Looking to purchase a sleeping bag for your next backpacking trip? Is the one you have used for so long, getting a little worn? Sometimes we just hate to give up on things that have worked so well, for so long. In any case, we want the Best Sleeping Bags for backpacking because it means our ability to keep warm when we need to.
Sleeping Bags come in a wide range of colors, sizes, temperature range, exterior materials, interior materials, and designs.
FEATURES TO LOOK FOR
1- Of course the Climate that you will be hiking will be an important consideration, taking into account the seasonal weather conditions/ daytime and nighttime high and lows will help determine the temperature range for the sleeping bag.
2- Give some thought to the zipper, would you prefer it on the left or right side of the bag? A snag less zipper would be good.
Who wants to wake up in the middle of the night to use the” restroom” only to struggle with the zipper on the bag that keeps snagging on the shell?
Not only that, but the person using the bag may need to put on something warm also their shoes and have a flashlight in hand and toiletries, so with all to do to make your way to the ” restroom ” consider seriously a snag less zipper, that may save you time and irritation especially on a night that you want to get some needed sleep.
3- How tall is the individual using the bag? Make sure that the bag is the right length, don’t guess, you may want to get in the sleeping bag right after you purchase it to make sure that it is right for you.
There needs to be enough room, lengthwise, as well as width, to be comfortable. Some wiggle room, you might say!!
4- You might remember the older sleeping bags ( some years back ) that were made mostly from cloth and they were fine as long as it was for indoor use, however when looking for one for backpacking consider both the exterior and interior materials.
Of course, being out in the elements- rain, snow, morning dew, wind etc. Presents a different situation altogether.
So again, keeping warm as well as dry can make for a memorable trip.
5- Weight. Along with the other gear you will have a final weight to carry, I’m not going to suggest a final weight, only that all your gear should be kept to a minimum weight including your sleeping bag.
In Springer mountain Georgia, USA, there is an approach trail that leads to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail on the southern end which is about 8.5 miles long.
Often this approach trail is littered with things that hikers thought they needed, why did they leave them there? You guessed it, they see that these things added too much weight for them to carry day after day.
I remember hiking the A.T. ( Appalachian Trail ) for 3 days 2 nights, this was in the late ’80s. There was a fellow hiker that started out with a camera ( this was a fairly large camera ) with the different lenses etc. I think, the second day into the hike it began to tell on him, so he was able to have the camera shipped back