How to Choose a Sleeping Bag for Camping

With a sleeping bag, stay warm and dry and camp with confidence

In natural or synthetic down, your sleeping bag should be light and resistant 

A sleeping bag against the cold and wet in a tent

Good night’s sleep, it’s a good day. You hiking or whether you stay in a campsite, your sleeping conditions are essential. A sleeping bag is more effective against cold and moisture that the air volume inside the filling is important. To check this, just compare the bag unfolded and compressed bag. More the place once out of its protective cover is important compared to its size when it is being stored, the better its characteristics.

Bag cover or anatomical sarcophagus

The heat stored by the sleeping bag comes largely from the body. If the night is cold or raining, it is essential to retain this heat to avoid the weather. Equivalent properties, the anatomical sarcophagus (fitted with a hood and narrower feet) will be more efficient that bags covers traditional who, them, will be a little more comfortable because more detailed. Note, some sleeping bags have a built-in pillow.

The weight of the trim function sleeping bag

As exampled on, the blanket sleeping bag is often heavier and bulkier than the sarcophagus sleeping bag, but the weight of the bag is also depends on trim. The natural duvet (goose, duck) is lighter than the synthetic filling.

The outer shell of the sleeping bag: light and resistant

The outer shell of the sleeping bag should be light and resistant. Therefore, it is more often synthetic (polyamide or polyester).However, it is important to check that the inside of the envelope is in cotton for a better comfort. Sometimes, the face of the outer casing in contact with the ground is impregnated. It’s a nice touch. If you are using your sleeping bag only in summer, a quilt will do. If you use in different climatic conditions, it is better to opt for an apartment model.

Inside of the sleeping bag, natural down or synthetic fibers

The filling is very important in the choice of a sleeping bag. Goose or duck down is soft, comfortable and natural, it lets the body breathe and facilitates the evacuation of sweating. Synthetic fibres (polyester) do not guarantee the same comfort. The most successful are those who close insulation qualities of down (Thermoguard, Thermoloft, Polaguard, GLT…). The trick of all campers warned, the famous “meat purse” (yesterday in sheet, today in silk or fleece) remains the best way to improve your comfort and extend the life of your sleeping bag.

The + Council: choose a bigger than you sleeping bag (30 cm) to not feel claustrophobic and find you sliced. If you sleep under the stars, take a pants in cotton or gore-tex, with hood and mosquito net, effective against rain, wind and the unwanted.