Explains Top 3 Tips for Consumers

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Leading camping goods supplier dispels complexity by outlining the top 3 need-to-know facts when shopping for the right sleeping bag.

Sleeping Bag Suits

With many sleeping bag guides giving mountainous volumes of information, we wanted to give our customers some easy, quick know-how to help them make the right choice for their needs

Popular online retailer Sleeping Bag Suits is answering customer demand to clarify which type of camping gear to choose amongst the wide ranges available by announcing their Top 3 Tips.

Tip 1 – Weather Considerations & Ratings

Every model of sleeping bag has a temperature rating to match the season that campers will be experiencing. It is always best to choose a rating that will be able to handle slightly lower temperatures that what the person might expect, since it’s easier to unzip a sleeping bag if it gets too hot than to warm up if the weather takes an unexpected dip. For the northern hemisphere, it’s ideal to opt for a rating of -5°C or even -10°C to comfortably handle chilly spring and autumn nights.

Tip 2 – Fit & Insulation

Sleeping Bags come in two main shapes – the traditional rectangular type and the more modern ‘mummy’ variety which is shaped like a cocoon. This factor becomes important especially when camping in cold climates, since while rectangular sleeping bags offer more room to move, they do not lock-in body warmth as much as mummy bags. In addition, the mummy type of model comes complete with a hood which prevents a great deal of body heat from escaping from the top of the head.

A further key consideration when it comes to insulation is the difference between a synthetic and a down (duck or goose feather) filling. Both have their pros and cons – while synthetic bags tend to be cheaper, easier to clean and better at tackling wet weather, down bags offer the best warmth to weight ratio, compress smaller to fit conveniently into a backpack and they also generally last longer than synthetic bags. Thus, the main tip here is that campers will do well to choose a down bag if they are going to be hiking frequently in cold conditions.

Tip 3 – Crucial Accessories to Get the Best from a Sleeping Bag

A liner, which fits inside a sleeping bag, will offer a great deal of extra warmth and they can simply be removed if the weather improves. They are also good in terms of maintenance, since they keep sweat and dirt on the body from penetrating into the bag and are much easier to clean. The two most popular choices are liners made from fleece which are warm but slightly bulky, and the silk variety which is light and compact but pricier.

Even more importantly, a sleeping mat or inflatable pad is vital to prevent the cold from the ground seeping in as well as to give campers a comfortable night’s rest free from annoying stones and twigs poking through. Research has shown that self-inflating pads a mere 1 1/2" thick can add 15%-20% to a sleeping bag's temperature rating.

Managing Director at, Simon Ambler, commented: “With many sleeping bag guides giving mountainous volumes of information, our customers said they were getting a little confused about which models are best. We wanted to give them some easy, quick know-how to help them make the right choice for their needs with our Top 3 Tips.”

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