awesome. It's lightweight, warm, and durable. The only problem is the width at the shoulders. When I zipped up the bag, I felt a little claustrophobic almost, but only because of the tightness on the shoulders. Everything else about the bag was as expected.

Weight: 2 / 5

Yes and no, no
June 06, 2012

I purchased the Dreamlite 500 for a canoe camping trip in Quetico Provincial Park in August. I wanted light weight, compactibility, and warmth down to 40-50 F. The bag (compacted) is amazingly small, and very light. Good! But after lying in it inside for a while, I found it too confining even though I am 5-9 and 150 lbs. I didn't like the "feel" of the material, and felt it could become a bit clammy on warm nights, yet be inadequate for chillier nights. I've decided to return it.

Does the trick
May 12, 2010

Deuter built this product with lightweight in mind and comfort a distant second. But that's ok because they advertised that. I felt the back was a bit short and I'm only 5'8". It is super light, packs into a really small size and does the trick. Lows on my test overnighter were at 40 degrees and while I wasn't warm I wasn't freezing either.

Warm and lightweight but..
August 18, 2008

Great bag. I tested it the way I tested all of my gear, by hanging out in my living room and using it. The bag was very warm and ultralight. In fact, it was so thin my wife didn't believe it would be warm. However, it fit very tight at the shoulders. so tight in fact, I was unable to zip it all the way up without feeling claustrophobic... not to mention getting my arm stuck by the zipper. Good buy for an average sized person. I'm not overweight, but a few inches taller than most and with that comes extra shoulder girth.

It is what it is
September 06, 2010

Lightweight, packs very small, but at the expense of comfort. I'd say the rating for this starts at 50deg w/ a long top and bottom, and goes down from there with the more layers you add. The length is exactly for someone 6' with no extra room. Width is very narrow, I had to contort myself to get my hands in my jacket pockets.

Great bag for international travel, warm weather, and survival
January 12, 2010

Dreamlite is the perfect bang for the buck if you need a bag for warm weather outings or international hostel travel. It's super light and packs so small that it virtually fits in the palm of one hand. Perfect as a survival bag for summer mountaineering day-trips to those desolate places here in the west just in case that the leg gets broken.

Nice Size for Small Woman
August 03, 2009

I am 5'8" and 100 lbs; therefore, I am pretty narrow. It fits me perfectly, but I do not think that it would fit someone with broad shoulders.

Great sleeping bag
June 24, 2008

I used this bag during a week long backpacking trip in the Green Mountains in mid-May. The temperatures got down into the mid-30's (F) during this trip. Despite the fact that I was sleeping in a hammock (hammocks tend to sleep colder than tents, because the air outside the hammock conducts warmth away from your body, whereas the ground under the tent provides some insulation against heat loss) the Dreamlite 500 kept me warm enough. I should mention that I wore extra clothing and used a closed cell foam pad with wings to provide extra insulation. However, I was very pleased with the Dreamlite 500's performance. It's hard not to like a bag that weighs just over a pound and compresses down so small. Add in the low price and it's hard to go wrong.

Amazing value, great and versatile bag
June 16, 2010

I am SO happy with this bag. I had been looking for a very lightweight summer/versatile bag for some time, and took the plunge when I came across this bag and the reviews - plus I really wanted something quick for a June backpacking trip into the White Mountains. Figuring I could convince my friends to camp in the valleys instead of on the much colder ridge tops (it worked!), I didn't even bother to take a liner, and this bag performed VERY well in upper 30's/low 40's temps. I did also have an ultralight down jacket in the bag with me(and a warm dog beside me) but I'm not sure I needed it. In fact, I had a very pleasant night's sleep. While I usually sleep "clammy" in a sleeping bag, whether I am hot or cold, I didn't in this bag. I didn't wake up feeling sticky at all, so I think this bag was great for breath-ability. I am also excited that I will be able to couple this bag with a liner for basically all spring and fall and be perfectly comfortable. Great investment to shed a pound or two over my 20 degree bag. I love it!

great for low temps
October 23, 2009

it drops in the 30s -and this bag got cold!!! Use only in the high 40s and above

Good Summer Bag
August 08, 2009

I live in the desert and like to go on short, 1-2 day excursions and this bag is perfect for summer nights, and easily stuffs up really small

Great bag but a little tight.
August 18, 2010

When the bag is zipped up it is just big enough for my shoulders to fit in. I am 6' tall, 175lbs, and my jacket size is a 40R.

