Donna Sims January 12th, 2018
Temperature ratings are a good prediction of the ability of your sleeping bag to protect you from cold. Summer weight bags keep you warm in temperatures 35 degrees or higher. 3-season bags keep you warm in temperatures of 10 degrees to 35 degrees. Cold weather sleeping bags keep you warm in minus 10 degrees to plus 10 degrees. Winter/Extreme bags keep you warm in minus 10 degrees and below.
Jocelyn Mejia January 13th, 2018
The backpacking sleeping bag must be light. A typical backpacker will already be carrying food, extra clothing for rain or snow, fire-starting and cooking gear, flashlights, water bottles, first aid supplies and other survival gear, and any special equipment for traversing the terrain the backpacker will be in, such as ropes, pitons, etc. Adding a 25 pound sleeping bag to this load can make the weight unmanageable for someone not blessed with a Herculean physique.
Melody Pennington January 18th, 2018
Lastly, you might want to consider portability, compactness - ease of carrying your sleeping bags. Your bags should not be greater than three pounds for carrying. Neither should it be too big according to your carrying capacity (Except if you are going winter camping with expected bigger winter bags). There are compression sacks for bulky bags but remember that this could damage the bag's filling in the long run and affect its insulation. The most compressible sleeping bags are down bags. You can fit them in a backpack.
Carolyn Mathis January 08th, 2018
The final biggest consideration in choosing a bag is the insulation that is used in that bag. There are basically two types of insulations available. One is the goose down and the other is a synthetic blend. While both will do the job to keep you warm, they both have their pros and cons. For example, the goose down is soft and very lightweight contributing to the ease of travel when hiking. However, it is much more costly and if it happens to get wet, doesn't dry easily. Synthetic insulation on the other hand is heavier, bulkier, and not as soft. Yet, the cost isn't as hard on your pocket book and the wet weather isn't as big an issue because the synthetic blend dries in a quicker manner than its down counterpart. In either case, some type of padding under the bag is highly recommended.
Consuelo Duke January 15th, 2018
In 1917 the zipper was perfected and, of course, these made for a great seal for the rectangular sleeping bags allowing a persons body heat to stay trapped longer therefore keeping them warmer on those cold winter nights. Basically the term sleeping bag essentially means a protective bag for someone to sleep in. and is basically two blankets that can be zipped together in cases where a bed is not available. There are a couple different shapes of bags outlined below.
Kristin Glenn January 12th, 2018
The story goes that Freydis Eiriksdottir, the daughter of Viking Erik the Red, invented the first sleeping bag on her journey to North America in 1000, made from one of the sails of her ship. Of course, sleeping bags have come a long way since she sailed around the world, and the manufacturers have paid close attention to the needs of consumers, producing sleeping bags for every camping, hiking, mountain climbing, canoeing, fishing and hunting adventure.
Lelia Douglas January 12th, 2018
It is important to remember though that the temperature ratings are guides for reference only. Because, just like spicy food, eating a jalapeno pepper for some isn't a big deal...but for others eating one would feel like it would burn the skin right off their tongue. The same goes for a sleeping bag. A +20 degree rating would mean that for most the bag would be warm enough. The best way to pick a warm enough bag is to go with one that handles a 10 degree colder weather than what you're anticipating to be sleeping in. Choosing in that manner should have you...covered. (No pun intended.) And again of course, appropriate sleep wear should accommodate the colder or warmer needs you may have.
Leila Alston January 08th, 2018
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.
Carey Whitehead January 14th, 2018
Ever been on an overnight camping or backpacking trip but didn't have a sleeping bag so you borrowed one from a friend or someone you knew? Then, after a long day of playing and hiking it was time for bed and you looked forward to getting some sleep because you were so tired? So you crawled into that bag only to find through the course of the night that you either froze to death because you weren't warm enough or tossed and turned because of discomfort or maybe even both. Ultimately, what was supposed to be a great time left you cranky and exhausted because of a lack of sleep?
Consuelo Duke January 08th, 2018
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.
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