Sleeping Bag Choice

 

 

Now that you have decided on they type of pad you want under your sleeping bag, you are going to want to choose a bag that will be suitable for the type of camping you are going to do.  According to Explora Reviews, “A sleeping bag is a pretty simple piece of gear, but there are several factors you should keep in mind when selecting one. After all, a bag that might be perfectly adequate for a summertime backyard slumber party could be completely inadequate for camping in sub-freezing temperatures. By the same token, spending a summer night in a cold-weather bag can make you feel like a burrito fresh from the microwave.

Sleeping bags usually come in two shapes.  You can choose the rectangular type which is a bit bigger, but they are also bulkier and heavier.  The mummy style is more form fitting and may be warmer because there is less air space to heated by your body.  Some of them also come with hoods which is really great when the air is very cold.  So, if you are not backpacking and camping in mild weather the rectangle shape may be fine.  If you are backpacking and planning on being in colder weather you may be better off choosing the mummy-style bedroll.

There are a couple of choices for insulation..  Most people choose synthetic insulation.  It is made of polyester which is light, hypoallergenic, and dry rather quickly if they get wet.  Goose down on the other hand is even lighter and the warmest kind of sleeping bag insulation, but if it gets wet the insulation capability is all but gone, and it takes a long time for it to dry.  It is also the most expensive.

The better cold weather bags are built with an insulated sleeve that seals the zipper which prevents cold drafts from getting through the zipper.  They will also have a means to keep drafts from causing heat loss through the head opening.  The combination of the two can make a big difference between a cold, uncomfortable night and a nice, warm peaceful rest.

 

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