Sleeping Bag Guide
There are a lot of factors to consider when you’re picking out the perfect sleeping bag for your camping trip. Our expert team is here with some insight on what type might best suit your needs, so keep reading!
Each person has different preferences and priorities in choosing their equipment; this can include items ranging from tents to backpack straps or even things like pots and pans. The one thing that should be included no matter who you are—whether it’s just yourself or if there’s someone else joining as well is a good sleep system: A tent, bedding/sleeping pad, warm clothing layers (even though they may not always come into play), and most importantly – an appropriate pair of outdoor gear designed specifically for comfort during
Mummy bag shape – This design is best for when you will be carrying a sleeping bag in your rucksack. Unlike the generic sack-shaped bags, this tapered design follows the natural contour of your body and provides more warmth than other shapes while also removing excess bulk to reduce pack size. The snug fit allows freedom of movement which may suit some people better than others but it’s worth considering if that’s what you want from overnight on trip or camping expedition.
Rectangular sleeping bags are the perfect option for when you have little more room to spare. These rectangular-shaped sleeping bags can be unzipped and zipped together with an identical bag, allowing two people to sleep comfortably in a space as small as 6 feet by 3 feet! The dual zipper allows for easy entry or exit from either side of the bedding. They also come equipped with a pillow pocket on one end so your pillows stay put night after night during all those restless nights spent camping under stars that seem just out of reach
Double bag shape – This style of sleeping-bag is twice as wide as your traditional rectangular design. It can be helpful when you’re trying to cut down on packing since one double-wide bed will do the job for two people! These bags are bulky with a large pack size, but they have some benefits that make up for it like being easier to get in and out of (no more wrestling through tight spaces!) Plus there’s always someone right next door if you’re feeling cold or lonely while camping under the stars.
Women’s sleeping bags are more petite than their male counterparts, with added insulation in areas of increased heat loss. This is because women typically sleep colder than men and shiver less when they get cold- that means these smaller models will be perfect for the woman on-the-go!
Insulation - Synthetic
Synthetic insulation is the most common form of insulation in sleeping bags. It’s less expensive than down and will retain around 50% of its insulating properties when wet, a huge bonus for festivals where drinks are likely spilt and being stepped on constantly. Synthetic works just as well as down by trapping all that warm air inside- great resistance to wear & tear ensures it stays strong even through extensive use making them perfect for rough conditions (and don’t worry if you’re clumsy with your drink!). Sleeping bag temperature ratings differ between synthetic vs duck but they both have their pros; synthetics weight more due to how much better they hold heat yet still maintain an equally small pack size!
Insulation - Down
Down insulation is the pinnacle of warmth to weight, delivering more impressive warmth in a lightweight design. A down sleeping bag should be considered for winter expeditions where your main concern is staying warm and keeping that high performance without adding bulkiness or excessive weight. However, these bags do need careful treatment when they get wet since their insulating properties are what make them so good at retaining heat – which means you’ll have less time before hypothermia sets in if it’s not taken care of immediately!
Now that you know the difference between season and comfort ratings, it’s time to pick one for yourself. Season rating is more important in extreme weather conditions because your sleeping bag needs protection against stuff like frostbite. Comfort rating will be most relevant if you are looking for a bedtime companion or something cosy to cuddle with on winter nights!
You don’t want to be stuck outside in the cold and sleeping inside of a bag that isn’t enough for you. Make sure your comfort temperature matches what kind of weather conditions are likely where you live, or else things might not go as expected when it comes time to bed down for the night.
The truth is, down sleeping bags are surprisingly durable! The moisture in the air alone won’t do them any harm. If you’re looking for an added layer of protection against rain and dew outside, buy a water-repellent bag with a waterproof/breathable shell on top.
Staying warm when backpacking is essential, so make sure to keep your sleeping bag inside the pack. It’s worth it to ensure that you have a dry and clean one for whenever you need it! In addition, don’t forget about swapping out your compression sack for a Drysack so that no matter what happens outside (rain or shine), this piece of kit will remain completely intact.
Sleeping bags will state left or right-handed zips. This may seem pointless at first but you’ll quickly realize it can be quite awkward to zip up a sleeping bag that has the zipper on your dominant side, so Left handed=Right Zip/ Right Handed =Left Zip. Another thing worth knowing is depending on which side of the bed you sleep on, it’s better for comfort purposes if you keep the zipper facing away from where people are going in and out; this would mean keeping them behind rather than by their front door entrance (but not all brands allow backside Zippers).
Sleeping bags will have either left or right-hand zips – with one being more convenient for most users unfamiliar with its location.
In order to make your backpacking experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible, you can opt for a makeshift pillow by stuffing the sack of clothes that are dry in with just enough room left over so they don’t spill out.