There are basically two types of sleeping bags. One is the mummy bag and the other is the "old school" rectangular sleeping bag. Now mind you, ain't nothing wrong with old school at all. In fact, it may be your preference once you discover what it's like verses the mummy bag.
Although it would be nice if you could choose one backpacking sleeping bag for all climes, this is just not possible. Using a light shell in the mountains will make you freeze all night, and using a down-filled backpacking sleeping bag on a warm beach somewhere will lead to a night of sweltering in your bag. Even within groups of bags appropriate to a given climate, what works well for one person may not work for someone else. Metabolic and circulatory differences between people lead to differing needs in their sleeping bag. Look at the sleeping bag's temperature ratings, they will give you an idea of the temperatures that a bag will keep you comfortable in. Also consider whether to purchase accessories such as hoods for minimizing heat loss through your head, or draft tubes to get rid of excess heat in the backpacking sleeping bag.
The shape of the actual sleeping bag is down to personal preference. The general choices are the usual rectangular shape, the tapered shape, or the mummy bag. Some people may not like the feel of sleeping in a normal rectangular shaped bag, preferring the closeness of a tapered one, whereas others may feel too claustrophobic.
Sleeping Bag Wednesday , April 04th , 2018 - 21:00:05 PM
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