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How To Choose A Sleeping Bag

When choosing a sleeping bag for backpacking, consider these three main decision points: Temperature rating: Choose a bag rated for the coldest temperature you expect to encounter. Type of insulation: Choose from synthetic, down or a combination of the two. With a few exceptions, most down bags today use water-resistant down. Each type of insulation has its pros and cons, which are explained below. Weight vs. roominess: When backpacking, you want to keep weight low without jeopardizing comfort or safety. For some, low weight overrides other concerns (durability, convenience, price). For others, weight is less important than having a roomy bag for a [ ... ]