How to choose a sleeping bag
A good sleeping bag is an essential part of any overnight adventure. Find the one that’s right for the weather and your camping style.
Sleeping bag linings are generally made of polyester, which offers the greatest value; cotton flannel, which gives you a bit more comfort; and a poly-cotton blend, which is very soft. Choose what feels the most comfortable to you.
Sleeping bags are filled with a variety of materials, from synthetic fills, like polyester, to down. Look for a fill that has the warmth rating you need and that can be compressed as much as you require, particularly if you’ll be backpacking.
Full-length draft tube
A full-length draft tube is an insulated flap runs the entire length of the zipper and prevents heat from escaping through the zipper coils.
Bags with quilted construction have the inner lining and the outer shell stitched together to prevent the fill from shifting. Since there’s no fill along the stitched through line, this can result in cold spots. More premium sleeping bags have offset quilted construction, which prevents cold spots.
If you like to be able to regulate your temperature and allow air circulation, look for bags with zippered vents along the side of the sleeping bag or near the foot box.
Hood and neck yoke
You can lose up to 80% of your body warmth through your head, so a hood and a neck yoke can reduce that heat loss and help you stay warm.