When you lose your sense of direction, but you don’t have a compass, you can help each other through a standard wristwatch, to locate the four cardinal points (North, South, West and East) and regain the lost road, with a little good will. Surely, this situation cannot happen in the city, but in many other circumstances (such as the case of mushroom seeker in a forest or a hiker who took a shortcut). In the following quick and easy guide that you’ll go to stating immediately in the next steps, I will explain very briefly, but in detail, how we must ingeniously transforming the clock into a useful compass.
Liners (or meat bags) are ideal for protecting the interior of the sleeping bag soil, avoiding washing too often and thus increasing the lifetime. These inner bags are either cotton or silk, and sometimes fleece.
Silk liners are very light (approximately 130g) and provides a heat gain of 1 to 2 ° C maximum. Cotton meanwhile is heavy (300-350g) and not heat, but it has the advantage of being cheap.
Like many outdoor items, sleeping bags are 99% have a down or synthetic insulation. Each with its advantages and disadvantages, simply target the use you make of your sleeping bag to determine the type of insulation that best suits your needs.
There are obviously different insulating qualities of down. You may have noticed the numbers that follow the words down: 550, 600, 650 … 800. This corresponds to the down swelling capacity; the higher the number, the higher it is quality.
By cons, the figure does not correspond to the heat that provide insulation, rather it depends on the amount of fluff inserted into the sleeping bag.
Thus, for 1 gram insulation, down 800 will be hotter than 550 fill down.
Please note that it is quite normal to see fibers escape from the sleeping bag; this is not a sign of a manufacturing defect nor a sign of inferior quality, the warmth of your sleeping bag will not be affected. The most important is not to pull on the fiber, but rather to try to place it inside. It’s the same technique that should be used if your down coat loses its feathers .
Based on topbbacolleges, the advantages of down sleeping bags are mainly lightness and compressibility. It is therefore ideal for expeditions. Despite the water-resistant coatings applied to the insulation, moisture can still affect the thermal capacity of down, so it is especially appreciated for fresh and dry environments.
In brief: lightweight, compressible, warm, durable, less effective in high humidity and very comfortable.
Synthetic insulations are usually sleeping bags heavier and less compressible. However, they are ideal for high humidity since they retain their heat capacity. The possible arrival on milkweed market promises much in the field of synthetic insulation. It is ideal for very wet areas or for casual campers have access to a car since the compressibility and weight are then less of a factor.
In brief: inexpensive, heavier, less compressible, retains its thermal capacity when wet, not allergen.
How to Change a Cool Autumn Evening in Warmth
October is still suitable for camping. Admittedly, the evenings can be a bit cool, but my girlfriend and I have researched the accessory that will change the air too fresh in your tent tropical climate:
After a day in the woods, nothing beats slipping into a warm sleeping bag. Indeed, the combination of fresh air and exercise allows many people to sleep more deeply than at home, but everything can be ruined by an inefficient bag making you feel the cold of the night. These tips will help you choose the right sleeping bag for your needs.
- test locations: Himalaya, Andes, Patagonia, Iceland …
- Number of nights: + 100 nights
- Accommodation: shelter, tent, open air
- Terms of the bivouac: any conditions
- Weather conditions: all weather
- Clothing: with and without clothes
- Recorded T ° min: -8 ° C
You do not have to work hard to move a sleeping bag while camping.Sleeping with your hiking clothes, poor insulation in your sleeping bag and moisture, dirt and general wear lining can mess and down.Professional cleaning by an expert of the pen can be expensive, and you should not send your sleeping bag to the cleaners because of harmful chemical solvents. Wash your own sleeping bag is not difficult, but requires more attention and time than washing your favorite T-shirt. Prevent flattening soft feathers washing your sleeping bag only once a year before storing.
- Test Location: Jura Mountains and Elba (Italy)
- weather and temperature conditions: dry to moist; min 4 ° C max 21 ° C.
- Test time: 15 days
- Activity: trekking and sea kayaking
- Land Type: mountain and coastal Floor
Test sac de couchage Mountain Hardwear Phantom spark 28
Within the range of sleeping bags from Mountain Hardwear Phantom series is as one comprised of high-end models; duvets technical lines, designed to offer the best ratio weight / temperature. Among the Phantom, the Spark 28 is that for least difficult conditions.
You plan to practice for a few days a sport outdoors, such as hiking and camping? Do not forget your sleeping bag, essential equipment for sleeping and protect against rain and cold.
The principle of the sleeping bag is to allow your body to keep warm. To help you find the right sleeping bag, Solentbay proposes to carry out a comparative test between two sleeping bags that are distinguished by several criteria.
Always in search of the best quality / price for sleeping bags to sleep without trying the winter in our mountains, today I’m interested in a well-known fluff that comes from living a transformation. The North Face wanted a new Blue Kazoo lighter and less conducive to compression on sensitive areas. Let’s see what happens after a first battery of tests without winter bivouac tent or outer bag.
