Summer 2021

How to choose the Right Sleeping Bag for you

A good sleeping bag is a key part of any overnight adventure. Find your sleeping bag below that’s perfect for the weather and your camping style.

Types:

Rectangular Sleeping Bags: These sleeping bags are ideal for car camping. They’re roomy and can be used as a duvet or blanket when unzipped. You can also connect two sleeping bags together (if the zippers are compatible).

Barrel Sleeping Bags: Barrel sleeping bags are narrow at the feet and wider at the top. They provide the warmth of a mummy bag with the roominess of a rectangular bag. 

Mummy Sleeping Bags: If you are a serious camper, consider carrying a mummy sleeping bag. These bags are warm, light, and usually include a hood. They are meant to fit snug to the body and can usually be compressed tighter than other bags. 

Temperature:

Mild: If you are camping in the summer or using the sleeping bag indoors, look for a bag that’s rated for 6°C (43°F) or warmer.

Cold: If you camp throughout the spring, summer and fall, look for a bag that’s rated for up to -7°C (19°F). 

Very Cold: If winter and fall are your favourite camping seasons, stay warm and dry with a sleeping bag rated for up to -45°C (-49°F). 

Materials:

Lining: Sleeping bag linings are typically made of polyester, which offers the best value; cotton flannel, which provides additional comfort, and a poly-cotton blend, which is the softest option. Choose what lining feels the most comfortable to you. 

Fill: Sleeping bags can be filled with a variety of materials, from synthetic fills, like polyester, to down filling. Look for a fill that has the warmth rating you need and that can be compressed as much as you require (particularly if you’ll be backpacking). 

Features:

Full-length draft tube: A full-length draft is an insulated flap that runs the entire length of the zipper and prevented heat from escaping through the zipper coils. 

Quilted construction: Bags with quilted construction have the inner lining and the outer shell stitched together to prevent the fill from moving. Since there’s no fill along the stitched through line, this can result in cold spots in the sleeping bag. More premium sleeping bags have offset quilted construction, which prevents cold spots. 

Zippered vents: If you want to be able to regulate your sleeping bag’s temperature, look for bags with zippered vents along the side of the sleeping bag or near the foot box.

Hood and neck yoke: You can lose up to 80% of your body heat through your head. A hood and a neck yoke can help to reduce heat loss and help you stay warm. 

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