Winter Sleeping Bags Ames IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Winter Sleeping Bags
Winter Sleeping Bags
Avoiding the risks of becoming a human popsicle
Anyone who’s ever gone camping has experienced a cold and damp night in their sleeping bag, no matter what time of the year it was. It can sometimes be so cold and uncomfortable that you can’t get 20 winks in, let alone 40. If you don’t want to turn yourself into a human popsicle while camping the best thing to do is get yourself a cold weather or winter sleeping bag to keep yourself as warm as possible.
Cold weather camping is generally defined as camping in weather where the average daily temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the weather conditions are cold, wet or windy. Depending on the model, most winter sleeping bags are designed to keep you warm in temperatures from about 10 degrees Fahrenheit and down to minus 40 or lower. The most important thing to remember about cold weather camping is to make sure that you try to keep yourself - and your gear – as dry as possible because moisture will cut down on the insulating properties of just about everything.
Synthetic sleeping bags are usually better than goose down bags in wet winter climates as they retain most of their insulating properties when they get damp. However, if you’re camping in a dry spot, you may prefer the lightness of a down filled bag. A mummy style sleeping bag is also a better choice in the winter than a rectangular bag as there is less space in the garment for your body to heat up. Also, most mummy bags come with a hood to help keep your head warm and dry.
If you’re not sure which type of winter sleeping bag to buy temperature wise, you should match the bag's comfort rating with the coldest nighttime temperatures you expect to be sleeping in. Just to be on the safe side it’s usually a good idea to exceed that temperature for a little security. So if you’re planning on camping out in temperatures of minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s probably a wise choice to get yourself a sleeping bag that can ...