Inflatable Mattress, Futon Or Sleeping Bag?

Like everything in the camping, the choice of the equipment depends on the type of camping you want to practice, of on-call time, the structure of the place, of the climate that you face and how you’re going to carry it all. Let’s start. Continue reading “Inflatable Mattress, Futon Or Sleeping Bag?”

Choose the Right Sleeping Bag

Down Or Synthetic?

That a less down-filled sleeping bag weighs and takes up less space than a synthetic sleeping bag (with the same comfort temperature), is basically correct. The development of the synthetic materials is steadily advanced however in recent years, and slow but sure the artificial materials weigh less and less. So far, down produce but still the most heat with low weight and volume.

Down is also almost always the more expensive option, but for a down sleeping bag keeps longer if it is well maintained. When a synthetic sleeping bag the warmth subsides namely after a few years of use, because the filling is gradually compressed and worn out. Should you intend to use your sleeping bag, often in moist conditions, then a model with synthetic filling is preferable. This warms that even if it should become a little wet, which is not the case with a down-filled (if you do not dry the sleeping bag between uses).

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Warm Sleeping Bag Guides

COMFORT, LIMIT AND EXTREME RANGE. WHAT IS RELEVANT?

The extreme range in any case, hopefully not, because it indicates the temperature at which a survival in a sleeping bag with hypothermia is still possible. The comfort range indicates up to what outside temperature a “standard woman” (Editor’s note:.. It really is so, sorry!) With 25 years, 1.60 m height and 60kg in moderate, long baselayer anytime feels.

The limit range is valid for “standard man” with 25 years, 1.73 m height and 70 kg. For this purpose there is once again a norm that unfortunately a disregarded: individuality and physical and mental state. For some people (therefore cool faster) sweat more, others move more (thus warming rather). So unfortunately, the temperature range is a subjective criterion, which can be a guide at best.

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How to Sleep in a Sleeping Bag

The answer may be one of two things, or a combination of both:

1. The temperature outside begins to go beyond those provided for bag limits. Temperature ratings of most sleeping bags are certified by the European standard EN13537.

2. Your personal metabolism implies you’re more sensitive to cold. In terms of cold, everyone is tied to metabolism and can do almost anything substantial about it, except to comply with it. If, however, putting on additional clothing is required by the temperature of the air that comes out of temperature limits on the bag, it gives us a lot of useful information!

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Best Sleeping Bags for Mountaineering

In the past mountaineers ignored how many grams feather stuffing in sleeping bag has to assess how warm it will be.


They were aware that bags of less than 500g feather fillings are summer and winter looking for bags of 900g or more filling. Then taking into account the strength of the filling. For example, a bag of 500g stuffed with fluff-700 (footnote. BC. – “A 500g 700-fill bag”), provides “warm 500-gram bag.” But those were the days when users of sleeping bags are well informed and know exactly what they want. Continue reading “Best Sleeping Bags for Mountaineering”

How to Care for Down Sleeping Bag

There is no better thing than completely dry sleeping bag. Unfortunately, there is no more terrifying than anything wet sack. Saturated with moisture down loses 90% of its insulating properties, because moisture causes it to be matted and disrupts the delicate structure. Down absorb large quantities of water and as lost in this way the majority of the hot properties, must be dried from an external source – such as the sun or the body.
In many cases, when the environment in which work is saturated with moisture: down will fade away gradually with every night since slowly but continually seeping with moisture. The speed at which this happens depends on the skills of mountaineers and the conditions in which the bag is used. This water contamination comes from the outside and inside of the bag. Learning to slow the rate of this loss of thermal performance of the basic skills needed for effective use of feather bag.

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Down Sleeping Bag Tips

Fueling the Fire

November last year I spent a very cold week in Hyornli hut, waiting time Matterhorn improve. Although my sack was rated to -18 and wearing many clothes froze my ass beyond recognition and there is no way the temperature in the cabin have been well below freezing. We ate only field their ration consisting of small meals couscous. After 2 nights of bad food and even bad dream, we decided to sleznem to Zermatt and stuff ourselves with some “food for the soul.” When we returned at night to the hut, we were crammed with a mountain of pasta, cheese and tomatoes. What difference did this only! Go to bed in my sack, I was in an oven and soon stripped all my clothes and stuck their legs out. The lesson here is that sparing food is pure self-deception, if you want to warm. Stoking the fire inside you and you can go with a lighter bag. Fat is what you need in such cases as because of their slow digestion, heat is released in your body longer. In very cold routes already I carry with me a little plastic bottle with olive oil. Also I take nuts – pine nuts are a wonderful addition to any dish – cheese.

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