4 season sleeping bag
If you’re thinking of going on holiday this summer then it’s probably a good idea to get a few ideas for your 3 season sleeping bags. It can be hard to find that ideal sleeping bag on the high street, or if you do then you are likely to be very unsure about exactly what to choose. The other thing is that you have a finite amount of money to spend, so buying the cheapest you can probably get away with is probably not a wise investment. However, for camping in the UK in the Summer or Autumn, you should really consider a top quality 3 season sleeping bag just to make sure that you are warm, while if you’re planning to camp out during the winter months, then you will usually have to pay a little bit more for a top quality 4 season sleeping bag as well.
So which brands and designs are best? There are many companies that make high quality 3-season bags, including Coleman, PowerDry, Slumberjack and King Pro. Some of these companies have a reputation for making excellent quality bags, while others have a reputation for poor quality, lightweight bags that are not particularly warm. My recommendation is to try a few different brands, in a variety of sizes and with different features, to see which one works best for you. I will go into more detail below, but first let’s look at some features that you might want to look for when buying your next sleeping bag.
First of all, I think that the most important feature to look for is whether the inside is zipped up or not. A lot of people like the fact that zipped bags keep the heat inside, which can be highly beneficial in cold weather conditions, but there are also many people who hate the feeling of cold trapped inside their bag. To test this theory, take a pair of ski gloves and insert them inside your bag. If you feel cold, then you probably need to buy a different size of bag.
The next feature to look for is whether the inside of your bag can be machine washed. A lot of people believe that a damped bag can’t be machine washed, because damp conditions will cause the fabric to get clingy and lose shape, but I don’t think this is true. In fact, it is quite the opposite – if you put a damp rag on top of a machine washed bag, it will absorb the moisture and retain its shape. If you take a couple of damp quilts and place them on top of a machine-washable bag, they will dry quickly, without getting clingy in the process.
Another thing to look for is temperature ratings. Bags with high temperature ratings are better for cold weather camping trips. Although they may be warm enough for regular summer camping, in winter they won’t keep you as warm as a bag with lower temperature ratings. I’m not sure why manufacturers recommend these high-temperature bags for winter camping, but I’ve never been a fan of them anyway. Instead, I prefer medium-temperature bags for regular summer camping trips.
At the end of the day, price is always going to be a consideration for most buyers. You should definitely think about the overall quality of the product before you set a budget. A high price tag does not necessarily mean the best sleeping bag is available, so don’t be afraid to look for discounts. Don’t forget, however, to think about price when comparing the various brands of the 4 seasons sleeping bags. You’ll find that there are excellent quality products offered at affordable prices.
The last thing to consider is whether you want an indoor or outdoor bag. If you’re going on a summer camping trip, an indoor bag will do just fine. If you’re planning an outdoor excursion in cold weather, I would highly recommend choosing an outdoor 4 season sleeping bag instead. Although it is an additional expense, you will find that you won’t feel the cold once you are inside your bag. I would advise you to avoid purchasing a 40 degree sleeping bag indoors, simply because you may end up freezing if you don’t use it properly.
One of the nicest things about polyester down filling is that it stays dry. This is a huge benefit over traditional materials like cotton. If you take a little time and really shop around, you can easily save money by selecting a high quality polyester sleeping bag instead of one with synthetic material. Keep in mind that polyester isn’t always the best choice, especially if you plan on using the bag in very cold weather. If you do purchase a polyester model, I suggest investing in a couple of zippers and using plastic zip ties to seal the bag closed.