Types of Sleeping Bags & Their Uses

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When choosing a sleeping bag, it's important to take temperature into consideration, and also to avoid using sleeping bags that are filled with cotton. Discover why goose down and synthetic sleeping bags make for good choices with help from a recreational kayaking instructor and outdoor adventurer in this free video on sleeping bags.

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Hello, when considering what type of sleeping bags to buy, obviously there's going to be several concerns. One of those concerns is the temperature. Are you going to Antarctica? Are you going to Florida? Two different bags; okay. So once you have your temperate, temperature range selected; that helps you a little bit. The next concern is going to be the type of material. Basically, there's three or four that we'll talk about. One of those is cotton; throw it out, it doesn't belong in any good camping trip. So those cheap Coleman type camping, sleeping bags that are filled with cotton, made of cotton, they're useless. Don't waste your money. Second, some type of synthetic material. Those would be your qualo fills, your polar fills; those kind, types of things. Those are good choices 'cause they insulate, they're lightweight and they'll still insulate you if they're wet and they dry easily. Another choice is down down, goose down. That's a great choice because it's lightweight; it's highly insulative. The down part is if it gets wet, it gets heavy and takes forever to dry. The next function of a sleeping bag is how it's constructed. You're inexpensive; or I would say your cheap sleeping bags are sewn through; okay. And what that is is you have a top; you have a bottom, you have a zipper. You slide in, you are the filling; this is the burrito. The insulation has to stay in place somehow. When it's sewn all the way through, those are cold spots; okay. It's cheap, it's easy; this is an inexpensive sleeping bag. Synthetic is going to work fine in easy temperatures. Your better sleeping bags are going to be mummy-styled; less wasted space and usually, there's some type of baffling inside. So if you have the two top; the top and the bottom; there's some type of baffle in between to hold the insulation into, in place. Sometimes there's quilted baffles; okay; if that make sense and that holds the insulation in place. This one has a nice synthetic liners, so it's nice and smooth and cuddly when you get in. It has a little draft guard; so when I close my zipper, there's a draft protection so that there's not a, a cold breeze coming in from, from the zipper. And this is a mummy-style so if it does get cold I can sense you down around my head. This bag is rated for about thirty degrees; whereas that previous bag would just be a summer rated bag where you're not getting any cooler than sixty degrees, seventy degrees. So once again, buy something that's going to meet your needs now and later. Don't skimp because this is a sleeping bag that you're going to have for a long time. So spend a good money now and you'll be that much more comfortable on those long cool rainy night and you'll be glad you made a good investment. Again, weight is a consideration. The heavier is your sleeping bag, the more you're going to have to log around on your backpacking trips and again, if you're car camping, weight doesn't really matter. Thank you very much; safe adventures.

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