When deciding on a good sleeping bag, think about these three things first:

  1. Temperature Rating – Think about where and when you are going to camp. If you are unsure how cold it gets at night, you can always pack thermal underwear.

  2. Filling – A sleeping bag will have down, synthetic fibers or a combination of both

  3. Weight of the bag and how you fit inside it – A lighter bag will be less weight to carry, but a ¬†heavier bag may mean a little more comfort (padding). Get inside the bag and zip it all the way. Can you move? Do you feel like you are in a coffin? Also remember, to get the full warmth the bag has to offer, you won’t be wearing many clothes.

Sleeping bag ratings for temperature.

Most multi-season bags have a “EN Tested” rating tag. This is the European Norm (EN) 13537 protocol that is accepted as the most dependable standard available. ¬†EN testing gives 2 temperature ratings:

  • Comfort Rating – the coldest temperature for the average “cold natured” person to stay warm

  • Lower-Limit Rating – the coldest temperature for the average “warm natured” person to stay warm

The insulation in a sleeping bag works to keep in a persons bmody heat while they are sleeping. Two common insulation types are:

  • Down – lightweight and works best in dry, cold conditions (not the best when wet)

  • Synthetic – heavy, but still stays warm if it gets wet

Mummy bags are often the choice of the pros. A mummy bag surrounds the head to trap all the persons body heat. Mummy bags come in 2 forms:

  • More warmth, less weight, choose a bag that is narrow at the top

  • Roomier, but a little bulky, choose a bag that is larger at the top

 

 

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