Campfire Stuff


Date Posted:25 May 2018 

Sleeping bags come in 3 basic shapes – mummy semi rectangular  and rectangular, either hooded or unhooded. The reason for the narrower leg to feet area is they warm up faster. They also take up less pack space. They are highly recommended if you are camping in very cold elevated regions. Most Australian family campers will find a rectangular bag more than satisfactory. Rectangular bags give you more wiggle room and allow you space to place your clothing inside your bag with you. This way your clothes are handy if you need them during the night. They will be dry and warm in the morning. 

 

Sleeping Bag Fillings
Sleeping bags come in either synthetic or down fillings. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and your choice would depend on what type of camping you do and when.

Sleeping Bag Fillings
Sleeping bags come in either synthetic or down fillings. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and your choice would depend on what type of camping you do and when.

 

Synthetics filled
Advantages:
 
  • Less expensive than same rated down filled versions
  • Easy to wash and dries quickly
  • Handles moisture better and will still keep you warm if the outside of bag gets damp
  • Hypoallergenic
Disadvantages:
  • Bulkier and heavier
  • Not as long lasting as down
  • If the bag is stitched from the outside it can create weak points and allow cold in

Down filled
Advantages:
  • Lighter and compresses much better
  • Longer lasting than any synthetic bag when cared for properly
  • Warmer than their synthetic counterpart
Disadvantages:
  • A little more expensive
  • No insulation once wet
  • Takes a long time to dry properly once wet
  • More difficult to care for
  • Not hypoallergenic

Shapes
Sleeping bags come in 3 basic shapes – mummy, semi rectangular and rectangular, either hooded or unhooded. The reason for the narrower leg to feet area is they warm up faster. They also take up less pack space. They are highly recommended if you are camping in very cold elevated regions. Most Australian family campers will find a rectangular bag more than satisfactory. Rectangular bags give you more wiggle room and allow you space to place your clothing inside your bag with you. This way your clothes are handy if you need them during the night. They will be dry and warm in the morning. 

Some bags come with hoods because heat escapes from the feet and head first.  These will help you stay warm on cold nights.  Pro Tip:  Leaving your beanie on whilst sleeping or using a hooded sleeping bag will help keep you extra warm through the night.

Synthetics filled
Advantages:
 
  • Less expensive than same rated down filled versions
  • Easy to wash and dries quickly
  • Handles moisture better and will still keep you warm if the outside of bag gets damp
  • Hypoallergenic
Disadvantages:
  • Bulkier and heavier
  • Not as long lasting as down
  • If the bag is stitched from the outside it can create weak points and allow cold in

Down filled
Advantages:
  • Lighter and compresses much better
  • Longer lasting than any synthetic bag when cared for properly
  • Warmer than their synthetic counterpart
Disadvantages:
  • A little more expensive
  • No insulation once wet
  • Takes a long time to dry properly once wet
  • More difficult to care for
  • Not hypoallergenic

Shapes
Sleeping bags come in 3 basic shapes – mummy, semi rectangular and rectangular, either hooded or unhooded. The reason for the narrower leg to feet area is they warm up faster. They also take up less pack space. They are highly recommended if you are camping in very cold elevated regions. Most Australian family campers will find a rectangular bag more than satisfactory. Rectangular bags give you more wiggle room and allow you space to place your clothing inside your bag with you. This way your clothes are handy if you need them during the night. They will be dry and warm in the morning. 

Some bags come with hoods because heat escapes from the feet and head first.  These will help you stay warm on cold nights.  Pro Tip:  Leaving your beanie on whilst sleeping or using a hooded sleeping bag will help keep you extra warm through the night.


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