The best sleeping bag for big guys is among the must have for those who love long excursions and camping. Its task is to protect us and keep our bodies warm while we sleep inside a tent or under the stars. Often people prefer to save money on this important product to invest more in the tent, deluding themselves that this is what does the bulk of the work to maintain the right body temperature.
However, if the tent serves to protect us from rain and wind, without a quality sleeping bag, we risk sleeping badly, being too cold, and ruining our experience in contact with nature. For this reason today we want to give you our advice to choose the perfect sleeping bag for your excursions!
Choose sleeping bag: the padding
The padding is the main element and differs in two main types: feather and synthetic. Which is the best?
It is necessary to consider the place of stay and evaluate the different characteristics of each type.
DOWN SLEEPING BAG
Feather is a natural material, very soft, warm and at the same time light. For these reasons it is also perfect for a winter hike in cold temperatures. At the same time, thanks to its low weight it is perfect for a hike of several days: it does not make the backpack even heavier. The swollen feather can retain heat, but at the same time it can be easily compressed and inserted into even small spaces. This makes it very practical and functional!
Alongside these advantages, the feather has a few flaws. First of all, it is more expensive than synthetic and, relevant information for many customers, it is not ecological, i.e. it is produced by the goose and is therefore avoided by hikers who are more attentive to environmental and animal protection issues. Moreover, one point of disadvantage is the resistance: it tends to lose its effectiveness if it gets dirty, if the fabric tears and the padding comes out… at this point it is better to change the sleeping bag. For this reason we recommend a down sleeping bag if you are going on a hike in autumn or winter and especially if you are sure that the area is protected and will not get damaged.
SLEEPING BAG WITH SYNTHETIC PADDING
The synthetic sleeping bag has advantages and disadvantages.
Let’s analyze the :
- it is more resistant;
- it is ecological;
- it is cheaper than feather;
- it resists humidity;
- if the outer lining of the sleeping bag tightens the padding does not tend to come out;
- it doesn’t get dirty easily;
- it’s cheaper than feathers.
However, alongside the pros, there are cons
It is certainly heavier and retains less heat, and it also takes longer to warm the body. Moreover, it is not as easily compressible as feathers. We advise you to opt for a synthetic sleeping bag for spring/summer excursions, in wild, rough terrain or on the road adventure.
Choice of sleeping bag: shape and temperature
Better a square sack or a mummy sack, that is, one that takes the shape of the body? That depends on the individual person. The squared bag tends to be wider and leave more freedom of movement. So we recommend it if you tend to spread your legs or arms while sleeping. However, this type tends to be less technical and does not retain heat in the body, so it is not very suitable for cold temperatures. On the contrary, the mummy sleeping bag is sometimes more refined in details, so we recommend it to those who like to go hiking often and willingly, especially when the weather is colder.
Finally, let’s talk about temperature: how to regulate yourself? The last important element to consider (even if the variables and details would be infinite) is the temperature of the sleeping bag. Most of the sleeping bags sold in Europe show on the label the temperatures tested according to EN 13537. This standard requires temperatures to be 4. Specifically:
- T Max: is the maximum temperature within which it is possible to sleep in the sleeping bag;
- T conf: is the temperature at which it is possible to sleep in a sleeping bag for eight hours dressed lightly, it concerns only women; – T lim: is the comfort limit temperature which is the same as the previous one but concerns a man;
- T ext: is the extreme temperature within which a woman can stay in a sleeping bag for six hours without dying of hypothermia. Below this temperature the risk is very high. These figures are indicative, but allow to orientate the choice of the sleeping bag in relation to the time of the year and the temperature of the environment in which it will stay. Now you have the three most important elements to choose your sleeping bag: padding, shape and reference temperature.
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