Sleeping bags - 3 myths and 3 tips
In this post I will bust 3 myths and share 3 tips regarding sleeping bags
Myth #1 Down is good insulator in wet and humid conditions.
The is the biggest myth about down. Down has excellent “dry” thermal efficiency performance but in wet and humid conditions down starts clumping and the sleeping bag loses its loft. Without loft, sleeping bag cannot insulate you. This is the reason USA Military removed down products from its high performance gear.
Have you ever camped in continuous rainfall or snowfall? In these conditions it is difficult to ventilate the tent and everything inside the tent gets wet due to condensation including your down sleeping bag. Once the down bags gets, it's very difficult to dry it unless you the sun come out. It's a miserable situation.
Tip #1 Look for bag with synthetic insulation such as Climashield Apex.
Climashield insulation maintains thermal efficiency in wet and humid conditions. Unlike down, it doesn't clump when it gets wet. And the polyester fibers dry out very quickly.
Climashield insulation is made from continuous fiber which makes it exceptionally durable. The products require minimal to no quilting and can be laundered repeatedly with no deterioration in thermal performance.
Apex is best version of Climashield and the Apex bags are very lightweight, warm and compact. A 25F bag will weigh 23oz/650g and packs down to 14in x 6in. A 10F bag will weigh 30oz/860g and packs down to 14in x 8in.
Myth #2 Mummy style bags are comfortable and efficient.
The problem with a mummy bag is that its difficult to sleep in any position other than mummy. The design restricts freedom of movement and therefore many users don't find it comfortable. They design is also inefficient as part of the sleeping bag compressed under you has no loft and therefore no insulation. It’s simply wasted. Mummy bags are difficult to ventilate in warmer conditions which means you end up sweating.
Tip #2 Try a quilt.
Quilts are a cross between mummy bags and blankets. By cutting off the wasted back side of mummy bag, quilts are lighter and less bulky to carry. And they offer the user full freedom to sleep any way. They offer variable warmth - you can ventilate in warmer conditions and seal it colder conditions.
Myth #3, Quilts don't work in cold weather.
I think this is the biggest myth about quilt. A well designed quilt can be as warm as a mummy bag. In fact quilts have been used on the coldest places on earth such as the South Pole, Vinson, Greenland, Aconcagua, Troll wall, Eiger in winters,and the Himalayas.
One reason this myth persists is that most quilts are not designed properly to deal with cold drafts and don't insulate the head at all.
Tip #3. Quilts that work in cold, wet and humid conditions.
Blue Bolt makes high performance quilts that are tested to work in cold, wet and humid conditions..Made from Climashield Apex insulation, with wide girth, draft stoppers, 3d sewn footbox and complete head insulation, they offer maximum thermal efficiency at minimum weight.
You can try it today with a risk-free 60-day trial period. If the quilt doesn't work for you, you can return it and get a full refund.