When you get out of camp, the most difficult experience is to put your warm feet in cold shoes or wear cold clothes. In order to avoid this situation, it is recommended that you put underclothes into sleeping bag in advance, so that not only can you warm the clothing and socks in advance, but also can avoid an "empty" sleeping bag, which may fill cold air.
If you are camping in a low temperature environment, in addition to clothing, all things that are afraid of cold are recommended to stuff in sleeping bags - gas cans, batteries, electronic products with lithium batteries. Therefore, we also often recommend that you don't buy sleeping bags that are "too suitable".
It is slow for a new sleeping bag to fluff up since it has been jammed in the compression bag after leaving from factory. There are some tips to help your down sleeping bag fluff up faster.
1. After pitching camp, it is advisable to spread your sleeping bag a few hours before bedtime so that the down is fully lofted (if the campsite is very humid, keep your sleeping bag dry is the whole of all thing).
2. Lift the left and right sides of your sleeping bag and shake a few times to make the down evenly distributed in its lining.
3. Then gently pat the sleeping bag from head to toe, with a very light force on the line, in order to make the down evenly distributed as fast as possible.
4. Make sure there is more room for expansion of down
5. Lay it flat on and leave it fluff up in tent.
The weight of a down sleeping bag, in addition to the amount of filling, is the weight of the sleeping bag fabric. To a large extent in order to have a ultra lightweight sleeping bag, you need to reduce the weight of fabric
Outer fabric material: The outer fabric generally needs certain strength to ensure that it can be used for a longer period of time. Due to the requirements of outdoor condition, most of the time it will be treated with water repellent treatment, that is, it will not be quickly wetted with a little water. This waterproof is not enough to against rain, so if you need to camp without tents, the purchase of GTX material sleeping bag sets is better.
Lining material: usually more than 200T is appropriate, because if the index of the inner lining material is lower than 200T, individual down will be worn out, however, thick fabrics still will be drilled at the seams. Now a light-weight sleeping bag with a zipper covering the entire weight of about 400 - 500 grams, the extreme can down to 300 grams.
1. Before slip inside your sleeping bag, fill a hot water bottle into it. This will make you warm and comfortable when you enter.
2. Remember sleeping bag does not generate heat. It will only trap human body heat. Warm up in the cold and let your blood circulate.
3. When you come back home, open your sleeping bag as soon as possible and hung it in a dry place out of direct sunshine for a day or so to make it dry completely.
4. Temporarily repair the break with tape before tearing or breaking a larger hole when outdoors. They should be completely repaired by patching or stitching later then.
5. Keep your sleeping bag away from the fire. Spark will easily burn out holes and the heat will melt them.
Normally right-handed people prefer left zip sleeping bags, and left-handed people will be opposite. They are not gender specific, but given the fact that a left hand zipper could easily zip together with right hand zipper, you and your partner can choose one that come with different hand zip.
Before purchase, you can wrap yourself in a quilt and try it out to see which one is more convenient.
Every down sleeping bag should avoid getting the inside filling wet and not be stored in a compression bag for extended periods. Long-term storage of sleeping bag in compression bag will damage the insulation material, which also cause the sleeping bag to absorb moisture and then mildewed.
It is recommended to be stored in a large breathable cotton or mesh storage bag, or even dropped a desiccant with your down sleeping bag, but should avoid storing with things like mothballs which have a peculiar smell. If your wardrobe is big enough, you can also hang the sleeping bag in it. If condition permitted, you should turn it over and air your sleeping bag regularly to let moisture evaporate.
All in all, if you go for long periods without using your sleeping bag, just try to store it in a loose state to keep the down fluffy and extend its service life.
Sometimes we find water drops scattered fall off from clothes, and usually it is because the fabric has been treated with water repellent.
Water repellent treatment is actually a layer of special treatment that covers the surface of fabric. Usually, DWR (Durable Water Repellency) is added when the finished fabric is shaped to achieve durable water repellency. The purpose of using DWR coating is that the water can form small water droplets when dripping onto the surface of the garment or directly slide off the surface of the garment to prevent the fabric from absorbing moisture. At the same time, the oil adhered to the surface of the fabric can be easily removed.
Outdoor garments and down sleeping bags are tend to adopt this kind of DWR water repellent water treatment. The advantage of using DWR treatment is that it can make the surface of the garment and sleeping bag not to absorb moisture, thus ensuring the fabric can achieve good air permeability, so that the filling are kept dry.
It is worth mentioning that the DWR treatment is not permanent, but proper washing and ironing can prolong the effect. If your clothing has lost the anti-water repellent effect, you do not need to worry. DWR coating recovery agents are commercially available.
Sleeping bags are one of the indispensable equipments for outdoor activities. There are a wide variety of products on the market and the price is very different. Now let's discuss what kind of sleeping bag you need in terms of appearance:
The shape of sleeping bag mentioned here includes shape and personality design of the sleeping bag. There are almost two kinds. One is Mummy style, the other is envelope type. Of course, there are still some types between the two, and it is actually a Mummy-style variation.
Envelope sleeping bags are almost exclusively used in fleecy sleeping bags or simple style sleeping bags. The general size is 225*80CM. It is suitable for high temperature seasons such as summer or early autumn. The shape of its shoulders and bottom can not effectively prevent the loss of body heat, but has a great advantage is the freedom of movement space, suitable for friends tend to move around while sleeping.
Mummy sleeping bag is almost a symbol of a professional sleeping bag. This is a design that combines weight, volume, and better insulation. There is usually an adjustable hood above the shoulder to prevent heat loss from head. Some excellent brands have also designed a three-dimensional thicker shape at the feet to make the feet more warm and comfortable.
In appearance, the difference between brands is not great, so the design of individuality is their own performance. Color blocking and printing are popular currently.
Here, the choice of shape is relatively simple. If you just go camping in summer or autumn, or you don't plan on carrying it on long distances, you can choose envelope- sleeping bags. If you plan to go to a cold place, I suggest that you must choose a mummy down sleeping bag.
Always Keep Down Sleeping Bag Dry
When using a sleeping bag, be careful to keep it dry, because the efficiency of a wet sleeping bag will be greatly reduced, especially if the sleeping bag is filled with goose down or duck down, and will not keep you warm anymore. So on rainy days, protect the backpack from water, or seal the sleeping bag with a waterproof bag in advance. If the camp is very wet, in order to avoid sleeping bags get damp, don’t take it out until going to sleep.
If unfortunately the sleeping bag is damp, it must be dried in time. The damp down sleeping bag cannot be stored for a long time, otherwise it will become moldy and even change.
There is a mutual gap between down and down, which can form a warm layer separated from outside. Down is very soft and light, as there is a certain amount of air filling in this small gap, the air convection between them is not good enough, therefore the outside cold air is not easy to reach inside. On the contrary, the hot air inside is also not easy to get outside. As a result, the temperature is maintained, but be careful that after getting wet, down is not easy to swell in time, and won’t keep you warm anymore.
If you go to a relatively humid place, plus the temperature difference between day and night cause dew, you must pay attention to prevent against moisture.