Durability: 4 / 5
Features: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
from south florida
25-34 yrs

great bag
June 28, 2011

This is an extremely light weight and compact sleeping bag. It's perfect for backpacking from spring through early fall in most areas; here in Florida it will be used year-round.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Great bag for warm weather camping
September 15, 2009

When this bag arrived it was even smaller than I expected (it only weighs 1 pound). It was the perfect item for a 2wk backpacking trip to Malaysia. lightweight, inexpensive, and so far, durable. would recommend it.

great ultralite bag
January 29, 2008

i just used this bag in 15 degree weather with 40 plus wind i did wear a jacket and socks to sleep in and i was very comfortable i also used a prolite 4 pad this thing is great quality i am a big guy and i slept comfortable it was a little tight in the shoulders but all bags are on me. also seemed very durable and packs oh so small in the provided stuff sack and it fits easily.completly blocks wind completly i would buy this product again.


Ultralight wonder!
July 28, 2008

I bought this sleeping bag for my husband to use on a three-night backpacking trip on Catalina Island. He wanted something ultralight, but inexpensive. Temps only got down to 57 at the coldest, and this bag worked perfectly for the trip. It rolls up so tiny it's unbelievable.

Durability: 4 / 5
Features: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitPads: 3 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

August 06, 2012

Tha Dreamlite is the perfect very light and small sleeping bag for Summer camping. I first purchased one for a hiking trip and then my husband purchased another one. It's great!

Pros: Great design, Great value
Durability: 1 / 5
Features: 2 / 5
Quality: 1 / 5
FitPads: 3 / 5
Warmth: 1 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

Would Not recomend
May 29, 2013

I recently bought this sleeping bag as a light weight summer backpacking bag. When I received it the stuff sack was already fraying on the seams and draw string. Then after opening it i noticed that the zipper was already bent out of shape and snags horribly. The zipper is not YKK and is of poor quality. I would not recommend this bag to anyone, be it used for car camping or light weight backpacking, and I will be returning this product immediately.

Cons: Wears quickly, Poor quality

February 06, 2010

This little guy is superlight! No joke. It packs into a little bag not much larger than a Nalgene and weighs almost nothing. The bag is well suited for summer or mild climates. I am a slim 6-4 and fit into it ok. Be aware that this bag is not super lofty at all but it works well for it's intended use. I would recommend it.

Perfect for hiking in tropical region
July 17, 2008

It is very light and suits my work. Furthermore, you can pack it very easy without need of space. Thanks for a fast shipping also.

Not quite enough bag
March 03, 2010

I really wanted to like this bag. It is unbelievably small, super light, and seems well made. But it's very thin I didn't see the temperature rating of 15 deg C (59F) until I got the bag. I still would have considered it, but the girth at the shoulders was tight enough that I couldn't move my upper arms. (I'm 6'2" and 180lbs.) For someone smaller who is going to be out in only warm weather, it may be just right.

Durability: 4 / 5
Features: 3 / 5
Quality: 2 / 5
FitPads: 3 / 5
from Virginia
45-54 yrs

Deuter Dreamlite sleeping bag
December 11, 2010

I had been wanting this bag for a couple years because of the good reviews I had read. I needed a late spring to early fall bag that was light weight and would compress very small for bicycle tours. I finally purchased it. My first trip was a week long. I had temperatures from 45-60 at night. Some nights were dry, others raining. I was never comfortable in this bag. I was either hot or cold. I had to use a liner to stay warm near 45, but I would also sweat in the bag any time I was warm enough.. I think the problem is that the fabric does not breath well. It was also very tight for me. I am only 5'5 and 128 pounds. I returned the bag and replaced it with a Big Agnes Lost Dog and a silk liner. Now I am always comfortable in any temperature from 40-70. The bag is just as light and compresses better. There is also much more room. I use it with a thermarest neo. The total package fits into asmall thermarest stuff sack pillow and weighs just 31 ounces plus stuff sack pillow.

