You have finally decided it is time to replace that old sleeping bag that you have had since your were a teenager, a Boy Scout, or perhaps you have one of those made by the big box manufacturer that made your tent, your portable stove, your lantern and your cooler. At first, the number of variables to consider: temperature rating, shape, type of filler material, and finally weight, appear to make the job of selecting the right sleeping bag appear complicated. In this article I will describe some of the important features to consider when deciding which shape is right for your personal camping situation.
Camping bags, also referred to as rectangular bags, are just that, rectangular in shape. The camping bag is the most common style. They are quite roomy, providing maximum room to move about. And if you tend to twist and turn while you sleep, the Camping Bag is your preferred choice. Camping bags come in all temperature ratings, so you will find one for any season of camping you need. In addition, manufacturers have added a hood to some of their camping bags, much like a built in pillow. These hooded camping bags retain more of your body heat and many will have a drawstring that allows the hood to fit snugly around your head, minimizing the lost of body heat from your head. With a rectangular bag, you can unzip them and use them like a quilt. With some manufacturers, you can also zip two identical rectangular bags together to make a Double, large enough for two people.
Mummy bags are larger at the head and shoulders with a taper to the feet. They are designed to maximize heat retention by this close fit, reducing the dead air space inside the bag. They also unzip only part of the way, thus, keeping the feet permanently enclosed. This is an important feature when camping in colder temperatures since the feet are more prone to heat loss than other parts of the body. Mummy bags are also designed to fit completely around your head, leaving only your face exposed to the cold. However, this shape is not for everyone. Some folks love the cocoon feel, while others may find them tight and constrictive. If you suffer from any level of claustrophobia, a Mummy Bag is not for you.
In addition to shape, many of the manufacturers provide camping and mummy bags in both regular and longer lengths. If you need a longer sleeping bag, check the specifications for sleeping bags designated as Long to find one where the length is suitable for your height. There is nothing worse than to slip into a sleeping bag and have your toes reach the bottom before your head is properly positioned. If your frame is tall, look for one designated as Long.
Kids Sleeping Bags
Kids Sleeping Bags also come in both Camping and Mummy shapes. The only difference is the relative size. A Kids Mummy Bag for instance is a smaller version of the adult size bag. MK bucket bag