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When on the trails, your Sleeping Bag becomes a literal home. It provides warmth, allows you to rest and offers some of the best sleep ever! No matter the type, commitment or length of your next adventure it is imperative your sleeping bag is up to the challenge. Because a poorly insulated sleeping bag can make a cold night feel a whole lot longer…
There are a lot of sleeping bag models and options out there to choose from, and sometimes this can leave hikers confused as to which model is right for their adventure. So before you choose your next sleeping bag, consider the following factors.
1. Temperature Rating - All sleeping bags come with a temperature rating, this is the temperature range they are designed for. Ensure you choose a bag that has a ‘Comfort’ and ‘Limit’ rating that is within the temperatures you expect to encounter.
2. Fill - Consider the insulated fill in your sleeping bag - Down or Synthetic?
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Down is the warm and fluffy feathers that reside below a birds exterior feathers. They are used as ‘fill’ within a sleeping bag to provide insulation and loft.
Polyester fibres woven into sheets of insulation, these are then sewn into the sleeping bag to provide loft and warmth.
3. Length - Sleeping bags generally come in two lengths - regular and long. Regular sleeping bags are great for those under 6ft in height, whereas, long sleeping bags provide comfort for taller individuals.
4. Shape - They are several sleeping bag shapes on the market including;
5. Weight - Ensure you compare the warm-to-weight ratio of various bags, the goal to find the compromise between thermal comfort and pack weight.
6. Volume - A sleeping bag's ability to expand and uncompress is called it’s ‘loft’. The higher the loft the better a sleeping bag can insulate and dry-out. Consider the volume and loft of your sleeping bag when compressed and uncompressed, as space in your pack/tent may be limited.
7. Additional Features - Consider whether your sleeping bag has the following extras;
Our Gear Specialist’s Top Sleeping Bags:
Our do it all performance 0-5°C compact Sleeping Bag - SEA TO SUMMIT ASCENT 1 ACI DOWN SLEEPING BAG
Our Best entry-level 0-5°C compact Sleeping Bag - ROMAN PALM VISA 0° COMPACT SLEEPING BAG
Our lightest 0-5°C sleeping bag - MENS: SEA TO SUMMIT SPARK 2 SPII DOWN SLEEPING BAG / WOMENS: SEA TO SUMMIT FLAME 2 FMII WOMENS DOWN SLEEPING BAG
Our most spacious 0-5°C compact Sleeping Bag - SEA TO SUMMIT TREK 1 TKI DOWN SLEEPING BAG
Our most durable 0-5°C compact Sleeping Bag - CARIBEE DEPLOY 1300 0° SLEEPING BAG
Our Best value 0-5°C compact Sleeping Bag - BLACK WOLF HIKER 300 DOWN SLEEPING BAG
Our most field-tested, Go To, Staff favourite 0-5°C compact Sleeping Bag - EXPLORE PLANET EARTH SCOTT 500 0° COMPACT DOWN SLEEPING BAG
Adding a liner to your sleeping bag is a great way of increasing its temperature rating and comfort, expanding the usability of your bag in colder conditions.
When on the trails, proper sleeping is vital for recovering for the next day's challenge. So make sure you pack the right sleeping bag, capable of keeping you warm and comfortable no matter the conditions.
Our Gear Heads are always available to answer any gear questions and help you choose the perfect sleeping bag for your next trip.