Difference Between Mummy & Square Sleeping Bags

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Mummy and square sleeping bags are different in a number of interesting ways. Learn about the differences between mummy and square sleeping bags with help from the CEO of an outdoor gear and apparel retailer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jennifer Mull with Backwoods in Austin, Texas. Today, we're gonna talk about the difference between a mummy-style sleeping bag and a rectangular sleeping bag. The primary difference between the two is obviously their shape, but it's really function that distinguishes the two. A mummy sleeping bag tends to be much, much warmer because of the fact that it fits so much closer to the body, and you can really cinch it down. As you'll see here with my model, put your arm in please, and he can zip himself up inside the mummy sleeping bag, and it closes down all on top of him, and you can really cinch it down such that really only your face is sticking out. That is, as I mentioned, key for heat retention. Some people find them to be a little bit uncomfortable because they are so narrow, but again for colder climates this is ideal because you really want that heat retention. They also tend to pack smaller. So if you're backpacking, et cetera, this is a great option. The rectangular sleeping bag, on the other hand, some people find it to be much more comfortable, just because of its shape and there's a lot more room, particularly around your upper body. But again, conversely to the mummy sleeping bag, they don't pack down as tight. They certainly are harder to pack in and out with if you're on a back packing trip, and again, you do lose a lot of heat because there's so much open space around your head.

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