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

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.

2

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.

 

SYNTHETIC FIBRE SLEEPING BAGS

Advantages:

  1. Still insulate at 70% even when damp;
  2. Easy-care ;
  3. Hardly absorb any moisture;
  4. Quick-drying ;

Disadvantages:

  1. Heavier than down;
  2. Less compressible;
  3. Less moisture transport;
  4. Shorter lifespan than down;
  5. Somewhat longer warm-up time;

Our tip: No matter which sleeping bag you choose, if you care for it properly, it will accompany you on many mountain and trekking tours.

 

WHICH SLEEPING BAG FOR WHICH PURPOSE?

SYNTHETIC FIBRE: RESISTANT ALL-ROUNDER – SLEEPING BAGS FOR:

(All typical sleeping bag uses, especially as a summer sleeping bag)

Canoe tours

Winter tours

Wilderness in Scandinavia

Bike tours with light luggage

Hut tours

Their disadvantage is also their greatest advantage: They hardly absorb any moisture and dry much faster than down sleeping bags. If they happen to become damp, they still keep you pleasantly warm. The hollow polyester fibres continue to store warm air, since they remain stable and don’t clump like damp down does. Also ideal for use in areas with permanently high humidity. If extremely low temperatures are not expected, or the sleeping bag is heavily used and requires regular washing (children!), synthetic sleeping bags are the right choice. Ultimately, they are less expensive than down models and easier to care for.

 

 

TIPS FOR RESTFUL SLEEP IN YOUR SLEEPING BAG

However, the right sleeping bag is only half the story – it is also important where, on what and how you sleep!

Sleeping mat: Cold ground or circulating air will draw heat away from the body even through the best sleeping bag! This heat transfer should definitely be prevented by using a well-insulated mat.

Wind protection: wind chills you! The wind chill factor means that the body perceives +5°C in a light breeze (25 km/h) as 0°C. A tent, bivouac sack or even a boulder can protect you against a highly chilling air exchange (B). Locate your sleeping area somewhere that is well protected from the wind.

Functional underwear: The heat of the sleeping bag can be easily maximised by wearing warm, long functional underwear and socks. Dry clothing on the feet also ensures additional insulation.

Hat: in your sleeping bag, your head or face are the only contact to the chilly outside world. A cold head makes the rest of the body lose heat too. A hat, perhaps even a balaclava, offers very effective protection against the cold.

Enough food: The body needs lots of energy when climbing, hiking, cycling, etc. Anyone who fails to top up their energy reserves by not eating enough will not be able to produce enough heat and will get cold faster.

Enough liquid: Drink enough during the day, as the body stops being able to produce enough warmth when it is dehydrated. Before going to bed in your sleeping bag, a cup of tea or hot chocolate is a good way of warming you up.

Avoid alcohol: Do not drink too much alcohol in cold temperatures. Alcohol initially creates a warming sensation, but when it wears off, you feel the cold even more.

Keep everything dry: Clothing and sleeping bags, especially down ones, have a lower insulation value when they’re wet than they do when dry. The supposedly warm socks that you were wearing get cold very quickly due to evaporation.

Avoid getting into your sleeping bag with your sweaty clothing on. A change of clothes will stay dry in a watertight packsack. And whenever possible, leave your sleeping bag to air – for example, over the tent.


Post time: Nov-03-2022