Pros: Ease of use, Cons: Low performance

Superlight but not Stupid Light
May 14, 2010

The Dreamlight 500 Bag is made with very lightweight (read not durable) materials with overall packing size & weight at the forefront of the design & durability/warmth and comfort a distant second. I didn't feel like I was mislead as that is what I wanted and having read the reviews I knew all that going into the bargain. It really is superlight, packs really lightly & does the job. How long it will last is another question. Not long I am betting and I will write another review later on to verify my gut feeling on its durability. It got down to about 38 on my first test night & tho I wasn't toasty I didn't freeze either.

Light and Sweet
August 14, 2009

This bag is really all you need for 3 seasons, add your warm clothes if cold, underwear if hot. Bingo...Ultralight for the!

dreamlite 500
June 24, 2009

Used this bag for my sea kayak tour from Oregon to San Diego. The compressed sized was the main reason for selecting this bag. For the cold nights; low 30's, I used the bag in combination with a Prolite 4 pad while sleeping in my clothes and it worked. I spent a total of 57 nights of the 65 in the bag for the duration of the paddle. I'll be using the same model for my next tour from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. The down side, light weight construction compromises the durability of the product. However, for the size/weight/cost factor I opted to buy a new one when this one falls apart. This bag really is small, light, and cost effective.

Durability: 4 / 5
Features: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitPads: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from New Brunswick
18-24 yrs

Super light and compact
November 14, 2011

I never imagined that there could be a sleeping bag so compact as this one. When I first saw it I couldn't believe how small was it and really doubted that it would be as big as advertised. But of course it had the perfect size. I'm 5'10'' and there's more than enough space to fit in. This sleeping bag can not only be used for summer, but autumn weather and spring weather as well, wouldn't recommend it on very cold weather of course. All in all it is super light weight cool deuter sleeping bag. I'm happy with it

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Features: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
from Evergreen, CO
35-44 yrs

light weight bag
July 15, 2011

Very compact and light. Traveled through Europe this summer so size and weight were key features. Plan on using for winter hut trips-- regular bags just too large, too warm. Includes stuff sac, but not larger storage bag. Seems to be holding up well.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value

Super lightweight!
May 24, 2010

Haven't used product yet, although will use for upcoming Europe backpacking trip (mostly hostel use). So lightweight, will fit easily into our backpacks!

Perfect for summer camping
May 19, 2009

I got this light bag for a May trip in the Grand Canyon, and it worked beautifully for those 60 degree nights down at the river. It packs up to the size of a grapefruit or smaller. I see a great summer ahead for this bag in Utah, and if I ever do any hut camping, I'd imagine this would work great. Highly recommended.

Great light weight bag
May 18, 2009

Great size and weight. It has a stuff sack, not a compression bag though.

its a very durable bag
February 03, 2010

one of the best sleeping bags i have ever had. if your going up north and want a warm bag need to get this bag ASAP. On a scale 1-10 i give this one a 15!!!!!! Its light weight as well as warm.

July 01, 2009

Perfect minimalist bag. Without compressing the bag stuffs to the size of a small cantalope and weighs barely over a pound. I can clip it to the outside of my pack. Im five ten 175#. Its a little small in the shoulders but thats expected when your buying a bag designed to be minimal as possible.If you like being comfortable in 35 degree weather ,this bag is not for you. Used at 10,000feet with snow everywhere fully clothed. KEPT ME WARM ENOUGH TO LIVE.

Great Price and Bag
July 31, 2008

Awesome sleeping bag. The size of it in its stuff sack is incredible small. Deuter has impressed me with its products and Altrec ships quickly.

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