How to choose a sleeping bag

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When you are climbing up the mountains or then exploring the dense greenery, there are lots of things you need to carry along especially if it is an overnight trek. To survive through, you need to be well equipped with some important things like, a proper tent, sleeping bag, first aid kit, food and more.

Among the things you carry while trekking, if you plan to stay at your destination overnight, then you need to have the right sleeping bag too. Choosing the right sleeping bag is important because that is going to provide to you the much required comfort when you will sleep in it at nights.

Sleeping bags are scientifically designed to hold and trap air around your body. The features are such that help regulate your body temperature according to the prevailing temperature around you. The fabric sheets are made and stuffed to provide your body with a good ventilation and insulation.

These advantages point out to the fact, that there are ample of varieties of sleeping bags available for you in the market. But while buying one it is essential that you be aware of the features you need to look for.

Here are some tips to make your buying a sleeping bag an easier task:

Ensure that the sleeping bag is in lieu to the temperature you would be carrying it in.

Did you Know – Sleeping bags have temperature rating systems which may vary from manufacturer   to manufacturer.

 Over the time manufacturers have come to adopting standard temperature ratings. The temperature ratings are set according to the weather conditions the trekker would be carrying the sleeping bags in. These ratings are to help you survive the extreme weather conditions while camping or trekking.

Make sure it is as light as possible. Avoid choosing a bulky one.

Most sleeping bags are designed keeping in mind your comfort and convenience while trekking or camping. These are convenient to carry around and not very heavy to tire you out.

Check the insulation part

When we talk about insulation in a sleeping bag we are actually talking about the stuffing under the fabric of the sleeping bag. These are of two types

Synthetic Fill – Synthetic fill are favorable for wet or damp conditions. These help in retaining warmth even in rains or damp conditions. These are further classified under two categories –

  • Short Staple filled – these types are densely filled to decrease the amount of heat loss. Also they are compressible enough to fit in to your backpacks.
  • Continuous Filament fills – These ones are denser but are less compressible than the short staple fills. What makes these kinds more eligible is that these synthetic bags are affordable as well as non allergic.

Down Fill – These kinds are lightweight and have a longer life. Down here is a natural fiber that comes from ducks and geese. The natural fiber being light-weighted and durable makes for an ideal sleeping bag.  But at the same time these are not favorable for damp conditions and are the expensive ones.

  • Sleeping bags available for trekking are quite compressible. Check if the bag can be compressed   easily and can fit in well in your backpack.
  • Other than making sure of the compression part in the sleeping bag, it is also necessary to check its overall size.  Its size should be in lieu of your physique. 

Like apparels, even these sleeping bags come in various sizes. We’ve listed the same for you. 

For women

Generally for women sleeping bags are available in two standard sizes.

  • Regular size – These are for women who are up to 5 feet 6 inches
  • Long size – These are the ones for females with height 5 ft 7 inches to 6 feet tall.

The other factor that differentiates sleeping bags of women from that of a man is that these sleeping bags are narrower at the shoulders and broad on the hip area.

For men

  • Short – For males’ up to 5 feet 6 inches
  • Regular – For males having height anywhere between 5″7 to 6 feet
  • Long – For males having height from 6 feet 1 in to 6 feet 6 inches.

In fact some of the good brands also offer extra long sleeping beds for males having height about 6 feet 8 inches or so. We recommend that you choose a sleeping bag that has a waterproof outer shell so that it keeps you dry. 

We’ve listed some features that a good sleeping bag should have: 

  • A built in hood
  • A draft tube – this helps keeping heat away
  • A stash pocket – to keep items like mobiles, goggles etc
  • Pad loops – to keep you sleeping bag from rolling off

With these facts known to you, all you need to do is survey the market, evaluate the prices and go for what suits you the best.

Feature Image source: gooutdoor.co.uk