Down is the element that will keep you warm on cold and rainy nights in the green. If you want to avoid spending your night shivering in the fetal position trying to warm up, it is advisable not to choose her down lightly. Out today there are dozens of features on down, shape, volume, composition … Here we will attempt to guide you in choosing your sleeping bag so you can spend nights comfortable.
Keystone Construction: Used in shipping sleeping bags Down, this construction allows positioning the opposite side face to face to eliminate possible ‘cold spots’, to keep a constant volume while keeping the down in place.
Two different outer fabrics: on top, a blue 22-denier ripstop nylon fabric, beneath a gray fabrics 30 denier Nylon Taffeta (see video). The blue part has a “ripstop” mesh (small squares) avoids a possible tear to expand, the gray area has a higher denier, more abrasion resistant;
The lining is gray goose down Hungary , 90/10, 650 cu.
Overall a well-studied down with a good comfort of use especially in connection with the swelling and the quality of interior fabrics.
The ability to open the bottom of the zip allows versatile use by temperatures above 5 ° C to + 10 ° C opening downwards and leaving enough open up.
The relative width of the down allows use by temperatures below -4 ° C with a jacket or more thinner layers.
A sleeping bag or duvet coat is among the most important items to carry in your backpack. Over time, the accumulation of moisture from transpiration, food and dirt stains can however lead to deterioration of the insulation and the fabric.
Test Wilsa, Vaude, North Face
The portal I-trekking has published a test of 13 sleeping bags and synthetic duvet which comfort temperature is between 0 and 10 ° C. We will stay here two models tested by team: Scorpio synthetic (North Face) and Arctic Light (Vaude).
Test Location: Vercors, Jura, Massif du Grand Arc
Accommodation: tent bivouac shelter
conditions bivouac: Medium Altitude: between 1200 and 1800 meters
Conditions: fresh -month May / June
clothing: underwear technical wool
T ° mini noted: 5 ° C (the Jura)
sleeping bag Wilsa KL 350
- Tester: yoyo
test Location: Hauts Vercors plateau: Chaumailloux and Herboully / Vallon Combeau
Lodging: Shack, tent
conditions bivouac: 1 start of the night under the stars
Conditions: Fair, clear skies with no wind
Clothing: short sleeve thermal top
T ° mini noted: 5 ° C
Since 2002, the European standard EN 13537 allows to seamlessly assess the operating temperature of a sleeping bag. It allows to compare products of different brands. However, it is not mandatory, we must pay attention to temperatures mentioned by some manufacturers, and check the reference to the standard of the sleeping bag.
Synthetic fibers are an alternative to down which have the advantages of being more resistant to moisture but also more economical. They are for people who make very long journeys where a cleaning may be necessary, or have something else to manage the humidity in their sleeping bags.
Since March and I returned to France, I have actively taken up the mountain trips and bivouacs. This time, I decided to relieve myself and upgrade my equipment from lighter and with quality materials. Priority was sleeping bag because I had only summer sleeping bags with lumite comfort to 8 ° c thus clearly unnecessary for overnight stays at 2500m in late winter / early spring and finally even the summer. I wanted a sleeping bag with three criteria: light, warm nights down to-2 ° c at least with an exorbitant price. During my research, I found what I needed but more than 400 or 500 €, largely off-budget. A friend told me about the Cumulus brand, a Polish brand not well known but high-achieving bags. He opted for the Liteline 400 for his trip to Iceland, you can see the pictures here , after comparing with the model just above my choice finally focused on Panyam 450.
These particular types result from the following observation: given that the lower packing is crushed by your weight, so there is no insulation and replaced by what the mattress. Weight gain is significant but the simplicity of these bags sometimes makes the most rudimentary comfort and bivouacs of experience is required to use them best.
Night in Chamonix was much warmer, around 4 or 5 ° c, I slept in a place with little space and can not plant the sardines to stretch the tent, but the stones held an assembly far from ideal, a few centimeters of a stream that feeds a lake. An air current snuck into the night in the tent while I was sleeping with open zip, I just closed the zip and adjusted the non-chill rim and went back to sleep worry-free overnight. Before, under similar conditions, I slept with systematically in thermal wear, now I normally sleep in the silk cloth inside the bag. The cut of the bag is fitted but not too tight, perfect to be able to move a little in and the hood is really nice. She remains under the head even if you move, a real good point.
During our stay in Iceland we were only comfortable sleeping bag, warm and compact. We therefore turned to Pyrenex, a French brand upmarket, who offered us two sleeping bags to test them during our stay in Iceland! We deliver you our impressions and opinions!
- Test Location: Vercors, Jura, Massif du Grand Arc
- Number of nights: 5
- Accommodation: tent bivouac shelter
- Terms of the bivouac: Medium Altitude: 1200 to 1800 meters
- Conditions: -Month fees in May / June
- Clothing Technical underwear wool
- T ° mini noted: 5 ° C (the Jura)