SLEEPING BAG FILLED WITH DOWN OR SYNTHETIC FIBRE?–DOWN SLEEPING BAGS (PART I)

HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT SLEEPING BAG

Sleep under the open sky and see the stars in the evening! The perfect sleeping bag keeps you warm – whether you’re trekking in Norway or traveling the world in the Himalayas. Each destination and climate zone has different requirements for the choice of a sleeping bag – our sleeping bag advice allows you to find the best sleeping bag for your outdoor experience.

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WHICH SLEEPING BAG IS THE RIGHT ONE FOR ME?

Our advice for sleeping bags is designed to answer any questions you may have:

1) SLEEPING BAG FILLED WITH DOWN OR SYNTHETIC FIBRE?

Both these sleeping bag materials have their pros and cons.

 

DOWN SLEEPING BAGS

Advantages:

  1. Unique warmth to weight ratio;
  2. Small pack size;
  3. First class moisture transport;
  4. Professionally maintained very durable;
  5. Warms immediately;

 

Disadvantages:

  1. Useless when damp;
  2. Requires intensive care;
  3. Draws moisture;
  4. Dries very slowly;

WHICH SLEEPING BAG FOR WHICH PURPOSE?

DOWN: LIGHTWEIGHT AND COMPACT – SLEEPING BAGS FOR:

Mountain climbing;

Trekking in areas with low to normal humidity;

Bike tours with light luggage;

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When you are looking for very good insulation qualities at the lowest possible weight and pack size, a down sleeping bag is the best option, because there is no synthetic fibre that can achieve the same bulking ability as this natural product, which is able to capture warm air perfectly.

When cared for correctly, down is also more durable than synthetic fibre. It also provides a pleasantly dry climater for sleeping. This is based on its capacity to absorb and release moisture. However, its moisture absorption is limited. In the case of extremely high humidity, continuous rain or proximity to bodies of water, down can clump, which reduces its insulating effect. Once the down is wet, it takes a very long time to dry out.

This is a disadvantage on multi-day winter tours. The body’s moisture condenses in the filling, freezes there, and is unable to dry off. Even in a bivouac bag, a part of the sleeping bag will freeze. A waterproof sleeping bag liner helps the down, but reduces the sleep comfort typically enjoyed with down products.


Post time: Nov-03-2022