CHOOSING THE RIGHT SLEEPING BAG FOR YOU
Using the right sleeping bag can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep or a restless one. That’s why it’s important to pack the right sleeping bag for your camping trip. If you’re looking to buy one, there are several things you must keep in mind to make the right purchase. Things like how you like to camp, where you camp and the weather where you’ll camp in are significant factors in choosing a sleeping bag. So, here are several issues to consider when picking the ideal sleeping bag for you.
The temperature rating that comes with the bag will represent the lowest temperature that the sleeping bag can be used. This rating is created with the assumption that you are using a sleeping pad. A sleeping pad puts another couple inches of insulation between you and the ground. So, check the temperature rating before buying.
There are two common types of fill materials in sleeping bags. One is down and the other is synthetic. Down is a warmer material than synthetic insulation and retains its shape and loft. It’s also much more durable compared to synthetic insulation. The downside is it’s a bit more expensive and takes longer to dry. Lower quality down is also known to cause allergies because it can harbour dust particles. On the other hand, there are very good quality synthetic sleeping bags that will outlast and outperform down.
Synthetic, on the other hand, is water-resistant and will provide warmth even when wet. It also dries quickly compared to down. Since it’s manufactured, it’s less expensive and is mostly hypoallergenic. The downside is it’s bulkier than down and less durable.
SHAPE AND FIT
Believe it or not, shape does matter in sleeping bags. The way sleeping bags keep you warm is by trapping and holding a layer of non-circulating air next to your body. This non-circulating air will become warmer because of your body heat. The bag will then serve as the barrier between the warm, non-circulating air and the colder outside air. The shape will affect the heating rate because the less air space there is to heat, the faster you warm up and the longer you stay warm.
The fit of the bag comes hand in hand with the shape. The fit is about finding the bag that best suits you. Some bags are longer to cater to taller people and others shorter, for shorter people. So, consider the shape and fit as one of your main factors for choosing.
Season ratings can help you choose the right sleeping bag, too. It’s designed to make it easier for you to decide which sleeping bag to go for. Usually, ratings range from season 1, which is designed for summer camping, to season 4, which is designed for winter camping.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER
You can also include these factors when choosing sleeping bags.
• Age of user (whether for kids or adults) to determine the size
• Shell and lining to see if it’s water-repellent
Choosing a sleeping bag all boils down to preference. If you make a checklist based on the factors listed above, you’ll be able to easily find a sleeping bag that’s best suited for you. Sleeping bags aren’t exactly cheap, so think hard before forking over the cash. If you’ve zoned in on a couple of choices, read reviews about it to learn more about the pros and cons of each to make a wise decision. Happy shopping!
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