The Basic things You Need to Know About Choosing the Right Sleeping Bag

The Basic things You Need to Know About Choosing the Right Sleeping Bag
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A sleeping bag is one of the most important items you can bring on a camping trip. After all, how enjoyable can your trip be if you are not sleeping comfortably?

There are different types of sleeping bags built for different weather conditions. For instance, if you are camping in the dead of winter, a 50 degree bag is definitely not the answer. Ideally, you need a 0 degree mummy bag. However, some people are not comfortable sleeping in a mummy bag, so a rectangular bag with a cold weather rating will suffice.

If you want to camp in the summer, a 50 degree or above rectangular sleeping bag is all you need. There are also kids sleeping bags, which are minis of adult sleeping bags. Most of the kids bags are rectangular in shape. So, you see, choosing the right sleeping bag depends your camping needs. Here is an article by Vinay Choubey that explains the different types of sleeping bags and their uses.

Different types of Sleeping Bags

by Vinay Choubey

There are three basic bag shapes: rectangular, tapered and mummy.

*Rectangular shaped sleeping bags are probably the most popular and the most readily available style. They are roomy and comfortable. These styles are easier to pack and carry. They are quite snug and they work well in intense conditions.

  • The mummy bag is shaped like a cocoon and has only a single side seam. Mummy bags are more expensive because they’re more complex to make, but are worth it! A mummy shaped sleeping bag is wider at the top (near the shoulders) and smaller towards the feet. The main advantage of a mummy shaped is that it better fits the shape of the body and consequents has the advantages of better insulation, less weight and less bulk. Mummy sleeping bags are preferable where warmth is critical or where weight/bulk is very important.
  • Tapered bags follow the shape of the body, increase warmth and are lighter. It is wider in the shoulder area and narrows at the bottom.

Sleeping bags also come in a range of materials depending on their use. A flannel-lined sleeping bag provides warmth but also provides softness next to the skin. Nylon sleeping bags “breathe” better and do not retain moisture, so they will dry more quickly than other styles. Poly-cotton blends are probably the most durable option and work best in extreme terrain.

There are also differences in the way sleeping bags are sewn and filled. Down fill provides great natural warmth, but cotton, polyester, and new types of synthetic fills are also available.

Many new synthetics use a “hollow fiber” method that keeps sleeping bags light and allows for good compression when packing, while still offering excellent warmth. Synthetics are affordable and easier to care for than down.

The way sleeping bags are sewn is also important to consider. Some are made like quilts and the entire bag is stitched into small pockets of fill. This keeps the fill in place, instead of letting it all fall into one section of the bag. Other styles sew “tubes” into the design, using long narrow pockets instead of small squares. Tubular designs are also intended to keep fill in place.

You can also find great sleeping bags for children. These designs are smaller, child sized versions of regular sleeping bags. Most are made in the rectangular style, and you can find a wide variety of designs and trademark characters. Some are made to coordinate with bedroom accessories and are perfect for use as extra sleep space when your child has a sleepover.

Sleeping bags are not just for camping any more. They are used for all kinds of adventures, as well as sleepovers and slumber parties, or when beds are limited on vacation. If you need a sleeping bag, don’t just pick the first one you see. They are available in many different designs and constructions to suit nearly any use you can imagine.

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As far as manufacturers go, I am partial to Coleman. Coleman has a large variety of bags for every camping need. They, like everything else Coleman, are also built to last.

You may spend a bit more money, but you save in the long run. If you buy a cheap bag you may have to replace in 5 years, it ends up costing you more in the long run, because a Coleman sleeping bag will last you for many years. I hope this post and the above article by Vinay Choubey has helped you in your quest for choosing the right sleeping bag.

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