Sleeping bag

How to choose the right sleeping bag?

The sleeping bag is an essential element for trekking, camping or even sleeping under the stars. We will help you to choose it by giving you the key points of a good sleeping bag, i.e. the one that corresponds to your needs. There are different criteria on which you can base your choice:

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Sleeping bag

How to choose the right sleeping bag?

The sleeping bag is an essential element for trekking, camping or even sleeping under the stars. We will help you to choose it by giving you the key points of a good sleeping bag, i.e. the one that corresponds to your needs. There are different criteria on which you can base your choice:

The weight of the sleeping bag

First, it is important to look at the weight of the sleeping bag. Indeed, if you go on treks and you have to carry your sleeping bag all day long, it should be as light and compressible as possible. If, on the other hand, you are going on a road trip or camping, you do not carry the sleeping bag, so the weight is not a determining factor for you.

However, it should be noted that if you need a sleeping bag for trekking with low comfort temperatures, it will inevitably be heavier.

The comfort temperature of the sleeping bag

All sleeping bags have 3 temperatures: comfort, limit and extreme.

- The comfort temperature: it indicates the temperature where the person is comfortable and does not feel cold in the sleeping bag.

- The comfort limit temperature: this indicates the temperature at which the person must curl up to avoid feeling the cold.

- The extreme temperature: this indicates the temperature where the person feels the cold in the sleeping bag and is at risk of hypothermia.

It is the comfort temperature that you should look at for your purchase, it is the one that comes closest, as its name indicates, to your comfort and therefore the guarantee of a good night's sleep outdoors. Be careful, if you are rather cold, we recommend a sleeping bag with a comfort temperature a little lower than the temperatures you think you will face.

In order to choose the right sleeping bag, especially if you are trekking, it is important to identify the geographical area of your trek, the altitudes where you will sleep, the season and the weather conditions in order to establish the comfort temperature you need for your sleeping bag.

Sleeping bag lining

The lining of your sleeping bag may also be a factor that will determine your choice. For similar temperatures, a synthetic filling is often heavier and less compressible than down, but it is more resistant to moisture. Therefore, a synthetic sleeping bag is recommended for sleeping under the stars, for bivouacking in damp areas, or if you know that the area is prone to bad weather. The down sleeping bag is often lighter, compressible, insulating and breathable. However, if it gets wet, it loses its insulating power, even though some down sleeping bags are treated to resist humidity. It is therefore ideal for anyone who needs a warm, lightweight sleeping bag.

The shape of the sleeping bag

There are 2 kinds of sleeping bag shapes:

- The sarcophagus sleeping bag optimizes thermal protection by following the shape of your body, it is often lighter and takes up less space. It is this shape that is strongly recommended if you go trekking.

- The rectangular sleeping bag or blanket sleeping bag is more comfortable because it gives you more foot space but it offers less thermal protection because there is more air. They are therefore recommended for summer/spring camping.

A few tips on how to use your sleeping bag

To optimize your comfort and have a good night's restorative sleep, we give you a few recommendations:

- It's best not to layer layers of clothing inside your sleeping bag, if it's cold a legging and a warm long sleeve top will do the trick.

- If it is cold, protect your extremities by wearing a hat, gloves and socks.

- A good insulation between the floor and the sleeping bag will keep you out of the cold, so it's better to have a mattress.

- If your sleeping bag gets wet, it is important to ventilate it and dry it as quickly as possible.

- To provide a little more comfort and/or warmth, we advise you to also buy sleeping bag sheets, ideally made of silk to optimise warmth.

- To keep the inflation power of a down sleeping bag, we advise you to keep it at home out of the sleeping bag.

- Sleeping bags can normally be machine washed in the cold, but it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

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