Here’s what to consider when choosing a sleeping bag for your next outdoor adventure.
Sleeping bags come in three basic shapes:
Rectangular: Straight and clear-cut, this shape provides ample room for your limbs to stretch out. Some rectangular sleeping bags can be completely unzipped and can therefore double as blankets.
Semi-rectangular: Also called barrel shape or modified mummy, this features a slight rectangular shape that tapers towards the top. With this shape, there’s more room for movement around the shoulders while still providing snug warmth in the lower part.
Mummy: The mummy shape is a snug fit all over, boosting the warmth provided. With this shape, you roll over with the bag instead of within it.
The distribution of insulation is a huge factor to keep in mind when choosing your sleeping bag design. An even distribution is ideal to keep your body as warm and comfortable as possible and minimise cold spots.
Synthetic insulation: Affordable and dries fast, it continues to insulate even when damp, making it ideal for damper climates.
Down insulation: Lighter, more compressible and thus easier to carry, it retains warmth for many years. It is ideal for cold dry weather.
The shell fabric and the lining fabric help protect the insulation of your sleeping bag. The fabric, as the actual part of the sleeping bag that comes in contact with your body, should be comfortable and breathable. Durability is also a factor as easily ripped fabrics could impact the effectiveness of your sleeping bag.
You can always unzip a sleeping bag if it gets too hot in the middle of the night. That’s why it’s better to choose a sleeping bag that has a temperature rating lower than the lowest outside temperature you can expect at your campsite.
Here at Explore Planet Earth, we offer sleeping bags for both warm and cool weather conditions. For warmer nights, we have the Travel X Lite and Comas Camper models, perfect for +5°C weather. You won’t be waking up in a sweat in the middle of the night! For cooler climes, the Comas Highlander model, and the Comas Camper Pro are perfect as they can deal with the coldest of temperatures, suitable for -5℃ and 0℃ respectively.
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