Before you choose which sleeping bag to take with you on a given excursion, consider where you will be going. You wouldn't take the same backpacking sleeping bag with you on a trip to the Rocky Mountains as you would on a trip to the Louisiana bayou. Is the area you are going hot? Cold? Humid? Dry? Is it the rainy (or snowy) season there? What kind of temperature variations are there between day and night? A polyfill or synthetic type insulated sleeping bag will keep you warm better when it is wet than a down filled, but a down-filled bag will keep you warmer in frozen, windy environments. A simple nylon shell may work well in a warm, humid climate, but cold winds will cut right through it. Microfiber linings will work well when wet, and provide good wind protection, but can be heavy and costly. And of course, the amount of a given material the backpacking sleeping bag uses directly influences both weight and bulk.
There are some sacrifices though in going with a bag that offers all that room to move. The biggest possibly being your heating capabilities and warmth ratings. See, while having all that room is nice, just like having a big house with tall ceilings it takes a lot more to heat the inside. The extra space requires more effort to keep warm and therefore, isn't as effective for keeping out the cold as a mummy bag is. Of course having said that, the pajamas you choose to sleep in can help make up for the warmth differences between the bags as well...up to certain temperatures. Suffice to say that artic temps may require more than a teddy or pair of boxers.
Or if you prefer your luxuries, you can also consider buying an airbed to sleep on, but if you do, ensure it fits in your tent before taking it away with you. The last thing you want is to arrive at your designated camp site and find that your sleeping equipment is too big. This will ruin your entire camping experience before you even make it through your first night, and as we know, a bad night's sleep will set the mood for the rest of your stay. And we don't want that.
Sleeping Bag Wednesday , April 04th , 2018 - 21:03:33 PM
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