At the end of a long day’s walk, after the marshmallows were eaten and the fire is slowing down, one of his most important pieces of equipment out. The your sleeping bag makes all the difference between your next day be great or terrible. When the coffee does not remove the wool from behind your eyes, because your cold feet kept you from a deep sleep, it’s time for a new sleeping bag.
The sleeping bag display on local outdoor store is overwhelming. They are on display and the options are endless.Start at subzero temperature ratings. The weights range from ultra-lightweight to anvil-esque. Then you have to consider compressibility, if he has good air flow, consider whether you want Mommy style or the standard rectangle, decide if you are concerned about the humidity. And, of course, costs vary from less than $100 to more than $500.
One of the most important factors to determine what type of sleeping bag to start is the temperature rating. In the United States, the standards for temperature ratings vary by manufacturer. Without standardization of the sleeping bag you purchase for the comfort of 20 degrees may leave you cold to 25 degrees. Fortunately, there are standards in Europe which are more precise in determining the comfort factor of a sleeping bag. Unfortunately some American manufacturers began to use the defaults.
A sleeping bag is basically a insulating filling wrapped in some kind of protective material. Sleeping bag insulation is synthetic or down. Synthetics are typically less expensive than down, but both have advantages and disadvantages.Synthetics has come a long way since the old bags of polyester; new synthetic materials are warmer, lighter and more durable than ever. Will also provide synthetic insulation, even when it’s wet, so if you backpack in a wet weather the synthetic fill should be your choice. Down, on the other hand, is lighter and usually warmer. The downside to synthetic filling is the additional expense and the poor quality of isolation when it is wet.
Moisture is the devil when it comes to comfort in a sleeping bag. The human body generates a lot of moisture when you’re sleeping, in other words, you sweat a lot while you NAP. The ease with which your sleeping bag allows the sweat to evaporate is important. Remember to bottom of filling is not good when manufacturers as intelligent wet close down in a waterproof coating. Waterproof can sometimes mean unbreathable (allowing for evaporation of moisture) and in terms of moisture retention, breathability is important. New materials are available now that are waterproof and breathable.
Mummy style sleeping bags are preferred for backpacking. They are smaller, lighter and generally warmer than rectangle sleeping bags. These bags have a hood that can push down to a small hole to allow the occupants to breathe, keeping the heat and the cold air out. Rectangle sleeping bags are best for slumber parties and car camping.Avoid them for backpacking.
Remember that in the bag, one of its main tools is to your back. When your back is tired and sore from carrying too much weight, it can make for a long day. A sleeping bag can be a heavy accessory. In choosing a sleeping bag, synthetics are usually heavier than down, but it all comes down to how much you are willing to spend and how strong is your back.