For the best insulation value and warmth-to-weight ratio, look for sleeping bags made with 100% duck or goose down. If the fill power isn’t advertised, chances are the bag isn’t of the highest quality and doesn’t compress very well. Inexpensive down bags are sometimes made from materials that are unethically sourced.
The Snowy Owl is the warmest sleeping bag in the world and has been the sleeping bag of choice for polar expeditions since its inception. Our fully contoured design maintains the full and even fill of 900+ down in the head and shoulders.
Look for: Try to buy the lightest sleeping bag you can afford and keep it warm enough for a comfortable night’s sleep. Low denier shell fabrics and high fill power down bring you the biggest weight savings and packability, but at a premium price. Try to aim for a sleeping bag weight of 2 pounds or less.
Our research has shown that Hydrophobic Down™ absorbs 70% less moisture than untreated down and dries three times faster. In comparison, a synthetic sleeping bag is still better than a treated down sleeping bag.
in very wet conditions
Season 3 sleeping bags are designed for cold autumn and winter nights when there is no frost. Perfect for those who brave the weather for winter camping and for those who feel the cold while they sleep.
If you take proper care of it and store it properly when not in use, your sleeping bag should last at least five years. If it’s made of quality materials with strong seams and stitches, that number can be increased to over ten years. With proper care, quality sleeping bags can last up to 15 years.
Price: Sleeping bags can range from $50 to $1,000, but we think most people can find everything they need for car camping for $100 and backpacking for $150 to $100 can get $400.
This stands for grams per square meter and is a measure of warmth. Sleeping bags with duck or goose down insulation are often referred to by their ‘down fill rating’, with the average being between 400 and 500, rather than GSM.
“In practice, the rating is just a fuzzy guideline.” Traditionally, the US rating of a sleeping bag indicates the lowest temperature at which the bag will keep the average sleeper warm (i.e. a 20°F bag should keep you comfortable down to 20°F).< /p>
Sleeping bags are measured by their length, and while this may seem obvious, the right length for your sleeping bag should correlate with your height. For example, if you are 1.80 m tall, you should sleep in sleeping bags of about the same length.
Yes, wearing long underwear and clothing will keep you warmer in a sleeping bag. Your clothes are another layer of insulation, keeping your natural warmth close to your boy and preventing it from escaping.
The winter sleeping bag
For pure winter camping you should get a sleeping bag with a temperature rating of at least -20° Fahrenheit. And if you’re camping in the northern US in winter or in high altitude mountainous terrain, a -40 degree bag is essential. A goose down winter sleeping bag.
Well treated, down products should last a very long time (we still use our dad’s sleeping bag from the 70’s). Conversely, synthetic products have a limited lifespan to begin with, but most can perform much better than down. And with any type of insulation, it’s important to treat it well.