This is the second part of our post on how to sleep in nature. In the first part we talk about thermal insulation and now the subject is the sleeping bag.
It is worth remembering that the reason for the importance of these items is the maintenance of body temperature, since we can die of hypothermia in less than 3 hours.
By the way, by the way, the outdoor sleeping bag is not just for sleeping, it can serve to warm a person who started getting into hypothermia at some point in the journey.
Besides, the obvious: nothing like a little comfort, at least at bedtime, right!
But let’s go! What are the types, shapes, sizes, thicknesses and most importantly, what do I take to my trip ?!
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The first thing to take into account is whether the comfort temperature of the bag is compatible with the temperature of the night where you go to sleep.
For that look on the sticker of the bag.Disregard the information “extreme temperature”, take into account only the comfort/tolerance temperature zone because the idea is to choose a bag where you sleep well and not in the limit. And be sure to check if the indicated temperature is in degrees celsius or fahrenheit.
Of course this temperature is a medium calculation, because it depends on infinite variants such as if you are using a thermal insulation, what R-Value is this insulation, how hot is your bedclothes, what your body fat layer, etc.
Oh, but what if I already have a bag and want to take advantage? Well, there are some ways to make this temperature adjustment.
If the place is warmer than what your sleeping bag specifies, sleep with the side zipper open or just cover yourself with the spruce bag instead of getting inside it.
If the place is colder there are 3 alternatives:
-Sleep more warmly,
-Use a liner (which is a kind of bag made with a thermal fabric and that goes inside the sleeping bag),
-Or use an external bag (there are waterproof bags that you put on the outside of the sleeping bag).
More below we will give other alternative tips of how to increase the temperature of ninja form!
There are basically only 2 types, those of pen and synthetics.
PEN (Or Downbags):
Advantages Of Pen Sleeping Bags:
-They are smaller when packed for transport.
-They last almost a lifetime if they are well taken care of.
Disadvantages Of Pen Sleeping Bags :
-They’re more expensive.
-If wet they lose the ability to keep warm and take longer to dry.
-They can cause allergies in some people because of feathers.
SYNTHETIC (Or Syntheticbags):
Advantages Of Synthetic Sleeping Bags:
-Keeps the temperature even wet and dry fast (and can wash in the machine).
Disadvantages Of Synthetic Sleeping Bags:
-They are heavier than feather (temperature compatible).
-They are less compressible compared to pen (temperature compatible).
-They last less (because over time the fibers break down and lose the insulation).
Both the pen and synthetic bags can have 3 formats:
-Traditional rectangular ones (which are more comfortable but heavier and isolate less),
-In the shape of a mummy or sarcophagus (lighter and isolate better, but tight),
-Type barrel (an intermediate format between the two previous ones).
There is a “quality measurement” of sleeping bags called FillPower which, in simplicity, measures the “density” of the bag web (more or less like the R-Value of thermal insulation). You do not need to understand in detail how this is calculated, you only need 2 information: The larger the FillPower, the higher the quality. And good brands have FillPower above 600.
-Check the temperature of the place (in season) that you are going and take compatible equipment and with plenty!
-It pays to buy a liner and use it together or separate from the bag. If it’s cold you use it together. If it is nice do not use. If it is hot, use the open bag or just the liner on the insulation. This saves you having several bags and allows a “fine-tuning” of temperature at night. In addition, the liner serves as a “sheet”, avoiding too much soiling or too wet with perspiration.
-You should keep your sleeping bag always hanging so you do not overcomplete it harming the bag’s potential.
-When you put it in the compress bag do not bend, go threading from the bottom and punching without pattern so the air is escaping. In addition to bending the sleeping bag breaks the fibers and over time spoils the bag.
-It costs nothing for the carrying bag inside a simple bag of garbage tied. If you catch such a rain or fall into the water you will need (and a lot) of your dry sleeping bag.
-When removing from the backpack shake the bag well to soften the filling and improve the insulation.
“If you get camped overnight, make sure no bugs get in the bag before you do!” I usually turn inside out in the morning to dry and then turn the night on (so it dries faster and if you have something inside it comes out during the maneuver!).
-Keep your nose and nose always out of the bag, because the moisture of the perspiration of an entire night will soak the bag.
-If it is hot open the bag to perspiration leave and do not wet the equipment too much.
-In the cold wear a cap (or the hood of the mummy-type bag) because we lose a lot of heat by the head.
-Hugging a bottle of warm water on the fire or the stove can give a good warm up in your night (or put it in the bottom of the bag).
-There is a product that is not common here in Brazil, but outside is frequent, light and cheap called handwarmer or bodywarmer, which are cloth bags with a product inside that when removed from the packaging react with air and stay warm for 8 hours Or more .. They are the greatest invention of the human being for very cold nights! It’s just for one or two inside the sleeping bag and bye cold!
-You can fill the empty spaces of the bag with your dry clothes, this increases the insulation layer and will warm you up a bit more.
-Always carry an aluminized bag, it costs very cheaply, weighs nothing and can save your life in an unexpected situation (or another unprepared person).
-There are sleeping bags that can be attached to another bag by the zipper, in case you sleep with your partner. The warmth of the body adds up!
-Overbags (that waterproof bag that goes outside the sleeping bag) are also a good alternative to warm up your night. Choose breathable ones that release moisture.
-Sleep in your sack at least once in your home before using it for the first time outdoor.
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