The two most common types of sleeping bags are rectangular and mummy or cocoon style. While rectangular shaped ones are probably the most popular style, experienced campers and adventure seekers favor the cocoon designs. The cocoon is a form fitting style that is smaller and lightweight, but still offers the same temperature rating as comparable rectangular sleeping bags. Mummy sleeping bags are roomy, solid, include many technical elements, and are available in a variety of insulation and fabrics. Rectangular sleeping bags give more room to move around and can usually be zipped together with other rectangular bags if needed. The mummy bag conforms more closely to the body than a rectangular bag where heat escapes from the top more quickly. Some semi-rectangular bags come with a contoured hood making up for the heat loss. Common dimensions for rectangle sleeping bags are: 28" x 60" (children), 33" x 75" (adult), 33" x 80" (tall adult), and 39" x 80" (big and tall adult).
Another type of sleeping bag is the mummy bag. The mummy sleeping bag is different from the traditional style because of their shape. The idea behind these is that there is less surface area inside the bag allowing the heat to build up faster and keep you warmer. These are generally used in extreme hiking and climbing situations where the weather will be extremely cold. Some have ratings of minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit and will not be a good fit for your recreational camping or hiking trip. These types of bags are used in expeditions to Mt. Everest, Mt. Kilimanjaro, etc. Unless you are planning a trip to a very cold climate and sleeping outdoors then you will probably be happier with rectangular sleeping bags over a mummy style bag. These bags have a certain use and they are very specific, extremely cold weather, mummy sleeping bag. Mummy bags are typically not rolled like the rectangular style and are usually stuffed into a bag for storage and transport.
As the modern-day equivalent of the old explorers, the backpacker will be exposed to all kinds of climatic conditions on many different types of terrain. He or she must be self-sufficient and prepared for the worst at all times. And preparedness starts before leaving home, with the selection of backpacking gear. Of particular importance is your backpacking sleeping bag. Not getting a good nights rest can lead to mistakes that can mean the difference between enjoying that view of the sunset from a mountain ridge and seeing that same sunset from a Search and Rescue helicopter.
Sleeping Bag Wednesday , April 04th , 2018 - 21:03:45 PM
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