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How to Choose a Sleeping Bag for Camping
When choosing a sleeping bag for your next outdoor adventures, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the technical specifications involved. Sleeping bags are extremely versatile and different types will suit different situations and environments. On the most basic level, it needs to be warm enough for a good night’s sleep, roomy and comfortable to accommodate the way you like to sleep. Whether you’re hiking on a familiar terrain or camping up a mountain, this guide will help you determine the best bag that will suit your next outdoor adventures.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Sleeping Bag
There are five major factors campers should consider before making a decision on the choice of sleeping bag including the temperature rating, insulation, weight and ease of transport, sleeping comfort and the extra features of the bag. In addition, the kind of bag you’ll need depends on the season, location, and duration of your trip.
The most important factor to consider when choosing a sleeping bag is the temperature rating of the bag. Every sleeping bag comes with a temperature rating to let you know the temperature range it was designed for. This determines how warm you’ll be while asleep and helps in making the right choice for your intended area of camping.
Insulation determines the warmth levels of the sleeping bag. A good insulation will ensure that even in the coldest temperatures, your body still stays warm and you enjoy a good night’s rest. There are two main options when it comes to insulation: Natural Down fabric and Synthetic polyester fiber. The natural down fabric is very soft, lightweight and can trap and retain heat. On the other hand, the synthetic fabric is easier on budget and provides a greater insulation against water as moisture does not greatly affect its insulating power. The choice of either of the two is dependent on the environmental conditions as well as one personal preference.
Weight and Ease of Transport
When backpacking, your main concern should be on weight since you’re going to be carrying your sleeping bag wherever you go. The ideal sleeping bag should be portable and lightweight without compromising on the warmth. Lightweight bag aid in easier mobility.
The shape and fit of your sleeping bag affect the comfort level and the restfulness you receive throughout the night. There are men’s fit and women-specific sleeping bag. While some bags come in a standard unisex shape, which usually means a man’s fit. Women-specific sleeping bags are often wider around the hips, narrower around the shoulders and with extra insulation in the feet. Depending on personal preferences, there are lots of designs to select ranging from the mummy-shaped style to the rectangular- shaped bag.
Extra Features of the Bag
The extra features a bag offer is another factor to consider. Though these may not be as important as other factors, these features may dramatically increase your warmth and comfort while in your sleeping bag. These include draft collar, hood, and draft tube among others.